Establishes the county historian for the county of Niagara and the local historian for any city, town or village located within the county of Niagara shall be appointed by the chief executive officer of such county, city, town or village.
Ayes (58): Addabbo, Alesi, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espaillat, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Huntley, Johnson, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Absent (3): Kruger, Oppenheimer, Smith
Excused (1): Adams
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the arts and cultural affairs law, in relation to the appointment of local historians in the county of Niagara
PURPOSE: To establish that the local historian for any municipality in the county of Niagara shall be appointed by the chief executive officer of such municipality.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends subdivision 1 of section 57.07 of the arts and cultural affairs law as amended by chapter 737 of the laws of 1987. It is amended to state that the county of Niagara and the local historian for the city, town or village located within the county of Niagara shall be appointed by the chief executive officer of such county, city, town or village and the appointment of such historians, as well as any deputy historians working with such historians, shall not be subject to civil service requirements.
JUSTIFICATION: To better serve the community, candidates should be appointed to these important positions by their supervising officer, and should be chosen solely on the basis of their credentials, experience and love of history. Current methods of selecting local historians have not adequately represented Niagara county in the past and thus it is in the best interests of the county to appoint local historians with expert knowledge of the area.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.8716/A.9849 of 2009-2010; Advanced to Third Reading S.7160 of 2007/2008; Advanced to Third Reading
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 234 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation AN ACT to amend the arts and cultural affairs law, in relation to the appointment of local historians in the county of Niagara THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 57.07 of the arts and cultural affairs law, as amended by chapter 737 of the laws of 1987, is amended to read as follows: 1. A local historian shall be appointed, as provided in this section, for each city, town or village, except that in a city of over one million inhabitants a local historian shall be appointed for each borough therein instead of for the city at large; and a county historian may be appointed for each county. Such historian shall be appointed as follows: For a city, by the mayor; for a borough, by the borough presi- dent; for a town, by the supervisor; for a village, by the mayor; for a county, by the board of supervisors. PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THE COUNTY HISTORIAN FOR THE COUNTY OF NIAGARA AND THE LOCAL HISTORIAN FOR ANY CITY, TOWN OR VILLAGE LOCATED WITHIN THE COUNTY OF NIAGARA SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF SUCH COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR VILLAGE AND THE APPOINTMENT OF SUCH HISTORIANS, AS WELL AS ANY DEPUTY HISTORIANS WORKING WITH SUCH HISTORIANS, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO CIVIL SERVICE REQUIREMENTS. Such historian shall serve without compensation, unless the governing board of the city, town, village or county for or in which he or she was appointed or in the city of New York, the mayor, shall otherwise provide. In a city having a board of estimate, other than the city of New York, a resolution or ordinance establishing compensation or salary for such historian shall not take effect without the concurrence of such board. Each local government historian shallEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01172-01-1 S. 234 2
promote the establishment and improvement of programs for the management and preservation of local government records with enduring value for historical or other research; encourage the coordinated collection and preservation of nongovernmental historical records by libraries, histor- ical societies, and other repositories; and carry out and actively encourage research in such records in order to add to the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the community's history. The local authorities of the city, town, village or county for which such histori- an is appointed, may provide the historian with sufficient space in a safe, vault or other fire proof structure for the preservation of historical materials collected. Such local authorities and also the board of supervisors of each of the counties of the state are hereby authorized and empowered to appropriate, raise by tax and expend moneys for historical purposes within their several jurisdictions, including historical edifices, the erection of historical markers and monuments, the collection of war mementos, and, either alone or in cooperation with patriotic or historical organizations, the preparation and publication of local histories and records and the printing and issuing of other historical materials in aid of the work of the local historian. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.