Adds the Buffalo River to the definition of inland waterways.
Ayes (31): DeFrancisco, Johnson, Alesi, Bonacic, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Golden, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Nozzolio, Robach, Saland, Seward, Young, Krueger, Breslin, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Gianaris, Montgomery, Peralta, Perkins, Rivera, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Squadron
Ayes W/R (1): Griffo
Nays (1): Parker
Excused (2): Hannon, Oppenheimer
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to adding the Buffalo River to the definition of inland waterways
PURPOSE: This bill will have the Buffalo River included as one of the state's major rivers and to be considered a inland water way.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill will amend section 1, paragraph (b) of subdivision 4 of section 911 of the executive law.
JUSTIFICATION: The Buffalo River plays an important role in Erie County as it enters the lake between the United States Coast Guard station and the Erie Basin Marina. The Buffalo River is also listed on the Great Lake Areas of concern which show severe environmental degradation. Being classified as inland water way would help to provide federal funds to restore and protect the river.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6647 IN SENATE March 7, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to adding the Buffalo River to the definition of inland waterways THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 4 of section 911 of the execu- tive law, as separately amended by chapters 166 and 348 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: (b) the state's major rivers comprised of the Ausable, Black, Boquet, Canisteo, Chaumont (including Chaumont bay), Chemung, Cohocton, Dela- ware, Deer, Genesee, Grasse, Hudson north of the federal dam at Troy, Indian, Little (in the Adirondack park), Little Salmon (including north and south branches), Mad, Mettowee, Mohawk, Oswegatchie, Racquette, Sacandaga, Salmon, Saranac, Susquehanna, Tioga, Tioughnioga
[and], Wall- kill AND BUFFALO rivers, and the north and middle branches of the Moose river; S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14452-02-2