senate Bill S2122

Amended

Relates to the election of fire district officers for the Eastchester fire district in the town of Eastchester, county of Westchester

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  • 11 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 19 / Mar / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.231
  • 20 / Mar / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 21 / Mar / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 03 / Jun / 2013
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 2122A
  • 18 / Jun / 2013
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A2288A

Summary

Relates to the election of fire district officers in the town of Eastchester fire district in the town of Eastchester, county of Westchester.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S2122
S2122A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Town Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §175, Town L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
A9609

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BILL NUMBER:S2122

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the town law, in relation to the
election of fire district officers in the town of Eastchester

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To hold the annual fire district
election for the town of Eastchester on the Tuesday next succeeding
the first Monday in November.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one amends subdivision 1 of
section 175 of the town law to provide that the town of Eastchester
shall hold its annual fire district election on the Tuesday next
succeeding the first Monday in November.

Section two provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: The Eastchester Fire District holds elections of fire
officers in December resulting in very low voter turnout. On average
less than 5% of registered voters cast a vote. There are also no
absentee ballots allowed in the December special election, which means
homebound individuals are unable to vote. In addition, holding the
election at the same time as the November general election would
eliminate the costs of holding a separate fire district election,
potentially resulting in savings to taxpayers.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.9609, 2012 referred to local governments.

FISCAL IMPLICATION: None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of January
next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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    S. 2122                                                  A. 2288

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                      S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y

                            January 11, 2013
                               ___________

IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. LATIMER -- read twice and ordered print-
  ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Govern-
  ment

IN  ASSEMBLY  -- Introduced by M. of A. PAULIN -- read once and referred
  to the Committee on Local Governments

AN ACT to amend the town law,  in  relation  to  the  election  of  fire
  district officers in the town of Eastchester

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 175 of the town law, as amended by
chapter 334 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows:
  1. An annual election shall be held  in  each  fire  district  on  the
second  Tuesday  in  December,  except  that  in the Ocean Bay Park fire
district, the Lonelyville fire district, the Davis Park  fire  district,
the  Cherry  Grove  fire district, the Fair Harbor fire district and the
Fire Island Pines fire district, Suffolk county,  such  annual  election
shall  be held on the second Tuesday in July, except that in the town of
Salisbury, Herkimer county, AND THE  TOWN  OF  EASTCHESTER,  WESTCHESTER
COUNTY,  such annual election shall be held on the Tuesday next succeed-
ing the first Monday in November from six o'clock in the  morning  until
nine  o'clock  in  the  evening  and  except  that  in  the Belfast fire
district, Allegany county, such annual election shall  be  held  on  the
first  Tuesday  in  December. The board of fire commissioners shall give
notice thereof by the publication of a notice once in one or more  news-
papers  having a general circulation in the district. The first publica-
tion of such notice shall be not less than  twenty-seven  days  and  not
more  than  thirty-four  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  officers  to be elected thereat and their terms of
office, and the hours during which  the  polls  will  be  open  for  the

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05063-01-3

S. 2122                             2                            A. 2288

receipt  of  ballots.  The secretary of such fire district shall prepare
the ballots for all elections of fire district officers  and  the  polls
shall  remain  open  for  the  receipt  thereof at all elections of fire
district  officers from six o'clock in the evening until nine o'clock in
the evening and such additional consecutive hours prior thereto  as  the
board  of  fire  commissioners  of such district may have determined and
specified in the notice thereof. The board of fire  commissioners  shall
designate  a  resident  fire district elector, who shall be a registered
voter of the town, to act as chairman of any election of  said  district
and  shall  designate not less than two nor more than four resident fire
district electors, who shall be registered voters of the town to act  as
election  inspectors  and  ballot  clerks at such elections. No elective
officer of the fire district shall serve  as  such  chairman  or  as  an
election  inspector or ballot clerk. The board of fire commissioners may
adopt a resolution providing that such chairman, election inspectors and
ballot clerks shall be paid for their respective services  at  any  such
annual  election  or  at any special election of the fire district. Such
resolution, if adopted, shall fix the amount of  such  compensation,  as
follows:  if  the  hours  during  which  the  polls will be open for the
receipt of ballots are from  six  o'clock  in  the  evening  until  nine
o'clock in the evening, a sum not to exceed thirty-five dollars for each
such  official;  if additional consecutive hours prior to six o'clock in
the evening are determined and specified in the notice  of  election,  a
sum not to exceed fifty dollars for each such official.
  S  2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed-
ing the date on which it shall have become a law.

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