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 25, 2013
Introduced by Sen. NOZZOLIO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi-
ty and Military Affairs
AN ACT establishing the veterans' memorials preservation act
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
the "veterans' memorials preservation act".
S 2. Definitions. For the purposes of this act:
(a) a "memorial" is any park, monument, field, open land, grove of
trees, building, structure, artwork, tablet, plaque, wall, or any other
structure that has been donated to, or constructed by, a public entity
as a memorial to veterans of any war, conflict, or police action engaged
in by the armed forces of the United States, or any one of the United
States, or the New York national guard.
(b) a "public entity" is any governmental body of any kind, including,
but not limited to, the state, a city, town, village, borough, school
district, or public authority.
S 3. Memorials shall be preserved and be open to the public. (a) Any
public entity that has created or received a gift of a memorial shall
not alter, destroy, reconfigure, adjust, change, modify, or move such
memorial, or cause or permit any person to commit such acts; provided,
however, that such acts are permitted when reasonably necessary.
(b) Any public entity that has created a memorial or accepted a gift
of a memorial shall maintain the memorial in a reasonable manner.
(c) A public entity shall not restrict access to a memorial except as
S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.