senate Bill S4080

Signed by Governor

Includes the Wynantskill Creek in the definition of "inland waterways" for the purpose of waterfront revitalization

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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  • 07 / Mar / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 16 / Apr / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.310
  • 17 / Apr / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 22 / Apr / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 23 / Apr / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 23 / Apr / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 24 / Apr / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 30 / May / 2013
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A4579
  • 30 / May / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.404
  • 13 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 13 / Jun / 2013
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 02 / Jul / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 12 / Jul / 2013
    • SIGNED CHAP.147

Summary

Includes the Wynantskill Creek in the definition of "inland waterways" for the purpose of waterfront revitalization.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4579
Versions:
S4080
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง911, Exec L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4080

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to
including the Wynantskill Creek in the definition of "inland
waterways" for the purposes of waterfront revitalization

PURPOSE: To designate the Wynantskill Creek as an Inland Waterway for
purposes of the State's Coastal and Inland Waterways program.

SUMMARY: The bill amends Subdivision 4 of Section 911 of the
Executive Law by expanding the definition of "inland waterways" to
include the Wynantskill Creek.

JUSTIFICATION: Designation as an "inland waterway" makes the local
communities along such waterway eligible to participate in New York's
Coastal and Inland Waterways Program. The State offers a grant
program, funded through the Environmental Protection Fund, which
assists communities in developing and implementing local waterfront
revitalization programs. These initiatives can be invaluable in
revitalizing the area and in fostering the beneficial use of the
waterfront.

In recent years, several waterways have been added to the definition,
reflecting the interest in, and benefits of, this program. This
legislation would amend the definition to also include the Wynantskill
Creek, located in Rensselaer County. The Wynantskill Creek feeds into
the Hudson River, which is already defined as an inland waterway. The
Wynantskill Creek is of great historical importance, providing the
water power fueling the Industrial Revolution. It served mills dating
back to the Manor of Rensselaerwyck as well as the ironworks that
provided the plate for the Civil War ironclad ship, the Monitor. In
its picturesque 14 mile course from its headwaters at Crooked Lake, it
drains Glass Lake, the three Burden Lakes, Crystal Lake, Reichard's
Lake, Snyder's Lake and Burden Pond, passing through the towns of Sand
Lake and North Greenbush and descending over several waterfalls
through the City of Troy to the Hudson River. One half mile is devoted
to a footpath with public fishing rights, offering wild brook trout
and brown trout stocked by the Department of Environmental
Conservation, while many more miles remain undeveloped, presenting
significant potential for increased public access and use.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPACT: None to the State. The towns and businesses along the
waterway will benefit economically.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately

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

                                  4080

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 7, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to including the Wynants-
  kill Creek in the definition of "inland waterways" for the purposes of
  waterfront revitalization

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

  Section 1. Paragraph (c) of subdivision 4 of section 911 of the execu-
tive law, as amended by chapter 133 of the laws of 2012, is  amended  to
read as follows:
  (c)  the  state's major creeks comprised of the Bushkill, Cattaraugus,
Cincinnati, East Kill, Esopus (including upper and lower branches), Fish
(including east and west branches), Gooseberry, Little Sandy,  Onondaga,
Sandy,  Schoharie,  South Sandy, Oatka [and], Tonawanda [and], West Kill
AND WYNANTSKILL;
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.






 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09448-01-3

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