Relates to the residency requirement for the Boght Community fire district in Albany county; authorizes more than 45% of membership from outside the district boundaries.
Ayes (7): Stewart-Cousins, Oppenheimer, Valesky, Thompson, Johnson C, Little, Bonacic
Excused (1): Morahan
BILL NUMBER: S7872
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the town law, in relation to volunteer members of the Boght Community fire district
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL : To allow for the Boght Community Fire District to be exempt from the requirement that no more than forty-five percent of the company's membership be non-resident members.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS : Section one of the bill adds the Boght Community Fire District as a fire company that is exempt from the requirement that no more than forty-five percent of its membership consist of nonresident members.
JUSTIFICATION : In this economic climate, it is very difficult for some volunteer fire companies to recruit new members. The Boght Community Fire District, due to its location on the boundary of the City of Cohoes, attracts individuals from the city of Cohoes who want to participate in the fire service and are willing to drive the 1-2 miles from their residences to the firehouse. The Boght Community Fire District received several applications which were approved yet were unable to accept these new members because of the requirement that no more than forty-five percent of its volunteer firefights may be non-residents. This requirement is a hardship for the company with regards to staffing, meriting an exemption.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7872 IN SENATE May 19, 2010 ___________Introduced by Sen. BRESLIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government AN ACT to amend the town law, in relation to volunteer members of the Boght Community fire district THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 7 of section 176-b of the town law, as sepa- rately amended by chapters 302, 314, 468 and 474 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: 7. The membership of any volunteer firefighter shall not be continued pursuant to subdivision five of this section, and persons shall not be elected to membership pursuant to subdivision six of this section, if, by so doing, the percentage of such non-resident members in the fire company would exceed forty-five per centum of the actual membership of the fire company, provided however, that the provisions of this subdivi- sion shall not apply to the memberships of the Shelter Island Heights fire district, the Cherry Grove fire district, the Fire Island Pines fire district, the Davis Park fire department, and the Cold Spring Harbor fire district in Suffolk county, the New Hampton fire district, the Mechanicstown fire district, the Pocatello fire district, the Wash- ington Heights fire district and the Good Will fire district in Orange county, the Jericho fire district and the Westbury fire district in Nassau county, the Orangeburg fire district in Rockland county, the South Lockport Fire Company and the Terry's Corners volunteer fire company in Niagara County, the Taunton fire district and the Onondaga Hill fire department in Onondaga county, the Town of Batavia fire department in Genesee County, the Schuyler Heights fire district, THE BOGHT COMMUNITY FIRE DISTRICT and the Slingerlands fire district I in Albany county, the town of Providence fire district in Saratoga county, the River Road fire district, No. 3 in Erie county, the Sir William Johnson Fire Company in Fulton county, the Fort Johnson Fire district in Montgomery county or the memberships of the Millwood fire district, the Purchase Fire District, the North Castle South Fire District, No. 1 in Westchester county, the Thornwood fire company, No. 1 in Westchester county and the Rockland Lake fire district in Rockland county. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD17235-01-0