senate Bill S265

2009-2010 Legislative Session

Pertains to the composition of county and part-county boards of health; relates to municipal consolidation or dissolution petitions

download bill text pdf

Sponsored By

Archive: Last Bill Status - In Committee

  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

do you support this bill?


view actions (2)
Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 06, 2010 referred to health
Jan 07, 2009 referred to health

S265 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Health Law

S265 - Bill Texts

view summary

view sponsor memo

An act to amend the public health law, in relation to the composition
of county and part-county boards of health; and to amend the general
municipal law, the town law and the village law, in relation to the
petition requirements for initiating a referendum regarding municipal
consolidation or dissolution

To give certain counties the ability to streamline certain public
health services and to provide a uniform municipal consolidation or
dissolution petition process.

Section one amends section 351 of the public health law to allow the
same person to be appointed as county health director, public health
director or county health commissioner in counties that meet
population requirements.

Section two amends the general municipal law by adding a new article
17-A - Municipal Consolidation or Dissolution Petitions.

Sections three through ten outlines the procedure for village, town
and fire district consolidations or dissolutions.

The Governor's Commission on Local Government Efficiency and
Competitiveness issued a report outlining 72 recommendations for
reforming local governments across New York State. This bill is the
first attempt to accomplish the first flights of those
recommendations. One of the key issues identified during the LGEC
process was that there was not a simple and straightforward process
for electors to petition for a consolidation of two or more
governmental units It was also found that the burden of getting 60% of
voters to approve such a petition was far too high to expect a
consolidation to ever happen. In order to clarify the situation this
bill cleans up the petition process and lowers the threshold for a
petition seeking consolidation from 60% to 25%. It is hoped that this
change will mean more active attempts for local governments to
consider and then, upon showing of reason, consolidate.

The other major component present within the instant bill allows for
the sharing of public health directors by multiple counties. It is
hoped that by streamlining operations, cost savings can be realized.

2008: S.8582 Rules Committee

None to the State.

This act shall take effect immediately.
view full text
The Bill text is not available.


Open Legislation comments facilitate discussion of New York State legislation. All comments are subject to moderation. Comments deemed off-topic, commercial, campaign-related, self-promotional; or that contain profanity or hate speech; or that link to sites outside of the domain are not permitted, and will not be published. Comment moderation is generally performed Monday through Friday.

By contributing or voting you agree to the Terms of Participation and verify you are over 13.