SUFFOLK COUNTY LEGISLATOR  -  BRIAN BEEDENBENDER  -  FOURTH Legislative District

 

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A Message from Legislator Brian Beedenbender

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website. I believe that elected officials should be an active voice for their constituents, no matter what their concerns may be. If you have a problem, regardless of what level of government is responsible, please don’t hesitate to contact my office. Once you give us the information, we will handle the legwork to get you an answer, and try to help you with your problems.

If you just want to stop in and say hello, or want to come in and meet with me or my staff, my office is always open and available to you. I look forward to working with you to make our community a better place to live.

Your support and confidence is what placed me in this office, and I will work tirelessly to ensure that I am always worthy of the great trust you placed in me.


 

Suffolk
County Legislator

4
th District
Honorable
BRIAN BEEDENBENDER



1919 Middle Country Road,
Suite 210
Centereach, NY 11720

Phone:
(631) 854-9292
Fax:
(631) 854-9351
Aides:
Kaitlin Boyd
Adam Santiago
Ryan Attard

e-mail:
Brian.Beedenbender@
suffolkcountyny.gov


District Demographics

The 4th Legislative District is located in the central-eastern portion of Suffolk County encompassing the central section of Brookhaven Town. The district includes Selden, Centereach, Farmingville, and parts of Coram, Holbrook, Lake Ronkonkoma, Ronkonkoma, Lake Grove, Medford and Port Jefferson Station. It consists of fifty-one (51) election districts with approximately 80,000 residents and 43,600 registered voters.

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Biography

Legislator Beedenbender has lived in the 4th Legislative District for over 20 years. He grew up in Selden, and now resides in Centereach. He is a product of the Middle Country School District, and a graduate of Newfield High School. Following high school, Brian received his B.A. in Political Science and Public Administration from James Madison University in Virginia. After JMU, he attended the University of Delaware, where he received his M.A. in Political Science and International Relations.

After graduation, Brian began working for County Executive Steve Levy as a Legislative Aide and then County Executive Assistant for Intergovernmental Relations. For 3 ½ years he helped the County Executive craft his general fund tax cut budgets, draft legislation, and instill smart government principles throughout Suffolk County.

In November of 2007 Brian was elected to the Suffolk County Legislature representing the 4th Legislative District. As your Legislator, he will work to make Suffolk County government a more transparent and accessible government, at the lowest possible cost to the taxpayers.

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Initiatives

 

2008-2009 Highlights

Saving Tax Dollars -

  • Refused to accept a county car, refused to accept a county cell phone, and refused to accept a 2009 salary increase, in order to save tax dollars
     

  • Voted to FREEZE 2009 Suffolk County General Fund property taxes
     

  • Sponsored and passed legislation to reform the process in which County government leases space to house various departments and offices, in order to save tax dollars
     

  • Renegotiated district office lease and will be moving to a smaller dramatically less expensive office in the spring of 2009
     

  • Provided Middle Country and Sachem School Districts with the County specialized equipment inventory in order to encourage equipment sharing and taxpayer cost savings
     

  • Voted NO to raising 2009 parks fees on residents

Government Transparency and Efficiency -

  • Sponsored and passed legislation directing the Department of Information Technology to develop a plan to create a Suffolk County government transparency web-site known as “Project Sunlight” (plan to be presented to SC Legislature, Spring 2009)
     

  • Sponsored and passed a procedural resolution directing the Clerk of the Legislature to post public hearings on the Suffolk County Legislature’s web-site
     

  • Co-Sponsored and passed bi-partisan measure with Legislator Barraga to commission a study seeking efficiencies and analyzing police models, the Suffolk County Police District, and 18 town and village police jurisdictions throughout Suffolk County

Public Safety -

  • Voted to fund 80 new police officers in the Suffolk Police Department in 2009, while keeping Suffolk County Police District costs within the tax cap
     

  • Voted to fund 6 new “911” operators in 2009
     

  • Voted to fund up to 55 new corrections officers in 2009

Armed Service Members and Vets Advocacy -

  • Sponsored and passed legislation to allow for deployed military servicepersons and their families to regain their home from Suffolk County if it is lost to tax default
     

  • Sponsored and secured grant funding for the Suffolk County Council of Veterans of Foreign Wars creating a veterans and active duty families emergency assistance program
     

  • Sponsored and secured funding to create a Gold Star Families Memorial to be place in Armed Forces Plaza in Hauppauge

Protecting Local Businesses –

  • Sponsored and passed Fair Business Practices legislation aimed at leveling the playing field for licensed businesses in Suffolk County

Improving Infrastructure -

  • Co-Sponsored and passed legislation to reconstruct and enhance Nicolls Road
     

  • Sponsored and passed a Capital Budget Program for safety enhancements and traffic calming on Patchogue-Holbrook Road from the LIE to Portion Road
     

  • Sponsored and passed legislation to conduct a safety and traffic mitigation study at the intersections of Nicolls Road and Hammond Road and Nicolls Road and Hawkins Road
     

  • Sponsored and passed legislation appropriating funds for the planning and construction of a noise abatement structure on County Road 83
     

  • Coordinated meetings with the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic and County Public Works Department regarding the scheduled multi-million dollar Portion Road traffic calming project
     

Helping residents in an economic downturn -

  • Co-Sponsored and passed a Middle Income Home Energy Assistance program to help Suffolk residents stay warm in the winter months
     

  • Sponsored and passed legislation directing the Department of Social Services to seek notices from towns and villages when a home is condemned in order to help children that may otherwise become homeless through no fault of their own
     

  • Sponsored local food drive in partnership with Long Island Harvest
     

  • Sponsored local holiday toy drive in partnership with Family Service League

Community Advocacy -

  • Organized and co-hosted a Senior Citizens Service Expo to educate seniors on the various services available to them from local, State, and Federal government
     

  • Co-hosted community energy efficiency expo with LIPA
     

  • Sponsored local blood drive in partnership with New York Blood Services

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Committee Assignments

2009
Public Works & Transportation - Chair
Ways & Means - Vice Chair

Budget & Finance
Consumer Protection
Environment, Planning & Agriculture


2008
Public Works & Transportation - Chair
Ways & Means - Vice Chair
Budget & Finance
Environment, Planning & Agriculture
Labor, Workforce & Affordable Housing

 

 

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