Relates to the town of Lancaster industrial development agency.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general municipal law, in relation to the town of Lancaster industrial development agency
PURPOSE: To expand the corporate limits of the town of Lancaster industrial development agency to the towns of Cheektowaga and West Seneca
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 expands the ability of the Town of Lancaster Industrial Development Agency to exercise its powers to include property within the corporate limits of the towns of Cheektowaga and West Seneca, provided that such town boards pass a resolution in support of the exercise of such powers.
Section 2 states that this law shall take effect immediately.
EXISTING LAW: The exercise of powers of the town of Lancaster industrial development agency is limited to the corporate limits of the town.
JUSTIFICATION: On September 26, 2012, Senator Gallivan held a public hearing regarding Industrial Development Agencies in Erie County. One of the concerns at this meeting was that many towns in Erie County lack an IDA and consequently are at a competitive disadvantage when businesses choose where to locate. One suggestion on how to address this issue was to allow towns without an IDA to access the IDA of a town with one. After further consultation with the towns in Erie County, both those with and without IDAs, a regional plan for IDA expansion emerged as the consensus plan for creating a level playing field for all towns in Erie County.
This bill expands the corporate limits of the town of Lancaster industrial development agency to the towns of Cheektowaga and West Seneca. This system will require that towns work together to advance projects that are in the best interests of the region and Erie County as a whole. The cities are left the exclusive territory of the Erie County IDA, which is where the ECIDA has chosen to focus its energy. Projects in small towns, which are meaningful to the town in question but not critical to the county at large, are often put on the backburner by the ECIDA as it focuses on revitalizing the city cores. This new approach will give small towns greater opportunities to pursue these projects while allowing the ECIDA to continue to focus its energy in the areas most in need of its resources.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: The increased property values and future property tax revenues that will result will pay for tax abatements.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediate.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6120 IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 8, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. GALLIVAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government AN ACT to amend the general municipal law, in relation to the town of Lancaster industrial development agency THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 898-a of the general municipal law, as added by chapter 995 of the laws of 1972, is amended to read as follows: S 898-a. Town of Lancaster industrial development agency. For the benefit of the town of Lancaster in the county of Erie, and the inhabit- ants thereof, an industrial development agency, to be known as the TOWN OF LANCASTER INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY, is hereby established for the accomplishment of any or all of the purposes specified in title one of article eighteen-A of this chapter. It shall constitute a body corporate and politic, and be perpetual in duration. It shall have the powers and duties now or hereafter conferred by title one of article eighteen-A of this chapter upon industrial development agencies and provided that the exercise of the powers by such agency with respect to the acquisition of real property whether by purchase, condemnation or otherwise, shall be limited to the corporate limits of THE TOWNS OF LANCASTER, CHEEKTOWAGA AND WEST SENECA, ALSO PROVIDED THAT NO EXERCISE OF THE POWERS BY SUCH AGENCY WITH RESPECT TO THE ACQUISITION OF REAL PROPERTY WHETHER BY PURCHASE, CONDEMNATION OR OTHERWISE, OUTSIDE THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF the Town of Lancaster SHALL BE VALID UNTIL THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN WITHIN WHOSE CORPORATE LIMITS SUCH REAL PROPERTY IS LOCATED PASSES A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE EXERCISE OF THIS POWER, and such agency shall take into consideration the local zoning and plan- ning regulations as well as the regional and local comprehensive land use plans. It shall be organized in a manner prescribed by and be subject to the provisions of title one of article eighteen-A of this chapter. Its members shall be appointed by the governing body of the Town of Lancaster. THE SUPERVISORS OF THE TOWNS OF CHEEKTOWAGA AND WEST SENECA SHALL SERVE AS EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS OF THE AGENCY. The agency, itsEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13124-01-3 S. 6120 2
members, officers and employees and its operations and activities shall in all respects be governed by the provisions of title one of article eighteen-A of this chapter. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.