senate Bill S3315

Relates to requiring a local referendum prior to legislative action taken to alienate parkland

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  • 16 / Feb / 2011
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 02 / Mar / 2011
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.163
  • 03 / Mar / 2011
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 07 / Mar / 2011
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 24 / Jun / 2011
    • COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Summary

Relates to requiring a local referendum prior to legislative action taken to alienate parkland.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S3315
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Local Government
Law Section:
General Municipal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §72-h, Gen Muni L; amd §215, County L; add §1-103, Vil L; amd §20, Gen City L; amd §64, Town L; add §12, Munic Home R L; add §11-a, Statute of Loc Gov
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: A7946
2007-2008: A6235

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3315

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the general municipal law, the county law, the village law, the
general city law, the town law, the municipal home rule law and the
statute of local governments, in relation to requiring a local
referendum prior to legislative action taken to alienate parkland

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
Require a local referendum of
residents directly affected by legislative action that would alienate
parkland.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1. Subdivision (b) of section
72-h of the general municipal law, as added by chapter 233 of the
laws of 1940, is amended.

Section 2. Section 215 of the county law is amended.

Section 3 of the village law is amended, Section 1-103 of the village
law is added.

Section 4. Subdivision 2 of section 20 of the general city law is
amended by adding a closing paragraph.

Section 5. Subdivision 2 of section 64 of the town law is amended by
chapter 365 of the laws of 1980.

Section 6. The municipal home rule law is amended by adding a new
section 12.

Section 7. The statute of local governments is amended by adding a new
section 11-a.

JUSTIFICATION:
This bill would make it necessary to call for a local
referendum of residents directly affected by the alienation of park
property. Before legislative action of certain parkland impressed
with the public trust, residents' approval in the form of a
referendum would be necessary before the parkland could be sold or
used for other purposes.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
A.6235 (2008); A.9867 of (2006).

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  3315

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 16, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. MARTINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government

AN ACT to amend the general municipal law, the county law,  the  village
  law,  the  general city law, the town law, the municipal home rule law
  and the statute of local governments, in relation to requiring a local
  referendum prior to legislative action taken to alienate parkland

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

  Section  1.  Subdivision  (b) of section 72-h of the general municipal
law, as added by chapter 233 of the laws of 1940, is amended to read  as
follows:
  (b) The provisions of this section shall not apply to any real proper-
ty  which  is  made  inalienable  under  the  provisions of any general,
special or local law or of any charter.    PRIOR  TO  STATE  LEGISLATIVE
ACTION  TAKEN  TO ALIENATE PARKLAND IN SUPERSESSION OF THE PROVISIONS OF
THIS SUBDIVISION, APPROVAL OF SUCH ACTION SHALL  BE  ATTAINED  FROM  THE
RESIDENTS  DIRECTLY  AFFECTED  BY THE ALIENATION OF THE PARKLAND THROUGH
THE MEANS OF A LOCAL REFERENDUM.
  S 2. Section 215 of the county law is amended by adding a new subdivi-
sion 12 to read as follows:
  12. PRIOR TO STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTION TAKEN TO  ALIENATE  PARKLAND  IN
SUPERSESSION  OF ANY OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION, APPROVAL OF SUCH
ACTION SHALL BE ATTAINED FROM THE RESIDENTS  DIRECTLY  AFFECTED  BY  THE
ALIENATION OF THE PARKLAND THROUGH THE MEANS OF A LOCAL REFERENDUM.
  S  3. The village law is amended by adding a new section 1-103 to read
as follows:
  S 1-103 LEGISLATIVE ACTION TO ALIENATE PARKLAND; REFERENDUM  REQUIRED.
WHERE  CERTAIN PARKLAND IS IMPRESSED WITH A PUBLIC TRUST, THEREBY NECES-
SITATING STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTION TO ALIENATE SUCH REAL PROPERTY,  PRIOR
TO  SUCH  LEGISLATIVE  ACTION, APPROVAL OF SUCH ACTION SHALL BE ATTAINED

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07858-01-1

S. 3315                             2

FROM THE RESIDENTS DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THE ALIENATION OF  THE  PARKLAND
THROUGH THE MEANS OF A LOCAL REFERENDUM.
  S 4. Subdivision 2 of section 20 of the general city law is amended by
adding a new closing paragraph to read as follows:
  PRIOR TO STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTION TAKEN TO ALIENATE PARKLAND IN SUPER-
SESSION  OF  ANY  OF  THE  PROVISIONS  OF THIS SECTION, APPROVAL OF SUCH
ACTION SHALL BE ATTAINED FROM THE RESIDENTS  DIRECTLY  AFFECTED  BY  THE
ALIENATION OF THE PARKLAND THROUGH THE MEANS OF A LOCAL REFERENDUM.
  S  5. Subdivision 2 of section 64 of the town law, as amended by chap-
ter 365 of the laws of 1980, is amended to read as follows:
  2. Acquisition and conveyance of real property. May acquire by  lease,
purchase, in the manner provided by law, or by acquisition in the manner
provided by the eminent domain procedure law, any lands or rights there-
in,  either  within  or  outside  the  town boundaries, required for any
public purpose, and may, upon the adoption of a  resolution,  convey  or
lease  real  property in the name of the town, which resolution shall be
subject to a  permissive  referendum.  If  the  property  or  rights  be
acquired by acquisition, the town board may subject to the provisions of
the  eminent  domain  procedure law at once enter into possession of the
real property or rights described when the judgment shall have been made
and entered, and the town shall thereupon stand charged and  responsible
for  the  prompt  payment of the amount which may ultimately be awarded.
Lands or rights required for a district purpose shall be acquired by the
town board in the name of the district, and the cost thereof shall be  a
charge  upon and assessed against such district. Such district lands and
rights may be sold or leased  in  the  manner  provided  in  subdivision
twelve  of  section  one  hundred  ninety-eight of this chapter.   WHERE
CERTAIN PARKLAND IS IMPRESSED WITH THE PUBLIC TRUST, THEREBY NECESSITAT-
ING STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTION TO ALIENATE SUCH REAL  PROPERTY,  PRIOR  TO
SUCH  LEGISLATIVE ACTION, APPROVAL OF SUCH ACTION SHALL BE ATTAINED FROM
THE RESIDENTS DIRECTLY  AFFECTED  BY  THE  ALIENATION  OF  THE  PARKLAND
THROUGH THE MEANS OF A LOCAL REFERENDUM.
  S 6. The municipal home rule law is amended by adding a new section 12
to read as follows:
  S  12.  LEGISLATIVE  ACTION TO ALIENATE PARKLAND; REFERENDUM REQUIRED.
WHERE CERTAIN PARKLAND IS IMPRESSED WITH A PUBLIC TRUST, THEREBY  NECES-
SITATING  STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTION TO ALIENATE SUCH REAL PROPERTY, PRIOR
TO SUCH LEGISLATIVE ACTION, APPROVAL OF SUCH ACTION  SHALL  BE  ATTAINED
FROM  THE  RESIDENTS DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THE ALIENATION OF THE PARKLAND
THROUGH THE MEANS OF A LOCAL REFERENDUM.
  S 7. The statute of local governments  is  amended  by  adding  a  new
section 11-a to read as follows:
  S  11-A. LEGISLATIVE ACTION TO ALIENATE PARKLAND; REFERENDUM REQUIRED.
WHERE CERTAIN PARKLAND IS IMPRESSED WITH A PUBLIC TRUST, THEREBY  NECES-
SITATING  STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTION TO ALIENATE SUCH REAL PROPERTY, PRIOR
TO SUCH LEGISLATIVE ACTION, APPROVAL OF SUCH ACTION  SHALL  BE  ATTAINED
FROM  THE  RESIDENTS DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THE ALIENATION OF THE PARKLAND
THROUGH THE MEANS OF A LOCAL REFERENDUM.
  S 8. This act shall take effect immediately.

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