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
February 8, 2013
Introduced by Sens. MAZIARZ, SAVINO, SEWARD, YOUNG -- read twice and
ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on
Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation
AN ACT to amend the arts and cultural affairs law, in relation to
authorizing volunteer fire and ambulance companies to receive grants
for local government records management improvement
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. The legislature finds that volunteer fire and ambulance
companies perform a vital function for the municipalities which they
serve, one that is essential to the health, safety, and welfare of all
persons within such municipalities. Such functions are therefore a
public purpose. Thus, the public records of volunteer fire and ambulance
companies are a matter of great importance and concern to the state and
are necessary to the administration of the municipalities which they
serve. These public records document the legal responsibilities of the
volunteer fire and ambulance companies and the reciprocal rights and
liabilities of the municipalities which they serve. These essential
public records provide citizens and other public officials with a means
of monitoring the entitlements and obligation of municipalities and the
expenditure of public funds. In addition, such records also reflect the
historical development of the communities served by such volunteer fire
and ambulance companies.
Such records are necessary to municipalities in connection with
service award programs for volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambu-
lance workers pursuant to articles 11-A, 11-AA, 11-AAA, and 11-AAAA,
respectively, of the general municipal law. These records are equally
necessary in connection with municipalities' obligations pertaining to
volunteer firefighters under article 10 of the general municipal law.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
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S 2. Subdivisions 1 and 3 of section 57.17 of the arts and cultural
affairs law, as added by chapter 737 of the laws of 1987, are amended to
read as follows:
1. "Local government" means any county, city, town, village, school
district, board of cooperative educational services, district corpo-
ration, public benefit corporation, public corporation, FIRE COMPANY AS
DEFINED IN SECTION THREE OF THE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS' BENEFIT LAW,
AMBULANCE COMPANY AS DEFINED IN SECTION THREE OF THE VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE
WORKERS' BENEFIT LAW, or other government created under state law that
is not a state department, division, board, bureau, commission or other
agency, heretofore or hereafter established by law.
3. "Local officer" shall mean and include a local officer as defined
in section two of the public officers law and any officer of a public
benefit corporation, FIRE COMPANY AS DEFINED IN SECTION THREE OF THE
VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS' BENEFIT LAW, OR AMBULANCE COMPANY AS DEFINED IN
SECTION THREE OF THE VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE WORKERS' BENEFIT LAW.
S 3. The commissioner of education is hereby authorized and directed
to promulgate any rules or regulations necessary to effectuate the
provisions of this act.
S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.