Romaine issues first order mandating the removal of names of public officials from county signage

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Suffolk County executive Ed Romaine issued an executive order declaring that names of all public officials, including the Office of the Suffolk County Executive, are to be removed from all county signage. The order affects more than 80 signs throughout the county. 

“The purpose of removing names of public officials from signs that belong to the people ensures transparency, eliminates poor practices of self-promotion, and assures the 1.5 million residents of Suffolk County that we are committed to open government,” said Romaine. “Through this order, we are letting the residents know that they are the priority, not the elected officials.”  

Romaine took the same action in July 2014 when serving as Brookhaven Town supervisor. 

According to Executive Order 01-2024, any reference to names of current county elected or appointed officials will be replaced with relevant information or contain facts about the location, including phone contact and website information. 

In addition, the order states that county signage is not to be branded or re-branded with names of newly elected officials or used for political self-promotion and advertisement at taxpayer expense. 

The order does not include properties, memorials and the naming and sponsorship of county facilities, parks and roads, pursuant to Chapter 1016 of the Suffolk County Code.  

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