senate Bill S2686B

Directs the commissioner of parks, recreation and historic preservation to cooperate with municipalities in establishing adopt-a-park programs

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  • 28 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO CULTURAL AFFAIRS, TOURISM, PARKS AND RECREATION
  • 01 / Mar / 2011
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.102
  • 02 / Mar / 2011
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 03 / Mar / 2011
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 09 / May / 2011
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 2686A
  • 16 / May / 2011
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 16 / May / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 16 / May / 2011
    • REFERRED TO CODES
  • 01 / Jun / 2011
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A3409A
  • 01 / Jun / 2011
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.456
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO CULTURAL AFFAIRS, TOURISM, PARKS AND RECREATION
  • 02 / May / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO CULTURAL AFFAIRS, TOURISM, PARKS AND RECREATION
  • 02 / May / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 2686B
  • 05 / Jun / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.1017
  • 06 / Jun / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 11 / Jun / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 14 / Jun / 2012
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A3409B

Summary

Directs the commissioner of parks, recreation and historic preservation to cooperate with municipalities in establishing adopt-a-park programs; municipalities may enter into agreements with volunteer groups for provision of services.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3409B
Versions:
S2686
S2686A
S2686B
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §3.09, Pks & Rec L; amd §277, Gen Muni L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: S7928, S874, A2895
2007-2008: S874, A1746

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BILL NUMBER:S2686B

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law and the
general municipal law, in relation to authorizing an adopt-a-park program

PURPOSE OF THE BILL:
This bill would direct the Commissioner of Parks,
Recreation and Historic preservation to cooperate with municipalities
in establishing an adopt-a-park Program.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
§ 1- Amends subdivision 4 of § 3.09 of the Parks, Recreation and
Historic Preservation Law.

§ 2- Amends § 277 of the General Municipal Law.

§ 3- Effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
Municipalities are often with limited budgets and
strained resources. This bill would provide assistance to
municipalities who obtain technical advice and guidance in organizing
volunteers to "adopt-a-park" that is owned by the municipality. The
Commissioner of Parks and Recreation is granted authority to develop
regulations necessary to implement the program.

The "adopt-a-park" program will allow volunteers to cooperate in
projects to maintain and beautify parks such as vandalism
remediation, litter removal, developing and maintaining nature
trails, planting and maintaining flowerbeds, and otherwise improving
the park. A similar program, the "adopt-a-highway" was passed in
1985 and has been very successful in using volunteer services to
beautify New York highways.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-2010: A.2895
2007-2008: A.1746/S.874
2005-2006: A.3442/S.1387
2003-2004: A 5238/S.2581
2001-2002: A.4240A/S.2312A
1999-2000: A.4887/S.2758
1998: S.7247

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Anticipated cost savings to local governments.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the one hundred
eightieth 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                 2686--B

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 28, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  GRISANTI,  KENNEDY,  AVELLA, DeFRANCISCO, HANNON,
  JOHNSON, KLEIN, MAZIARZ, O'MARA, OPPENHEIMER -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cultural
  Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation -- reported favorably from said
  committee, ordered to first and second  report,  ordered  to  a  third
  reading,  amended  and  ordered  reprinted, retaining its place in the
  order of third reading -- recommitted to  the  Committee  on  Cultural
  Affairs,  Tourism, Parks and Recreation in accordance with Senate Rule
  6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted  as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law and
  the general municipal law, in relation to authorizing an  adopt-a-park
  program

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 3.09 of the parks, recreation  and
historic preservation law is amended to read as follows:
  4.  Cooperate in the planning, organization, development and operation
of municipal and private park, recreational  and  historic  preservation
projects  and programs.   THE COMMISSIONER MAY PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSIST-
ANCE TO MUNICIPALITIES FOR THE PLANNING, ORGANIZATION,  DEVELOPMENT  AND
OPERATION  OF  ADOPT-A-PARK  PROGRAMS UNDERTAKEN PURSUANT TO SECTION TWO
HUNDRED SEVENTY-SEVEN OF THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW  INCLUDING,  BUT  NOT
LIMITED  TO,  THE DEVELOPMENT AND DISTRIBUTION OF AN INFORMATIONAL GUIDE
FOR PARTICIPANTS IN SUCH PROGRAMS.
  S 2. Section 277 of the general municipal law, as added by chapter 626
of the laws of 1991, is amended to read as follows:
  S 277. Adopt-a-municipal park, shoreline or roadway programs.  1.  The
governing body of any county, city, town or village is hereby authorized
and  empowered  to authorize and direct such of its officers or agencies
as it shall designate to enter into adopt-a-park, shoreline  or  roadway

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06183-05-2

S. 2686--B                          2

program  agreements with volunteers or groups in an effort to reduce and
remove litter from parks, shorelines, roadways and other  public  lands.
Such agreements shall include but not be limited to:
  a.  providing  and  coordinating  services  by volunteers or groups to
reduce the amount of litter including providing trash bags and trash bag
pick up and in designated areas where volunteers may be in close proxim-
ity to moving vehicles providing safety briefings and reflective  safety
gear; and
  b.  providing  and  installing  signs  identifying those volunteers or
groups adopting particular parks, shorelines, roadways or other sections
of public land.
  2. WITH RESPECT TO ADOPT-A-PARK PROGRAMS, A PROGRAM AGREEMENT MAY ALSO
BE ENTERED INTO FOR THE PROVISION OF SERVICES BY VOLUNTEERS OR GROUPS TO
PRESERVE, MAINTAIN AND ENHANCE MUNICIPALLY-OWNED  PARKS.  SUCH  PROGRAMS
MAY  INCLUDE,  BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, REMEDIATING VANDALISM, PRESERVING
WETLANDS, CLEANING AND MAINTAINING PARK PROPERTY, ESTABLISHING AND MAIN-
TAINING ACCESS TO NATURE TRAILS, ESTABLISHING AND MAINTAINING DOG  RUNS,
PLANTING  AND  MAINTAINING FLOWER BEDS OR OTHER VEGETATION, OR OTHERWISE
IMPROVING AND MAINTAINING THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF SUCH PARKS.
  3. Notwithstanding any inconsistent  provision  of  law,  the  county,
city,  town or village and its employees shall not be liable for damages
suffered by any persons resulting from the  REASONABLE  AND  GOOD  FAITH
actions AND/or activities of such volunteers or groups.
  4.  NO  ADOPT-A-PARK  PROGRAM  SHALL RESULT IN THE DISPLACEMENT OF ANY
CURRENTLY EMPLOYED WORKER OR THE LOSS OF POSITION, INCLUDING THE PARTIAL
DISPLACEMENT SUCH AS REDUCTION IN THE HOURS OF NON-OVERTIME,  WAGES,  OR
EMPLOYMENT  BENEFITS, OR RESULT IN THE IMPAIRMENT OF EXISTING COLLECTIVE
BARGAINING AGREEMENTS.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law.

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