Transfers certain lands to the city of New York and the department of environmental conservation to be used as parklands and open space.
Ayes (59): Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Dilan, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, 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, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (2): Diaz, Espaillat
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the highway law, in relation to transferring certain land to the city of New York department of parks and recreation and to the state department of environmental conservation and designating such lands as parklands and open space
PURPOSE: To transfer certain lands to the City of New York and the Department of Environmental Conservation to be used as parklands and open space.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one amends section 349-f of the highway law, as amended by chapter 558 of the laws of 2010.
Sections two and three requires certain traffic improvements.
Section four requires upon completion of traffic improvements outlined in sections two and three of this act, the parcels defined in such sections shall be used for park/open space purposes.
Section six sets aside a sum by the state funding equal to the cost of the traffic improvements required by sections two and three of this act upon the parcels that are de-mapped pursuant to this act, payable on the application of the City of New York.
JUSTIFICATION: This legislation would consolidate un-built highway rights of way into the Staten Island Greenbelt, a unique natural preserve comprised of the central hills, wetlands and woodlands of Richmond County upon the completion of certain traffic improvements. This measure will protect from development nearly 500 acres of land reserved for highway construction that has been deemed unnecessary by three major surface transportation studies in the last twenty years. The existing rights of way are fifty year old remnants of a different era in urban development and planning and currently there is no responsible party advocating construction of these environmentally and economically nonviable roadways. Therefore, they should be removed from the City Map and the land added to the adjacent protected Greenbelt, which is one of the nation's largest urban parkland preserves.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7887 IN SENATE June 16, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. LANZA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the highway law, in relation to transferring certain land to the city of New York department of parks and recreation and to the state department of environmental conservation and designating such lands as parklands and open space THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 349-f of the highway law, as amended by chapter 558 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows: S 349-f. New York city routes. The following existing or proposed main routes or thoroughfares, are designated herein, as aforesaid, viz.: New England thruway from the Westchester county line to Bruckner expressway; Bruckner expressway from New England thruway to Robert F. Kennedy bridge approach; Hutchinson river parkway from the Westchester county line to the Bronx-Whitestone bridge approach; Bronx river parkway from the Westchester county line to Bruckner expressway; Henry Hudson parkway from the Westchester county line to Miller highway excepting the Henry Hudson bridge, provided that no portion of this route from West Seventy-second street to the Cross Bronx expressway shall be constructed or reconstructed so as to encroach in any way on or over any land mapped or used for park purposes except for such temporary encroachment of no more than ten feet in width from seventy-third street to seventy-sixth street as may be essential during and for the purpose of reconstruction or repair of the existing roadway following which there shall be full restoration of park land; Major Deegan expressway from the Robert F. Kennedy bridge to Central Park avenue at the Westchester county line together with a connection to Broadway and along Broadway to Manhattan college parkway; Cross Bronx expressway from George Washington bridge approach to Throgs Neck bridge; Throgs Neck expressway from Bruckner expressway to Throgs Neck bridge; Arthur V. Sheridan expressway from Cross-Bronx expressway to Bruckner expressway; Mosholu parkway from Henry Hudson parkway to Bronx river parkway; Bronx and Pelham parkway from Bronx river parkway to New England thruway; Boston road from BronxEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15536-03-4 S. 7887 2
and Pelham parkway to New England thruway; Miller highway from Henry Hudson parkway to the Hugh L. Carey tunnel; and from Hugh L. Carey tunnel to Brooklyn-Queens expressway; Franklin D. Roosevelt drive from the Hugh L. Carey tunnel to Robert F. Kennedy bridge approach; Harlem river drive from Robert F. Kennedy bridge approach to George Washington bridge approach; Belt parkway including Gowanus parkway to Third avenue and Sixtieth street, Leif Erikson drive to Knapp street, Shore parkway, Belt parkway, Southern parkway and Cross Island parkway from Hugh L. Carey tunnel to Bronx-Whitestone bridge approach; Nassau expressway from Southern parkway to the Nassau county line; Brooklyn-Queens expressway from Gowanus expressway to Grand Central parkway; Prospect expressway from Gowanus expressway to Ocean parkway; Ocean parkway from Prospect expressway to Shore parkway; Interborough parkway from Grand Central Parkway to Belt parkway; Gowanus expressway from the Verrazano-Narrows bridge to Third avenue at Gowanus parkway; Third Avenue from Gowanus expressway to Hamilton avenue; Hamilton Avenue from Third Avenue to Hugh L. Carey tunnel; Queens boulevard from Queensborough bridge approach to Van Wyck expressway; Van Wyck expressway from Whitestone expressway, including a connection to Grand Central parkway, to John F. Kennedy international airport; Woodhaven boulevard from Queens boulevard to Cross Bay parkway bridge northerly approach; Cross Bay parkway from Cross Bay bridge southerly approach to Short Front parkway; Shore Front parkway from Cross Bay parkway generally along the shore line of the Atlantic ocean to the Nassau expressway at the Nassau county line; Queens-Midtown expressway from Queens-Midtown tunnel approach to Queens Boulevard; Horace Harding expressway from Queens Boulevard to the Nassau county line; a connection between Brooklyn-Queens expressway and North- ern boulevard in the vicinity of Grand Central parkway; Grand Central parkway from Robert F. Kennedy bridge approach to Nassau county line; Whitestone expressway from Bronx-Whitestone bridge approach to Van Wyck expressway and continuing to Grand Central parkway; Clearview expressway from Throgs Neck bridge to Nassau expressway; Richmond parkway from
[Staten Island expressway to]THE Outerbridge crossing approach TO LA TOURRETTE PARK AT RICHMOND AVENUE; Staten Island expressway from Goethals bridge to the Verrazano-Narrows bridge with a connection to Bayonne bridge; [Willowbrook parkway from Staten Island expressway to Great Kills park;]West Shore expressway from Staten Island expressway to Outerbridge crossing; Shore Front drive northerly from the terminus of West Shore expressway at Staten Island expressway, thence generally along the shore lines of Kill Van Kull, the Narrows, Lower New York bay and Raritan bay to the approach to Outerbridge crossing. S 2. Upon the completion by the city of New York of the following traffic improvements: (a) at the intersection of Rockland Avenue and Brielle Avenue, the widening of Rockland Avenue sufficiently to improve safety sightlines for motorists and pedestrians; (b) the creation of a new road stent, along the boundaries on the New York city map designated as Ashworth Street, sufficient in length to allow motorists on Rockland Avenue traveling northbound toward the Staten Island Expressway to safely exit Rockland Avenue and connect with Forest Hill Road, thereby reducing congestion at the existing inter- section of Rockland Avenue and Forest Hill Road; (c) at Rockland Avenue and Forest Hill Road, a widening which allows sufficient stacking capacity for a dedicated left-turn lane and a right- turn lane heading south toward Richmond Avenue;S. 7887 3
(d) a Nadine Street by-pass road shall be constructed paralleling Rockland Avenue from Nevada Avenue to the intersection of McCully Avenue and Richmond Road; and (e) a new access road connecting Forest Hill Road to the College of Staten Island campus all right, title and interest in property as defined in the highway law as the Willowbrook Parkway from the Staten Island Expressway to Richmond Road, shall be vested in the department of parks and recreation of the city of New York. S 3. Upon the completion by the city of New York of the following traffic improvements: (a) at the intersection of Ocean Terrace and Todt Hill Road, the creation of dedicated right-turn and left-turn lanes in all four directions; (b) at the intersection of Manor Road and Rockland Avenue, the creation of dedicated right-turn and left-turn lanes on Rockland Avenue in the westbound direction, and on Manor Road in the southbound direc- tion; and including, to improve safety, the realignment of Rockland Avenue at the severe S-curve within the right-of-way cloverleaf; and (c) at the intersection of Arthur Kill Road and Richmond Avenue, the Korean War Veterans Parkway Terminus Project at Richmond Avenue all right, title and interest in property as defined in the highway law as the Richmond Parkway from a point 60 feet south of the Staten Island expressway to Richmond Avenue, shall be vested in the state department of environmental conservation. S 4. Upon completion of the traffic improvements required by sections two and three of this act, the parcels defined in such sections of this act shall be used for parks/open space purposes, shall not be used for transportation purposes and shall not be sold, leased, exchanged, donated, or otherwise disposed of or used for other than public park/open space purposes without the express authority of an act of the legislature, which shall provide for the substitution of other lands of equal environmental value and fair market value and reasonably equiv- alent usefulness and location to those to be discontinued, sold or disposed of, and such other requirements as shall be approved by the commissioner of parks and recreation of the city of New York and the state commissioner of environmental conservation. S 5. All existing portions of open and traveled streets (for example Rockland Avenue and the intersection of Ocean Terrace and Todt Hill Road) as well as new portions specified in sections two and three of this act shall be vested in the city of New York under the auspices of the department of transportation of such city. S 6. There shall be set aside by the state a sum of money equal to the cost of the traffic improvements required by sections two and three of this act upon the parcels that are de-mapped pursuant to this act, paya- ble on the application of the city of New York. S 7. This act shall take effect immediately.