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
April 5, 2013
Introduced by Sens. LATIMER, TKACZYK -- read twice and ordered printed,
and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental
Conservation -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted
as amended and recommitted to said committee
AN ACT relating to establishing the flood mitigation and prevention task
force; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon the expi-
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. 1. There is hereby established in the department of envi-
ronmental conservation a flood mitigation and prevention task force
("task force") to consist of eleven members who shall be appointed as
(a) the commissioner of environmental conservation or his or her
(b) the commissioner of general services or his or her designee;
(c) the commissioner of the department of transportation or his or her
(d) the director of the state emergency management office or his or
(e) the commissioner of the New York state division of homeland secu-
rity and emergency services or his or her designee;
(f) two members to be appointed by the speaker of the assembly;
(g) one member to be appointed by the minority leader of the senate;
(h) one member to be appointed by the minority leader of the assembly;
(i) two members to be appointed by the temporary president of the
2. The at-large members should include individuals who represent
flood-prone municipalities and counties.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
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3. Task force members shall receive no compensation for their services
but shall be reimbursed for actual, necessary expenses incurred in the
performance of their duties.
4. The chairperson of the task force shall be the commissioner of
environmental conservation or his or her designee. The task force shall
meet no less than four times at the call of the chairperson.
5. Any vacancies on the task force shall be filled in the manner
provided for in the initial appointment.
6. The task force shall be authorized to hold public hearings and
meetings to enable it to accomplish its duties.
7. The task force may consult with any organization, educational
institution, other government entity or agency or person including, but
not limited to, the army corps of engineers, in the development of the
report required by subdivision 10 of this section.
8. The department of environmental conservation shall provide the task
force with such facilities, assistance and data as will enable the task
force to carry out its powers and duties. Additionally, all other agen-
cies of the state or subdivisions thereof may, at the request of the
chairperson, provide the task force with such facilities, assistance and
data as will enable the task force to carry out its powers and duties.
9. The purpose of the flood mitigation/prevention task force shall be
to evaluate ways of protecting New York's communities and residents from
flooding, including inland flooding, and applying the best available
science and research to examine flooding-related issues and impacts.
10. No later than December 31, 2015, the task force shall transmit to
the governor, the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of
the assembly a report containing:
(a) an assessment of the extent and magnitude of the problem statewide
caused by flooding, including identifying those regions and populations
most affected by flooding;
(b) criteria and guidelines for identifying and prioritizing regions
and projects most in need of mitigation;
(c) identification of existing and emerging technologies, strategies
and concepts which can mitigate the impact of flooding on populations
(d) identification of potential funding sources to support residen-
tial, commercial and public mitigation efforts;
(e) research projects or studies to better understand how flooding
affects the geography and the population of this state; and
(f) recommendations to the governor and the state legislature on how
the state can best use its resources to assist flood-prone counties and
municipalities to prevent or mitigate the effects of flooding.
S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
deemed repealed January 1, 2016.