senate Bill S1643

Adds a local fire company to the list of companies and districts which are exempt from state limits on non-resident members

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  • Introduced
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  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 03 / Feb / 2009
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 15 / Jul / 2009
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 15 / Jul / 2009
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.737
  • 16 / Jul / 2009
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A4321

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4321
Versions:
S1643
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Law Section:
Town Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S1643

TITLE OF BILL :

An act to amend the town law, in relation to certain local fire
companies


PURPOSE :

To include the Sir William Johnson Fire Company in Fulton County among
the list of fire districts and fire companies which are exempt from
the statutory limits on the percentage of non-resident members,
thereby helping this volunteer fire company in ensuring a sufficient
level of membership to protect the community.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :

The bill amends Section 176-b(7) of the Town Law to include the Sir
William Johnson Fire Company among the list of fire districts and fire
companies which have been exempted from the statutory limits on
non-resident members.

EXISTING LAW :

Section 176-b(7) of the Town Law generally provides that the
percentage of non-resident members of a fire department cannot exceed
45% of the total membership of the department. However, this
subdivision has been amended many times in recent years to exempt 20
specific fire districts from the statutory percentage limitation.

JUSTIFICATION :

The Sir William Johnson Fire Company protects a large, mostly rural
area of the Town of Johnstown in Fulton County. This volunteer fire
company is facing significant challenges in ensuring sufficient
membership. This situation is compounded by the New York State law
which imposes a 45% cap on the number of nonresidents that may be
members of a fire company. The number of persons who live within the
fire company's jurisdiction is relatively small, and it is difficult
to find volunteers. However, the fire company's territory is near
larger population bases, including the City of Johnstown, from which
it is able to draw volunteers. There are several non-residents
currently serving in the company, and several others who are
interested in serving. The State Legislature has previously exempted
20 other fire districts throughout the State from the statutory limits
on the number of nonresidents who may serve in a fire company. This
bill would similarly exempt the Sir William Johnson Fire Company. This
legislation will help the fire company in recruiting and retaining a
sufficient level of membership.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
S.8121 of 2008 (passed Senate)/A.10892 (Assembly Local Government
Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
Immediately.
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