senate Bill S1453A

Establishes a bi-county commission in the counties of Nassau and Suffolk to study the feasibility of establishing the state of Long Island

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
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  • 07 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 27 / Jan / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 27 / Jan / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 1453A

Summary

Establishes a bi-county commission in the counties of Nassau and Suffolk to study the feasibility of establishing the state of Long Island.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1406A
Versions:
S1453
S1453A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Local Government
Law Section:
Nassau County
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: S426A, A1189A
2007-2008: S8114

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BILL NUMBER:S1453A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
in relation to establishing a bi-county commission in the counties of
Nassau and Suffolk to study the feasibility of establishing the state of
Long Island

PURPOSE:
Establishes a bi-county commission in the counties of Nassau and
Suffolk to study the feasibility of establishing the state of Long
Island

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
To create a 24 member Nassau/Suffolk bi-county commission chaired by
the respective county executives for the purpose of conducting a
feasibility study on the establishment of a state of Long Island to
be completed on or before July 1, 2013 and submitting the question of
statehood to the Nassau/Suffolk electors in a non binding referendum
at the November 2, 2013 election.

JUSTIFICATION:
The issue of creating the State of Long Island in Nassau and Suffolk
counties has long been a topic of debate. This bill would create a
bi-county commission to study and report to the people who can then
participate in a non binding referendum.

This issue requires full participation of the citizens for Nassau and
Suffolk on whether any process for state hood should be initiated.
This bill will allow for a full discussion of the myriad of issues
involved in such endeavor and allow the citizens of the two counties
to analyze the report and express their opinion on statehood in a non
binding referendum.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-10 S.426A.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

    S. 1453--A                                            A. 1406--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                      S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y

                             January 7, 2011
                               ___________

IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered print-
  ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Govern-
  ment -- 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 committee

IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. THIELE -- read once  and  referred
  to  the  Committee  on  Governmental  Operations -- recommitted to the
  Committee on Governmental Operations in accordance with Assembly  Rule
  3,  sec. 2 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT in relation to establishing a bi-county commission in  the  coun-
  ties  of  Nassau  and Suffolk to study the feasibility of establishing
  the state of Long Island

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1. Legislative findings: Nassau and Suffolk Counties comprise
an area of 2,826 square miles, larger than the states  of  Rhode  Island
and  Delaware.  The  combined  population  of  the two counties is 2.798
million which is greater than the population of 19 states. For the years
2002-2004, Long Island paid 8.124 billion dollars  in  state  taxes  yet
only  5.2  billion  dollars  was  returned  in direct local aid, tuition
assistance, highway aid, pension payments, lottery  money,  metropolitan
transportation authority subsidies and Medicaid payments. For many years
the  question  of forming the state of Long Island has been discussed in
public and academic forums. The issue should be investigated,  a  report
prepared and referendum held in Nassau and Suffolk counties so the citi-
zens may be heard.
  S  2.  There  is  hereby  established  a  Nassau and Suffolk bi-county
commission to study the feasibility of forming the state of Long  Island
to  consist of the counties of Nassau and Suffolk. Such commission shall

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03747-02-2

S. 1453--A                          2                         A. 1406--A

be comprised of 24 members, 12 of whom shall reside  in  the  county  of
Nassau  and 12 of whom shall reside in the county of Suffolk. The county
executive of each county shall serve on the commission as co-chairs.  Of
the  remaining 22 members, 5 members from each county shall be appointed
by the county executive of the county in  which  such  county  executive
serves;  3  members  from each county shall be appointed by the majority
leader of the county legislature from the county in which such  majority
leader  serves, and 3 members from each county shall be appointed by the
minority leader of the county legislature from the county in which  such
minority  leader  serves.  Members  of  the  commission shall receive no
compensation for their services, but shall be allowed their  actual  and
necessary  expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. Members
of the commission shall  serve  at  the  pleasure  of  their  appointing
authority.  Vacancies  on  the  commission  shall  be filled in the same
manner as the original appointment.
  S 3. The study  authorized  by  section  two  of  this  act  shall  be
completed and submitted to the Nassau county legislature and the Suffolk
county legislature on or before July 1, 2013.
  S  4.  At the general election to be held November 2, 2013, the county
of Nassau and the county of Suffolk shall be submitted to the voters  of
such  counties, a referendum concerning whether or not the state of Long
Island shall be formed. Such referendum shall be deemed approved  if  it
is  approved  by  a  majority of the voters voting on such referendum in
each county, provided however that the approval of such referendum shall
not be binding upon the county of Nassau or the county of Suffolk.
  S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.

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