S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2013-2014 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
January 9, 2013
Introduced by Sen. STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Corporations, Authorities
AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to prohibiting
the use of authority funds and property to influence the outcome of an
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. The public authorities law is amended by adding a new
section 2890-a to read as follows:
S 2890-A. USE OF AUTHORITY FUNDS AND PROPERTY PROHIBITED FOR CERTAIN
PURPOSES. NO MEMBER OF AN AUTHORITY OR COMMISSION, HERETOFORE AND HERE-
AFTER CONTINUED OR CREATED BY THIS CHAPTER, OR OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE
THEREOF, SHALL USE OR AUTHORIZE THE USE OF AUTHORITY FUNDS OR PROPERTY
FOR THE PURPOSE OF INFLUENCING THE VOTE OR POLITICAL ACTION OF ANY CITI-
ZEN OR AUTHORITY EMPLOYEE IN RELATION TO NOMINATION OR ELECTION TO
PUBLIC OR PARTY OFFICE, OR THE OUTCOME OF ANY CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT,
PROPOSITION OR OTHER QUESTION SUBMITTED TO THE VOTERS AT ANY ELECTION.
NOTHING HEREIN SHALL, HOWEVER, RESTRICT THE RIGHT OF THE AUTHORITY OR
COMMISSION TO SELL ADVERTISING SPACE IF SUCH SPACE IS CUSTOMARILY SOLD
FOR ADVERTISING PURPOSES TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC, NOR RESTRICT THE RIGHT
OF THE AUTHORITY TO RENT PHYSICAL SPACE IF SUCH SPACE IS CUSTOMARILY
RENTED OR TO MAKE SPACE AVAILABLE AT NO COST IF SUCH SPACE IS CUSTOMAR-
ILY MADE AVAILABLE AT NO COST. NOTHING HEREIN SHALL GIVE THE AUTHORITY
THE RIGHT TO PREVENT LAWFUL PUBLIC ASSEMBLY ON AUTHORITY PROPERTY IF
SUCH PROPERTY OR PORTION THEREOF IS CUSTOMARILY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC OR
QUALIFIES AS PUBLIC FORUM SPACE.
S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of September next
succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.