Montauk - (WALK) Lawmakers are expected to decide next week about a plan to wage war on ticks and tackle the epidemic of Lyme Disease in Suffolk County.
The plan, introduced by Legislator Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk) would direct the county to determine steps for reducing the incidence of tick-borne illnesses, including methods to be used and methodologies to measuring the effectiveness of the program. Schneiderman's initiative was approved unanimously by the County Legislature's Public Works and Transportation Committee this week and will be considered by the full legislature Tuesday.
The Suffolk Department of Public works is responsible for "vector control," typically battling mosquitoes and illnessess associated with mosquitoes, such as West Nile Encephalitis and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Schneiderman reportedly contrasted the number confirmed cases of West Nile virus infections in humans last year, with cases of Lyme Disease in Suffolk, and found the Public Works Dept. vector-control mandate included tick management.
No money is included in Scheiderman's proposal for additional staff, but supporters say enacting the bill is a first step in addressing the issue of Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses in Suffolk.
Suffolk residents are encouraged to express their thoughts and concerns about the battle against Lyme Disease prior to Tuesday's meeting of the County Legislature Tuesday, October 8 at 9:00 a.m. at the Riverhead County Center, Maxine Postal Auditorium, 310 Center Drive, Riverhead.