Jay Schneiderman, county legislator for the South Fork and new deputy presiding officer, has been appointed to another post: chair of the Suffolk Legislature’s parks and recreation committee.
The Montauk resident was selected by Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, of Amityville.
“He brings 10 years of experience as a legislator to the table, and he has a thorough knowledge of the county’s parks,” Gregory said of Schneiderman. “During his years as chairman of the public works and transportation committee, Legislator Schneiderman sponsored important legislation to strengthen our bus service and complete critical dredging projects, and I expect him to continue his groundbreaking work as chairman of the parks and recreation committee.”
From Montauk to Huntington, the county parks department manages more than 46,000 acres of parkland
The parks and recreation committee has jurisdiction over the Suffolk department of parks, recreation and conservation and oversees the appointments and finances of the Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport. Also in the committee’s purview are county parks, golf courses, outdoor recreation and sports-oriented projects such as the Sports Hall of Fame in Patchogue.
According to Schneiderman’s office, he plans to work with the department of parks to better maintain trails for hiking in order to help protect the residents of Suffolk from tick-borne illnesses.
Last year Schneiderman sponsored legislation that lowered Suffolk’s golf fees for veterans on a trial basis. He now plans to introduce legislation to make the fee reduction permanent.
Schneiderman’s additional committee appointments are government operations, personnel, housing, consumer protection and economic development.