Designates the secretary of state as a voting member of the canal recreationway commission; authorizes the canal recreationway commission to encourage local governments to prepare local waterfront revitalization plans and programs for the purpose of refining the statewide canal recreationway plan; authorizes the New York state thruway authority to provide financial assistance to municipalities for the purpose of undertaking the preparation and implementation of local waterfront revitalization plans and programs.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the canal law and the public authorities law, in relation to local waterfront revitalization plans and programs
PURPOSE: To include the Secretary of State as a voting member of the Canal Recreationway Commission, and to encourage and assist local governments in preparing local waterfront revitalization plans and programs.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends section 138-a(1) of the Canal Law to make the Secretary of State a voting member of the Canal Recreationway Commission. Amends section 138-b of the Canal Law to direct the Commission to encourage the preparation of local waterfront revitalization programs and plans. Amends section 384(1) of the Public Authorities Law to authorize financial assistance to municipalities for preparing and implementing such plans and programs.
JUSTIFICATION: The Canal Recreationway Commission was created to undertake the rehabilitation of the State's canal system. Because the Department of State is responsible for the administration of the State's coastal and inland waterways program, it is appropriate that the Secretary of State be actively involved in the Commission as a voting member. It is also desirable for the Canal Recreationway Commission to encourage local municipalities which are affected by its efforts to develop their own waterfront plans and programs. This will help encourage revitalization of these waterfront communities.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5440 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 16, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. FARLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT to amend the canal law and the public authorities law, in relation to local waterfront revitalization plans and programs THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraphs a and c of subdivision 1 of section 138-a of the canal law, as amended by chapter 243 of the laws of 1993, are amended to read as follows: a. the chairman of the authority, the commissioner of transportation, the commissioner of the office of parks, recreation and historic preser- vation
[and], the commissioner of environmental conservation AND THE SECRETARY OF STATE, or their representatives; c. the commissioner of economic development [and the secretary of state,]or [their representatives]HIS OR HER REPRESENTATIVE, and a member from each of the regional planning boards, as established by articles five-G and twelve-B of the general municipal law, whose region is intersected by the canal shall be ex-officio, non-voting members of the commission and shall provide technical expertise and advice to the commission as necessary. S 2. Subdivision 4 of section 138-b of the canal law, as amended by chapter 335 of the laws of 2001, is amended and a new subdivision 8 is added to read as follows: 4. If deemed appropriate, request that studies, surveys or analyses be performed by the corporation, the departments of transportation, econom- ic development [and], environmental conservation, STATE and/or the office of parks, recreation and historic preservation to assist in the development, promotion, marketing and/or preservation of the canal system or the preparation of the plan. At the request of the commission, state agencies and public authorities shall cooperate fully and shall provide requested information in a timely manner.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08741-01-3 S. 5440 2
8. ENCOURAGE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO PREPARE LOCAL WATERFRONT REVITALIZA- TION PROGRAMS AND PLANS PURSUANT TO ARTICLE FORTY-TWO OF THE EXECUTIVE LAW FOR THE PURPOSE OF REFINING THE STATEWIDE CANAL RECREATIONWAY PLAN. SUCH ENCOURAGEMENT MAY INCLUDE THE PROVISION OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO PREPARE AND IMPLEMENT SUCH PLANS AND PROGRAMS. S 3. Subdivision 1 of section 384 of the public authorities law is amended by adding a new paragraph (c) to read as follows: (C) THE AUTHORITY IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO MUNICIPALITIES FOR THE PURPOSE OF UNDERTAKING THE PREPARATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF LOCAL WATERFRONT REVITALIZATION PLANS AND PROGRAMS. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.