Bill S7458-2009

Requires the MTA to hold hearings in each county that is allocated a voting member of the MTA before proposed changes in services or fares can take effect

Requires the MTA to hold hearings in each county that is allocated a voting member of the MTA before proposed changes in services or fares can take effect and shall be limited to one hearing per calendar day.

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Actions

  • Jun 18, 2010: SUBSTITUTED BY A10303A
  • Jun 18, 2010: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1050
  • Jun 15, 2010: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • Jun 8, 2010: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Apr 12, 2010: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Transportation - Jun 8, 2010
Ayes (18): Dilan, Stavisky, Savino, Perkins, Addabbo, Squadron, Diaz, Valesky, Aubertine, Foley, Fuschillo, Libous, Nozzolio, Robach, Larkin, Lanza, Young, Volker
Excused (1): Johnson O
VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Rules - Jun 18, 2010
Ayes (22): Smith, Espada, Stachowski, Montgomery, Duane, Hassell-Thompson, Krueger, Parker, Serrano, Stewart-Cousins, Klein, Valesky, Skelos, Johnson O, Padavan, Volker, Farley, LaValle, Seward, Hannon, Larkin, Saland
Ayes W/R (1): Dilan

Memo

 BILL NUMBER:  S7458

TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to requiring the metropolitan transportation authority to hold hearings in each county that is allocated a voting member of the metropolitan transportation authority on separate days before any proposed changes in services or fares are implemented

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL : The purpose of this legislation is to require the MTA to hold hearings regarding changes in fares or service in each county and to limit hearings to per day.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS : Section 1263 of the public authorities law is amended by adding a new subdivision 10 to read as follows:

The authority shall hold a public hearing in each county that is allocated a voting member of the metropolitan transportation authority under this section, and that is affected by the proposed changes in services and fares, before any proposed changes in services or fares can take effect; provided, however, that such public hearings shall be limited to one hearing per calendar day.

JUSTIFICATION : In the most recent round of public comment hearings, the MTA held multiple forums simultaneously in different boroughs. The MTA does not require board members to attend a specified number of hearings, and the practice of scheduling simultaneous hearings reduces the number of members at a specific event. As a result, the public's thoughts on fare hikes, service cuts and other changes are heard by fewer board members than is optimal.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.

EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect immediately.

Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7458 IN SENATE April 12, 2010 ___________
Introduced by Sen. FOLEY -- 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 requiring the metropolitan transportation authority to hold hearings in each county that is allocated a voting member of the metropolitan transportation authority on separate days before any proposed changes in services or fares are implemented THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 1263 of the public authorities law is amended by adding a new subdivision 10 to read as follows: 10. THE AUTHORITY SHALL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING IN EACH COUNTY THAT IS ALLOCATED A VOTING MEMBER OF THE METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY UNDER THIS SECTION, AND THAT IS AFFECTED BY THE PROPOSED CHANGES IN SERVICES AND FARES, BEFORE ANY PROPOSED CHANGES IN SERVICES OR FARES CAN TAKE EFFECT; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT SUCH PUBLIC HEARINGS SHALL BE LIMITED TO ONE HEARING PER CALENDAR DAY. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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