Bill S368-2013

Provides for establishment of the urban open space program in the office of parks, recreation and historic preservation; establishes fund; appropriation

Provides for establishment of the urban open space program in the office of parks, recreation and historic preservation; establishes the urban open space program fund; makes an appropriation of 10 million dollars; purpose of the program is to provide for the acquisition, creation, establishment, expansion, improvement, conservation and protection of open space areas in cities for the purpose of enhancing the urban environment, and thereby promoting the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state in a variety of ways, such as reduction of air and noise pollution, modification of extremes of temperature (resulting in the reduction of energy expended to heat/cool buildings/homes), assisting watershed management, providing habitats for desirable urban vegetation and wildlife, provision of shade, preservation of natural resources, enhancement of real estate values and beautification of urban areas throughout the state.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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BILL NUMBER:S368

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law and the state finance law, in relation to providing for the establishment of the urban open space program and establishing the urban open space program fund; and making an appropriation therefor

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Provides for the establishment of the Open Space Program Fund in the office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law is amended by adding a new article 18.

JUSTIFICATION: Many of New York State's low income urban communities suffer from a dramatic absence of parkland and open space. Parklands and open spaces enhance the urban environment and promote the health, safety and welfare of inner city residents by reducing air and noise pollution, reducing temperatures--thereby reducing the amount of energy consumed in heating and Cooling many urban buildings, assisting in watershed management, providing habitats for desirable urban vegetation and wildlife, providing shade, preserving natural resources and enhancing real estate values.

In an effort to acquire and/or preserve open spaces in low-income communities, this measure provides for the establishment of the Urban Open Space Program (UOS) and appropriates 10 million dollars to UOS, which cities can utilize to acquire, create, expand, improve, conserve and/or protect open spaces in their communities.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: A.561 Referred to Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development/S.6931 Referred to Finance

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: $10 million dollars will be appropriated to the UOS fund from any moneys in the State Treasury in the General Fund to the credit of the state purposes account not otherwise appropriated for services and expenses of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for the purposes of carrying out the provisions of this act.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 368 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law and the state finance law, in relation to providing for the establishment of the urban open space program and establishing the urban open space program fund; and making an appropriation therefor THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The parks, recreation and historic preservation law is amended by adding a new article 18 to read as follows: ARTICLE 18 URBAN OPEN SPACE PROGRAM SECTION 18.01 URBAN OPEN SPACE PROGRAM. S 18.01 URBAN OPEN SPACE PROGRAM. 1. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ESTABLISH WITHIN THE OFFICE AN URBAN OPEN SPACE PROGRAM (HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO IN THIS SECTION AS "UOS PROGRAM" OR "PROGRAM"). THE PURPOSE OF THE UOS PROGRAM SHALL BE TO PROVIDE FOR THE ACQUISITION, CREATION, ESTABLISH- MENT, EXPANSION, IMPROVEMENT, CONSERVATION AND PROTECTION OF OPEN SPACE AREAS IN CITIES. THE PURPOSE OF SUCH OPEN SPACE AREAS SHALL BE TO ENHANCE THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT, THEREBY PROMOTING THE HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE IN A VARIETY OF WAYS, SUCH AS: REDUCTION OF AIR POLLUTION, REDUCTION OF NOISE POLLUTION, MODIFICATION OF EXTREMES OF TEMPERATURE THEREBY REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF ENERGY CONSUMED IN HEATING AND COOLING MANY URBAN BUILDINGS AND HOMES, ASSIST- ING IN WATERSHED MANAGEMENT, PROVIDING HABITATS FOR DESIRABLE URBAN VEGETATION AND WILDLIFE, PROVISION OF SHADE, PRESERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES, ENHANCEMENT OF REAL ESTATE VALUES AND BEAUTIFICATION OF URBAN AREAS THROUGHOUT THE STATE.
2. THE UOS PROGRAM SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO: (A) ACQUISITION, CREATION, ESTABLISHMENT, EXPANSION, IMPROVEMENT, CONSERVATION AND PROTECTION OF OPEN SPACE AREAS IN CITIES BY THE OFFICE FOR UOS PROGRAM PURPOSES; AND (B) STATE AID TO CITIES FOR THE ACQUISITION, CREATION, ESTABLISHMENT, EXPANSION, IMPROVEMENT, CONSERVATION AND PROTECTION OF OPEN SPACE AREAS IN CITIES BY CITIES FOR UOS PROGRAM PURPOSES. 3. (A) REAL PROPERTY ACQUIRED BY THE OFFICE SHALL BE ACQUIRED PURSUANT TO SECTIONS 3.17 AND 3.19 OF THIS CHAPTER, AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE STATE COMMISSIONER OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL AND THE COMMISSIONER OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION. MONEYS TO BE EXPENDED FOR THE COST OF SUCH ACQUISITION SHALL BE PAID ON THE AUDIT AND WARRANT OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER ON THE CERTIFICATE OF THE COMMISSIONER. (B)(I) NO REAL PROPERTY SHALL BE ACQUIRED BY A CITY PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION UNLESS SUCH ACQUISITION SHALL HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY THE COMMIS- SIONER, AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE STATE COMMISSIONER OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL AND THE COMMISSIONER OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION. (II) THE STATE SHARE OF THE COST OF SUCH ACQUISITION SHALL BE PAID ON THE AUDIT AND WARRANT OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER ON THE CERTIFICATE OF THE COMMISSIONER. (III) IN THE EVENT THAT A CITY SHALL FAIL TO PAY ITS SHARE, AS DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER, OF THE COST OF SUCH ACQUISI- TION WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF THE CERTIFICATION TO THE CITY BY THE STATE COMPTROLLER OF THE AMOUNT OF SUCH COST, THE STATE COMPTROLLER SHALL CAUSE TO BE WITHHELD FROM THE STATE ASSISTANCE FUNDS TO WHICH SUCH CITY WOULD OTHERWISE BE ENTITLED, A SUM SUFFICIENT TO REIMBURSE THE STATE FOR ANY AMOUNT REMAINING UNPAID, TOGETHER WITH INTEREST ON ANY SUCH UNPAID AMOUNT AT THE RATE OF THREE PERCENT PER ANNUM FROM THE DATE OF SUCH CERTIFICATION. MONEYS SO WITHHELD SHALL BE CREDITED AGAINST THE AMOUNT OF PRINCIPAL AND INTEREST PAYABLE BY SUCH CITY FOR ITS SHARE OF THE COST OF ACQUISITION OF SUCH REAL PROPERTY. (IV) FOR THE PURPOSE OF COMPUTING THE GRANT OF AID MADE BY THE OFFICE TO A CITY TO ASSIST IN PAYING FOR THE COST OF ACQUIRING REAL PROPERTY PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION, THE COST OF ACQUISITION SHALL NOT BE MORE THAN THE AMOUNT SET FORTH IN THE APPLI- CATION FOR STATE AID MADE BY THE CITY AND APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER, PLUS ANY DIRECT INCIDENTAL COSTS APPROVED BY THE COMPTROLLER. (V) A CITY WHICH ACQUIRES REAL PROPERTY WITH FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION MAY ESTABLISH REASONABLE RULES AND REGULATIONS TO ENSURE PROPER ADMINISTRATION, MAINTENANCE, USE AND PROTECTION OF SUCH LANDS, PROVIDED THAT NO RULE OR REGULATION RESTRICTING THE USE OF SUCH PROPERTY TO THE RESIDENTS OF THE CITY SHALL BE EFFECTIVE WITHOUT THE EXPRESS APPROVAL OF THE COMMISSIONER. (C) REAL PROPERTY ACQUIRED BY THE OFFICE PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION OR BY A CITY WITH THE AID OF FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION, SHALL BE RETAINED BY THE OFFICE OR CITY, AS THE CASE MAY BE, AND SHALL NOT BE DISPOSED OF OR USED FOR OTHER THAN URBAN OPEN SPACE PURPOSES AS SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION WITHOUT THE EXPRESS AUTHORITY OF AN ACT OF THE LEGISLATURE. 4. IN IMPLEMENTING, MANAGING AND ADMINISTERING THE URBAN OPEN SPACE PROGRAM PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION, THE COMMISSIONER MAY PERFORM SUCH ACTS AND PROMULGATE SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS AS HE OR SHE DEEMS NECESSARY, PROPER OR DESIRABLE TO CARRY OUT THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION. THIS SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, THE COMMISSIONER'S CONSULTATION WITH THE STATE COMMISSIONER OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL AND THE COMMISSIONER OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION. PROVIDED FURTHER THAT THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS CONCERNING THE STANDARDS FOR THE ELIGIBILITY OF A CITY FOR STATE AID
PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION AND THE FORM FOR APPLICATIONS FOR SUCH STATE AID. S 2. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 97-llll to read as follows: S 97-LLLL. URBAN OPEN SPACE PROGRAM FUND. 1. THERE IS HEREBY ESTAB- LISHED IN THE JOINT CUSTODY OF THE COMPTROLLER AND THE COMMISSIONER OF THE OFFICE OF PARKS, RECREATION AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION A SPECIAL FUND TO BE KNOWN AS THE "URBAN OPEN SPACE PROGRAM FUND". 2. SUCH FUND SHALL CONSIST OF ALL MONEYS CREDITED OR APPROPRIATED FOR TRANSFER THERETO FROM ANY SOURCE ACCORDING TO LAW. 3. MONEYS OF THE FUND SHALL BE AVAILABLE ONLY FOR THE PAYMENT OF COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION, MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE URBAN OPEN SPACE PROGRAM ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO ARTICLE EIGHTEEN OF THE PARKS, RECREATION AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION LAW, INCLUDING THE PAYMENT OF STATE AID PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SUCH ARTICLE. 4. MONEYS OF THE FUND SHALL BE KEPT SEPARATE AND SHALL NOT BE COMMIN- GLED WITH ANY OTHER MONEYS IN THE CUSTODY OF THE COMPTROLLER. ANY SUCH MONEYS IN THE FUND MAY, IN THE DISCRETION OF THE COMPTROLLER, BE INVESTED IN OBLIGATIONS IN WHICH THE COMPTROLLER IS AUTHORIZED TO INVEST PURSUANT TO SECTION NINETY-EIGHT-A OF THIS ARTICLE. ANY INCOME OR INTER- EST FROM SUCH INVESTMENT SHALL BE CREDITED TO SUCH FUND. 5. ALL PAYMENTS OF MONEYS FROM THE FUND SHALL BE MADE ON THE AUDIT AND WARRANT OF THE COMPTROLLER. S 3. The sum of ten million dollars ($10,000,000), or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated to the urban open space program fund from any moneys in the state treasury in the general fund to the credit of the state purposes account not otherwise appropriated for services and expenses of the office of parks, recreation and histor- ic preservation for the purposes of carrying out the provisions of this act. Such sum shall be payable on the audit and warrant of the state comptroller on vouchers certified or approved by the commissioner of the office of parks, recreation and historic preservation, or his duly designated representative in the manner provided by law. No expenditure shall be made from this appropriation until a certificate of approval of availability shall have been issued by the director of the budget and filed with the state comptroller and a copy filed with the chairman of the senate finance committee and the chairman of the assembly ways and means committee. Such certificate may be amended from time to time by the director of the budget and a copy of each such amendment shall be filed with the state comptroller, the chairman of the senate finance committee and the chairman of the assembly ways and means committee. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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