Relates to modifying the composition of membership of the Buffalo municipal housing authority.
Ayes (44): Adams, Alesi, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Johnson, Klein, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Stavisky, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Nays (15): Addabbo, Avella, Dilan, Duane, Espaillat, Gianaris, Hassell-Thomps, Kennedy, Krueger, Montgomery, Oppenheimer, Rivera, Serrano, Squadron, Stewart-Cousin
Excused (2): Huntley, McDonald
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public housing law, in relation to modifying the composition of the membership of the Buffalo municipal housing authority
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To change NYS Public Housing Law to Grant the Buffalo Common Council the power to appoint one commissioner to the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority governing board.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 404 of the NYS public housing law is amended to allow the governing board of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority to be comprised of seven members, two elected by tenants, one member appointed by the common council and four members appointed by the mayor of Buffalo, one of whom shall be designated by the mayor as chairman removable at his or her pleasure.
The chairman and the members of the authority other than the tenant members shall receive a salary fixed by local law. The two tenant members shall receive a monthly stipend in the amount of $250.
The act shall take effect immediately
JUSTIFICATION: Over the past several years residents of the city of Buffalo's Marine Drive Apartments have reported numerous quality of life problems at the complex. These range from matters such as inadequate snow removal, which poses a problem for the many elderly residents of Marine Drive, to more serious safety concerns like the failure of building management to coordinate with the Buffalo Police Department with regard to illegal activity. Tenant complaints to the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA), the agency that owns the property and will assume management of the property in 2011, have risen with many of these same tenants feeling their complaints have been ignored. It is imperative that the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority Tenant Council has a board of commissioners that represent the diverse needs of the greater Buffalo area as well as those of the housing agency. This bill allows the Buffalo Common Council to appoint one housing commissioner to ensure a more transparent, accountable and representative board of commissioners on behalf of the residents of Marine Drive and to the taxpayers of Buffalo.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3133--B Cal. No. 196 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 9, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development -- 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 -- recommitted to the Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development 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 public housing law, in relation to modifying the composition of the membership of the Buffalo municipal housing author- ity THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 404 of the public housing law, as amended by chap- ter 576 of the laws of 1993, is amended to read as follows: S 404. Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority. 1. The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority is hereby constituted and declared to be a body corpo- rate and politic with all the powers, rights and duties set forth in article five of the former state housing law. 2. THE GOVERNING BOARD OF THE AUTHORITY SHALL BE COMPRISED OF SEVEN MEMBERS, WITH TWO MEMBERS ELECTED BY TENANTS, ONE MEMBER APPOINTED BY THE COMMON COUNCIL AND FOUR MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE MAYOR OF BUFFALO, ONE OF WHOM SHALL BE DESIGNATED BY THE MAYOR AS CHAIRMAN REMOVABLE AT HIS OR HER PLEASURE. Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of law, any member of such authority appointed or reappointed by THE COMMON COUNCIL OR the mayor of Buffalo shall be subject to confirmation by a majority vote of the common council of such city. 3. THE CHAIRMAN AND THE MEMBERS OF THE AUTHORITY OTHER THAN THE TENANT MEMBERS SHALL RECEIVE A SALARY, THE AMOUNT OF WHICH SHALL BE FIXED BY LOCAL LAW. THE TWO TENANT MEMBERS SHALL RECEIVE A MONTHLY STIPEND IN THE AMOUNT OF TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07000-13-1