Includes the Wynantskill Creek in the definition of "inland waterways" for the purpose of waterfront revitalization.
Ayes (34): DeFrancisco, Bonacic, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Savino, Seward, Young, Krueger, Diaz, Dilan, Rivera, Gianaris, Breslin, Montgomery, Parker, Perkins, Stavisky, Squadron, Kennedy, Espaillat, Sampson
Ayes W/R (1): Peralta
Excused (1): Hannon
Ayes (62): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (1): Sampson
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to including the Wynantskill Creek in the definition of "inland waterways" for the purposes of waterfront revitalization
PURPOSE: To designate the Wynantskill Creek as an Inland Waterway for purposes of the State's Coastal and Inland Waterways program.
SUMMARY: The bill amends Subdivision 4 of Section 911 of the Executive Law by expanding the definition of "inland waterways" to include the Wynantskill Creek.
JUSTIFICATION: Designation as an "inland waterway" makes the local communities along such waterway eligible to participate in New York's Coastal and Inland Waterways Program. The State offers a grant program, funded through the Environmental Protection Fund, which assists communities in developing and implementing local waterfront revitalization programs. These initiatives can be invaluable in revitalizing the area and in fostering the beneficial use of the waterfront.
In recent years, several waterways have been added to the definition, reflecting the interest in, and benefits of, this program. This legislation would amend the definition to also include the Wynantskill Creek, located in Rensselaer County. The Wynantskill Creek feeds into the Hudson River, which is already defined as an inland waterway. The Wynantskill Creek is of great historical importance, providing the water power fueling the Industrial Revolution. It served mills dating back to the Manor of Rensselaerwyck as well as the ironworks that provided the plate for the Civil War ironclad ship, the Monitor. In its picturesque 14 mile course from its headwaters at Crooked Lake, it drains Glass Lake, the three Burden Lakes, Crystal Lake, Reichard's Lake, Snyder's Lake and Burden Pond, passing through the towns of Sand Lake and North Greenbush and descending over several waterfalls through the City of Troy to the Hudson River. One half mile is devoted to a footpath with public fishing rights, offering wild brook trout and brown trout stocked by the Department of Environmental Conservation, while many more miles remain undeveloped, presenting significant potential for increased public access and use.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPACT: None to the State. The towns and businesses along the waterway will benefit economically.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4080 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 7, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. MARCHIONE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to including the Wynants- kill Creek in the definition of "inland waterways" for the purposes of waterfront revitalization THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (c) of subdivision 4 of section 911 of the execu- tive law, as amended by chapter 133 of the laws of 2012, is amended to read as follows: (c) the state's major creeks comprised of the Bushkill, Cattaraugus, Cincinnati, East Kill, Esopus (including upper and lower branches), Fish (including east and west branches), Gooseberry, Little Sandy, Onondaga, Sandy, Schoharie, South Sandy, Oatka
[and], Tonawanda [and], West Kill AND WYNANTSKILL; S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09448-01-3