senate Bill S4146

Signed by Governor

Extends, until December 31, 2014, the authorization of residential property owners in high risk brush fire areas on Staten Island to cut and remove reeds

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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  • 12 / Mar / 2013
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 16 / Apr / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.332
  • 17 / Apr / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 22 / Apr / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 20 / May / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 20 / May / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 20 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 20 / May / 2013
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A122
  • 20 / May / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.285
  • 20 / May / 2013
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 20 / May / 2013
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 19 / Jul / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 31 / Jul / 2013
    • SIGNED CHAP.258

Summary

Extends, from December 31, 2013 to December 31, 2014, the expiration of the authorization granted to residential property owners in high risk brush fire areas on Staten Island to cut and remove reeds from their property.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A122
Versions:
S4146
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Real Property
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง3, Chap 306 of 2011
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S6219, A9046

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4146

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend chapter 306 of the laws of 2011,
authorizing owners of residential real property in high risk brush
fire areas in the borough of Staten Island to cut and remove reeds
from their property, in relation to extending the expiration and
repeal date thereof for an additional year

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To establish a general residential
fire break permit for the borough of Staten Island, city of New York
to allow the owner of residential real property to cut and remove
phragmites.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1. Amends Section 3 of chapter 306 of the laws of 2011
authorizing owners of residential real property in high risk brush
fire areas in the borough of Staten Island to cut and remove reeds
from their property, as amended by chapter 34 of the laws of 2012.

Section 2. Provides for an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Every year on Staten Island there are series of
dangerous brushfires. Many areas on Staten Island are prone to
brushfires because they are thick with an invasive, non-native species
of weed - phragmites communis. Phragmites are reeds and combustible
plants that commonly grow seven feet tall and often turn into
tinderboxes especially during the spring and fall seasons. They have
been the proven source of numerous brush fires which often escalate
and threaten surrounding properties. In fact, in the past 14 years
there have been 7,389 reported brush fires on Staten Island with 192
of them "all hands on" requiring all fire houses on the Island to send
assistance, according to information provided by the New York City
Fire Department.

This legislation extends chapter 34 of the laws of 2012 for another
year. It allows a residential property owner in a high risk brush fire
area in the borough of Staten Island to obtain a no-cost permit to cut
down these invasive combustible reeds thereby reducing the
life-threatening phragmite fires that not only destroy property and
homes but put our first responders at risk as they battle these
blazes.

The no-cost permits can be obtained via telephone or in person through
the Staten Island borough president's office. Furthermore, information
regarding the availability of the residential fire break permits can
be found on the Department of Environmental Conservation website.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: A.9046/S.6219 - Chapter 34;
A.7463-A/S.4377-A - Chapter 306.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall
expire and be deemed repealed December 31, 2014.


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

                                  4146

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 12, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LANZA  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government

AN ACT to amend chapter 306 of the laws of 2011, authorizing  owners  of
  residential real property in high risk brush fire areas in the borough
  of  Staten  Island  to  cut  and  remove reeds from their property, in
  relation to extending the expiration and repeal date  thereof  for  an
  additional year

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

  Section 1. Section 3 of chapter 306 of the laws of  2011,  authorizing
owners of residential real property in high risk brush fire areas in the
borough of Staten Island to cut and remove reeds from their property, as
amended  by  chapter  34  of  the  laws  of  2012, is amended to read as
follows:
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall  expire  and  be
deemed repealed December 31, [2013] 2014.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00840-01-3

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