senate Bill S6777

Relates to allowing community boards to apply and receive grants for waterfront revitalization programs for coastal areas and inland waterways

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Summary

Allows community boards to apply and receive grants, which shall not exceed 50% of the approved cost of the project, for waterfront revitalization programs for coastal areas and inland waterways, in the same manner that local governments currently do.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9012
Versions:
S6777
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§915, 918 & 911, Exec L

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BILL NUMBER:S6777

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to
allowing community boards to apply and receive grants for waterfront
revitalization programs for coastal areas and inland waterways

Purpose:

This legislation would enable New York City community boards located
along New York's coasts or designated inland waterways to be eligible
to apply for grant funding under the State's Local Waterfront
Revitalization Program.

Summary of Provisions:

Community Boards, as defined in section twenty-eight hundred of the
New York City Charter, are added to the list of applicants that are
eligible to apply for funding under the State's Local Waterfront
Revitalization Program as enumerated in various subdivisions of
Section 1 of the executive law.

Justification:

Community Boards are local representative bodies that perform a
variety of important tasks that affect the quality of life for
residents of New York City's five boroughs; there are 59 community
boards throughout the City. The Boards' responsibilities include but
are not limited to implementing procedures to improve the delivery of
City services to the district; advising on land use and zoning issues;
assessing the funding needs of their districts and making funding
recommendations during the City's budget process. Community Boards
are the chief advocate on all issues that are important to the people
who live and work in their communities, including traffic problems,
housing, and economic development.

Community Boards are involved in planning for and helping implement
projects in their respective communities, including waterfront
revitalization initiatives. Yet, as the local representative body,
they are unable to apply for targeted funding under the State's Local
Waterfront Revitalization Program.

Under current law, only a village, town or city along the State's
coast or designated inland waterway can prepare and submit a funding
proposal under this Program. Given their role and involvement in
community life, Community Boards should be able to apply for necessary
funding to support local waterfront revitalization efforts in their
respective districts.

Legislative History:

New bill.

Fiscal Impact:

None, Community boards would be competing for funding under an
existing program.


Effective Date:

Immediately.

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

                                  6777

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 10, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. MONTGOMERY, ADDABBO, DIAZ, SMITH -- read twice and
  ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on
  Finance

AN  ACT  to  amend  the executive law, in relation to allowing community
  boards to apply  and  receive  grants  for  waterfront  revitalization
  programs for coastal areas and inland waterways

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

  Section 1. Subdivisions 1, 2, 3, the opening paragraph of  subdivision
4,  the opening paragraph and paragraph h of subdivision 5, and subdivi-
sions 7, 9 and 10 of section 915 of the executive law, subdivision 1  as
amended  by chapter 454 of the laws of 2001, subdivision 2 and the open-
ing paragraph of subdivision 5 as amended by chapter 842 of the laws  of
1981,  and  subdivision 3, the opening paragraph of subdivision 4, para-
graph h of subdivision 5, and subdivisions 7, 9 and 10 as added by chap-
ter 840 of the laws of 1981, are amended to read as follows:
  1. It is the intention of this article to offer the  fullest  possible
support  by  the  state and its agencies to those local governments that
desire to revitalize their waterfronts. Accordingly, any  local  govern-
ment  [or], two or more local governments acting jointly, OR A COMMUNITY
BOARD which has any  portion  of  its  jurisdiction  contiguous  to  the
state's  coastal waters or inland waterways and which desires to partic-
ipate may submit a waterfront revitalization program to the secretary as
herein provided.
  2. The secretary may provide technical  and  financial  assistance  as
provided in sections nine hundred seventeen and nine hundred eighteen OF
THIS ARTICLE to any local government OR COMMUNITY BOARD for the prepara-
tion  of  a  waterfront  revitalization program for the purposes of this
article.
  3. A local government [or],  two  or  more  local  governments  acting
jointly  OR A COMMUNITY BOARD which intends to submit a waterfront revi-
talization program for the purposes of this article is strongly  encour-
aged to consult, during its preparation, with other entities that may be
affected  by  its  program,  including  local  governments,  county  and

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13839-02-4

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regional agencies, appropriate port authorities, community based  groups
and  state  and  federal agencies. On request by the local government OR
COMMUNITY BOARD, the secretary shall take appropriate action to  facili-
tate such consultation.
  The  secretary shall prepare and distribute guidelines and regulations
for local governments OR COMMUNITY BOARDS desiring to prepare, or  cause
to   be  prepared,  a  waterfront  revitalization  program  (hereinafter
referred to as the "program"). Such guidelines shall  provide  that  the
program  will be consistent with the policies and purposes of this arti-
cle generally and shall include, but not be limited to:
  The secretary shall approve any local government  OR  COMMUNITY  BOARD
waterfront revitalization program as eligible for the benefits set forth
in  section  nine  hundred sixteen of this article if he finds that such
program will be consistent with coastal policies and  will  achieve  the
waterfront  revitalization  purposes  of  this  article.  In making such
determination, the secretary shall find that  the  program  incorporates
each  of  the  following  to  an extent commensurate with the particular
circumstances of that local government OR COMMUNITY BOARD:
  h. A statement identifying those elements of the program which can  be
implemented  by  the  local  government OR COMMUNITY BOARD, unaided, and
those that can only be implemented with  the  aid  of  other  levels  of
government or other agencies. Such statement shall include those permit,
license,  certification  or  approval  programs, grant, loan, subsidy or
other funding assistance programs, facilities construction and  planning
programs  which may affect the achievement of the waterfront revitaliza-
tion program.
  7. Where there is a conflict between a submitted waterfront  revitali-
zation  program  and  any state or federal policy, at the request of the
local government,  COMMUNITY  BOARD  or  the  state  or  federal  agency
affected,  the  secretary  shall  attempt  to  reconcile and resolve the
differences between the submitted program and such  policies  and  shall
meet with the local government OR COMMUNITY BOARD and involved state and
federal agencies to this end.
  9.  Before  undertaking any action pursuant to any programs identified
pursuant to paragraph [(h)] H of subdivision five of THIS section  [nine
hundred fifteen of this article] the affected state agency shall submit,
through appropriate existing clearing house procedures including but not
limited  to  the  state environmental quality review law, information on
the proposed action to local government OR COMMUNITY BOARD.   The  local
government  OR COMMUNITY BOARD shall identify potential conflicts and so
notify the secretary. Upon notification of the conflict,  the  secretary
will  confer  with the affected state agency and the local government OR
COMMUNITY BOARD to modify the proposed action to be consistent with  the
local plan.
  10. Any local government OR COMMUNITY BOARD which has had a waterfront
revitalization  program  approved  pursuant to this section may withdraw
its program at any time by filing with the secretary a copy of a  resol-
ution  of  its  legislative  body  providing  for  such withdrawal. Upon
receipt of such resolution, the secretary shall immediately  notify  all
affected state agencies.
  S 2. Paragraph a of subdivision 1 of section 918 of the executive law,
as  added  by  chapter  840  of  the laws of 1981, is amended to read as
follows:
  a. To any local governments, [or to] two or more local governments, OR
TO COMMUNITY BOARDS, for projects approved by the secretary  which  lead
to  preparation of a waterfront revitalization program; provided, howev-

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er, that such grants shall not exceed fifty percent of the approved cost
of such projects;
  S  3.    Section  911  of the executive law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 8 to read as follows:
  8. "COMMUNITY BOARD" SHALL HAVE THE  SAME  MEANING  AS  SET  FORTH  IN
SECTION TWENTY-EIGHT HUNDRED OF THE NEW YORK CITY CHARTER.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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