Extends the authorization of the village of Patchogue to use sewer surplus for infrastructure projects.
Ayes (62): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, 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, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Nays (1): Ball
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend chapter 121 of the laws of 2012, relating to authorizing the use of sewer surplus for infrastructure projects other than sewer projects in the village of Patchogue, in relation to effectiveness thereof
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This legislation would allow the village of Patchogue to continue to use surplus funds received from sewer rents for other infrastructure projects for an additional year.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section One extends current law for an additional one year.
Section Two is the effective date
JUSTIFICATION: While water utilities are able to use their surplus funds for any municipal purpose, sewer utilities are limited to using excess revenues for only sewer-related purposes. Generally, revenues derived from sewer rents, including penalties and interest, are credited to a special fund and the use of these funds are not permitted for use beyond costs incurred that relate to the sewer system.
However, in the village of Patchogue, the sewage plant and district plays a large role in this community's revitalization and economic growth. This growth has resulted in an influx of monies to the sewer fund but also in increased stress and pressure on the community's infrastructure. Allowing the village to use a limited amount of these funds to address infrastructure issues for an additional year, would be a realistic and appropriate way to solve the problems created by this economic growth.
This legislation would allow the village of Patchogue to continue to use money, for an additional year, from the sewer rent fund to pay expenses or obligations incurred for infrastructure improvements, after paying off all sewer-related expenses. The village would also be able to allocate up to 40% of this surplus to a special fund to be used specifically for infrastructure improvements. This ensures that the sewer needs are taken care of first, while allowing the village to use some of the excess funds derived from this source to solve the problems that come as a result of large and expanding sewage facilities.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5722 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE June 7, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. ZELDIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Infrastructure and Capital Investment AN ACT to amend chapter 121 of the laws of 2012, relating to authorizing the use of sewer surplus for infrastructure projects other than sewer projects in the village of Patchogue, in relation to effectiveness thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 2 of chapter 121 of the laws of 2012, relating to authorizing the use of sewer surplus for infrastructure projects other than sewer projects in the village of Patchogue, is amended to read as follows: S 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law and shall expire and be deemed repealed
[one year]TWO YEARS after such date. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11420-01-3