senate Bill S1452

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Authorizes a no fare program for transportation on the Long Island Rail Road for police officers employed by the towns of Suffolk

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Jun 21, 2012 committed to rules
Jun 11, 2012 advanced to third reading
Jun 06, 2012 2nd report cal.
Jun 05, 2012 1st report cal.1102
Jan 04, 2012 referred to transportation
Jan 07, 2011 referred to transportation

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Jun 5, 2012 - Transportation committee Vote

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Transportation Committee Vote: Jun 5, 2012

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S1452 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1405
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §1266, Pub Auth L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S6764, A9830

S1452 - Bill Texts

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Authorizes a no fare program for transportation on the Long Island Rail Road for police officers employed by the towns of Suffolk.

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BILL NUMBER:S1452

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public authorities law, in relation to authorizing a no
fare program for transportation on the Long Island Rail Road for police
officers employed by the towns of Suffolk

PURPOSE:
To include police officers employed by the towns in Suffolk County in
the provisions governing the Long Island Rail Road's Free Police Ride
Program.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Subdivision 14 of Section 1266 of the public authorities law is
amended to include police officers employed by the towns in Suffolk
County in the Long Island Rail Road's Free Police Ride Program

JUSTIFICATION:
For the increased protection and improved safety of commuters and
employees, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) currently
administers a program that provides free transportation on the Long
Island Rail Road (LIRR) for certain police officers. Police officers
employed the City of New York, the County of Nassau, Nassau County
villages and cities, County of Suffolk, Suffolk County towns and
villages, the Division of State Police, the Port Authority of New
York and New Jersey, the Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company, the
New York City Housing Authority and the New York City Transit
Authority have been actively participating in this no fare program
over the past several years.

A recent audit conducted by the MTA, however, revealed an apparent
oversight in the provisions of law governing the LIRR's Free Police
Program, § 1266 (14) of the Public Authorities Law.
Those police officers employed by the towns within Suffolk County are
not included in statute.
As a result, the MTA can no longer allow these police officers to
participate in the LIRR Free Police Ride Program as of January 1, 2011.

While the reason for this omission is unclear, the LIRR has indicated
its support for amending the statute to add police officers employed
by the towns in Suffolk County. This legislation merely corrects this
oversight to grant the MTA the legal authority to extend this
program to these officers.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-10: S.6764

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.


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

    S. 1452                                                  A. 1405

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                      S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y

                             January 7, 2011
                               ___________

IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered print-
  ed,  and  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transporta-
  tion

IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. THIELE, ENGLEBRIGHT,  SALADINO  --
  read  once  and referred to the Committee on Corporations, Authorities
  and Commissions

AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to authorizing a
  no fare program for transportation on the Long Island  Rail  Road  for
  police officers employed by the towns of Suffolk

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 14 of section 1266 of  the  public  authorities
law,  as added by chapter 307 of the laws of 1995, is amended to read as
follows:
  14. Notwithstanding any other provisions of law or the  terms  of  any
contract, the authority, in consultation with the Long Island Rail Road,
shall  establish  and  implement a no fare program for transportation on
the Long Island Rail Road for police officers employed by  the  city  of
New York, county of Nassau, Nassau county villages and cities, county of
Suffolk,  Suffolk  county  villages  AND  TOWNS,  the  division of state
police, the port authority of New York and New Jersey,  the  Metro-North
Commuter  Railroad  Company, the New York city housing authority and the
New York city transit authority. In establishing such program, which has
as its goal increased protection and improved safety for its  commuters,
the  authority  and the Long Island Rail Road shall, among other things,
consider: (a) requiring police officers who ride without cost to  regis-
ter  with  the  Long  Island  Rail Road as a condition of riding without
cost; (b) requiring such officers to indicate during  such  registration
process their regular working hours and the Long Island Rail Road trains
that  such  officers expect to ride; and (c) periodically re-registering

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03845-01-1

S. 1452                             2                            A. 1405

and re-validating such officers. The authority and the Long Island  Rail
Road  shall  also  have the power to consider other matters necessary to
carry out the goals and objectives of this section.
  S 2.  This act shall take effect immediately.

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