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Established by the Suffolk County Charter, the Board of Health consists of seven members, of whom at least three must be physicians licensed to practice medicine in the State of New York, one is the Chairman of the Health Committee of the County Legislature and one is the Commissioner of Health Services. The Commissioner of Health Services serves as Chairman of the Board of Health. The members of the Board of Health must be residents of Suffolk County. The members, with the exception of the Commissioner of Health Services and the Chairman of the Health Committee of the Suffolk County Legislature, are appointed by the County Legislature for terms of six years and are volunteers. The Board of Health, subject to the provisions of the Public Health Law and State Sanitary Code, has the power to adopt, promulgate, amend or repeal rules and regulations affecting public health in the County. The Board of Health, at the request of the Commissioner of Health Services, can consider any matter relating to the preservation and improvement of public health. The Board of Health has no executive, administrative or appointive duties except as otherwise provided in Part I of the Suffolk County Charter, Article IX, § C9-4.

Generally, Board of Health meetings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month. Meetings are open to the public and are posted on our website. Members of the public who plan to attend a meeting of the Board of Health are advised to call the Department of Health Services at 631-854-0100 before attending, as Suffolk County law states that a majority of Board members must be present in order for a meeting to proceed.

More information on the structure and purpose of the Board of Health may be found in Part I of the Suffolk County Charter, Article IX, § C9-4.


Recently passed legislation (Senate Bill S7623A), which was signed by the Governor on 1/14/22, extends provisions of law authorizing political subdivisions to permit any public body to hold meetings remotely and without in-person access through the end of the new COVID-19 state disaster emergency.

The Board of Health will hold meetings with both options, meeting remotely unless a member of the public or a member of the Board makes known a desire to participate in person. In person meetings are held at Department of Health Services offices at Health Admin Board Room, 3500 Sunrise Highway, Building 200, Great River. The Board generally meets once a month, with a break during the summer months. In the event that a quorum cannot be achieved at a particular meeting, the meeting will be cancelled.

Members of the public who wish to join the meeting should send an email to with their intention to attend in person in Great River or via Zoom. Zoom details will be provided to those who wish to join remotely. Those that wish to speak at the Board of Health meeting during the public portion, should send an email in advance to and write in the subject line, “SPEAK AT BOH MEETING,” and include in the body of the email the following: your name, address, phone number and the subject you expect to address before the Board.

The public portion of the meeting is generally held within the first several minutes once the meeting has begun. The time limit for speakers is three minutes.

Voting Members

Gregson H. Pigott, MD, MPH, Chair

J. Ronald Gaudreault, MA, LFACHE, Vice President

Legislator Leslie Kennedy, RN

Christine M. Doucet, MD

Patricia Bishop-Kelly

Stephen L. Dewey, PhD

Erin E. McGintee, MD

Please email us at, if you have any questions.


Board of Health meetings are ordinarily scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month. In the event a quorum cannot be achieved, a Board of Health meeting may be cancelled. It is advisable to call 631-854-0100 on the day of the meeting to find out if the meeting is expected to take place. All meetings will be held at the Suffolk County Department of Health Services' Board Room at 3500 Sunrise Highway, Suite 124, Great River, NY 11739-9006, unless otherwise posted. For directions, please call the number above.
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Suffolk County Government

H. Lee Dennison Bldg

100 Veterans Memorial Hwy
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Riverhead County Center

County Road 51
Riverhead, NY 11901