Prior to the enactment of section five of article ten of the constitution (effective on January first, nineteen hundred thirty-nine) public benefit corporations
could be created pursuant to general law and chapter eight hundred forty-seven of
the laws of nineteen hundred thirty-four, as amended, authorized the creation of county
water authorities. On the twenty-ninth day of March, nineteen hundred thirty-seven, the board of supervisors
of Suffolk county pursuant to such chapter created the Suffolk county water authority,
which since such date has been in continuous existence as a body corporate and politic,
constituting a public benefit corporation. Thereafter the provisions of such chapter were reenacted and continued as article
seven of the county law 1 by chapter one hundred ninety-five of the laws of nineteen hundred forty. The Suffolk county water authority is the only county water authority created pursuant
to such chapter eight hundred forty-seven of the laws of nineteen hundred thirty-four,
as amended, or pursuant to such article seven of the county law. Since the enactment of section five of article ten of the constitution public benefit corporations may be created only by special act of the legislature
and, to the extent that the provisions of article seven of the county law purport
to authorize the creation of county water authorities pursuant to its provisions subsequent
to January first, nineteen hundred thirty-nine, such provisions of the county law
are obsolete. The purpose of this title is to continue the existence of the Suffolk county water
authority, to place the statutory provisions of law applicable thereto in the public
authorities law where they appropriately belong, to provide for the powers and duties
of the authority, and to repeal the provisions of present article seven of the county
County Law of 1909. Article 7 was repealed by L.1950, c. 136, § 2, eff. Mar. 16,
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