Relates to the election of the trustees of the Greater Poughkeepsie Library District.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend chapter 524 of the laws of 1987, relating to establishing the Greater Poughkeepsie library district, in the city and town of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess county, in relation to the election of the trustees of such library
The Board of Elections of Dutchess County determined that they have no legal basis to determine the number of signatures required, and are without authority to dictate an arbitrary number. This legislation provides the number of signatures required.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Amends chapter 524, Section 1, Part 6 to state that "Each petition shall be signed by at least twenty-five qualified voters of the city".
The situation as it currently exists creates the vulnerability that despite past nominations, future nominations could undergo legal challenge at any time.
Shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7085 IN SENATE April 24, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. GIPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government AN ACT to amend chapter 524 of the laws of 1987, relating to establish- ing the Greater Poughkeepsie library district, in the city and town of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess county, in relation to the election of the trustees of such library THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 6 of chapter 524 of the laws of 1987, relating to establishing the Greater Poughkeepsie library district, in the city and town of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess county, as amended by chapter 361 of the laws of 1997, is amended to read as follows: S 6. The district shall be governed by a board of trustees consisting of eleven trustees. The trustees of the Greater Poughkeepsie library district as of the effective date of the chapter of the laws of 1997 which added this provision shall become trustees, immediately, of the Poughkeepsie public library district. TRUSTEES ARE ELECTED BY PUBLIC VOTE AT THE GENERAL ELECTION EACH NOVEMBER AND SHALL APPEAR ON THE BALLOT AS PROVIDED BY THE DUTCHESS COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS, AT NO CHARGE TO THE DISTRICT. Seven of the trustees shall be elected
[at an election to be held]BY THE VOTERS within the town and four of the trus- tees shall be elected [at an election to be held]BY THE VOTERS within the portion of the district located in the city. The trustees elected [at the election in]BY THE VOTERS OF the town must be QUALIFIED VOTERS AND residents of the town and the trustees elected [in]BY THE VOTERS OF the city must be QUALIFIED VOTERS AND residents of the city. NOMINATING PETITIONS SHALL BE CIRCULATED AND FILED AT THE SAME TIME AS INDEPENDENT PETITIONS, AS DETERMINED ANNUALLY BY THE NEW YORK STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS. A SEPARATE PETITION SHALL BE REQUIRED TO NOMINATE EACH CANDI- DATE FOR A VACANCY ON THE BOARD. EACH PETITION SHALL BE SIGNED BY AT LEAST TWENTY-FIVE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF THE CITY OR TOWN IN WHICH THE VACANCY OCCURS. PETITIONS SHALL STATE THE RESIDENCE OF EACH SIGNER, AND SHALL STATE THE NAME AND RESIDENCE OF THE CANDIDATE. The trustees shall serve for a term of five years and until his or her successor is electedEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14735-01-4 S. 7085 2
and qualified. Two-thirds of the trustees shall constitute a quorum. Action of the trustees shall require a two-thirds vote of the entire board. Vacancies shall be filled by appointment by the trustees, provided, however, that an election shall be held at the first available general election day after the happening of a vacancy. The person or persons appointed by the trustees shall serve until a successor is elected and qualified as provided herein. Vacancies for trustees elected within the city shall be filled by city residents and vacancies for trustees elected within the town shall be filled by town residents. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.