Bill S1021-2013

Exempts certain properties on Roosevelt Island in New York City from certain reporting requirements regarding the disposal of property by a public authority

Exempts certain properties on Roosevelt Island in New York City from certain reporting requirements regarding the disposal of property by a public authority.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS

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BILL NUMBER:S1021

TITLE OF BILL: An act to exempt certain properties on Roosevelt Island in New York City from certain reporting requirements regarding the disposal of property by a public authority

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To exempt certain properties on Roosevelt Island in New York City from the requirement to prepare an explanatory statement of the circumstances of the disposal by negotiation of public authority property.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1: Provides that the provisions of paragraph d of subdivision 6 of section 2897 of the public authorities law, requiring the preparation of an explanatory statement of the circumstances of the disposal by negotiation of certain properties, shall not apply to the properties listed in section 2 of this act. Section 2: Lists the applicable properties.

JUSTIFICATION: The public authorities act provides that, in certain circumstances, public authorities may dispose of their property by negotiation or public auction, including in cases when the purpose of the transfer is within the purpose, mission or governing statute of the public authority. When public authority property is disposed of by negotiation, the law requires that an explanatory statement be prepared of the circumstances of such disposal; this statement must be submitted at least ninety days in advance of the disposal.

While the explanatory statement requirement is a useful safeguard in most cases, with respect to the unique situation of certain residential properties on Roosevelt Island, it is both unnecessary and potentially over-burdensome. These properties are held by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), a public benefit corporation created in 1984 to manage Roosevelt Island, oversee its continued development through the Island's Master Plan and allocate state capital funding and operational support. A central part of RIOC's purpose is the preservation of affordable housing on the Island.

These properties are unlike other properties covered by the public authorities act, as they consist of land on which there are existing residential buildings. They cannot be used for any purpose other than for housing; the only possible disposition of these properties is the extension of their ground leases by RIOC. As such, the explanatory statement requirement, which is designed to prevent improper disposal of public property, simply represents in this case an unnecessary obstacle to RIOC's ability to reasonably negotiate such ground lease extensions in a way that will ensure the preservation of affordable housing at these sites. Given the unique circumstances of these properties, it is reasonable to exempt them from the explanatory statement requirement;

such an exemption will also contribute to the State's public policy goal of preserving affordable housing on Roosevelt Island.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None. 2011-2012: S4276

EFFECTIVE DATE: Act to take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1021 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. SERRANO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions AN ACT to exempt certain properties on Roosevelt Island in New York City from certain reporting requirements regarding the disposal of property by a public authority THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the provisions of paragraph d of subdivision 6 of section 2897 of the public authorities law, requiring the preparation of an explanatory statement of the circumstances of the disposal by negotiation of certain proper- ties, shall not apply to the properties listed in section two of this act. S 2. The provisions of this act shall apply to the following proper- ties on Roosevelt Island in New York City, New York: a. 510 Main Street; b. 516 Main Street; c. 531 Main Street; d. 536 Main Street; e. 540 Main Street; f. 546 Main Street; g. 551 Main Street; h. 555 Main Street; i. 556 Main Street; j. 560 Main Street; k. 575 Main Street; l. 580 Main Street; m. 595 Main Street; and n. 625 Main Street. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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