Designates the secretary of state as a voting member of the canal recreationway commission; authorizes the canal recreationway commission to encourage local governments to prepare local waterfront revitalization plans and programs for the purpose of refining the statewide canal recreationway plan; authorizes the New York state thruway authority to provide financial assistance to municipalities for the purpose of undertaking the preparation and implementation of local waterfront revitalization plans and programs.
BILL NUMBER: S1173
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the canal law and the public authorities law, in relation to local waterfront revitalization plans and programs
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL : To include the Secretary of State as a voting member of the Canal Recreationway Commission and to encourage local governments to prepare local water front revitalization plans and programs. Such encouragement may include the provision of financial assistance to prepare and implement such plans and programs.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS : Amends paragraphs a and c of subdivision 1 of section 138-a of the canal law. Amends subdivision 4 of section 138-b of canal law and creates a new subdivision 8. Adds a new paragraph (c) to subdivision 1 of section 384 of the public authorities law.
JUSTIFICATION : The Department of State is responsible for the administration of the State's coastal and inland waterways program. A major component of this is the revitalization of municipal waterfronts. It therefore seems sensible that the Secretary of State, who is presently a non-voting member of the commission. should be included as a full voting member of the commission.
The Canal Recreationway Commission was created to undertake the rehabilitation of the State's canal system, which in turn, impacts municipalities on its course. Communities so impacted will likely benefit from rehabilitation and would therefore be encouraged to develop plans for their respective municipalities.
The Canal Recreationway Commission is to encourage municipalities along the course of the Canal Recreationway to develop waterfront revitalization programs and authorized to provide financing for preparation and implementation of revitalization projects. This collaboration between local municipalities and the State produces a net benefit for both.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : 1997-98: A.3487, Ways & Means 1999-00: A.3177, Tourism/S.1835 - Transportation. 2001-02: A.4866, Tourism 2003-04: A.3166, Tourism 2005-06: A.6379, Tourism 2007-08: A.9587. Transportation/S.4961, Tourism, Arts and Sports Development
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : Undetermined.
EFFECTIVE DATE : Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 1173 A. 3330 2009-2010 Regular Sessions S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y January 27, 2009 ___________IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. FARLEY -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transporta- tion IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. AMEDORE, CORWIN, TOBACCO -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. ERRIGO -- read once and referred to the Committee on Tourism, Arts and Sports Development AN ACT to amend the canal law and the public authorities law, in relation to local waterfront revitalization plans and programs THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraphs a and c of subdivision 1 of section 138-a of the canal law, as amended by chapter 243 of the laws of 1993, are amended to read as follows: a. the chairman of the authority, the commissioner of transportation, the commissioner of the office of parks, recreation and historic preser- vation
[and], the commissioner of environmental conservation AND THE SECRETARY OF STATE, or their representatives; c. the commissioner of economic development [and the secretary of state,]or [their representatives]HIS OR HER REPRESENTATIVE, and a member from each of the regional planning boards, as established by articles five-G and twelve-B of the general municipal law, whose region is intersected by the canal shall be ex-officio, non-voting members of the commission and shall provide technical expertise and advice to the commission as necessary. S 2. Subdivision 4 of section 138-b of the canal law, as amended by chapter 335 of the laws of 2001, is amended and a new subdivision 8 is added to read as follows: 4. If deemed appropriate, request that studies, surveys or analyses be performed by the corporation, the departments of transportation, econom- ic development [and], environmental conservation, STATE and/or theEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04794-01-9 S. 1173 2 A. 3330
office of parks, recreation and historic preservation to assist in the development, promotion, marketing and/or preservation of the canal system or the preparation of the plan. At the request of the commission, state agencies and public authorities shall cooperate fully and shall provide requested information in a timely manner. 8. ENCOURAGE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO PREPARE LOCAL WATERFRONT REVITALIZA- TION PROGRAMS AND PLANS PURSUANT TO ARTICLE FORTY-TWO OF THE EXECUTIVE LAW FOR THE PURPOSE OF REFINING THE STATEWIDE CANAL RECREATIONWAY PLAN. SUCH ENCOURAGEMENT MAY INCLUDE THE PROVISION OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO PREPARE AND IMPLEMENT SUCH PLANS AND PROGRAMS. S 3. Subdivision 1 of section 384 of the public authorities law is amended by adding a new paragraph (c) to read as follows: (C) THE AUTHORITY IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO MUNICIPALITIES FOR THE PURPOSE OF UNDERTAKING THE PREPARATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF LOCAL WATERFRONT REVITALIZATION PLANS AND PROGRAMS. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.