senate Bill S7123

Amends chapter 97 of the laws of 2001 to change the poll hours for the Hyde Park Library District

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    • Passed Assembly
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  • 30 / Apr / 2012
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 23 / May / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.913
  • 30 / May / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 31 / May / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 12 / Jun / 2012
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A10089

Summary

Changes the poll hours for the Hyde Park Library District.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10089
Versions:
S7123
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Dutchess County
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง3, Chap 97 of 2001

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BILL NUMBER:S7123

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend chapter 97 of the laws of 2001, establishing two public library
districts, in relation to changing the poll hours for the Hyde Park
library district

PURPOSE:
The polling hours for the Hyde Park Library District will be
expanded to be open from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Amends Section 3 of Chapter 97 of the Laws
of 2001 to expand the polling hours from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

EXISTING LAW:
The current law requires the Hyde Park Library District
to keep polling hours from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

JUSTIFICATION:
The Board of Trustees of the Hyde Park Library
District have requested legislation to expand their polling hours. At
present, the library is statutorily required to be open for polling
purposes from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. The Board of Trustees has found
that in the past ten years, few, if any, voters come to the polls
after 9 p.m. In order to encourage increased voter participation,
the Board of Trustees have unanimously requested that their hours be
expanded and changed. Under this legislation, the number of hours
the polls would be open would lengthen from three hours to seven
hours, giving voters greater opportunity to participate.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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

                                  7123

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 30, 2012
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend chapter 97 of the laws of 2001, establishing two  public
  library districts, in relation to changing the poll hours for the Hyde
  Park library district

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

  Section 1. Section 3 of chapter 97 of the laws  of  2001  establishing
two public library districts is amended to read as follows:
  S 3. Election; Hyde Park library district. 1.  Upon receipt of a peti-
tion signed by not less than twenty-five voters qualified to vote in the
Hyde  Park  library district at a general town election from such public
library district hereby created requesting such an election,  the  board
of  trustees  of  the  Hyde  Park  free  library shall give notice of an
election to be conducted on the second Thursday in September of 2001. At
such election the issues shall be:
  a. whether the public  library  district  herein  described  shall  be
created or not;
  b.  whether  the  budget  therefor  proposed by such board of trustees
shall be approved or disapproved; and
  c. the election of two trustees.  The trustees of the Hyde  Park  free
library  shall  give  notice  of  such  election by the publication of a
notice in one or more newspapers having a  general  circulation  in  the
district  to  be served.   The first publication of such notice shall be
not less than thirteen days and not more than twenty days prior  to  the
date  of  such  election. In addition, the board of trustees of the Hyde
Park free library shall  cause  copies  of  such  notice  to  be  posted
conspicuously  in  five  public places in the district at least thirteen
days prior to the date of such election. Such notice shall  specify  the
time  when and the place where such election will be held, the issues to
be decided at such election and the hours during which the polls will be
open for receipt of ballots. The board of trustees of the Hyde Park free
library shall prepare the ballots for such elections and the polls shall
remain open for the receipt thereof at all elections  from  [seven]  TWO

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15570-01-2

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o'clock  p.m. until [ten] NINE o'clock p.m., and such additional consec-
utive hours prior thereto as the board of trustees of the Hyde Park free
library may have determined and specified in  the  notice  thereof.  The
board  of  trustees  shall  designate a resident taxpayer of the town of
Hyde Park to act as chairman of any election of such district and  shall
designate not less than two nor more than four resident taxpayers to act
as  election  inspectors  and ballot clerks at such election. No trustee
shall serve as such chairman or  as  an  election  inspector  or  ballot
clerk.  The board of trustees may adopt a resolution providing that such
chairman,  election inspectors and ballot clerks shall be paid for their
respective services at the initial election.  At any annual  or  special
election after the creation of such library district, the board of trus-
tees  of the Hyde Park library district may adopt a resolution providing
that the  chairman,  election  inspectors  and  ballots  clerks  at  the
election  shall be paid for their respective services.  Such resolution,
if adopted, may fix reasonable compensation for  the  services  of  each
such  official.  Every voter of the library district otherwise qualified
to vote at a general town election in the town of  Hyde  Park  shall  be
qualified  to  vote  at  the initial election. After the polls have been
closed at such election, the election inspectors and ballot clerks shall
immediately canvas publicly the ballots cast and  the  chairman  of  the
election  shall  publicly  announce the result. Within seventy-two hours
thereafter, the chairman, election inspectors and  ballot  clerks  shall
execute  and  file  a  certificate  of the result of the canvas with the
board of trustees and with the town clerk of the town of Hyde Park.
  2. In the event that the Hyde Park library district is  created,  then
there  shall be an annual election conducted by the board of trustees in
accordance with the provisions of subdivision one of this section  at  a
time  to  be set by such board, at which election vacancies on the board
of trustees shall be filled and at which any proposed budget  which  the
board shall determine to submit to the voters pursuant to section six of
this act shall be submitted to the voters.
  3.  Candidates for the office of member of the board of trustees shall
be nominated by petition. No vacancy upon the board of  trustees  to  be
filled  shall be considered a separate specific office. A separate peti-
tion shall be required to nominate each candidate for a vacancy  on  the
board. Each petition shall be directed to the secretary of the district,
shall  be  signed  by  at  least  twenty-five  qualified  voters  of the
district, or two percent of the voters who voted in the previous  annual
election  of the members of the board of trustees, whichever is greater,
(such number to be determined by the number of persons recorded  on  the
poll list as having voted at such election) shall state the residence of
each signer, and shall state the name and residence of the candidate. In
the  event  that  any such nominee shall withdraw his candidacy prior to
the election, such person shall not be considered a candidate  unless  a
new  petition  nominating  such person in the same manner and within the
same time limitations applicable to other candidates is filed  with  the
secretary of the district. Each petition shall be filed in the office of
the secretary of the district between the hours of nine o'clock a.m. and
five  o'clock p.m., not later than the thirtieth day preceding the meet-
ing or election at which the candidates nominated are to be elected.
  4. At any election in such district, the voters may adopt  a  proposi-
tion  providing  that,  in  all subsequent elections, vacancies upon the
board of trustees shall be considered separate specific offices and that
the nominating petitions shall describe the specific  vacancy  upon  the
board   of   trustees  for  which  the  candidate  is  nominated,  which

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description shall include at least the length of the term of office  and
the name of the last incumbent, if any. No person shall be nominated for
more  than  one  specific  office. Such procedure shall be followed with
respect  to  all nominations and elections in subsequent years until and
unless such proposition is repealed by the electors of the district at a
regular election by the adoption of a proposition to repeal the same.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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