Bill S1855-2013

Authorizes a no fare program for transportation on the Long Island Rail Road for police officers employed by the towns of Suffolk

Authorizes a no fare program for transportation on the Long Island Rail Road for police officers employed by the towns of Suffolk.

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  • Jun 13, 2013: SUBSTITUTED BY A1457
  • Jun 12, 2013: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1309
  • Jun 12, 2013: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

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VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Rules - Jun 12, 2013
Ayes (21): Skelos, Libous, Bonacic, Carlucci, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Larkin, LaValle, Marcellino, Maziarz, Nozzolio, Seward, Valesky, Stewart-Cousins, Breslin, Dilan, Hassell-Thompson, Montgomery, Parker, Espaillat
Ayes W/R (2): Hannon, Gianaris
Nays (1): Krueger
Excused (1): Perkins
VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Rules - Jun 17, 2013
Ayes (21): Skelos, Libous, Bonacic, Carlucci, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Larkin, LaValle, Marcellino, Maziarz, Nozzolio, Seward, Valesky, Stewart-Cousins, Breslin, Dilan, Hassell-Thompson, Montgomery, Parker, Espaillat
Ayes W/R (2): Hannon, Gianaris
Nays (1): Krueger
Excused (1): Perkins

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S1855

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to authorizing a no fare program for transportation on the Long Island Rail Road for police officers employed by the towns of Suffolk

PURPOSE: To include police officers employed by the towns in Suffolk County in the provisions governing the Long Island Rail Road's Free Police Ride Program.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Subdivision 14 of Section 1266 of the public authorities law is amended to include police officers employed by the towns in Suffolk County in the Long Island Rail Road's Free Police Ride Program.

JUSTIFICATION: For the increased protection and improved safety of commuters and employees, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) currently administers a program that provides free transportation on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) for certain police officers. Police officers employed by the City of New York, the County of Nassau, Nassau County villages and cities, County of Suffolk, Suffolk County towns and villages, the Division of State Police, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company, the New York City Housing Authority and the New York City Transit Authority have been actively participating in this no fare program over the past several years.

A recent audit conducted by the MTA, however, revealed an apparent oversight in the provisions of law governing the LIRR's Free Police Ride Program, § 1266(14) of the Public Authorities Law. Those police officers employed by the towns within Suffolk County are not included in statute. As a result, the MTA can no longer allow these police officers to participate in the LIRR Free Police Ride Program as of January 1, 2011.

While the reason for this omission is unclear, the LIRR has indicated its support for amending the statute to add police officers employed by the towns in Suffolk County. This legislation merely corrects this oversight to grant the MTA the legal authority to extend this program to these officers.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: A.1405/S.1452 - Passed Assembly 2010:A.9830/S.6764 - Passed Assembly

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 1855 A. 1457 2013-2014 Regular Sessions S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- 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. THIELE, ENGLEBRIGHT, SALADINO -- read once and referred to the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to authorizing a no fare program for transportation on the Long Island Rail Road for police officers employed by the towns of Suffolk THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 14 of section 1266 of the public authorities law, as added by chapter 307 of the laws of 1995, is amended to read as follows: 14. Notwithstanding any other provisions of law or the terms of any contract, the authority, in consultation with the Long Island Rail Road, shall establish and implement a no fare program for transportation on the Long Island Rail Road for police officers employed by the city of New York, county of Nassau, Nassau county villages and cities, county of Suffolk, Suffolk county villages AND TOWNS, the division of state police, the port authority of New York and New Jersey, the Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company, the New York city housing authority and the New York city transit authority. In establishing such program, which has as its goal increased protection and improved safety for its commuters, the authority and the Long Island Rail Road shall, among other things, consider: (a) requiring police officers who ride without cost to regis- ter with the Long Island Rail Road as a condition of riding without cost; (b) requiring such officers to indicate during such registration process their regular working hours and the Long Island Rail Road trains
that such officers expect to ride; and (c) periodically re-registering and re-validating such officers. The authority and the Long Island Rail Road shall also have the power to consider other matters necessary to carry out the goals and objectives of this section. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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