Bill S6777-2013

Relates to allowing community boards to apply and receive grants for waterfront revitalization programs for coastal areas and inland waterways

Allows community boards to apply and receive grants, which shall not exceed 50% of the approved cost of the project, for waterfront revitalization programs for coastal areas and inland waterways, in the same manner that local governments currently do.

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  • Mar 10, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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BILL NUMBER:S6777

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to allowing community boards to apply and receive grants for waterfront revitalization programs for coastal areas and inland waterways

Purpose:

This legislation would enable New York City community boards located along New York's coasts or designated inland waterways to be eligible to apply for grant funding under the State's Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.

Summary of Provisions:

Community Boards, as defined in section twenty-eight hundred of the New York City Charter, are added to the list of applicants that are eligible to apply for funding under the State's Local Waterfront Revitalization Program as enumerated in various subdivisions of Section 1 of the executive law.

Justification:

Community Boards are local representative bodies that perform a variety of important tasks that affect the quality of life for residents of New York City's five boroughs; there are 59 community boards throughout the City. The Boards' responsibilities include but are not limited to implementing procedures to improve the delivery of City services to the district; advising on land use and zoning issues; assessing the funding needs of their districts and making funding recommendations during the City's budget process. Community Boards are the chief advocate on all issues that are important to the people who live and work in their communities, including traffic problems, housing, and economic development.

Community Boards are involved in planning for and helping implement projects in their respective communities, including waterfront revitalization initiatives. Yet, as the local representative body, they are unable to apply for targeted funding under the State's Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.

Under current law, only a village, town or city along the State's coast or designated inland waterway can prepare and submit a funding proposal under this Program. Given their role and involvement in community life, Community Boards should be able to apply for necessary funding to support local waterfront revitalization efforts in their respective districts.

Legislative History:

New bill.

Fiscal Impact:

None, Community boards would be competing for funding under an existing program.

Effective Date:

Immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6777 IN SENATE March 10, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sens. MONTGOMERY, ADDABBO, DIAZ, SMITH -- 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 allowing community boards to apply and receive grants for waterfront revitalization programs for coastal areas and inland waterways THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivisions 1, 2, 3, the opening paragraph of subdivision 4, the opening paragraph and paragraph h of subdivision 5, and subdivi- sions 7, 9 and 10 of section 915 of the executive law, subdivision 1 as amended by chapter 454 of the laws of 2001, subdivision 2 and the open- ing paragraph of subdivision 5 as amended by chapter 842 of the laws of 1981, and subdivision 3, the opening paragraph of subdivision 4, para- graph h of subdivision 5, and subdivisions 7, 9 and 10 as added by chap- ter 840 of the laws of 1981, are amended to read as follows: 1. It is the intention of this article to offer the fullest possible support by the state and its agencies to those local governments that desire to revitalize their waterfronts. Accordingly, any local govern- ment [or], two or more local governments acting jointly, OR A COMMUNITY BOARD which has any portion of its jurisdiction contiguous to the state's coastal waters or inland waterways and which desires to partic- ipate may submit a waterfront revitalization program to the secretary as herein provided. 2. The secretary may provide technical and financial assistance as provided in sections nine hundred seventeen and nine hundred eighteen OF THIS ARTICLE to any local government OR COMMUNITY BOARD for the prepara- tion of a waterfront revitalization program for the purposes of this article. 3. A local government [or], two or more local governments acting jointly OR A COMMUNITY BOARD which intends to submit a waterfront revi- talization program for the purposes of this article is strongly encour- aged to consult, during its preparation, with other entities that may be affected by its program, including local governments, county and
regional agencies, appropriate port authorities, community based groups and state and federal agencies. On request by the local government OR COMMUNITY BOARD, the secretary shall take appropriate action to facili- tate such consultation. The secretary shall prepare and distribute guidelines and regulations for local governments OR COMMUNITY BOARDS desiring to prepare, or cause to be prepared, a waterfront revitalization program (hereinafter referred to as the "program"). Such guidelines shall provide that the program will be consistent with the policies and purposes of this arti- cle generally and shall include, but not be limited to: The secretary shall approve any local government OR COMMUNITY BOARD waterfront revitalization program as eligible for the benefits set forth in section nine hundred sixteen of this article if he finds that such program will be consistent with coastal policies and will achieve the waterfront revitalization purposes of this article. In making such determination, the secretary shall find that the program incorporates each of the following to an extent commensurate with the particular circumstances of that local government OR COMMUNITY BOARD: h. A statement identifying those elements of the program which can be implemented by the local government OR COMMUNITY BOARD, unaided, and those that can only be implemented with the aid of other levels of government or other agencies. Such statement shall include those permit, license, certification or approval programs, grant, loan, subsidy or other funding assistance programs, facilities construction and planning programs which may affect the achievement of the waterfront revitaliza- tion program. 7. Where there is a conflict between a submitted waterfront revitali- zation program and any state or federal policy, at the request of the local government, COMMUNITY BOARD or the state or federal agency affected, the secretary shall attempt to reconcile and resolve the differences between the submitted program and such policies and shall meet with the local government OR COMMUNITY BOARD and involved state and federal agencies to this end. 9. Before undertaking any action pursuant to any programs identified pursuant to paragraph [(h)] H of subdivision five of THIS section [nine hundred fifteen of this article] the affected state agency shall submit, through appropriate existing clearing house procedures including but not limited to the state environmental quality review law, information on the proposed action to local government OR COMMUNITY BOARD. The local government OR COMMUNITY BOARD shall identify potential conflicts and so notify the secretary. Upon notification of the conflict, the secretary will confer with the affected state agency and the local government OR COMMUNITY BOARD to modify the proposed action to be consistent with the local plan. 10. Any local government OR COMMUNITY BOARD which has had a waterfront revitalization program approved pursuant to this section may withdraw its program at any time by filing with the secretary a copy of a resol- ution of its legislative body providing for such withdrawal. Upon receipt of such resolution, the secretary shall immediately notify all affected state agencies. S 2. Paragraph a of subdivision 1 of section 918 of the executive law, as added by chapter 840 of the laws of 1981, is amended to read as follows: a. To any local governments, [or to] two or more local governments, OR TO COMMUNITY BOARDS, for projects approved by the secretary which lead to preparation of a waterfront revitalization program; provided, howev-
er, that such grants shall not exceed fifty percent of the approved cost of such projects; S 3. Section 911 of the executive law is amended by adding a new subdivision 8 to read as follows: 8. "COMMUNITY BOARD" SHALL HAVE THE SAME MEANING AS SET FORTH IN SECTION TWENTY-EIGHT HUNDRED OF THE NEW YORK CITY CHARTER. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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