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Bill S6642-2011

Authorizes the exchange of property between the state of New York and Syracuse University

Authorizes the exchange of property between the state of New York and Syracuse University.

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  • Mar 26, 2012: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Mar 22, 2012: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Mar 21, 2012: 1ST REPORT CAL.451
  • Mar 7, 2012: REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Local Government - Mar 21, 2012
Ayes (7): Martins, Ball, Little, McDonald, Ritchie, Stewart-Cousins, Klein
Excused (1): Oppenheimer

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BILL NUMBER:S6642

TITLE OF BILL: An act in relation to authorizing the conveyance of real property at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

PURPOSE: To authorize the exchange of parcels of realty between the State of New York, on behalf of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry ("SUNY ESF"), and Syracuse University to facilitate development of an academic research building for SUNY ESF.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the legislation provides that, notwithstanding the provisions of any other law, the State of New York may convey to Syracuse University a parcel of real property, now owned or to be owned by the State, under the jurisdiction of SUNY ESF, described in section 2 of the legislation, in exchange for the conveyance by Syracuse University to the State, for the benefit of SUNY ESF, or a parcel of real property described in section 3 of the legislation, upon such terms and conditions as the parties may agree.

Section 4 of the legislation provides that it shall take effect immediately.

EXISTING LAW: The Public Lands Law ("PLL") governs the manner in which the State of New York may convey title lands owned by the State. Once a State entity determines that land is no longer useful or necessary for the purposes of the State entity (PLL 30-A), the Commissioner of General Services is authorized to sell the property at public auction (PLL 33(1) or to convey title to a municipality for certain uses (PLL 34)

JUSTIFICATION: The purpose of this legislation is to authorize the exchange of parcels of real property between the State of New York and Syracuse University to facilitate development of an academic research building for SUNY ESF. In absence of the legislation, SUNY ESF would lack authority to convey its parcel to Syracuse University since the provisions of the Public Lands Law would otherwise apply.

The legislation allows SUNY ESF to exchange a parcel of land now owned or to be owned by the State and under the jurisdiction of SUNY ESF for a similar parcel of land owned by adjacent Syracuse University. SUNY ESF is constructing a new 120,000 square foot academic research building that will foster educational and research opportunities and provide the college with a mission critical facility that the College is unable to provide with its current facilities. The College is in the process of acquiring a 1.62 parcel located a block bordered by Stadium Place, Henry Street, Raynor Street and Standart Street in the City of Syracuse. The SUNY ESF property is not continguous to the ESF campus; however it is continuous to the Syracuse University campus. Syracuse University owns a 1.62 acre property located on the block bordered by Standart Street, Fineview Place, Oakland Street, and

Stadium Place in the City of Syracuse. This property is currently being used to provide surface parking for the University's faculty, staff, students, and visitors. This Syracuse University parcel is continguous to the SUNY ESF campus and directly opposite SUNY ESF's Centennial Hall, the College's new student residence facility. Both parties consider such an exchange of property advantageous for their respective campus projects. The Syracuse University 1.62 acre site affords much greater opportunities for integration of the academic research building with the rest of the SUNY ESF campus. An exchange of properties is critical to the integration of the academic research building with the rest of the SUNY ESF campus and would create an uninterrupted campus quad as described in the College's Facilities Master Plan.

To date, the State has appropriated $44,000,000 for the construction of the College's academic research building.

By resolutions adopted June 15, 2011 and November 22, 2011, the State University of New York Board of Trustees has expressed its support of the exchange of properties between the State and Syracuse University to facilitate development of the academic research building.

Syracuse University supports the legislation. However, any agreement of exchange is subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees of Syracuse University.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6642 IN SENATE March 7, 2012 ___________
Introduced by Sens. DeFRANCISCO, VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government AN ACT in relation to authorizing the conveyance of real property at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the state of New York is authorized to convey to Syracuse University all its rights, title and interest in the real property and improvements thereon described as Parcel A in section two of this act, now owned or in the future to be owned by the state of New York and under the jurisdiction of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, in exchange for the conveyance by Syracuse University to the state of New York, for the benefit of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, of all its rights, title and interest in the real property and improvements thereon described as Parcel B in section three of this act, owned by Syracuse University, upon such terms and conditions as the parties shall agree. The convey- ances authorized by this act shall not be subject to the approval of the attorney general as to any matter, other than title, or to the approval of the state comptroller as to any matter, and may be made upon such terms and conditions as the state of New York and Syracuse University may agree. S 2. The property authorized by this act to be conveyed by the state of New York to Syracuse University is generally described s a parcel of real property with improvements thereon, consisting of approximately 1.62 acres, located in the City of Syracuse, County of Onondaga, as follows. Bound by Standart Street to the south, Henry Street to the west, East Raynor Avenue to the north, and Stadium Place to the east, being more particularly described as follows: PARCEL A
All that tract or parcel of land, situate in the City of Syracuse, Coun- ty of Onondaga and State of New York, being block 605 in said City and being more particularly described as follows: Beginning at a point in the existing southerly line of Raynor Avenue at its intersection with the existing westerly line of Stadium Place, said point also being, South 72°01'21" West a distance of 0.36 feet from said existing City of Syracuse concrete monument; thence, South 03°44'57" East along the existing westerly line of Stadium Place a distance of 268.00 feet to a point on the existing northerly line of Standart Street; thence, South 86°21'13" West along the northerly line of Standart Street a distance of 264.00 feet to a point on the easterly line of Henry Street; thence, North 03°45'17" West along the easterly line of Henry Street a distance of 268.00 feet to a point on the southerly line of Raynor Avenue; thence, North 86°21'13" East along the southerly line of Raynor Avenue a distance of 264.03 feet to the point of beginning, containing 1.624 acres. The description in this section is not a legal description, but is intended only to identify the property generally for the purposes of this act. S 3. The property to be conveyed by Syracuse University to the state of New York, in exchange for the conveyance of the property by the state of New York to Syracuse University described in section two of this act, is generally described as a parcel of real property with improvements thereon, consisting of approximately 1.62 acres, located in the City of Syracuse, County of Onondaga, as follows: Generally described as the eastern most portion of the parcel bounded by Standart Street to the north, Stadium Place to the east, Oakland Street to the south, and Fine- view Place to the west, being more particularly described as follows: PARCEL B All that tract or parcel of land, situate in the City of Syracuse, Coun- ty of Onondaga and State of New York, being a portion of block 609 in said City and being more particularly described as follows: Beginning at a point in the existing southerly line of Standart Street at its intersection with the westerly line of Stadium Place; thence, South 0°06'03" West along the westerly line of Stadium Place a distance of 134.04 feet to a point; thence, South 03°44'57" East continuing along the west line of Stadium Place a distance of 141.60 feet to a point on the northerly line of Oakland Street; thence, South 86°13'23" West along the north line of Oakland Street a distance of 254.70 feet to a point; thence, through the property of Syracuse University (reputed owner) on a bearing of North 03°39'58" West a distance of 275.93 feet to a point on the southerly line of Standart Street; thence, North 86°21'13" East along the south line of Standart Street a distance of 263.30 feet to the point of beginning, containing 1.624 acres. The description in this section is not a legal description, but is intended only to identify the property generally for purposes of this act. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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