senate Bill S3990

Grants each of the representatives of the counties of Dutchess, Putnam, Orange and Rockland a vote during the proceedings of the metropolitan transportation authority

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Summary

Grants each of the representatives of the counties of Dutchess, Putnam, Orange and Rockland a vote during the proceedings of the metropolitan transportation authority.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1194
Versions:
S3990
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง1263, Pub Auth L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: A407, A407
2009-2010: A9786, A9786
2007-2008: S904, S904

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BILL NUMBER:S3990

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in
relation to granting each of the representatives of the counties of
Dutchess, Putnam, Orange and Rockland on the metropolitan
transportation authority a vote

PURPOSE:

Presently, the counties of Dutchess. Orange, Putnam and Rockland are
granted only partial representation on the MTA Board. This legislation
will increase the voting power, and thus the representation, of the
four Hudson Valley counties, commonly referred to as the
"quarter-pounders" on the MTA Board. Currently, representatives from
these four counties can cast only one collective vote. Instead of one
collective vote, this legislation authorizes these counties one full
vote for each county.

These four counties have been with only one collective vote on the MTA
Board since first being granted representation in 1987. Since then,
the population of these counties have exploded and the number of New
York City commuters who have migrated and now reside in the upstate
counties of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam and Rockland has increased
dramatically. In comparison, the commuter counties of Westchester,
Nassau and Suffolk each have one full vote. The four Hudson Valley
counties should have a greater voice on the MTA Board because of its
increase in population of resident commuters and because of each
counties substantial financial contribution to the MTA.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Amends section 1263 (1)(a)(1) of the Public Authorities Law
to provide that members of the counties of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam
and Rockland shall cast one vote each, rather than one collective
vote.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2011-2012: A407 referred to Corporations, Authorities and Commissions
2009-2010: A9786 referred to Corporations, Authorities and
Commissions/ S1150 committed to Finance
2007-2008: A3191 referred to Corporations, Authorities and
Commissions/ S904 referred to Transportation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that the
amendments to subparagraph 1 of paragraph (a) of subdivision 1 of
section 1263 of the Public Authorities law made by section one of this
act shall not affect the expiration of such paragraph and shall be
deemed to expire therewith.


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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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                                  3990

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 4, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LARKIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation

AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to granting each
  of the representatives of the counties of Dutchess, Putnam, Orange and
  Rockland on the metropolitan transportation authority a vote

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

  Section 1. Subparagraph 1 of paragraph (a) of subdivision 1 of section
1263 of the public authorities law, as amended by section 3 of part H of
chapter 25 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows:
  (1)  There is hereby created the "metropolitan transportation authori-
ty." The authority shall be a body corporate and politic constituting  a
public  benefit  corporation. The authority shall consist of a chairman,
sixteen other voting members, and  two  non-voting  and  four  alternate
non-voting  members,  as described in subparagraph two of this paragraph
appointed by the governor by and with the  advice  and  consent  of  the
senate. Any member appointed to a term commencing on or after June thir-
tieth,  two  thousand  nine  shall have experience in one or more of the
following areas: transportation, public administration, business manage-
ment,  finance,  accounting,  law,  engineering,  land  use,  urban  and
regional   planning,   management   of  large  capital  projects,  labor
relations, or have experience in some other area of activity central  to
the  mission  of the authority. Four of the sixteen voting members other
than the chairman shall be appointed on the  written  recommendation  of
the  mayor  of  the  city  of  New  York; and each of seven other voting
members other than the chairman shall be appointed after selection  from
a written list of three recommendations from the chief executive officer
of  the  county  in  which  the  particular member is required to reside
pursuant to the provisions of this subdivision. Of the members appointed
on recommendation of the chief executive officer of a county,  one  such
member shall be, at the time of appointment, a resident of the county of

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02369-01-3

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Nassau,  one  a resident of the county of Suffolk, one a resident of the
county of Westchester, one a resident of the county of Dutchess,  one  a
resident of the county of Orange, one a resident of the county of Putnam
and  one a resident of the county of Rockland, provided that the term of
any member who is a resident of a county that  has  withdrawn  from  the
metropolitan commuter transportation district pursuant to section twelve
hundred  seventy-nine-b  of this article shall terminate upon the effec-
tive date of such county's withdrawal from such district.  Of  the  five
voting members, other than the chairman, appointed by the governor with-
out recommendation from any other person, three shall be, at the time of
appointment,  residents of the city of New York and two shall be, at the
time of appointment, residents of such city or of any of  the  aforemen-
tioned  counties  in  the metropolitan commuter transportation district.
The chairman and each of the members shall be appointed for  a  term  of
six  years,  provided  however,  that the chairman first appointed shall
serve for a term ending June  thirtieth,  nineteen  hundred  eighty-one,
provided that thirty days after the effective date of the chapter of the
laws  of  two thousand nine which amended this subparagraph, the term of
the chairman shall expire; provided, further,  that  such  chairman  may
continue to discharge the duties of his or her office until the position
of chairman is filled by appointment by the governor upon the advice and
consent  of the senate and the term of such new chairman shall terminate
June thirtieth, two thousand fifteen. The sixteen  other  members  first
appointed  shall  serve  for  the  following terms: The members from the
counties of Nassau and Westchester shall each serve for  a  term  ending
June thirtieth, nineteen hundred eighty-five; the members from the coun-
ty  of  Suffolk  and  from  the counties of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam and
Rockland shall each serve for a term  ending  June  thirtieth,  nineteen
hundred  ninety-two;  two  of the members appointed on recommendation of
the mayor of the city of New York shall each serve  for  a  term  ending
June  thirtieth,  nineteen hundred eighty-four and, two shall each serve
for a term ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred  eighty-one;  two  of
the  members appointed by the governor without the recommendation of any
other person shall each serve for a term ending June thirtieth, nineteen
hundred eighty-two, two shall each serve for a term ending June  thirti-
eth,  nineteen hundred eighty and one shall serve for a term ending June
thirtieth, nineteen hundred eighty-five. The  two  non-voting  and  four
alternate  non-voting members shall serve until January first, two thou-
sand one. [The members from the counties of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam and
Rockland shall cast one collective vote.]
  S 2. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 1 of  section  1263  of  the  public
authorities  law, as amended by section 4 of part H of chapter 25 of the
laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows:
  (a) There is hereby created the "metropolitan transportation  authori-
ty."  The authority shall be a body corporate and politic constituting a
public benefit corporation. The authority shall consist  of  a  chairman
and  sixteen  other  members  appointed  by the governor by and with the
advice and consent of  the  senate.  Any  member  appointed  to  a  term
commencing  on  or  after  June  thirtieth, two thousand nine shall have
experience in one or more of the following areas of expertise:    trans-
portation, public administration, business management, finance, account-
ing, law, engineering, land use, urban and regional planning, management
of  large  capital projects, labor relations, or have experience in some
other area of activity central to the mission of the authority. Four  of
the  sixteen  members  other than the chairman shall be appointed on the
written recommendation of the mayor of the city of New York; and each of

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seven other members other than the chairman  shall  be  appointed  after
selection  from  a  written list of three recommendations from the chief
executive officer of the  county  in  which  the  particular  member  is
required  to  reside  pursuant to the provisions of this subdivision. Of
the members appointed on recommendation of the chief  executive  officer
of  a  county,  one  such member shall be, at the time of appointment, a
resident of the county of Nassau;  one  a  resident  of  the  county  of
Suffolk;  one a resident of the county of Westchester; [and] one a resi-
dent of the county of Dutchess[,]; one  a  resident  of  the  county  of
Orange[,]; one a resident of the county of Putnam; and one a resident of
the  county  of  Rockland, provided that the term of any member who is a
resident of a county that has withdrawn from the  metropolitan  commuter
transportation    district    pursuant   to   section   twelve   hundred
seventy-nine-b of this article shall terminate upon the  effective  date
of  such  county's  withdrawal  from such district. Of the five members,
other than the chairman, appointed by the governor  without  recommenda-
tion  from any other person, three shall be, at the time of appointment,
residents of the city of New York and two  shall  be,  at  the  time  of
appointment,  residents  of  such  city  or of any of the aforementioned
counties in  the  metropolitan  commuter  transportation  district.  The
chairman  and  each  of the members shall be appointed for a term of six
years, provided however, that the chairman first appointed  shall  serve
for  a term ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred eighty-one, provided
that thirty days after the effective date of the chapter of the laws  of
two thousand nine which amended this paragraph, the term of the chairman
shall  expire;  provided,  further,  that  such chairman may continue to
discharge the duties of his office until the  position  of  chairman  is
filled by appointment by the governor upon the advice and consent of the
senate and the term of such new chairman shall terminate June thirtieth,
two  thousand  fifteen.  The sixteen other members first appointed shall
serve for the following terms: The members from the counties  of  Nassau
and Westchester shall each serve for a term ending June thirtieth, nine-
teen  hundred  eighty-five;  the  members from the county of Suffolk and
from the counties of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam and  Rockland  shall  each
serve for a term ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred ninety-two; two
of  the  members appointed on recommendation of the mayor of the city of
New York shall each serve for a term  ending  June  thirtieth,  nineteen
hundred  eighty-four  and,  two  shall each serve for a term ending June
thirtieth, nineteen hundred eighty-one; two of the members appointed  by
the  governor  without the recommendation of any other person shall each
serve for a term ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred eighty-two, two
shall each serve for a term  ending  June  thirtieth,  nineteen  hundred
eighty  and  one  shall serve for a term ending June thirtieth, nineteen
hundred eighty-five. [The members from the counties of Dutchess, Orange,
Putnam and Rockland shall cast one collective vote.]
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately, provided that the  amend-
ments  to  subparagraph  1  of paragraph (a) of subdivision 1 of section
1263 of the public authorities law made by section one of this act shall
be subject to the expiration and reversion of such paragraph pursuant to
section 3 of chapter 549 of the laws of 1994, as amended, when upon such
date the provisions of section two of this act shall take effect.

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