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Bill S3455A-2009

Relates to activities engaged in by neighborhood preservation companies

Relates to activities engaged in by neighborhood preservation companies; allows certain limits on annual contract amounts may be exceeded in instances where the division of housing and community renewal has determined additional funding will address a compelling public purpose.

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Actions

  • Mar 22, 2010: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Mar 17, 2010: PRINT NUMBER 3455A
  • Mar 17, 2010: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HOUSING, CONSTRUCTION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
  • Jan 6, 2010: REFERRED TO HOUSING, CONSTRUCTION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
  • Jul 16, 2009: COMMITTED TO RULES
  • Jun 3, 2009: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Jun 2, 2009: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Jun 1, 2009: 1ST REPORT CAL.514
  • Mar 19, 2009: REFERRED TO HOUSING, CONSTRUCTION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Housing, Construction, and Community Development - Mar 22, 2010
Ayes (8): Espada, Hassell-Thompson, Krueger, Diaz, Squadron, Bonacic, Leibell, Young

Memo

 BILL NUMBER:  S3455A

TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the private housing finance law, in relation to activities engaged in by neighborhood preservation companies

PURPOSE OF THE BILL : This bill would amend Private Housing Finance Law ("PHFL") articles 16 and 17.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section 1 of the bill would amend PHFL § 902(5) to permit a neighborhood preservation company that is operating within a designated neighborhood in a municipality to expand its service area to include under served areas of the municipality.

Section 2 of the bill would add a new subdivision 7 to PHFL § 902 to define a "compelling public purpose" which would permit the division of housing and community renewal to exceed contract funding caps in order to expand a neighborhood preservation company's service area to include underserved areas of the municipality.

Section 3 of the bill would amend PHFL § 903(4) to authorize the Division of Housing and Community Renewal ("DHCR") to exceed the applicable limit on the annual contract amount if it is determined that such additional funding will address a compelling public purpose.

Section 4 of the bill would add a new subdivision 7 to PHFL § 1002 to define a "compelling public purpose" which would permit the DHCR to exceed contract funding caps in order to expand a rural preservation corporation's service area to include underserved rural areas.

Section 5 of the bill would amend PHFL § 1003(4) to authorize the DHCR to exceed the applicable limit on the annual contract amount if it is determined that such additional funding will address a compelling public purpose.

Section 6 of the bill provides for an immediate effective date.

EXISTING LAW : Currently, the law caps the funds a rural or neighborhood preservation company can receive in anyone fiscal year and restricts a neighborhood preservation company's service area to a geographically defined neighborhood of a municipality.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : This is a new bill.

STATEMENT IN SUPPORT : The proposed amendments will improve the effectiveness of neighborhood preservation company programs by providing the DHCR with the discretion to exceed annual funding caps to address a compelling public purpose and to expand a neighborhood preservation company's service area to include underserved areas of the municipality. A compelling public purpose includes the merger or consolidation of two or more preservation companies or corporations where the pre-existing service areas of all merged or consolidated companies and corporations remain served following the merger or consolidation, and such action results in more efficient and cost effective delivery of services; or services vital to the health, safety and welfare of a service area as determined by the DHCR pursuant to rules and regulations promulgated under articles 16 and 17.

BUDGET IMPLICATIONS :

None. This bill could be implemented with the funds currently available for these programs.

EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect immediately.

Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3455--A 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 19, 2009 ___________
Introduced by Sens. ESPADA, HASSELL-THOMPSON, KRUEGER, OPPENHEIMER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development -- 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 private housing finance law, in relation to activ- ities engaged in by neighborhood preservation companies THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 5 of section 902 of the private housing finance law, as amended by chapter 668 of the laws of 1985, is amended to read as follows: 5. "Neighborhood preservation activities" shall mean activities engaged in by a neighborhood preservation company within a geograph- ically defined neighborhood of a municipality, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT THE DIVISION MAY AUTHORIZE A NEIGHBORHOOD PRESERVATION COMPANY TO ENGAGE IN SUCH ACTIVITIES IN UNDERSERVED AREAS OF THE MUNICIPALITY LYING OUTSIDE OF ITS INITIALLY DESIGNATED NEIGHBORHOOD AREA, THAT ARE designed (a) to construct, maintain, preserve, repair, renovate, upgrade, improve, modernize, rehabilitate or otherwise prolong the useful life and to manage and coordinate the rehabilitation of residential dwelling accommodations within such neighborhood, to restore abandoned and vacant as well as occupied housing accommodations to habitable condition; to demolish structurally unsound or unsafe or otherwise unsightly or unhealthy structures which no longer serve or can economically be made to serve a useful purpose consistent with stabilizing or improving a neighborhood; to seal and maintain vacant but structurally sound struc- tures which are capable of being rehabilitated at a future time and used for housing purposes; to acquire, where appropriate, buildings which
contain housing accommodations; to facilitate the disposition of build- ings containing housing accommodations to individual occupants thereof or to cooperative groups whose members shall be occupants thereof; to assist owners, occupants and tenants of housing accommodations to obtain improvements in the physical conditions thereof and in the maintenance and management thereof; and to manage housing accommodations as agents for the owners thereof or administrators or receivers appointed or designated pursuant to any law of the state; and (b) to accomplish simi- lar purposes and meet similar needs with respect to retail and service establishments within such neighborhoods when carried out in connection with and incidental to a program of housing related activities. S 2. Section 902 of the private housing finance law is amended by adding a new subdivision 7 to read as follows: 7. "COMPELLING PUBLIC PURPOSE" SHALL MEAN: (A) THE MERGER OR CONSOL- IDATION OF TWO OR MORE NEIGHBORHOOD PRESERVATION COMPANIES WHERE THE PRE-EXISTING SERVICE AREAS OF ALL MERGED OR CONSOLIDATED COMPANIES REMAIN SERVED FOLLOWING THE MERGER OR CONSOLIDATION, AND SUCH ACTION RESULTS IN MORE EFFICIENT AND COST EFFECTIVE DELIVERY OF SERVICES; OR (B) SERVICES VITAL TO THE HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE OF A SERVICE AREA. S 3. Subdivision 4 of section 903 of the private housing finance law, as amended by section 1 of part FF of chapter 57 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: 4. Contracts entered into hereunder with neighborhood preservation companies shall be limited in duration to periods of one year, but may thereafter be renewed, extended or succeeded by new contracts from year to year in the discretion of the commissioner; they shall be limited in amount to the sum of one hundred thousand dollars in a single year, provided that in any year in which the aggregate sum of three hundred thousand dollars shall have been reached and all succeeding years, the annual contract amount shall be subject to a limit of ninety-seven thou- sand five hundred dollars per year, AND FURTHER PROVIDED THAT THE APPLI- CABLE LIMIT ON THE ANNUAL CONTRACT AMOUNT MAY BE EXCEEDED IN INSTANCES WHERE THE DIVISION HAS DETERMINED THAT SUCH ADDITIONAL FUNDING WILL ADDRESS A COMPELLING PUBLIC PURPOSE; they shall define with particulari- ty the neighborhood or portion thereof within which the neighborhood preservation activities shall be performed; they shall specify the nature of the neighborhood preservation activities which shall be performed including the approximate number of buildings, residential dwelling units and local retail and service establishments which shall be affected; they shall locate and describe, with as much particularity as is reasonably possible, the buildings with respect to which such activities shall be performed during the contract term; and they shall specify the number of persons, salaries or rates of compensation and a description of duties of those who shall be engaged by the neighborhood preservation company to perform the activities embraced by the contract together with a schedule of other anticipated expenses. S 4. Section 1002 of the private housing finance law is amended by adding a new subdivision 7 to read as follows: 7. "COMPELLING PUBLIC PURPOSE" SHALL MEAN: (A) THE MERGER OR CONSOL- IDATION OF TWO OR MORE CORPORATIONS WHERE THE PRE-EXISTING SERVICE AREAS OF ALL MERGED OR CONSOLIDATED CORPORATIONS REMAIN SERVED FOLLOWING THE MERGER OR CONSOLIDATION, AND SUCH ACTION RESULTS IN MORE EFFICIENT AND COST EFFECTIVE DELIVERY OF SERVICES; OR (B) SERVICES VITAL TO THE HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE OF A SERVICE AREA.
S 5. Subdivision 4 of section 1003 of the private housing finance law, as amended by section 2 of part FF of chapter 57 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: 4. Contracts pursuant to this section shall be for a period of no more than one year, but may be renewed or extended from year to year, and shall provide for payment by the division of no more than one hundred thousand dollars per year, provided that in any year in which the aggre- gate sum of three hundred thousand dollars shall have been reached and all succeeding years, the annual contract amount shall be subject to a limit of ninety-seven thousand five hundred dollars per year, AND FURTHER PROVIDED THAT THE APPLICABLE LIMIT ON THE ANNUAL CONTRACT AMOUNT MAY BE EXCEEDED IN INSTANCES WHERE THE DIVISION HAS DETERMINED THAT SUCH ADDITIONAL FUNDING WILL ADDRESS A COMPELLING PUBLIC PURPOSE; they shall define with particularity the region or portion thereof within which the housing preservation and community renewal activities shall be performed; they shall specify the nature of the housing preservation and community renewal activities which shall be performed including the approximate number of buildings, residential dwelling units and local retail and service establishments which shall be affected; they shall locate and describe, with as much particularity as is reasonably possi- ble, the buildings with respect to which such activities shall be performed during the contract term; and they shall specify the number of persons, salaries or rates of compensation and a description of duties of those who shall be engaged by the corporation to perform the activ- ities embraced by the contract together with a schedule of other antic- ipated expenses. S 6. This act shall take effect immediately.

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