Bill S2122A-2013

Relates to the election of fire district officers for the Eastchester fire district in the town of Eastchester, county of Westchester

Relates to the election of fire district officers in the town of Eastchester fire district in the town of Eastchester, county of Westchester.

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  • Jun 18, 2013: SUBSTITUTED BY A2288A
  • Jun 3, 2013: AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 2122A
  • Mar 21, 2013: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Mar 20, 2013: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Mar 19, 2013: 1ST REPORT CAL.231
  • Jan 11, 2013: REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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BILL NUMBER:S2122A

TITLE OF BILL: An act in relation to authorizing the Eastchester fire district, in the town of Eastchester, county of Westchester, to change the date of its annual election

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To hold the annual fire district election for the town of Eastchester on the Tuesday next succeeding the first Monday in November.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one provides that the town of Eastchester shall hold its annual fire district election on the Tuesday next succeeding the first Monday in November. It also provides that: 1. the fire district election shall be held at every polling site established by the Westchester board of elections; 2. the fire district election districts are the same as the election districts and that an elector shall not be required to visit more than one polling site; 3. the fire district polls shall remain open for the same hours as the polls administered by the Westchester board of elections; and 4. both the commissioners of the Westchester board of elections shall approve in writing of the fire elections being held in the same locations as the elections held on Tuesday next succeeding the first Monday in November administered by the Westchester board of elections

Section two provides that despite other provisions in town law, all Eastchester fire district elections shall be held on the Tuesday next succeeding the first Monday in November.

Section three provides that the Westchester board of elections shall not be required to administer or oversee the Eastchester fire district elections

Section 4 provides for the effective date

JUSTIFICATION: The Eastchester Fire District holds elections of fire officers in December resulting in very low voter turnout. On average less than 5% of registered voters cast a vote. There are also no absentee ballots allowed in the December special election, which means homebound individuals are unable to vote. In addition, holding the election at the same time as the November general election would eliminate the costs of holding a separate fire district election, potentially resulting in savings to taxpayers.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.9609, 2012 referred to local governments.

FISCAL IMPLICATION: None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2122--A Cal. No. 231 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 11, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sens. LATIMER, DILAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading AN ACT in relation to authorizing the Eastchester fire district, in the town of Eastchester, county of Westchester, to change the date of its annual election THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Notwithstanding the provision of subdivision one of section 175 of the town law generally requiring holding annual fire district elections on the second Tuesday in December, and notwithstanding the provision of subdivision 6 of section 175 of the town law related to the number of electors in each fire district election district: the East- chester fire district, in the town of Eastchester, county of Westches- ter, whose boundaries only encompass the entire corporate limits of the town of Eastchester and each village within such town and where the only eligible electors of such fire district are also eligible electors of such town and villages, shall hold its annual election on the Tuesday next succeeding the first Monday in November provided that (i) such fire district election is held at every polling site as may be established by the Westchester county board of elections; (ii) such fire district election districts are the same as the election districts as may be established by the Westchester county board of elections, such that an elector shall not be required to visit more than one polling site on such date; (iii) such fire district polls remain open for the same hours as the polls administered by the Westchester county board of elections; (iv) both of the Westchester county board of elections commissioners approve in writing of such fire district elections being held in the same locations as the elections held on the Tuesday next succeeding the
first Monday in November administered by such board of elections; and (v) the Eastchester fire district adheres to the provisions of section 175 of the town law that are not inconsistent with this act. S 2. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 179 of the town law authorizing fire districts to hold special elections to vote upon appro- priations, or any other law that would authorize the Eastchester fire district to hold a special election, all elections of the Eastchester fire district shall be held on the Tuesday next succeeding the first Monday in November in the manner provided for by this act. S 3. Nothing in this act shall be construed to require the Westchester county board of elections to authorize, administer, or otherwise oversee the Eastchester fire district elections, provided, however, that such county board of elections shall be authorized to provide technical assistance to such fire district. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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