Requires the governor to appoint the five members of the Adirondack park agency who reside in the park, from a list established by the legislative bodies of the counties in the Adirondack park and the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to the appointment of the members of the Adirondack park agency
PURPOSE: To allow greater input from local governments in the selection of full-time resident members to the Adirondack Park Agency.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 - Amends section 803 of the executive law to state that full-time residents within the Adirondack park shall be selected from a list of not less than five such residents established and submitted by the legislative bodies of the counties within the park and the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages. It also provides that the legislative bodies of the counties within the park and the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages shall at all times maintain a list of not less than five full-time residents within the park who are eligible to be appointed to the agency.
Section 2 - Effective date
EXISTING LAW: Currently there is 110 formal mechanism for selecting such members.
JUSTIFICATION: The Adirondack Park Agency has great regulatory authority over the property owners, local governments and residents who live and work within the blue line. To insure the preservation of the natural resources of the park and the need for sustainable economies for the communities in the Park. The APA needs to partner with local governments to fully include the all perspectives of the Adirondack Park residents.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2010: S.6999 Finance; A.10110 Environmental conservation
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to the appointment of members to the Adirondack Park Agency on or after such date.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 822 A. 511 2011-2012 Regular Sessions S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. LITTLE -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. SAYWARD, DUPREY, JORDAN, TEDISCO -- read once and referred to the Committee on Environmental Conserva- tion AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to the appointment of the members of the Adirondack park agency THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 803 of the executive law, as amended by chapter 986 of the laws of 1984, is amended to read as follows: S 803. Adirondack park agency. There is hereby created in the execu- tive department, the Adirondack park agency, which shall consist of the following members: the commissioner of environmental conservation, the secretary of state, the commissioner of
[commerce]ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT and eight members [to be]appointed by the governor by and with the advice and consent of the senate. The governor shall designate a chair- man from among the members appointed to the agency, who shall serve at the governor's pleasure. None of the members appointed by the governor shall be officers or employees of any state department or agency. Five members appointed by the governor shall be full-time residents within the Adirondack park, WHO SHALL BE SELECTED FROM A LIST OF NOT LESS THAN FIVE SUCH RESIDENTS ESTABLISHED AND SUBMITTED BY THE LEGISLA- TIVE BODIES OF THE COUNTIES WITHIN THE PARK AND THE ADIRONDACK ASSOCI- ATION OF TOWNS AND VILLAGES; provided, however, that no two such members shall be residents of the same county except for such members initially appointed before January first, nineteen hundred seventy-three, who may be reappointed for additional successive terms; AND PROVIDED, FURTHER, THAT THE LEGISLATIVE BODIES OF THE COUNTIES WITHIN THE PARK AND THEEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01292-01-1 S. 822 2 A. 511
ADIRONDACK ASSOCIATION OF TOWNS AND VILLAGES SHALL AT ALL TIMES MAINTAIN A LIST OF NOT LESS THAN FIVE FULL-TIME RESIDENTS WITHIN THE PARK WHO ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPOINTMENT TO THE AGENCY. Three members appointed by the governor shall be residents of the state outside the Adirondack park. Not more than five appointed members shall be of the same political party. All appointments shall be made for terms of four years; provided that the first member appointed by the governor pursuant to the increase of members from seven to eight shall be appointed for a term expiring on the thirtieth day of June, nineteen hundred seventy-six. Each of such appointed members of the agency shall hold office for the term for which he OR SHE was appointed and until his OR HER successor shall have been appointed and qualified or until he OR SHE shall resign or be removed in the manner provided by law. In the case of any vacancy other than one arising by expiration of term, an appointment to fill the vacancy shall be made for the remainder of the unexpired term. The designated chairman shall receive an annual salary of thirty thou- sand dollars. The other members of the agency, except those who serve ex officio, shall receive one hundred dollars per diem, not to exceed five thousand dollars per annum compensation for their services as members of the agency. All members, except those who serve ex officio, shall be allowed the necessary and actual expenses incurred in the performance of duties under this article. A majority of the members of the agency shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of any business or the exercise of any power or function of the agency and affirmative vote by a majority of the members of the agency, except as is otherwise specifically provided in this article, shall be required to exercise any power or function of the agency. Votes of any member shall be cast in person and not by proxy. The agency may delegate to one or more of its members, officers, agents and employees, such powers and duties as it deems proper. The commissioner of environmental conservation
[and], the commissioner of [commerce]ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT and the secretary of state may, by official authority filed in their respective agencies, and with the Adirondack park agency, designate a deputy or other officer to exercise his OR HER powers and perform his OR HER duties, including the right to vote, on the agency. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to the appointment of members to the Adirondack park agency on or after such date.