senate Bill S7453

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

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  • 21 / May / 2012
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 06 / Jun / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.1133
  • 11 / Jun / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 12 / Jun / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 13 / Jun / 2012
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A10335

Summary

Changes the poll hours for the Staatsburg Library District.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10335
Versions:
S7453
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Dutchess County
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง4, Chap 97 of 2001

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BILL NUMBER:S7453

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 Staatsburg
library district

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

EXISTING LAW:
The current law requires the Staatsburg Library District to keep
polling hours from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.

JUSTIFICATION:
The Board of Trustees of the Staatsburg 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.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Amends Section 4 of Chapter 97 of the Laws of 2001 to expand the
polling hours from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediate.

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

                                  7453

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 21, 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
  Staatsburg library district

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

  Section  1.  Section  4 of chapter 97 of the laws of 2001 establishing
two public library districts is amended to read as follows:
  S 4. Election; Staatsburg library district. 1.    Upon  receipt  of  a
petition signed by not less than twenty-five voters qualified to vote in
the  Staatsburg  library  district  at a general town election from such
public library district hereby created requesting such an election,  the
board of trustees of the Staatsburg library society 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 Staatsburg library society 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 Staatsburg library
society 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  Staatsburg  library  society
shall  prepare the ballots for such elections and the polls shall remain
open for the receipt thereof at all elections from [seven]  TWO  o'clock

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15932-01-2

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p.m.  until  [ten]  NINE  o'clock  p.m., and such additional consecutive
hours prior thereto as the board of trustees of the  Staatsburg  library
society  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 Staatsburg library district, as the case may be, may adopt a
resolution  providing  that the chairman, election inspectors and ballot
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 Staatsburg 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

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board  of  trustees  for  which  the  candidate  is   nominated,   which
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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