senate Bill S1547

Requires all-way stop signs erected at all intersections immediately surrounding a public or private school in a city with a population of 1 million or more

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
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  • 10 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

Summary

Requires all-way stop signs erected at all intersections immediately surrounding a public or private school in a city with a population of 1 million or more.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8009
Versions:
S1547
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Add §1229-e, V & T L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S8079, A10801

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S1547

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation
to prohibiting the consumption of food in New York city subways

PURPOSE OF THE BILL: The purpose of this legislation is to mitigate the
growing rat infestation in the NYC subway system.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

§ 1- Public authorities law is amended by adding a new section 1277 -b
which prohibits the consumption of food on subway trains.

Subdivision 2. Establishes fines and other punitive actions for a fail-
ure to adhere to the prohibition.

Subdivision 3. Requires all fines collected pursuant to subdivision 2 of
this section be deposited to the credit of the New York subway littering
prevention fund established pursuant to section 97-uuu of the state
finance law.

§ 2- Effective Date.

JUSTIFICATION: Most people have a visceral reaction to rats, but that
alone is not why we must make every effort to rid them from our subways.
Rats can carry and transmit diseases, some of which are fatal to humans,
dogs, and other animals. Rats can spread disease through their urine,
feces and from bites. Leptospirosis, for example, is a rat borne illness
that may cause kidney and liver damage, meningitis (inflammation of the
membrane around the brain and spinal cord) and respiratory difficulty
can result. Rats also carry parasites like fleas, worms and mites which
can spread diseases as well. The public health crisis underscores the
potential danger posed by an out of control rat population. In partic-
ular, New York city's subway system, with its densely packed trains and
enclosed spaces, provides an ideal environment for communicable diseases
to spread quickly.

New Yorkers think we have a serious rodent problem in our subways that
cart be resolved. This is the news that comes from a district-wide rat
survey conducted by my office. Over 15,000 surveys were distributed, in
the mail, on-line and in-person at train stations. People's passion for
this issue was evident wherever we handed out surveys. Within days of
our mailing, we received stacks of mail from constituents who had taken
the time to fill out, stamp and mail back our surveys. The response was
overwhelming.

As the results came in, three things are clear: NYC residents overwhelm-
ingly stated they are facing a severe problem, and that the problem of
rats rampaging through the subway is partly due to inept pest-control by
the Metropolitan Transit Authority and most feel strongly that the
conduct of train customers, eating in stations, on trains, and careless-

ly discarding refuse on the tracks or platforms, plays an important role
in compounding the problem. New York City is considered by many to be
the capital of the world. As one of the busiest cities in the country
with one of the largest transportation systems, we have to take the
problem of rats more seriously.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012 (S.6312): Referred to Transportation;
Finance

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: No cost to the state. In fact, the fines associ-
ated with this legislation creates an additional revenue stream for the
New York subway littering prevention fund.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it
shall have become a law.

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

                                  1547

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 10, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. SAMPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation

AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in  relation  to  requiring
  all-way  stop signs erected at all intersections immediately surround-
  ing a public or private school

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

  Section  1.  The  vehicle  and  traffic law is amended by adding a new
section 1229-e to read as follows:
  S 1229-E. ALL-WAY STOP  SIGNS,  PUBLIC  OR  PRIVATE  SCHOOLS,  CERTAIN
CITIES.    NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY  OTHER  LAW,  RULE  OR REGULATION TO THE
CONTRARY, IN A CITY HAVING A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION  OR  MORE,  THERE
SHALL  BE  ERECTED  AN ALL-WAY STOP SIGN AT EVERY INTERSECTION OR CORNER
IMMEDIATELY SURROUNDING A PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SCHOOL, EXCEPT  WHERE  THERE
IS A TRAFFIC SIGNAL ALREADY LOCATED AT SUCH INTERSECTION.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law. Provided that the commissioner of motor  vehicles  is
immediately  authorized  and directed to promulgate, amend and/or repeal
any rules and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of  this
act on its effective date.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06078-01-1

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