Directs the director of the office of homeland security and emergency services to conduct a review and analysis of the security measures taken at the transportation facilities of the metropolitan transportation authority and its subsidiaries; requires such director to issue confidential reports of his or her findings and recommendations.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to creation of security measures for the transportation facilities of the metropolitan transportation authority
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To create security measures that would prevent persons from causing harm through the damage and destruction of the critical infrastructure of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This legislation authorizes the Director of Homeland Security to review security measures taken by the MTA and issue a report on the findings. The Director would be empowered to mandate compliance with the recommendations of the report.
JUSTIFICATION: Recent events have exposed the vulnerability of our mass transit system to potential dangers. In light of these recent events, it is particularly important to enact the proper security measures to our transit infrastructure so that they are secured and do not result in an added burden on law enforcement at best and a security risk at worst.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: Senate Bill 1968-A (Gianaris) - Died in Senate Rules Committee 2012: Assembly Bill 1649-A (Kavanagh) Died in Assembly Government Operations Committee 2010: Assembly Bill 5233 (Gianaris) - Died in Assembly Government Operations Committee 2008: Assembly Bill 1833 (Gianaris) - Died in Assembly Government Operations Committee 2006: Assembly Bill 6211-C (Gianaris) - Died in Assembly Ways & Means Committee
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 588 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. GIANARIS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi- ty and Military Affairs AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to creation of security measures for the transportation facilities of the metropolitan trans- portation authority THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (q) of subdivision 2 of section 709 of the execu- tive law, as amended by section 14 of part B of chapter 56 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows: (q) request from any department, division, office, commission or other agency of the state or any political subdivision thereof, OR ANY PUBLIC AUTHORITY OR PUBLIC BENEFIT CORPORATION, and the same are authorized to provide, such assistance, services and data as may be required by the division of homeland security and emergency services in carrying out the purposes of this article, subject to applicable laws, rules, and regu- lations; S 2. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 719 to read as follows: S 719. PROTECTION OF CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE; METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTA- TION AUTHORITY FACILITIES. 1. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY SERVICES SHALL CONDUCT A REVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF MEASURES BEING TAKEN BY THE METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY AND ANY OTHER AGENCY OR AUTHORITY OF THE STATE OR ANY POLITICAL SUBDIVISION THEREOF AND, TO THE EXTENT PRACTICABLE, OF ANY FEDERAL ENTITY, TO PROTECT THE SECURITY OF CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE RELATED TO THE TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES, WHICH SHALL INCLUDE THOSE FACILITIES SET FORTH IN SUBDIVISION FOURTEEN OF SECTION TWELVE HUNDRED SIXTY-ONE OF THE PUBLIC AUTHORITIES LAW AND SHALLEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01380-01-3 S. 588 2
ALSO INCLUDE, FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, BRIDGES AND TUNNELS OF THE METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY AND OF ALL SUBSIDIARIES OF SUCH AUTHORITY. THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGEN- CY SERVICES SHALL HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO REVIEW ANY AUDITS OR REPORTS RELATED TO THE SECURITY OF SUCH CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE, INCLUDING AUDITS OR REPORTS CONDUCTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE METROPOLITAN TRANSPOR- TATION AUTHORITY OR ANY OTHER AGENCY OR AUTHORITY OF THE STATE OR ANY POLITICAL SUBDIVISION THEREOF OR, TO THE EXTENT PRACTICABLE, OF ANY FEDERAL ENTITY. THE OPERATORS OF SUCH TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES SHALL, IN COMPLIANCE WITH ANY FEDERAL AND STATE REQUIREMENTS REGARDING THE DISSEMINATION OF SUCH INFORMATION, PROVIDE ACCESS TO THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY SERVICES TO SUCH AUDITS OR REPORTS REGARDING SUCH CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT EXCLUSIVE CUSTODY AND CONTROL OF SUCH AUDITS AND REPORTS SHALL REMAIN SOLELY WITH THE OPERATORS OF SUCH TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS ARTICLE, THE TERM "CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE" HAS THE MEANING ASCRIBED TO THAT TERM IN SUBDIVISION FIVE OF SECTION EIGHTY-SIX OF THE PUBLIC OFFICERS LAW. 2. (A) ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN, AND NOT LATER THAN THREE YEARS AFTER SUCH DATE, AND EVERY FIVE YEARS THERE- AFTER, THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY SERVICES SHALL REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR, THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY AND THE BOARD OF ANY SUCH AFFECTED TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY. SUCH REPORT SHALL REVIEW THE SECURITY MEAS- URES BEING TAKEN REGARDING CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE RELATED TO TRANSPOR- TATION FACILITIES, AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION FOURTEEN OF SECTION TWELVE HUNDRED SIXTY-ONE OF THE PUBLIC AUTHORITIES LAW, ASSESS THE EFFECTIVE- NESS THEREOF, AND INCLUDE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE LEGISLATURE OR THE METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY, IF THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY SERVICES DETERMINES THAT ADDITIONAL MEASURES ARE REQUIRED TO BE IMPLEMENTED, CONSIDERING AMONG OTHER FACTORS, THE UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS OF EACH TRANSPORTATION FACILITY. ON OR BEFORE APRIL THIRTIETH, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN, THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY SERVICES SHALL MAKE A PRELIMI- NARY REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR, THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY AND THE BOARD OF ANY SUCH AFFECTED TRANSPORTA- TION AUTHORITY. (B) BEFORE THE RECEIPT OF SUCH REPORT IDENTIFIED IN PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION, EACH RECIPIENT OF SUCH REPORT SHALL DEVELOP CONFIDEN- TIALITY PROTOCOLS, WHICH SHALL BE BINDING UPON THE RECIPIENT WHO ISSUES THE PROTOCOLS AND ANYONE TO WHOM THE RECIPIENT SHOWS A COPY OF THE REPORT, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY SERVICES FOR THE MAINTENANCE AND USE OF SUCH REPORT SO AS TO ENSURE THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF THE REPORT AND ALL INFOR- MATION CONTAINED THEREIN, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT SUCH PROTOCOLS SHALL NOT BE BINDING UPON A PERSON WHO IS PROVIDED ACCESS TO SUCH REPORT OR ANY INFORMATION CONTAINED THEREIN PURSUANT TO SECTION EIGHTY-NINE OF THE PUBLIC OFFICERS LAW AFTER A FINAL DETERMINATION THAT ACCESS TO SUCH REPORT OR ANY INFORMATION CONTAINED THEREIN COULD NOT BE DENIED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION TWO OF SECTION EIGHTY-SEVEN OF THE PUBLIC OFFICERS LAW. THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY SERVICES SHALL ALSO DEVELOP PROTOCOLS FOR HIS OR HER OFFICE RELATED TO THE MAIN- TENANCE AND USE OF SUCH REPORT SO AS TO ENSURE THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF THE REPORT AND ALL INFORMATION CONTAINED THEREIN. ON EACH REPORT, THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY SERVICES SHALL PROMINENTLY DISPLAY THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT: "THIS REPORT MAY CONTAINS. 588 3
INFORMATION THAT IF DISCLOSED COULD ENDANGER THE LIFE OR SAFETY OF THE PUBLIC, AND THEREFORE, PURSUANT TO SECTION SEVEN HUNDRED TEN OF THE EXECUTIVE LAW, THIS REPORT IS TO BE MAINTAINED AND USED IN A MANNER CONSISTENT WITH PROTOCOLS ESTABLISHED TO PRESERVE THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN IN A MANNER CONSISTENT WITH LAW". (C) THE METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY SHALL HAVE THE DISCRETION TO REQUIRE THAT THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY SERVICES BE IMPLEMENTED BY ANY OPERATOR OF A TRANSPORTATION FACILITY. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.