Provides that the Long Island Rail Road and every public transportation authority in a city with a population of one million or more receiving operating assistance shall adopt rules and regulations providing that use of any of its facilities transporting passengers be free of charge for persons who display an authorization shield and identification card evidencing that they are correction officers of the city of New York department of correction and are performing their official duties or are on their way to or from performing their official duties.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the transportation law, in relation to providing fares free of charge to certain correction officers on passenger transportation facilities operated by certain public transportation authorities
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To allow New York city correction officers to ride public transportation at no charge in cities with a population of one million or more.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Adds a new section 135-a to Transportation Law to allow New York City correction officers to ride public transportation including the Long Island Rail Road and all others within the city of New York at no charge.
JUSTIFICATION: While crime has dropped in NYC, the number of crimes in the subway has not dropped as it has above ground. By offering a "free ride" to the correction officers in NYC, we are encouraging these officers to ride the transit systems, knowing that police officers can't be everywhere. So having officers with corrections training would more than offset the costs involved by having these officers nearby in case of an emergency. This legislation would encourage a greater number of officers to ride our cities' buses and subways thereby enhancing security and ultimately deterring crime.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.7566 of 2011/2012
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined at this time.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1897--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. NOZZOLIO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation -- recom- mitted to the Committee on Transportation in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the transportation law, in relation to providing fares free of charge to certain correction officers on passenger transporta- tion facilities operated by certain public transportation authorities THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The transportation law is amended by adding a new section 135-a to read as follows: S 135-A. FREE USE OF PASSENGER TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES OPERATED BY CERTAIN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITIES. THE LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD AND EVERY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY LOCATED IN A CITY WITH A POPU- LATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE RECEIVING OPERATING ASSISTANCE PURSUANT TO SECTION EIGHTEEN-B OF THIS CHAPTER SHALL, NOT LATER THAN MARCH FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN, ADOPT REGULATIONS PROVIDING THAT USE OF ANY OF ITS FACILITIES TRANSPORTING PASSENGERS BE FREE OF CHARGE FOR PERSONS WHO DISPLAY AN AUTHORIZATION SHIELD AND IDENTIFICATION CARD EVIDENCING THAT THEY ARE CORRECTION OFFICERS OF THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION AND ARE PERFORMING THEIR OFFICIAL DUTIES OR ON THEIR WAY TO OR FROM PERFORMING THEIR OFFICIAL DUTIES. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01782-02-4