Bill S4146-2013

Extends, until December 31, 2014, the authorization of residential property owners in high risk brush fire areas on Staten Island to cut and remove reeds

Extends, from December 31, 2013 to December 31, 2014, the expiration of the authorization granted to residential property owners in high risk brush fire areas on Staten Island to cut and remove reeds from their property.

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Actions

  • Jul 31, 2013: SIGNED CHAP.258
  • Jul 19, 2013: DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • May 20, 2013: returned to senate
  • May 20, 2013: passed assembly
  • May 20, 2013: ordered to third reading cal.285
  • May 20, 2013: substituted for a122
  • May 20, 2013: referred to environmental conservation
  • May 20, 2013: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • May 20, 2013: PASSED SENATE
  • Apr 22, 2013: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Apr 17, 2013: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Apr 16, 2013: 1ST REPORT CAL.332
  • Mar 12, 2013: REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Local Government - Apr 16, 2013
Ayes (9): Martins, Ball, Boyle, Marchione, Ritchie, Valesky, Gipson, Latimer, O'Brien

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4146

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend chapter 306 of the laws of 2011, authorizing owners of residential real property in high risk brush fire areas in the borough of Staten Island to cut and remove reeds from their property, in relation to extending the expiration and repeal date thereof for an additional year

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To establish a general residential fire break permit for the borough of Staten Island, city of New York to allow the owner of residential real property to cut and remove phragmites.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1. Amends Section 3 of chapter 306 of the laws of 2011 authorizing owners of residential real property in high risk brush fire areas in the borough of Staten Island to cut and remove reeds from their property, as amended by chapter 34 of the laws of 2012.

Section 2. Provides for an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Every year on Staten Island there are series of dangerous brushfires. Many areas on Staten Island are prone to brushfires because they are thick with an invasive, non-native species of weed - phragmites communis. Phragmites are reeds and combustible plants that commonly grow seven feet tall and often turn into tinderboxes especially during the spring and fall seasons. They have been the proven source of numerous brush fires which often escalate and threaten surrounding properties. In fact, in the past 14 years there have been 7,389 reported brush fires on Staten Island with 192 of them "all hands on" requiring all fire houses on the Island to send assistance, according to information provided by the New York City Fire Department.

This legislation extends chapter 34 of the laws of 2012 for another year. It allows a residential property owner in a high risk brush fire area in the borough of Staten Island to obtain a no-cost permit to cut down these invasive combustible reeds thereby reducing the life-threatening phragmite fires that not only destroy property and homes but put our first responders at risk as they battle these blazes.

The no-cost permits can be obtained via telephone or in person through the Staten Island borough president's office. Furthermore, information regarding the availability of the residential fire break permits can be found on the Department of Environmental Conservation website.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: A.9046/S.6219 - Chapter 34; A.7463-A/S.4377-A - Chapter 306.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed December 31, 2014.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4146 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 12, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. LANZA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government AN ACT to amend chapter 306 of the laws of 2011, authorizing owners of residential real property in high risk brush fire areas in the borough of Staten Island to cut and remove reeds from their property, in relation to extending the expiration and repeal date thereof for an additional year THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 3 of chapter 306 of the laws of 2011, authorizing owners of residential real property in high risk brush fire areas in the borough of Staten Island to cut and remove reeds from their property, as amended by chapter 34 of the laws of 2012, is amended to read as follows: S 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed December 31, [2013] 2014. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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