Bill S6219-2011

Extends, until December 31, 2013, the authorization of residential property owners in high risk brush fire areas on Staten Island to cut and remove reeds

Extends, from December 31, 2012 to December 31, 2013, the expiration of the authorization granted to residential property owners in high risk brush fire areas on Staten Island to cut and remove reeds from their property.

Details

Actions

  • May 18, 2012: SIGNED CHAP.34
  • May 7, 2012: DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • Mar 14, 2012: returned to senate
  • Mar 14, 2012: passed assembly
  • Mar 14, 2012: ordered to third reading cal.394
  • Mar 14, 2012: substituted for a9046
  • Mar 6, 2012: referred to environmental conservation
  • Mar 6, 2012: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Mar 6, 2012: PASSED SENATE
  • Mar 5, 2012: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Mar 1, 2012: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Feb 29, 2012: 1ST REPORT CAL.224
  • Jan 13, 2012: REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Local Government - Feb 29, 2012
Ayes (7): Martins, Ball, Little, McDonald, Ritchie, Stewart-Cousins, Klein
Excused (1): Oppenheimer

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S6219

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend chapter 306 of the laws of 2011, authorizing owners of residential real property in high risk brush fire areas in the borough of Staten Island to cut and remove reeds from their property, in relation to extending the expiration and repeal date thereof for an additional year

PURPOSE: To extend until December 31, 2013 the authorization of residential property owners in high risk brush fire areas on Staten Island to cut and remove reeds.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Extends Chapter 306 of the Laws of 2011 for one year.

JUSTIFICATION: Every year on Staten Island there are series of dangerous brushfires. Many areas on Staten Island are prone to brushfires because they are thick with an invasive, non-native species of reed - phragmites communis. Phragmites are reeds and combustible plants that commonly grow seven feet tall and often turn into tinderboxes especially during the spring and fall seasons. They have been the proven source of numerous brush fires which often escalate and threaten surrounding properties. In fact, in the past 14 years there have been 7,389 reported brush fires on Staten Island with 192 of them "all hands on" requiring all fire houses on the Island to send assistance, according to information provided by the New York City Fire Department.

This legislation allows a residential property owner in a high risk brush fire area in the borough of Staten Island to obtain a no-cost permit to cut down these invasive combustible reeds thereby reducing the life-threatening phragmite fires that not only destroy property and homes but put our first responders at risk as they battle these blazes.

The no-cost permits can be obtained via telephone or in person through the Staten Island borough president's office. Furthermore, information regarding the availability of the residential fire break permits can be found on the Department of Environmental Conservation website.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011: Chapter 306

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed December 31, 2013.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6219 IN SENATE January 13, 2012 ___________
Introduced by Sens. LANZA, SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government AN ACT to amend chapter 306 of the laws of 2011, authorizing owners of residential real property in high risk brush fire areas in the borough of Staten Island to cut and remove reeds from their property, in relation to extending the expiration and repeal date thereof for an additional year THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 3 of chapter 306 of the laws of 2011, authorizing owners of residential real property in high risk brush fire areas in the borough of Staten Island to cut and remove reeds from their property, is amended to read as follows: S 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed December 31, [2012] 2013. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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