senate Bill S5411

Amended

Relates to elections of fire district officers in the Arlington fire district

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    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 16 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 04 / Jun / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.1075
  • 05 / Jun / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 10 / Jun / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 12 / Jun / 2013
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 5411A
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Summary

Establishes that elections of fire district officers in the Arlington fire district, Dutchess county, shall be held on the first Tuesday next succeeding the first Monday in November.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S5411
S5411A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Local Government
Law Section:
Town Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง175, Town L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S7777

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5411

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the town law, in relation to elections
of fire district officers in the Arlington fire district, Dutchess
county

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends section 175 of article 1 of the town law to include
Arlington Fire District within the fire districts required to conduct
their annual election on the Tuesday next succeeding the first Monday
in November from six o'clock in the morning until nine o'clock in the
evening.

Section 2 provides an effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Recent voter turnouts for the Arlington Fire District
commissioner elections have been woefully low- there were 82 votes in
the 2011 fire commission election out of a potential 18,782 potential
voters, This legislation will align the Arlington Fire District
commissioner elections with the general election cycle, increasing
awareness of and participation in the important process of choosing a
board of commissioners for the fire district. By combining the fire
district election with the general election, this bill will also
relieve the economic burden of holding a special election, freeing
funds to be used for other important district needs.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.7777 of 2012

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: A savings to the Arlington Fire District, as
they will save money by incorporating the fire district election
within the general election timeframe.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately, and shall
apply to the election cycle of a fire district next succeeding such
date.

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

                                  5411

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 16, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the town law, in relation to elections of fire  district
  officers in the Arlington fire district, Dutchess county

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 175 of the town law, as amended by
chapter 334 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows:
  1. An annual election shall be held  in  each  fire  district  on  the
second Tuesday in December, except that:
  (A)  in  the  Ocean  Bay  Park  fire  district,  the  Lonelyville fire
district, the Davis Park fire district, the Cherry Grove fire  district,
the  Fair  Harbor fire district and the Fire Island Pines fire district,
Suffolk county, such annual election shall be held on the second Tuesday
in July[, except that];
  (B) in the town of Salisbury, Herkimer county, AND  IN  THE  ARLINGTON
FIRE  DISTRICT,  DUTCHESS  COUNTY, such annual election shall be held on
the Tuesday next succeeding  the  first  Monday  in  November  from  six
o'clock  in  the  morning  until nine o'clock in the evening [and except
that]; AND
  (C) in  the  Belfast  fire  district,  Allegany  county,  such  annual
election  shall  be  held on the first Tuesday in December. The board of
fire commissioners shall give notice thereof by  the  publication  of  a
notice  once  in  one or more newspapers having a general circulation in
the district. The first publication of such notice  shall  be  not  less
than  twenty-seven  days and not more than thirty-four days prior to the
date of such election. Such notice shall specify the time when  and  the
place where such election will be held, the officers to be elected ther-
eat and their terms of office, and the hours during which the polls will
be  open for the receipt of ballots. The secretary of such fire district
shall prepare the ballots for all elections of  fire  district  officers

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10971-01-3

S. 5411                             2

and the polls shall remain open for the receipt thereof at all elections
of  fire  district  officers  from six o'clock in the evening until nine
o'clock in the evening and such additional consecutive hours prior ther-
eto  as the board of fire commissioners of such district may have deter-
mined and specified in the notice thereof. The board of fire commission-
ers shall designate a resident fire district elector,  who  shall  be  a
registered voter of the town, to act as chairman of any election of said
district  and shall designate not less than two nor more than four resi-
dent fire district electors, who shall be registered voters of the  town
to  act  as  election inspectors and ballot clerks at such elections. No
elective officer of the fire district shall serve as such chairman or as
an election inspector or ballot clerk. The board of  fire  commissioners
may adopt a resolution providing that such chairman, election inspectors
and  ballot  clerks  shall  be paid for their respective services at any
such annual election or at any special election of  the  fire  district.
Such  resolution, if adopted, shall fix the amount of such compensation,
as follows: if the hours during which the polls will  be  open  for  the
receipt  of  ballots  are  from  six  o'clock  in the evening until nine
o'clock in the evening, a sum not to exceed thirty-five dollars for each
such official; if additional consecutive hours prior to six  o'clock  in
the  evening  are  determined and specified in the notice of election, a
sum not to exceed fifty dollars for each such official.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and  shall  apply  to  the
election cycle of a fire district next succeeding such date.

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