Provides that farmers shall receive an exemption from tolls when transporting product to NYC for consumption in the city.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to providing toll exemptions for farmers transporting their goods to the city of New York
PURPOSE: Provides that farmers shall receive an exemption from tolls when transporting product to NYC for consumption in the city.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Public Authorities Law is amended by adding a new section 2858 to provide an exemption from any toll imposed by an authority for transportation across, on, or through any bridge, road, or tunnel, for any farmer or food producer who: a) farms or produces food, including fish and fish products, on a property located in the state of New York; and b) is transporting such food to the city of New York for the purposes of consumption within such city. Any person exempt from a toll pursuant to this law shall also be exempt from any congestion pricing plan implemented in the City of New York. The thruway authority shall establish acceptable forms of proof to show that an individual is in compliance with this law and is eligible for such an exemption.
JUSTIFICATION: New York farmers struggle under the most stringent regulations and onerous taxes in the country, yet produce the highest quality product. Many of these products are marketed in various ways in New York City. Consumers are able to express their preference and purchase these products in many restaurants, bodegas and farmers markets. However for the farmer to deliver their products to markets in the city, the farmer is subject to additional expenses of bridge tolls, tunnel tolls, and possibly an additional charge for delivery in certain areas of Manhattan. Farmers should be exempt from any toll imposed by public authority for transportation across, on, or through any bridge, road, or tunnel for the purposes of consumption within the city. The cost of fuel is escalating along with the cost of tolls. Farmers are stressed with the price of gas to transport their products to the city for consumption to make little profit after the cost of gas and tolls are included. To help offset these expenses, farmers should be exempt from tolls when transporting product to NYC for consumption in the city.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011,2012: S.742/A.258A Referred to Corporations, Authorities and Commissions 2009,2010: S.2427/A.3628 Referred to Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions 2007,2008: S.7483/A.9917 Referred to Transportation
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined at this time.
EFFECTIVE DATE: 180 days after enactment into law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2084 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 10, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. YOUNG, AVELLA, BONACIC -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Corpo- rations, Authorities and Commissions AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to providing toll exemptions for farmers transporting their goods to the city of New York THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The public authorities law is amended by adding a new section 2858 to read as follows: S 2858. EXEMPTIONS FROM TOLLS. 1. ANY PUBLIC AUTHORITY UNDER TITLE NINE OF ARTICLE TWO, TITLE TWO OF ARTICLE THREE OR TITLE THREE OF ARTI- CLE THREE OF THIS CHAPTER, SHALL PROVIDE AN EXEMPTION FROM ANY TOLL IMPOSED BY SUCH AUTHORITY FOR TRANSPORTATION ACROSS, ON OR THROUGH ANY BRIDGE, ROAD OR TUNNEL, FOR ANY FARMER OR FOOD PRODUCER WHO: A. FARMS OR PRODUCES FOOD, INCLUDING FISH AND FISH PRODUCTS, ON A PROPERTY LOCATED IN THE STATE; AND B. IS TRANSPORTING SUCH FOOD TO THE CITY OF NEW YORK FOR THE PURPOSES OF CONSUMPTION WITHIN SUCH CITY. 2. ANY PERSON EXEMPT FROM A TOLL PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION SHALL ALSO BE EXEMPT FROM ANY CONGESTION PRICING PLAN IMPLE- MENTED IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK. 3. THE NEW YORK STATE THRUWAY AUTHORITY SHALL ESTABLISH ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF PROOF TO SHOW THAT AN INDIVIDUAL DOES, IN FACT, COMPLY WITH PARAGRAPHS A AND B OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03748-01-3