Authorizes the town of Greenburgh, county of Westchester to lease certain park lands for tennis uses.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to authorize the town of Greenburgh, county of Westchester to lease certain park lands for tennis uses
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To authorize the town of Greenburgh to lease a portion of its town park for commercial seasonal public tennis facilities for up to 30 years.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 authorizes the town board to lease certain park lands and improvements at fair market value and other terms as they determine, for up to 30 years for the operation of seasonal tennis facilities.
Section 2 requires that town residents who reside outside of the towns six incorporated villages continue to pay all costs and expenses of the specified town park lands and recreational facilities and that the proceeds of the lease be dedicated to capital improvement of the existing town park and recreational facilities and/or for the acquisition of additional town park and recreational facilities for their use.
Section 3 specifies the legal description of the subject tennis facilities and the other facilities related to their use at the Anthony F. Veteran Park in the town of Greenburgh.
Section 4 requires that if the lease for the facilities terminates then the leased park lands revert to the town of Greenburgh to be used as they are presently used.
Section 5 requires that the subject lease provide that such leased park lands and improvements be made available to the general public on an equitable basis. Where the availability of such public facilities is limited, the use of the facilities is to be determined by a written policy developed, posted and administered by the lessee and the town of Greenburgh.
Section 6 specifies that this act shall not affect any rights or restrictions in the deed conveying the subject park land to the town of Greenburgh.
Section 7 is the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: The proposed law is designed to give the town of Greenburgh the opportunity to raise revenue by leasing a portion of its under utilized recreational facilities. It authorizes the town to lease its tennis facilities in its main town park on a seasonal basis. It is anticipated that the town will gain revenue and the private lessees will improve the facilities at no cost to the town including erecting a tennis bubble.
For the project to be economically viable the leased facilities must be available to the general public.
The proposed law is necessary because:
1. New York courts have ruled that local park land and recreational facilities may be leased to a private entity only with the New York State Legislature's approval.
2. A special act of this legislature in 1982 restricted the use of all parks and recreational facilities located in the unincorporated section of the town of Greenburgh (outside of its six villages) to the residents of the unincorporated area and required that those residents fund the facilities.
This law is not intended to disturb the provisions of the special act except to authorize the town to enter into a lease that permits people who live outside of the unincorporated section of the town to use the specified facilities while being operated under lease.
Current economic conditions and the newly enacted tax levy cap make it difficult for local governments to raise the revenue necessary to maintain their facilities. Greenburgh has indicated that these lease proceeds are necessary for capital expenditures at its main town park and/or other facilities for the residents of the unincorporated section of town-including refurbishing of roads and buildings and performing major renovations that extend their useful life.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill- 2012
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7651 IN SENATE June 11, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. STEWART-COUSINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to authorize the town of Greenburgh, county of Westchester to lease certain park lands for tennis uses THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The town of Greenburgh acting by and through its town board is hereby authorized and empowered to lease at fair market value and upon such other terms and conditions as determined by such board consistent with sections four and five of this act the lands and improvements described in section three of this act for up to 30 years for the operation of seasonal tennis facilities. S 2. The authorization provided in section one of this act shall be effective only upon the condition that the residents of the town of Greenburgh who reside outside of any incorporated village in such town continue to pay all costs and expenses for the town park and recreation- al facilities described in section three of this act and that the town of Greenburgh dedicate all proceeds of such lease for the capital improvement of existing town park and recreational facilities and/or for the acquisition of additional town park and recreational facilities for the residents of the town of Greenburgh who reside outside of any incor- porated village in such town. S 3. The lands and improvements referred to in section one of this act which may be leased consist of tennis facilities and other appurtenances related to the use of such tennis facilities located in the Anthony F. Veteran Park in the town of Greenburgh, county of Westchester, state of New York, the park being more particularly described as follows: ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of Greenburgh, County of Westchester and State of New York, and being more particularly bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point on the northerly line of the Sprain Brook Park- way, where the same is intersected by the northeasterly boundary line of land now or formerly of Robert Stephen Anthony as acquired by a deedEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15742-10-2 S. 7651 2
from John Canning, Jr., dated September 9th, 1952, recorded in Office of the County Clerk of Westchester County, Division of Land Records, on September 10th, 1952, in Liber 5134 of conveyances, page 115, said point of BEGINNING being distant North 43Á 57' 40" East 272.43 feet from a monument at the intersection of the southeasterly corner of said lands so conveyed by the aforementioned deed with the northeasterly side of Heatherdell Road; thence running along the last mentioned northeasterly boundary line of Anthony, North 46Á 02' 20" West 344.66 feet to a point; thence running North 49Á 20' 10" East 551.65 feet and North 17Á 14' 40" East 1005.00 feet to a corner in said land; thence running South 80Á 25' 50" East 899.49 feet to the northerly line of Sprain Brook Parkway; thence running along said lands the following courses and distances: South 16Á 58' 39" East 49.00 feet, South 43Á 57' 57" West 734.75 feet, South 61Á 17' 40" West 135.00 feet and South 43Á 57' 40" West 1067.57 feet to the point or place of BEGINNING, containing 20.46 acres more or less. TOGETHER with and subject to an easement in common with others over the existing driveway running from Heatherdell Road through premises and premises adjoining as set forth in Liber 3929 of conveyances, page 165, and utility easements as recorded in the Book of Conveyances in Liber 5389, Page 204, and in Liber 5950, page 320. ALSO known on the Official Tax Map of the Town of Greenburgh as Volume 8, Sheet 4, Parcel 4B, and of the Village of Ardsley as Sheet 1, Parcel 37B. S 4. Should the leased park lands described in sections one and three of this act cease to be used for the purposes described therein, the lease shall terminate and those lands shall revert to the town of Green- burgh consistent with its prior public park and recreational purposes. S 5. Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter 891 of the laws of 1982 to the contrary, such lease shall provide that the leased park land and improvements described in sections one and three of this act shall be made available to the general public on an equitable basis. Where avail- ability of such public facilities is limited, the use of such facilities must be determined by a written policy, developed, posted and adminis- tered by the lessee in conjunction with the town of Greenburgh. S 6. The provisions of this act shall not affect any rights or deed restrictions pursuant to the terms, conditions, and provisions of the deed conveying interest in the park land described in this act to the town of Greenburgh. S 7. This act shall take effect immediately.