Provides for the use of common areas in housing authority projects by tenant groups, committees or organizations without the imposition of a fee providing that the meeting is peacefully conducted, during reasonable hours, does not obstruct any access, and the meetings space is reserved three days in advance.
BILL NUMBER: S6916
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the public housing law, in relation to the use of areas in housing authority projects for tenant meetings
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS : This bill would allow tenants, of public housing authority projects, desiring to conduct a meeting pursuant to section two hundred thirty of the real property law to have the use, without having to pay a fee, of any location owned by the authority and set aside as an area of common use for all tenants, including any community or social room where use is normally subject to a fee, providing the meeting is peacefully conducted, during reasonable hours, does not obstruct any access, and the meeting space is reserved three days in advance.
JUSTIFICATION : This legislation would give tenants of housing authority projects the Opportunity to plan and schedule meetings within their specific complex without having to rent an authorized meeting space. Groups, or committees, that, due to the inability to pay for a community or social room where use is usually subject to a fee, would be forced to meet in apartments or open areas in possible violation of building codes, would be guaranteed free use of a bonafide meeting place. This legislation would also protect the housing authority complex by requiring the authority governing the complex by giving three days notice of the desired meeting which must be conducted in a peaceful manner, during reasonable hours, and without obstruction of any access to the premises or facilities.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : 2007: A.5557 2005-2006: A.736 2003-2004: A.6769 2001-2002: A.6314 1999-2000: A.1480 1997-1998: A.4035 1995-1996: A.7523
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None to the State.
EFFECTIVE DATE : Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6916 IN SENATE February 24, 2010 ___________Introduced by Sen. PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development AN ACT to amend the public housing law, in relation to the use of areas in housing authority projects for tenant meetings THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The public housing law is amended by adding a new section 61 to read as follows: S 61. TENANT MEETINGS. ANY GROUP, COMMITTEE OR OTHER ORGANIZATION COMPRISED OF TENANTS RESIDING IN HOUSING AUTHORITY PROJECTS, CONDUCTING A MEETING AUTHORIZED PURSUANT TO SECTION TWO HUNDRED THIRTY OF THE REAL PROPERTY LAW SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO MEET WITHOUT BEING REQUIRED TO PAY A FEE IN ANY LOCATION OWNED BY SUCH AUTHORITY WHICH IS DEVOTED TO THE COMMON USE OF ALL TENANTS, INCLUDING A COMMUNITY OR SOCIAL ROOM WHERE USE IS NORMALLY SUBJECT TO A FEE, PROVIDED THAT SUCH MEETING IS CONDUCTED IN A PEACEFUL MANNER, AT REASONABLE HOURS AND WITHOUT OBSTRUCTING ACCESS TO THE PREMISES OR FACILITIES SO LONG AS THREE DAYS' PRIOR NOTICE IS GIVEN TO THE COMPLEX WHERE THE MEETING IS TO TAKE PLACE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00393-01-9