Authorizes the triborough bridge and tunnel authority, its licensees and contractors to have certain powers to erect, install, repair, reconstruct, maintain, operate or paint outdoor advertising signs or devices, including electronic displays, on or about its bridges, tunnels, projects, structures, facilities and other properties, including approaches.
Ayes (45): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Dilan, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Huntley, Klein, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, McDonald, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Oppenheimer, Parker, Peralta, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Nays (14): Avella, Duane, Espaillat, Gianaris, Hassell-Thomps, Kennedy, Krueger, Montgomery, Perkins, Rivera, Serrano, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin
Excused (2): Diaz, Johnson
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to the Triborough bridge and tunnel authority
PURPOSE:. This bill would amend the public authorities law to clarify that the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority (TBTA) has the power to erect outdoor advertising signs and devices on or in the vicinity of its bridges and tunnels.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill would amend Section 569-b of the Public Authorities Law by adding a new subdivision 5 to confirm that the authority, and its licensees and contractors, may erect, install, repair, reconstruct, maintain, operate or paint outdoor advertising signs and devices, including electronic displays, on or about the authority's bridges, tunnels, projects, structures, facilities and other properties, including approaches.
Section 2 of the bill would make the act take effect immediately
EXISTING LAW: Section 569-b of the Public Authorities Law allows TBTA to prohibit outdoor advertising signs or devices that refer to any subject other than the business actually conducted on the premises or to sale or rental of such premises within 500 feet and within view of the Whitestone Bridge project, the Throgs Neck Bridge, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge or the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel or their approaches and connections. Outdoor advertising signs or devices that refer to the business actually conducted on the premises or to sale or rental of such premises in such locations are permissible but cannot be taller than 10 feet.
JUSTIFICATION: The MTA currently receives over $100 million a year from licensing advertising rights on its facilities. These revenues support the MTA's mission of providing public transportation services within the MTA service area. Revenues from advertising are expected to continue to grow. The MTA could substantially increase such revenues by erecting advertising signs and devices on TBTA facilities.
This bill will clarify that while Section 569-b authorizes TBTA to restrict third-party property owners from erecting signs close to and in view of certain TBTA facilities, the TBTA may erect outdoor advertising signs and devices on its own facilities.
Safety and aesthetics would have to be carefully considered in any advertising program involving TBTA facilities. The MTA is confident that the safe and attractive signage that would be installed would result in increased revenues to support MTA's essential transportation mission.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: This bill would generate additional revenue for the MTA to be used to subsidize subway, bus and commuter railroad operations.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7217 IN SENATE May 2, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. FUSCHILLO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to the Tribor- ough bridge and tunnel authority THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 569-b of the public authorities law is amended by adding a new subdivision 5 to read as follows: 5. NOTWITHSTANDING SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION OR ANY OTHER LAW, GENERAL, SPECIAL OR LOCAL, THE AUTHORITY, AND ITS LICENSEES AND CONTRAC- TORS, SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO ERECT, INSTALL, REPAIR, RECONSTRUCT, MAIN- TAIN, OPERATE OR PAINT OUTDOOR ADVERTISING SIGNS OR DEVICES, INCLUDING ELECTRONIC DISPLAYS, ON OR ABOUT ITS BRIDGES, TUNNELS, PROJECTS, STRUC- TURES, FACILITIES AND OTHER PROPERTIES, INCLUDING APPROACHES. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15524-01-2