senate Bill S1740A

Provides for the use of common areas in housing authority projects for tenant group meetings without the imposition of a fee

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO HOUSING, CONSTRUCTION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
  • 21 / May / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.674
  • 22 / May / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 23 / May / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 29 / May / 2013
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 1740A
  • 04 / Jun / 2013
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A2929A

Summary

Provides for the use of common areas in housing authority projects by tenant groups, committees or organizations without the imposition of a fee providing that the meeting is peacefully conducted, during reasonable hours, does not obstruct any access, and the meeting space is reserved five days in advance.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2929A
Versions:
S1740
S1740A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Public Housing Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง61, Pub Hous L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: A570A, S3114B, A570A
2009-2010: A1401, S6916, A1401
2007-2008: A5557, S7289, A5557

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BILL NUMBER:S1740A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public housing law, in relation to
the use of areas in housing authority developments for tenant meetings
in common areas

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

This bill would allow tenants, of public housing authority projects,
desiring to conduct a meeting pursuant to section two hundred thirty
of the real property law to have the use, without having to pay a fee,
of any location owned by the authority and set aside as an area of
common use for all tenants, including any community or social room
where use is normally subject to a fee, providing the meeting is
peacefully conducted, during reasonable hours, does not obstruct any
access, and, the meeting space is reserved three days in advance.

JUSTIFICATION:

This legislation would give tenants of housing authority projects the
opportunity to Plan and schedule meetings within their specific
complex without having to rent an authorized meeting space. Groups, or
committees, that, due to the inability to nay for a community or
social room where use is usually subject to a fee, would be forced to
meet in apartments or open areas in possible violation of building
codes, would be guaranteed free use of a bonafide meeting place. This
legislation would also protect the housing authority complex by
requiring the authority governing the complex by giving three days
notice of the desired meeting which must be conducted in a peaceful
manner, during reasonable hours, and without obstruction of any access
to the premises or facilities.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2007: A.5557
2005-2006: A.736
2003-2004: A.6769
2001-2002: A.6314
1999-2000: A.1480
1997-1998: A.4035
1995-1996: A.7523

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None to the State

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately

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

                                 1740--A
    Cal. No. 674

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  ESPAILLAT,  ADAMS, AVELLA, HOYLMAN, MONTGOMERY --
  read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to
  the  Committee  on  Housing, Construction and Community Development --
  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

AN ACT to amend the public housing law, in relation to the use of  areas
  in housing authority developments for tenant meetings in common areas

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

  Section 1. The public housing law is amended by adding a  new  section
61 to read as follows:
  S 61.  TENANT MEETINGS IN COMMON AREAS. ANY GROUP, COMMITTEE, OR OTHER
ORGANIZATION COMPRISED OF TENANTS RESIDING IN HOUSING AUTHORITY DEVELOP-
MENTS  CONDUCTING  A  MEETING AUTHORIZED PURSUANT TO SECTION TWO HUNDRED
THIRTY OF THE REAL PROPERTY LAW SHALL HAVE THE  RIGHT  TO  MEET  WITHOUT
BEING REQUIRED TO PAY A FEE IN ANY AREA OWNED BY SUCH AUTHORITY WHICH IS
DEVOTED  TO  THE COMMON USE OF ALL TENANTS. SUCH AREAS SHALL INCLUDE BUT
NOT BE LIMITED TO A COMMUNITY OR  SOCIAL  ROOM  WHERE  USE  IS  NORMALLY
SUBJECT TO A FEE, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT SUCH MEETING IS CONDUCTED IN A
PEACEFUL  MANNER,  AT REASONABLE HOURS AND WITHOUT OBSTRUCTING ACCESS TO
THE PREMISES OR FACILITIES. FIVE DAYS' PRIOR WRITTEN NOTICE  OF  SUCH  A
MEETING  MUST  BE GIVEN TO THE MANAGEMENT OFFICE OF THE PROJECT DEVELOP-
MENT.  IF SUCH COMMON AREA IS UNAVAILABLE  ON  THE  REQUESTED  DAY,  THE
MANAGEMENT  OFFICE  MUST PROVIDE THE GROUP, COMMITTEE OR OTHER ORGANIZA-
TION COMPRISED OF TENANTS WITH ANY TIMES THAT THE COMMON  AREA  WILL  BE
AVAILABLE DURING A FOURTEEN-DAY PERIOD COMMENCING ON THE FIFTH DAY AFTER
WRITTEN NOTICE WAS GIVEN TO THE MANAGEMENT OFFICE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00736-06-3

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