senate Bill S4757

Signed by Governor Amended

Establishes a resident curator program for the rehabilitation of state park buildings

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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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  • 22 / Apr / 2013
    • REFERRED TO CULTURAL AFFAIRS, TOURISM, PARKS AND RECREATION
  • 22 / May / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.746
  • 23 / May / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 29 / May / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 30 / May / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 30 / May / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 30 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO TOURISM, PARKS, ARTS AND SPORTS DEVELOPMENT
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CULTURAL AFFAIRS, TOURISM, PARKS AND RECREATION
  • 30 / Apr / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.479
  • 05 / May / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 06 / May / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 03 / Jun / 2014
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 4757A
  • 12 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 12 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 12 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO WAYS AND MEANS
  • 16 / Jun / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A7392A
  • 16 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING RULES CAL.261
  • 16 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 16 / Jun / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 01 / Aug / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 11 / Aug / 2014
    • SIGNED CHAP.295

Summary

Establishes a resident curator program for the rehabilitation of state park buildings.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S4757
S4757A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §3.09, Pks & Rec L

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BILL NUMBER:S4757

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the parks, recreation and historic
preservation law, in relation to establishing a resident curator
program for the rehabilitation of state park buildings

Purpose of the Bill:

This bill would amend Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law
(PRHPL) § 3.09 to authorize the Office of Parks, Recreation and
Historic Preservation (OPRHP) to establish a Resident Curator Program
with respect to leasing three vacant and obsolete buildings located at
Long Island-based parks.

Summary of Provisions:

Section 1 of the bill would add a new subdivision 2-h to PRHPL § 3.09
to establish the Resident Curator Program with respect to
residential-style buildings located in three Long Island-based parks:
Cold Spring Harbor State Park; Heckscher State Park; and Hither Hills
State Park.

Section 2 of the bill provides that the bill would be effective
immediately.

Existing Law:

Various subdivisions of PRHPL § 3.09 authorize OPRHP to enter into
leases or licenses with private and governmental entities to improve
and operate State park and historic facilities.

Prior Legislative History:

A bill proposing a similar program was first introduced in 2010
(A.11219-A/S.7986-A) and in 2011 (A.5710/S.2749).

Statement in Support:

OPRHP has an inventory of residential buildings situated within park
and historic site boundaries that are not currently used for a number
of reasons, including that they (i) have deteriorated to the point
that significant capital investments would be required before they
could be used, or (ii) do not serve a park purpose. Due to their
location within state parks or historic sites, however, buildings that
meet either of these conditions are not appropriate for disposition
through the usual methods available to State agencies. This bill
would create an innovative mechanism for attracting private
investments to rehabilitate obsolete and deteriorated residential
structures that do not otherwise have a park or historic-related
purpose, allowing OPRHP to focus its very limited capital funds on
other priorities.

The Resident Curator Program that would be established under the bill
is similar to programs established in other states including Maryland
and Massachusetts. The bill would authorize OPRHP to enter into leases
through the State's normal competitive bidding process with private
individuals, who would then rehabilitate vacant residential buildings


at their own expense using private funds. In exchange, these
individuals would receive a long-term lease (up to 40 years), subject
to all applicable State laws, regulations and requirements. Ownership
of rehabilitated residential structures would remain with

OPRHP, and the agency would receive the benefit of rehabilitated
structures at the end of the lease term. OPRHP has selected three
properties located on Long Island to launch the Resident Curator
Program: (i) the LI 73 lab residence at Cold Spring Harbor State Park;
(ii) the Hollins House at Heckscher State Park; and (iii) the building
identified as LI 40 house at Hither Hills State Park. All three
properties have been vacant for many years and need major renovation
to be occupied. They are located in areas convenient for Resident
Curators and compatible with park and recreational uses.

Budget implications:

None.

Local Impact:

None.

Effective date:

Effective immediately upon enactment.

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

                                  4757

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 22, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. ZELDIN -- (at request of the Office of Parks, Recre-
  ation and Historic Preservation) -- read twice  and  ordered  printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cultural Affairs,
  Tourism, Parks and Recreation

AN  ACT to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law, in
  relation to establishing a resident curator program for the  rehabili-
  tation of state park buildings

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

  Section 1. Section 3.09 of the parks, recreation and historic  preser-
vation  law  is  amended  by  adding  a  new  subdivision 2-h to read as
follows:
  2-H. BE EMPOWERED, IN ADDITION TO ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW AUTHORIZ-
ING THE LEASING OF CERTAIN PROPERTY UNDER ITS JURISDICTION, TO ESTABLISH
A RESIDENT CURATOR PROGRAM  TO  ENCOURAGE  INVESTMENT,  RESTORATION  AND
OCCUPANCY  OF  BUILDINGS, WHICH SERVE NO PARK RELATED PURPOSE, AND WHICH
IF REMAIN UNOCCUPIED  ARE  AT  RISK  OF  PROGRESSIVE  DETERIORATION,  BY
AUTHORIZING THE LEASING OF SUCH AT RISK BUILDINGS FOR RESIDENTIAL USE TO
INDIVIDUALS  KNOWN  AS RESIDENT CURATORS FOR TERMS OF UP TO FORTY YEARS.
THE LENGTH OF THE TERM OF SUCH  LEASE  SHALL  RELATE  TO  THE  FINANCIAL
INVESTMENT  MADE  BY THE RESIDENT CURATOR WHICH IS REQUIRED TO REHABILI-
TATE AND MAINTAIN THE STRUCTURE FOR RESIDENTIAL OCCUPANCY.  THE  COMMIS-
SIONER  IS  AUTHORIZED TO LEASE FOR THE PURPOSE OF RESIDENTIAL OCCUPANCY
IN THE NINTH PARK REGION, THE BUILDING IDENTIFIED AS LI 73 LAB RESIDENCE
AT COLD SPRING HARBOR STATE PARK, THE HOLLINS HOUSE AT  HECKSCHER  STATE
PARK,  AND  THE BUILDING IDENTIFIED AS LI 40 HOUSE AT HITHER HILLS STATE
PARK. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ADOPT RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR  THE  RESI-
DENT CURATOR PROGRAM, WHICH SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, CRITE-
RIA FOR ESTABLISHING LENGTH OF TERMS FOR LEASES AND CRITERIA FOR SELECT-
ING RESPONSIBLE RESIDENT CURATORS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08960-01-3

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