S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2009-2010 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
January 7, 2009
Introduced by Sens. LITTLE, STEWART-COUSINS -- read twice and ordered
printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local
Government -- recommitted to the Committee on Local Government in
accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill
amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit-
AN ACT to direct the law revision commission to make recommendations to
the legislature concerning proposed revisions to the general city law,
the town law, the county law, the village law, the general municipal
law, the local finance law and any related statutes
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. The legislature hereby finds and declares it to be the
policy of the state that the present statutory structure of general laws
that relate to local government have evolved in a disorganized manner,
contain overlapping statutory provisions, contain outdated provisions
that fail to meet the needs and goals presented by the challenges of the
twenty-first century and that there is a need for a new state policy on
local government organization. The last time any general law as it
relates to local government was completely revised was the village law
in 1972. The budgetary pressures placed on all forms of local government
require a revision of the general powers that relate to the delivery of
services to their citizens in a fair and financially responsible manner.
In addition, the body of general laws that relate to local government,
including but not limited to, the general city law, the town law, the
county law, the village law, the general municipal law and the local
finance law, is, in many instances, confusing to local public officers
and the citizens of the state and contrary to the principles of simplic-
ity, ease of administration, fairness and equity.
S 2. The law revision commission is hereby directed to:
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
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(a) review all the general laws that relate to local government and
the way they are administered to determine the effectiveness of such
laws in achieving state policy goals, within the parameters of the
municipal home rule law, and to further review such laws to achieve the
objectives of simplicity, ease of administration, fairness and equity;
(b) make recommendations to the legislature for such action, including
proposed revision of such laws, as it determines is appropriate.
S 3. The law revision commission shall make a report to the governor
and the legislature of its findings, conclusions, and recommendations no
later than December 1, 2011, and shall submit with its report such
legislative proposals as it deems necessary to implement its reports.
S 4. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall
have become a law.