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Bill S5873-2011

Requires the port authority to hold 2 hearings in each county to be affected by any proposed toll or fare increase for the use of authority transportation facilities

Requires the port authority of New York and New Jersey to hold a public hearing in each county in the port district not less than 30 days prior to any proposed toll or fare increase for the use of authority transportation facilities, and requires the holding of such hearings not less than 15 days prior to the effective date of any amendments to the proposed toll or fare increase.

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  • Aug 19, 2011: REFERRED TO RULES

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BILL NUMBER:S5873

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend chapter 154 of the laws of 1921 authorizing designated authorities in behalf of the state of New York to enter into an agreement or compact with designated authorities of the state of New Jersey for the creation of the "Port of New York District", in relation to requiring public hearings to be held by the commissioners of the port authority of New York and New Jersey prior to the increase of any fee, toll, charge or fare for the use of the transportation facilities of such authority

PURPOSE: To require the Port Authority to hold at least two public hearings in each county to be affected by any proposed toll or fare increase for the use of authority transportation facilities.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one amends Article VI of section 1 of chapter 154 of the laws of 1921 authorizing designated authorities in behalf of the state of New York to enter into an agreement or compact with designated authorities of the state of New Jersey for the creation of the "Port of New York District".

Section two is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Recently, the Port Authority unveiled a proposal that would dramatically raise tolls and fares on Staten Island's three bridges and the busiest entries into New York City. This proposal only punishes the commuters of Staten Island. This proposal would unfairly hit the businesses and residents of Staten Island who must pay tolls to get on and off the Island. It is only fair to the residents affected by these proposed increases to be able to voice their concerns and opinions directly to the Commissioners who make these decisions.

Therefore, this bill would require all twelve of the Port Authority's Board of Commissioner to hold at least two public hearings in each county that is affected by any proposed toll or fare increase. The bill also requires all twelve Commissioners to attend such public hearings in each county affected. Residents affected by toll and fare increases should be able to voice their concerns directly to those who have the power to approve them. This legislation will require Port Authority Commissioners to hear from the public how such increases will affect the budgets of so many middle class residents of both states.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect upon the enactment into law by the state of New Jersey of legislation having an identical effect with this act, but if the state of New Jersey shall have already enacted such

legislation, this act shall take effect immediately; provided that the chairman of the port authority of New York and New Jersey shall notify the legislative bill drafting commission upon the occurrence of the enactment of the legislation provided for in section on e of this act in order that the commission may maintain an accurate and timely effective data base of the official text of the laws of the state of New York in furtherance of effectuating the provisions of section 44 of the legislative law and section 70-b of the public officers law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5873 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE August 19, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. LANZA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend chapter 154 of the laws of 1921 authorizing designated authorities in behalf of the state of New York to enter into an agree- ment or compact with designated authorities of the state of New Jersey for the creation of the "Port of New York District", in relation to requiring public hearings to be held by the commissioners of the port authority of New York and New Jersey prior to the increase of any fee, toll, charge or fare for the use of the transportation facilities of such authority THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Article VI of section 1 of chapter 154 of the laws of 1921 authorizing designated authorities in behalf of the state of New York to enter into an agreement or compact with designated authorities of the state of New Jersey for the creation of the "Port of New York District" is amended to read as follows: ARTICLE VI. The port authority shall constitute a body, both corporate and poli- tic, with full power and authority to purchase, construct, lease and/or operate any terminal or transportation facility within said district; and to make charges for the use thereof[:]; and for any of such purposes to own, hold, lease and/or operate real or personal property, to borrow money and secure the same by bonds or by mortgages upon any property held or to be held by it. No property now or hereafter vested in or held by either state, or by any county, city, borough, village, township or other municipality, shall be taken by the port authority, without the authority or consent of such state, county, city, borough, village, township or other municipality, nor shall anything herein impair or invalidate in any way any bonded indebtedness of such state, county, city, borough, village, township or other municipality, nor impair the
provisions of law regulating the payment into sinking funds of revenues derived from municipal property, or dedicating the revenues derived from any municipal property to a specific purpose. PROVIDED THAT NOT LESS THAN 30 DAYS PRIOR TO THE ADOPTION BY THE PORT AUTHORITY OF ANY INCREASE IN ANY FEE, TOLL, CHARGE OR FARE FOR THE USE OF THE TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES OF SUCH AUTHORITY, THE PORT AUTHORITY SHALL CONDUCT NOT LESS THAN 2 PUBLIC HEARINGS IN EACH COUNTY TO BE AFFECTED BY SUCH INCREASE. EACH PUBLIC HEARING SHALL BE ATTENDED BY ALL THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE PORT AUTHORITY THEN IN OFFICE AT THE TIME OF THE HEARING. The powers granted in this article shall not be exercised by the port authority until the legislatures of both states shall have approved of a comprehensive plan for the development of the port as hereinafter provided. S 2. This act shall take effect upon the enactment into law by the state of New Jersey of legislation having an identical effect with this act, but if the state of New Jersey shall have already enacted such legislation, this act shall take effect immediately; provided that the chairman of the port authority of New York and New Jersey shall notify the legislative bill drafting commission upon the occurrence of the enactment of the legislation provided for in section one of this act in order that the commission may maintain an accurate and timely effective data base of the official text of the laws of the state of New York in furtherance of effectuating the previsions of section 44 of the legisla- tive law and section 70-b of the public officers law.

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