Establishes a resident curator program for the rehabilitation of state park buildings.
Ayes (60): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, 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, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Absent (1): Sampson
Excused (2): Diaz, Peralta
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law, in relation to establishing a resident curator program for the rehabilitation of state park buildings
Purpose of the Bill:
This bill would amend Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law (PRHPL) § 3.09 to authorize the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) to establish a Resident Curator Program with respect to leasing three vacant and obsolete buildings located at Long Island-based parks.
Summary of Provisions:
Section 1 of the bill would add a new subdivision 2-h to PRHPL § 3.09 to establish the Resident Curator Program with respect to residential-style buildings located in three Long Island-based parks: Cold Spring Harbor State Park; Heckscher State Park; and Hither Hills State Park.
Section 2 of the bill provides that the bill would be effective immediately.
Various subdivisions of PRHPL § 3.09 authorize OPRHP to enter into leases or licenses with private and governmental entities to improve and operate State park and historic facilities.
Prior Legislative History:
A bill proposing a similar program was first introduced in 2010 (A.11219-A/S.7986-A) and in 2011 (A.5710/S.2749).
Statement in Support:
OPRHP has an inventory of residential buildings situated within park and historic site boundaries that are not currently used for a number of reasons, including that they (i) have deteriorated to the point that significant capital investments would be required before they could be used, or (ii) do not serve a park purpose. Due to their location within state parks or historic sites, however, buildings that meet either of these conditions are not appropriate for disposition through the usual methods available to State agencies. This bill would create an innovative mechanism for attracting private investments to rehabilitate obsolete and deteriorated residential structures that do not otherwise have a park or historic-related purpose, allowing OPRHP to focus its very limited capital funds on other priorities.
The Resident Curator Program that would be established under the bill is similar to programs established in other states including Maryland and Massachusetts. The bill would authorize OPRHP to enter into leases through the State's normal competitive bidding process with private individuals, who would then rehabilitate vacant residential buildings
at their own expense using private funds. In exchange, these individuals would receive a long-term lease (up to 40 years), subject to all applicable State laws, regulations and requirements. Ownership of rehabilitated residential structures would remain with
OPRHP, and the agency would receive the benefit of rehabilitated structures at the end of the lease term. OPRHP has selected three properties located on Long Island to launch the Resident Curator Program: (i) the LI 73 lab residence at Cold Spring Harbor State Park; (ii) the Hollins House at Heckscher State Park; and (iii) the building identified as LI 40 house at Hither Hills State Park. All three properties have been vacant for many years and need major renovation to be occupied. They are located in areas convenient for Resident Curators and compatible with park and recreational uses.
Effective immediately upon enactment.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4757 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 22, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. ZELDIN -- (at request of the Office of Parks, Recre- ation and Historic Preservation) -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation AN ACT to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law, in relation to establishing a resident curator program for the rehabili- tation of state park buildings THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 3.09 of the parks, recreation and historic preser- vation law is amended by adding a new subdivision 2-h to read as follows: 2-H. BE EMPOWERED, IN ADDITION TO ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW AUTHORIZ- ING THE LEASING OF CERTAIN PROPERTY UNDER ITS JURISDICTION, TO ESTABLISH A RESIDENT CURATOR PROGRAM TO ENCOURAGE INVESTMENT, RESTORATION AND OCCUPANCY OF BUILDINGS, WHICH SERVE NO PARK RELATED PURPOSE, AND WHICH IF REMAIN UNOCCUPIED ARE AT RISK OF PROGRESSIVE DETERIORATION, BY AUTHORIZING THE LEASING OF SUCH AT RISK BUILDINGS FOR RESIDENTIAL USE TO INDIVIDUALS KNOWN AS RESIDENT CURATORS FOR TERMS OF UP TO FORTY YEARS. THE LENGTH OF THE TERM OF SUCH LEASE SHALL RELATE TO THE FINANCIAL INVESTMENT MADE BY THE RESIDENT CURATOR WHICH IS REQUIRED TO REHABILI- TATE AND MAINTAIN THE STRUCTURE FOR RESIDENTIAL OCCUPANCY. THE COMMIS- SIONER IS AUTHORIZED TO LEASE FOR THE PURPOSE OF RESIDENTIAL OCCUPANCY IN THE NINTH PARK REGION, THE BUILDING IDENTIFIED AS LI 73 LAB RESIDENCE AT COLD SPRING HARBOR STATE PARK, THE HOLLINS HOUSE AT HECKSCHER STATE PARK, AND THE BUILDING IDENTIFIED AS LI 40 HOUSE AT HITHER HILLS STATE PARK. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ADOPT RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE RESI- DENT CURATOR PROGRAM, WHICH SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, CRITE- RIA FOR ESTABLISHING LENGTH OF TERMS FOR LEASES AND CRITERIA FOR SELECT- ING RESPONSIBLE RESIDENT CURATORS. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08960-01-3