NYCLU urges state Assembly to stop Oyster Bay efforts to establish town code enforcement court 'in its tracks'
NEWSDAY By Ted Phillips
Updated June 4, 2021 7:28 PM
Oyster Bay could follow Huntington in creating a town court to try certain code enforcement cases — without the same discovery rules followed in state courts — with the passage Wednesday of an authorizing bill in the State Senate. The bill, which on Friday was in the Assembly codes committee, would allow the town to adopt a local law to create a Bureau of Administrative Adjudication. The State Senate passed similar authorizing legislation for the towns of Babylon and East Hampton ahead of the end of this year’s legislative session in Albany next week. On Thursday, the New York Civil Liberties Union sent testimony to the Assembly asking legislators to oppose an Oyster Bay bureau, calling it a "misguided local attempt to roll back recent reforms that ensure full due process, including discovery rights, for all New Yorkers" that "should be stopped in its tracks." CONTINUE READING