senate Bill S4274

Transfers certain lands to city of New York to be used as parklands

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  • 19 / Mar / 2013
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 16 / Apr / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.345
  • 17 / Apr / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 22 / Apr / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 07 / May / 2013
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  • 07 / May / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 07 / May / 2013
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  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

Summary

Transfers certain lands to the city of New York to be used as parklands.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6261
Versions:
S4274
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Highway Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง349-f, Hway L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S5282, A6475
2009-2010: S497, A2653
2007-2008: A10313A

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BILL NUMBER:S4274

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the highway law, in relation to
transferring certain land to the city of New York department of parks
and recreation and the department of environmental conservation and
designating such lands as parklands

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To de-map certain sections of highway
on Staten Island that have never been built, and turn over the rights
of way for these roads to the City of New York Department of Parks and
Recreation, and the New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation, for use as parkland.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Designates existing highway rights of
way in Staten Island as the Willowbrook Parkway and Richmond Parkway.
Vests all right, title and interest in these tracts in the City of New
York Department of Parks and Recreation and the New York State
Department of Environmental Conservation, for use as public parkland;
prevents these tracts from being used for transportation purposes
without express authority of an act of the Legislature which shall
provide for the substitution of other lands of equal environmental and
fair market value.

JUSTIFICATION: This legislation would consolidate un-built highway
rights of way into the Staten Island Greenbelt, a unique natural
preserve comprised of the central hills, wetlands and woodlands of
Richmond County. It will protect from development nearly 500 acres of
land reserved for highway construction that has been deemed
unnecessary by three major surface transportation studies in the last
twenty years. The existing rights of way are fifty year old remnants
of a different era in urban development and planning and currently
there is no responsible party advocating construction of these
environmentally and economically nonviable roadways. Therefore, they
should be removed from the City Map and the land added to the adjacent
protected Greenbelt, which is one of the nation's largest urban
parkland preserves.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.5282 - Passed Senate/ A.6475 - Died
in Ways and Means; 2010: S.497 - Died in Transportation/ A.2653 - Died
in Transportation; 2008: S.3682 - Passed Senate/A.10313 - Died in Ways
& Means; 2007: S.3682 - Passed Senate

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  4274

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 19, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the highway law, in  relation  to  transferring  certain
  land  to  the  city of New York department of parks and recreation and
  the department of  environmental  conservation  and  designating  such
  lands as parklands

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

  Section 1. Section 349-f of the highway law, as amended by chapter 558
of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows:
  S 349-f. New York city routes. The following existing or proposed main
routes or thoroughfares, are designated herein, as aforesaid, viz.:
  New England thruway from  the  Westchester  county  line  to  Bruckner
expressway;  Bruckner  expressway  from New England thruway to Robert F.
Kennedy bridge approach; Hutchinson river parkway from  the  Westchester
county line to the Bronx-Whitestone bridge approach; Bronx river parkway
from  the  Westchester  county line to Bruckner expressway; Henry Hudson
parkway from the Westchester county line to Miller highway excepting the
Henry Hudson bridge, provided that no portion of this  route  from  West
Seventy-second street to the Cross Bronx expressway shall be constructed
or reconstructed so as to encroach in any way on or over any land mapped
or  used  for park purposes except for such temporary encroachment of no
more than ten feet in width from seventy-third street  to  seventy-sixth
street  as may be essential during and for the purpose of reconstruction
or repair of the existing roadway following which there  shall  be  full
restoration  of  park  land;  Major Deegan expressway from the Robert F.
Kennedy bridge to Central Park avenue at  the  Westchester  county  line
together  with  a connection to Broadway and along Broadway to Manhattan
college parkway; Cross Bronx expressway from  George  Washington  bridge
approach  to  Throgs  Neck  bridge; Throgs Neck expressway from Bruckner
expressway to Throgs Neck bridge; Arthur  V.  Sheridan  expressway  from

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05509-01-3

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Cross-Bronx  expressway  to  Bruckner  expressway;  Mosholu parkway from
Henry Hudson parkway to Bronx river parkway; Bronx  and  Pelham  parkway
from  Bronx river parkway to New England thruway; Boston road from Bronx
and  Pelham  parkway  to  New England thruway; Miller highway from Henry
Hudson parkway to the Hugh L. Carey  tunnel;  and  from  Hugh  L.  Carey
tunnel  to  Brooklyn-Queens expressway; Franklin D. Roosevelt drive from
the Hugh L. Carey tunnel to Robert F. Kennedy  bridge  approach;  Harlem
river  drive from Robert F. Kennedy bridge approach to George Washington
bridge approach; Belt parkway including Gowanus parkway to Third  avenue
and  Sixtieth street, Leif Erikson drive to Knapp street, Shore parkway,
Belt parkway, Southern parkway and Cross Island  parkway  from  Hugh  L.
Carey tunnel to Bronx-Whitestone bridge approach; Nassau expressway from
Southern  parkway  to the Nassau county line; Brooklyn-Queens expressway
from Gowanus expressway to Grand Central  parkway;  Prospect  expressway
from  Gowanus  expressway  to Ocean parkway; Ocean parkway from Prospect
expressway to Shore parkway; Interborough  parkway  from  Grand  Central
Parkway  to  Belt parkway; Gowanus expressway from the Verrazano-Narrows
bridge to Third avenue at Gowanus parkway;  Third  Avenue  from  Gowanus
expressway to Hamilton avenue; Hamilton Avenue from Third Avenue to Hugh
L.  Carey tunnel; Queens boulevard from Queensborough bridge approach to
Van Wyck expressway; Van Wyck  expressway  from  Whitestone  expressway,
including  a  connection  to  Grand  Central parkway, to John F. Kennedy
international airport; Woodhaven  boulevard  from  Queens  boulevard  to
Cross  Bay  parkway  bridge  northerly  approach; Cross Bay parkway from
Cross Bay bridge southerly approach to Short Front parkway; Shore  Front
parkway  from  Cross  Bay  parkway generally along the shore line of the
Atlantic ocean to the Nassau  expressway  at  the  Nassau  county  line;
Queens-Midtown  expressway from Queens-Midtown tunnel approach to Queens
Boulevard; Horace Harding expressway from Queens Boulevard to the Nassau
county line; a connection between Brooklyn-Queens expressway and  North-
ern  boulevard  in  the vicinity of Grand Central parkway; Grand Central
parkway from Robert F. Kennedy bridge approach to  Nassau  county  line;
Whitestone  expressway from Bronx-Whitestone bridge approach to Van Wyck
expressway and continuing to Grand Central parkway; Clearview expressway
from Throgs Neck bridge to  Nassau  expressway;  Richmond  parkway  from
[Staten  Island  expressway  to] THE Outerbridge crossing approach TO LA
TOURRETTE  PARK  AT  RICHMOND  AVENUE;  Staten  Island  expressway  from
Goethals  bridge  to  the  Verrazano-Narrows bridge with a connection to
Bayonne bridge; [Willowbrook parkway from Staten  Island  expressway  to
Great  Kills  park;] West Shore expressway from Staten Island expressway
to Outerbridge crossing; Shore Front drive northerly from  the  terminus
of  West  Shore expressway at Staten Island expressway, thence generally
along the shore lines of Kill Van Kull, the Narrows, Lower New York  bay
and Raritan bay to the approach to Outerbridge crossing.
  S 2. All right, title and interest in property as defined in the high-
way law as the Willowbrook Parkway from Victory Boulevard to Great Kills
Park  at Hylan Boulevard, shall be vested in the department of parks and
recreation of the city of New York.
  S 3. All right, title and interest in property as defined in the high-
way law as the Richmond Parkway from a point 60 feet south of the Staten
Island expressway to Manor Road, shall be vested in  the  department  of
parks and recreation of the city of New York.
  S 4. All right, title and interest in property as defined in the high-
way  law  as  the  Richmond  Parkway from Manor Road to Richmond Avenue,
shall be vested in the department of parks and recreation of the city of
New York.

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  S 5. The parcels defined in sections two, three and four of  this  act
shall  be  used  for park purposes, shall not be used for transportation
purposes and shall not be sold, leased, exchanged, donated, or otherwise
disposed of or used for other than  public  park  purposes  without  the
express  authority of an act of the legislature, which shall provide for
the substitution of other lands of equal environmental  value  and  fair
market  value and reasonably equivalent usefulness and location to those
to be discontinued, sold or disposed of, and such other requirements  as
shall  be  approved  by  the commissioner of parks and recreation of the
city of New York and the commissioner of environmental conservation.
  S 6. There shall be set aside a sum of money  equal  to  the  cost  of
constructing the parkways that are de-mapped pursuant to this act, to be
used for highway and road improvement or transit purposes in the borough
of Staten Island, on application of the city of New York, the department
of transportation, the metropolitan transportation authority or the Port
Authority  of  New York and New Jersey, as the case may be. The projects
may include, but shall not be limited to: the  construction  of  turning
lanes and intersection improvements at the intersection of Ocean Terrace
and  Todt  Hill Road; the extension of the eastbound service road of the
Staten Island Expressway from Manor  Road  to  Renwick  Avenue;  or  the
construction  of  a  connector  from  the Korean War Veterans Parkway to
Richmond Avenue.
  S 7. Nothing in this act shall prevent  the  city  of  New  York  from
making  application  to  the  legislature for approval of an exchange of
adjacent property owned by the city of New York of equivalent  size  and
value  on  Rockland Avenue between Brielle Avenue and Richmond Road, for
such improvement of Rockland Avenue as the city of New York may  author-
ize  consistent  with  any  and all land use review and applicable state
law.
  S 8. This act shall take effect immediately.

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