Requires the Erie county stadium corporation and any working group, subcommittee, advisory committee or subsidiary formed thereunder to comply with the open meetings law; relates specifically to the new stadium working group.
Ayes (57): Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (4): Espaillat, Golden, Hassell-Thomps, Smith
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public officers law, in relation to the Erie county stadium corporation complying with the open meetings law
To require any working group, subcommittee, advisory committee, or subsidiary of the Erie County Stadium Corporation created by its lease with Erie County to follow the open meetings law and make their deliberations public.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends the public officers law by adding a new section 103-a that states that any working group, subcommittee, advisory committee, or subsidiary created by the Erie County Stadium Corporation through its lease agreement with Erie County shall be required to comply with the open meetings law.
Section 2 states that this act shall take effect immediately.
After the unfortunate passing of Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr., there has been significant interest in the future of the team and making sure the Bills stay in Western New York. The New Stadium Working Group, an advisory committee created under the Erie County Stadium Corporation, has been tasked with determining potential sites for building a new stadium and exploring the feasibility of making additional renovations to the team's current Ralph Wilson Stadium. Ninety five million dollars in state and county funds has already been committed to improving the team's current stadium in Orchard Park. With the vast amount of public money involved as well as the important economic and cultural impact on Western New York, the New Stadium Working Group should be subject to the open meetings law. This bill would ensure this process is open and transparent.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7219 IN SENATE May 6, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. GALLIVAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern- ment Operations AN ACT to amend the public officers law, in relation to the Erie county stadium corporation complying with the open meetings law THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The public officers law is amended by adding a new section 103-a to read as follows: S 103-A. OPEN MEETINGS; ERIE COUNTY STADIUM CORPORATION. NOTWITH- STANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, RULE OR REGULATION TO THE CONTRARY, ANY WORKING GROUP, SUBCOMMITTEE, ADVISORY COMMITTEE OR SUBSIDIARY CREATED BY THE ERIE COUNTY STADIUM CORPORATION THROUGH ITS LEASE AGREE- MENT WITH ERIE COUNTY, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE NEW STADIUM WORKING GROUP, SHALL BE REQUIRED TO COMPLY WITH THIS ARTICLE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14945-01-4