Establishes a bi-county commission in the counties of Nassau and Suffolk to study the feasibility of establishing the state of Long Island.
BILL NUMBER: S426A
TITLE OF BILL : An act in relation to establishing a bi-county commission in the counties of Nassau and Suffolk to study the feasibility of establishing the state of Long Island
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL : Establishes a bi-county commission in the counties of Nassau and Suffolk to study the feasibility of establishing the state of Long Island.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS : To create a 24 member Nassau/Suffolk bi-county commission chaired by the respective county executives for the purpose of conducting a feasibility study on the establishment of a state of Long Island to be completed on or before July 1, 2010, and submitting the question of statehood to the Nassau/Suffolk electors in a non binding referendum at the November 2, 2010 election.
JUSTIFICATION : The issue of creating the State of Long Island in Nassau and Suffolk counties has long been a topic of debate. This bill would create a bi-county commission to study and report to the people who can then participate in a non binding referendum.
This issue requires full participation of the citizens for Nassau and Suffolk on whether any process for statehood should be initiated. This bill will allow for a full discussion of the myriad of issues involved in such endeavor and allow the citizens of the two counties to analyze the report and express their opinion on statehood in a non binding referendum.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 426--A A. 1189--A 2009-2010 Regular Sessions S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y (PREFILED) January 7, 2009 ___________IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Govern- ment -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. THIELE -- read once and referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT in relation to establishing a bi-county commission in the coun- ties of Nassau and Suffolk to study the feasibility of establishing the state of Long Island THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings: Nassau and Suffolk Counties comprise an area of 2,826 square miles, larger than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware. The combined population of the two counties is 2.798 million which is greater than the population of 19 states. For the years 2002-2004, Long Island paid 8.124 billion dollars in state taxes yet only 5.2 billion dollars was returned in direct local aid, tuition assistance, highway aid, pension payments, lottery money, metropolitan transportation authority subsidies and Medicaid payments. For many years the question of forming the state of Long Island has been discussed in public and academic forums. The issue should be investigated, a report prepared and referendum held in Nassau and Suffolk counties so the citi- zens may be heard. S 2. There is hereby established a Nassau and Suffolk bi-county commission to study the feasibility of forming the state of Long Island to consist of the counties of Nassau and Suffolk. Such commission shall be comprised of 24 members, 12 of whom shall reside in the county ofEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01148-02-9 S. 426--A 2 A. 1189--A
Nassau and 12 of whom shall reside in the county of Suffolk. The county executive of each county shall serve on the commission as co-chairs. Of the remaining 22 members, 5 members from each county shall be appointed by the county executive of the county in which such county executive serves; 3 members from each county shall be appointed by the majority leader of the county legislature from the county in which such majority leader serves, and 3 members from each county shall be appointed by the minority leader of the county legislature from the county in which such minority leader serves. Members of the commission shall receive no compensation for their services, but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. Members of the commission shall serve at the pleasure of their appointing authority. Vacancies on the commission shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment. S 3. The study authorized by section two of this act shall be completed and submitted to the Nassau county legislature and the Suffolk county legislature on or before July 1, 2010. S 4. At the general election to be held November 2, 2010, the county of Nassau and the county of Suffolk shall be submitted to the voters of such counties, a referendum concerning whether or not the state of Long Island shall be formed. Such referendum shall be deemed approved if it is approved by a majority of the voters voting on such referendum in each county, provided however that the approval of such referendum shall not be binding upon the county of Nassau or the county of Suffolk. S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.