Riverhead - (WALK) The Suffolk County Legislature approved several measures of note at their session Tuesday in Riverhead, including a law to bar environmental polluters from conducting business with Suffolk County and to create an oversight committee to monitor our new electric company, PSE&G Long Island.
Lawmakers also voted to establish a County Taxi and Limousine Commission. Their decision would now require background checks on all taxi and limo drivers seeking county licenses and would require operators to pass annual drugs tests.
Initial vehicle registration fees will be $300 per vehicle, drivers will have to pay $50 per year for a "for-hire" driver's license. The commission will be comprised of the Suffolk commissioner of Labor, Licensing and Consumer Affairs; a member of the Suffolk County Supervisors Association; two appointees by the County Executive; a member appointed by the presiding officer of the Legislature, and a member appointed by the Legislature.
A public hearings were held on items including a Charter Law to require a referendum to amend or repeal the Suffolk County Drinking Water Protection Plan, and about a proposed law to modify the county's hardship property redemption process.
The full Tuesday agenda of the Suffolk County Legislature can be found online at: http://legis.suffolkcountyny.gov/Illustration: Suffolk County Legislature