senate Bill S1459A

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Creates the Peconic Bay regional transportation council; repealer

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Jan 27, 2012 print number 1459a
amend and recommit to local government
Jan 04, 2012 referred to local government
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S1459 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1412A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
General Municipal Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 5-M §§119-aaa - 119-fff, Gen Muni L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S3181B, A6743B

S1459 - Bill Texts

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Creates the Peconic Bay regional transportation council to study the impacts of traffic congestion; defines terms; outlines the powers and duties of such council; requires the preparation and adoption of the transportation action plan and submission to the legislature.

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BILL NUMBER:S1459

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the general municipal law, in relation to creating the Peconic
Bay regional transportation council;
and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE:
This legislation would create the Peconic Bay Regional
Transportation Council. This council would coordinate a proposal for
the development of an improved public transit system for the region.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Legislative Findings

Section 2: Article 5-M - Peconic Bay Transportation Council

* Section 119-aaa - Definitions

* Section 119-bbb - Creates the Peconic Bay Transportation Council,
establishes guidelines for membership to the council.

* Section 119-ccc - Establishes the powers and duties of the Council.

* Section 119-ddd - states that every State agency shall offer full
cooperation to the council.

* Section 119-eee - Directs the council to prepare an implementation
report for the transportation plan for the Peconic Bay region.

* section 119-fff - Requires the Peconic Bay Regional Transportation
Council's submission of the approved plan to the Legislature no later
than 30 days after such approval

Section 3: Effective Date

JUSTIFICATION:
Expanding traffic congestion in the Peconic Bay region
has resulted in deteriorating traffic safety, declining air quality,
parking problems, and adverse impacts to the historical and rural
resources of the area, and has impeded further growth and development
in the region. In order to preserve the tourism industry, and provide
comfort for the permanent residents of the region, the issue of
traffic congestion must be addressed.

As the unique geography of the region does not permit highway
expansion, the solution lies with the expansion of the public transit
system in the region.

This legislation would create an entity to coordinate the local
governments, state government and federal government and other
interested parties to create and establish a successful public
transit initiative for the Peconic Bay region. Bringing the


stakeholders and community members together in the development of the
plan will ensure an open and comprehensive decision making process.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-10: A.6743-B/S.3181-B -- Remained in Committee
2007-08: A.1735/S.1235 -- Remained in Committee
2005-06: A.9784/S.6670-- Remained in Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately and shall remain in full force
and effect until December 31, 2016 when upon such date the provisions
of this act shall expire and be deemed repealed.

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

    S. 1459                                                  A. 1412

                       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 Local Govern-
  ment

IN  ASSEMBLY  -- Introduced by M. of A. THIELE -- read once and referred
  to the Committee on Local Governments

AN ACT to amend the general municipal law, in relation to  creating  the
  Peconic  Bay  regional  transportation  council; and providing for the
  repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

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

  Section  1.  Legislative  findings.  The legislature hereby finds that
over the past thirty years, rapid growth and development in the  Peconic
Bay region of Long Island, while providing for a successful economy, has
also  resulted  in  some  unavoidable, adverse impacts that threaten the
region's future quality of life and future economic prosperity.  Traffic
congestion  has  been one of the primary adverse impacts from such rapid
development.
  Expanding traffic congestion has  resulted  in  deteriorating  traffic
safety  with  increased  traffic  accidents and fatalities. In addition,
traffic congestion has resulted in increased trip delays, declining  air
quality, adverse impacts to historic and rural resources in the region's
villages  and  hamlets, parking problems, adverse impacts to residential
communities and neighborhoods resulting from the  diversion  of  traffic
from major highways and arteries to rural residential streets and roads.
  The  region's  tourist  and second home industries, the cornerstone of
its prosperity, are threatened if the adverse  consequences  of  traffic
congestion  are  not promptly and adequately addressed. Further, projec-
tions from the state department of transportation and local  governments
indicate that there will be a continued growth in year-round population,

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03824-01-1

S. 1459                             2                            A. 1412

seasonal  residents, and traffic into the foreseeable future, exacerbat-
ing an already major problem.
  The  legislature  finds  that  the unique geography of the Peconic Bay
region limits the ability to expand highway capacity for motor vehicles.
The narrow forks limit the augmentation of future highway capacity in an
east-west direction. The construction of new highways is not a  feasible
alternative,  and  the option of improving capacity on existing highways
is limited. In addition to unique geography,  impacts  to  the  region's
natural  and historic resources, such as open space, farmland, watershed
areas, wetlands, and historic sites and landmarks also limit  increasing
highway capacity.
  While  the  region's  highway infrastructure is severely overburdened,
its public transit capabilities are underdeveloped. The region possesses
underutilized rail capacity with minimal service from  the  Long  Island
Rail Road to the region.
  The  legislature  finds  that  the  development  of new public transit
opportunities for the Peconic Bay region represents the best alternative
to address growing traffic congestion and other transportation problems.
The region possesses an existing rail infrastructure.  Existing  service
to the region is minimal. Further, there is no coordination between rail
service  and existing bus service. The opportunity to improve service is
clearly available.
  The region's local governments have  recognized  the  adverse  impacts
resulting  from growing traffic congestion and the need to explore other
transportation  options  such  as  public  transit.  Independently,  the
comprehensive  plans of the region's towns and villages have cited traf-
fic congestion as a critical problem and have identified improved public
transit as a future goal. Towns have created task forces and commissions
to address the transportation issue.
  Further, collectively, as a region, the local governments have  joined
together   to   explore  public  transit  options  to  mitigate  traffic
congestion. As early as 1994, the East End  Economic  and  Environmental
Institute,  under  the  auspices  of the East End Mayors and Supervisors
Association issued a report entitled Blue Print  for  Our  Future  which
called  for improved and coordinated bus and rail service in the Peconic
Bay region.
  In 2005, after a four-year public outreach process, the local  govern-
ments of the region issued the result of its SEEDS (Sustainable East End
Development) project. This initiative also recognized the need to create
improved  transportation opportunities, including selected road improve-
ments and increased and coordinated public transit.
  The private sector has also recognized the need for improved  regional
transportation opportunities. The Institute for Sustainable Development,
Southampton  College  of  Long  Island University, held a conference and
issued a report calling for improved transportation opportunities in the
region. Five Town Rural Transit, Inc., a private, not-for-profit  corpo-
ration  has also recognized the need for public transit improvements. In
2005, they unveiled a conceptual plan for an East End Shuttle  providing
coordinated  bus  and rail service, and issued a development proposal to
further that goal.
  In 2007, the state of New York provided a  $300,000  grant  under  its
Shared  Municipal Services Initiative (SMSI) program to study the feasi-
bility of the East End Shuttle concept. In  addition,  the  Long  Island
Rail Road, in conjunction with the towns of Southampton and East Hampton
initiated  a  pilot  program  in 2007-2008 to provide a rail shuttle and
connecting bus service during the reconstruction of County Road 39. This

S. 1459                             3                            A. 1412

pilot program demonstrated that the rail/bus shuttle  concept  could  be
successful.  In 2009, the "East End Transportation Study Report", funded
by the SMSI program, was completed by the Volpe National  Transportation
Systems  Center,  U.S. Department of Transportation. The study concluded
that the East End Shuttle concept was both viable and desirable.
  In summary, the problem of traffic congestion with its adverse impacts
on the local environment, economy, and quality of  life  has  long  been
recognized.  Further, a multitude of local governments, regional cooper-
ative initiatives, and private initiatives have all identified  improved
public  transit  with  increased and coordinated rail and bus service as
the cornerstone for solving the problem. The concept  has  been  at  the
center of public policy discussions for more than a decade.
  The  next step is the full development of the East End Shuttle concept
in order to implement new transit opportunities in a timely fashion.
  Currently, no governmental entity  exists  which  can  coordinate  the
multitude  of  local  governments, state government, federal government,
and other stakeholders that must participate to implement  a  successful
public transit initiative for the Peconic Bay region.
  It  is  the  intent  of  the  legislature with this act to provide the
necessary governmental framework and  resources  that  will  foster  the
cooperation  necessary  to  implement  a public transit proposal for the
Peconic Bay region. This legislation will give the local governments the
regional framework to develop and implement this  initiative,  and  will
mandate  the cooperation of state and federal agencies. Further, it will
provide for the involvement of all stakeholders and community members in
the development process to insure an  open  and  comprehensive  decision
making process.
  S  2. The general municipal law is amended by adding a new article 5-M
to read as follows:
                               ARTICLE 5-M
               PECONIC BAY REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION COUNCIL
SECTION 119-AAA. DEFINITIONS.
        119-BBB. PECONIC BAY REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION COUNCIL.
        119-CCC. POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE COUNCIL.
        119-DDD. AGENCY COOPERATION.
        119-EEE. IMPLEMENTATION REPORT FOR THE TRANSPORTATION PLAN.
        119-FFF. SUBMISSION TO THE LEGISLATURE.
  S 119-AAA. DEFINITIONS. AS USED IN THIS ARTICLE  THE  FOLLOWING  TERMS
SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  1. "PECONIC BAY REGION" MEANS THE TOWNS OF EAST HAMPTON, RIVERHEAD,
 SOUTHAMPTON, AND SOUTHOLD IN THE COUNTY OF SUFFOLK.
  2. "COUNTY" MEANS THE COUNTY OF SUFFOLK.
  3.  "MUNICIPAL CORPORATION" MEANS A TOWN OR VILLAGE IN THE PECONIC BAY
REGION.
  4. "STATE" MEANS THE STATE OF NEW YORK.
  5. "STATE AGENCY" MEANS ANY  OFFICE,  DEPARTMENT,  BOARD,  COMMISSION,
BUREAU,  DIVISION,  AUTHORITY,  PUBLIC  BENEFIT  CORPORATION,  AGENCY OR
INSTRUMENTALITY OF THE STATE.
  6. "TRANSPORTATION PLAN"  MEANS  THE  PLAN  OF  PUBLIC  TRANSPORTATION
PROJECTS  FOR THE PECONIC BAY REGION PROVIDED FOR IN THE EAST END TRANS-
PORTATION STUDY, PREPARED BY THE VOLPE NATIONAL  TRANSPORTATION  SYSTEMS
CENTER, DATED NOVEMBER, TWO THOUSAND NINE.
  7.  "PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION PROJECT" MEANS ANY RAPID TRANSIT, RAILROAD,
OMNIBUS, MARINE TRANSPORTATION, OR OTHER PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION PROJECT.
  8. "COUNCIL" MEANS THE COUNCIL CREATED PURSUANT TO SECTION ONE HUNDRED
NINETEEN-BBB OF THIS ARTICLE.

S. 1459                             4                            A. 1412

  9. "GOVERNOR" MEANS THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK.
  S  119-BBB.  PECONIC  BAY REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION COUNCIL. 1. THERE IS
HEREBY CREATED THE PECONIC BAY  REGIONAL  TRANSPORTATION  COUNCIL.  SUCH
COUNCIL  SHALL  CONSIST  OF  EIGHTEEN  VOTING  MEMBERS: ONE MEMBER TO BE
APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR WHO WILL SERVE AT THE PLEASURE OF  THE  GOVER-
NOR, AND THIRTEEN EX OFFICIO MEMBERS WHO ARE THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OF THE
COUNTY  OF  SUFFOLK,  THE  FOUR  TOWN  SUPERVISORS  FROM THE PECONIC BAY
REGION, TWO VILLAGE MAYORS TO BE APPOINTED BY THE EAST END VILLAGE OFFI-
CIALS ASSOCIATION, THE UNITED STATES CONGRESSMAN REPRESENTING THE PECON-
IC BAY REGION, THE STATE SENATOR REPRESENTING THE  PECONIC  BAY  REGION,
THE  TWO STATE ASSEMBLY MEMBERS REPRESENTING THE PECONIC BAY REGION, AND
THE TWO COUNTY LEGISLATORS REPRESENTING THE PECONIC BAY REGION, AND FOUR
CITIZEN MEMBERS WITH AN INTEREST IN TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC TRANSIT TO
BE APPOINTED BY THE TOWN BOARD OF EACH TOWN IN THE PECONIC  BAY  REGION.
EACH  TOWN  SHALL  HAVE  ONE  APPOINTMENT.    EACH EX OFFICIO MEMBER MAY
APPOINT A DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE, BY OFFICIAL  AUTHORITY  FILED  WITH
THE  COUNCIL,  TO  EXERCISE  HIS  OR  HER  POWERS AND PERFORM HIS OR HER
DUTIES, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO VOTE ON MATTERS BEFORE THE COUNCIL.
  2. THE COUNCIL SHALL ELECT ONE OF ITS MEMBERS AS  CHAIRPERSON.  ELEVEN
MEMBERS SHALL CONSTITUTE A QUORUM FOR THE TRANSACTION OF ANY BUSINESS OR
THE  EXERCISE  OF  ANY  POWER OR FUNCTION OF THE COUNCIL. AN AFFIRMATIVE
VOTE OF TEN OR MORE MEMBERS SHALL BE REQUIRED TO PASS  A  RESOLUTION  OR
OTHERWISE EXERCISE ANY FUNCTIONS OR POWERS OF THE COUNCIL.
  S  119-CCC.  POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE COUNCIL.  THE COUNCIL SHALL HAVE
THE FOLLOWING POWERS:
  1. TO MAKE BY-LAWS FOR THE REGULATION AND MANAGEMENT OF ITS AFFAIRS;
  2. TO ESTABLISH A CITIZEN ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO  ASSIST  IT  WITH  ITS
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES;
  3.  TO  ESTABLISH A TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO ASSIST IT WITH ITS
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES;
  4. TO DEVELOP AN IMPLEMENTATION REPORT FOR  THE  TRANSPORTATION  PLAN,
WITH THE ADVICE OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEES;
  5.  TO  UTILIZE TO THE EXTENT PRACTICABLE, THE STATE AND FACILITIES OF
EXISTING STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES;
  6. TO MAKE AND EXECUTE CONTRACTS AND ALL OTHER  INSTRUMENTS  NECESSARY
OR CONVENIENT FOR THE EXERCISE OF ITS POWERS AND DUTIES UNDER THIS ARTI-
CLE;
  7. TO SUE AND BE SUED;
  8.  TO  APPOINT AN EXECUTIVE OFFICER, OFFICERS, AGENTS, EMPLOYEES, AND
PRESCRIBE THEIR DUTIES AND QUALIFICATIONS;
  9. TO HOLD HEARINGS IN THE EXERCISE  OF  ITS  POWERS,  FUNCTIONS,  AND
DUTIES AS PROVIDED FOR BY THIS ARTICLE;
  10. TO CONTRACT FOR PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND ADVICE;
  11.  TO  CONTRACT  FOR  AND  ACCEPT  ANY ASSISTANCE, INCLUDING BUT NOT
LIMITED TO GIFTS, GRANTS, OR LOANS OF FUNDS, OR  OF  PROPERTY  FROM  THE
FEDERAL  GOVERNMENT  OR  ANY  AGENCY  OR INSTRUMENTALITY THEREOF, OR ANY
STATE AGENCY, OR FROM ANY OTHER PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SOURCE AND TO  COMPLY,
SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTICLE, WITH THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS
THEREOF.
  S  119-DDD. AGENCY COOPERATION. 1. EVERY STATE AGENCY SHALL OFFER FULL
COOPERATION TO THE COUNCIL IN CARRYING OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS  ARTI-
CLE.
  2.  EVERY  AGENCY  OF  THE COUNTY AND THE MUNICIPAL CORPORATIONS SHALL
OFFER FULL COOPERATION TO THE COUNCIL IN CARRYING OUT THE PROVISIONS  OF
THIS ARTICLE.

S. 1459                             5                            A. 1412

  S  119-EEE.  IMPLEMENTATION REPORT FOR THE TRANSPORTATION PLAN. 1. THE
COUNCIL IS HEREBY DIRECTED TO PREPARE AN IMPLEMENTATION REPORT  FOR  THE
TRANSPORTATION PLAN FOR THE PECONIC BAY REGION WHICH SHALL INCLUDE:
  (A)  ESTABLISHMENT  OF  SHUTTLE TRAINS UTILIZING THE EXISTING RIGHT OF
WAY OF THE LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD;
  (B) ESTABLISHMENT AND COORDINATION OF BUS TRANSPORTATION TO COMPLEMENT
SHUTTLE TRAINS;
  (C) A REGIONAL GOVERNANCE  STRUCTURE  TO  OPERATE  THE  TRANSPORTATION
PLAN;
  (D) ESTABLISHMENT OF PARK AND RAIL FACILITIES; AND
  (E)  ADDITIONAL  NON-STOP TRAINS FROM NEW YORK CITY TO THE PECONIC BAY
REGION.
  2. THE IMPLEMENTATION REPORT SHALL BE PREPARED  IN  SUFFICIENT  DETAIL
AND  SPECIFICITY  TO  PERMIT  THE  RELEVANT  GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORITIES TO
PROCEED DIRECTLY TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE TRANSPORTATION  PLAN.  THE
IMPLEMENTATION REPORT SHALL ESTABLISH A TIMETABLE FOR RECOMMENDED PUBLIC
TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS. THE IMPLEMENTATION REPORT SHALL INCLUDE A CAPI-
TAL  PLAN  AND  BUDGET FOR ITS IMPLEMENTATION. THE IMPLEMENTATION REPORT
SHALL INCLUDE THE ASSESSMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS, PRELIMINARY ENGI-
NEERING, AND FINAL DESIGN.
  3. AT LEAST FOUR PUBLIC HEARINGS, ONE IN EACH TOWN IN THE PECONIC  BAY
REGION SHALL BE HELD ON THE FINAL IMPLEMENTATION PLAN.
  4. A PROPOSITION TO APPROVE THE IMPLEMENTATION PLAN SHALL BE SUBMITTED
TO  THE  VOTERS  AS A REFERENDUM IN EACH OF THE TOWNS IN THE PECONIC BAY
REGION AT THE GENERAL ELECTION TO BE HELD AT LEAST NINETY DAYS AFTER THE
COMPLETION OF THE PUBLIC HEARINGS PROVIDED FOR IN SUBDIVISION  THREE  OF
THIS SECTION. SUCH REFERENDUM SHALL BE DEEMED APPROVED IF IT IS APPROVED
BY  A  MAJORITY  OF THE VOTERS VOTING ON SUCH REFERENDUM IN EACH TOWN IN
THE PECONIC BAY REGION.
  S 119-FFF. SUBMISSION TO THE LEGISLATURE.  UPON APPROVAL OF  THE  PLAN
BY REFERENDUM, SUCH APPROVED IMPLEMENTATION REPORT SHALL BE SUBMITTED TO
THE  LEGISLATURE  BY  THE  COUNCIL  NO LATER THAN THIRTY DAYS AFTER SUCH
APPROVAL.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall remain  in  full
force  and  effect  until  December  31,  2016  when  upon such date the
provisions of this act shall expire and be deemed repealed.

S1459A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1412A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
General Municipal Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 5-M §§119-aaa - 119-fff, Gen Muni L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S3181B, A6743B

S1459A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Creates the Peconic Bay regional transportation council to study the impacts of traffic congestion; defines terms; outlines the powers and duties of such council; requires the preparation and adoption of the transportation action plan and submission to the legislature.

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BILL NUMBER:S1459A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the general municipal law, in relation to creating the Peconic
Bay regional transportation council;
and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE:
This legislation would create the Peconic Bay Regional Transportation
Council. This council would coordinate a proposal for the development
of an improved public transit system for the region.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Legislative findings

Article 5M: Peconic Bay Transportation Council

Section 119aaa: Definitions

Section 119bbb: Creates the Peconic Bay Transportation Council,
establishes guidelines for membership to the Council.

Section 119ccc: Establishes the powers and duties of the Council.

Section 119ddd:
States that every State agency shall offer full cooperation to the
Council.

Section 119eee: Directs the council to prepare an
implementation report for the transportation plan for the Peconic Bay
region.

Section 119fff: Requires the Peconic Bay Regional
Transportation Council's submission of the approved plan to the
Legislature no later than 30 days after such approval.

JUSTIFICATION:
Expending traffic congestion in the Peconic Bay region has resulted in
deteriorating traffic safety, declining air quality, parking problems
and adverse impacts to the historical and rural resources of the area
and has impeded further growth and development in the region. In
order to preserve the tourism industry and provide comfort for the
permanent residents of the region, the issue of traffic congestion
must be addressed.

As the unique geography of the region does not permit highway
expansion, the solution lies with the expansion of the public transit
system in the region.

This legislation would create an entity to coordinate the local
governments, state government and federal government and other
interested parties to create and establish a successful public
transit initiative for the Peconic Bay region. Bringing the
stakeholders and community members together in the development of the
plan will ensure an open and comprehensive decision making process.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009: S.3181B
2007-08: S.1235
2005-06: S.6670

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately and shall remain in full force
and effect until December 31, 2017 when upon such date the provisions
of this act shall expire and be deemed repealed.

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

    S. 1459--A                                            A. 1412--A

                       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 Local Govern-
  ment -- recommitted to the Committee on Local Government in accordance
  with  Senate  Rule  6,  sec.  8 -- committee discharged, bill amended,
  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. THIELE -- read once  and  referred
  to  the Committee on Local Governments -- recommitted to the Committee
  on Local Governments in accordance with Assembly Rule  3,  sec.  2  --
  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
  recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the general municipal law, in relation to  creating  the
  Peconic  Bay  regional  transportation  council; and providing for the
  repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

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

  Section  1.  Legislative  findings.  The legislature hereby finds that
over the past thirty years, rapid growth and development in the  Peconic
Bay region of Long Island, while providing for a successful economy, has
also  resulted  in  some  unavoidable, adverse impacts that threaten the
region's future quality of life and future economic prosperity.  Traffic
congestion  has  been one of the primary adverse impacts from such rapid
development.
  Expanding traffic congestion has  resulted  in  deteriorating  traffic
safety  with  increased  traffic  accidents and fatalities. In addition,
traffic congestion has resulted in increased trip delays, declining  air
quality, adverse impacts to historic and rural resources in the region's
villages  and  hamlets, parking problems, adverse impacts to residential
communities and neighborhoods resulting from the  diversion  of  traffic
from major highways and arteries to rural residential streets and roads.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03824-02-2

S. 1459--A                          2                         A. 1412--A

  The  region's  tourist  and second home industries, the cornerstone of
its prosperity, are threatened if the adverse  consequences  of  traffic
congestion  are  not promptly and adequately addressed. Further, projec-
tions from the state department of transportation and local  governments
indicate that there will be a continued growth in year-round population,
seasonal  residents, and traffic into the foreseeable future, exacerbat-
ing an already major problem.
  The legislature finds that the unique geography  of  the  Peconic  Bay
region limits the ability to expand highway capacity for motor vehicles.
The narrow forks limit the augmentation of future highway capacity in an
east-west  direction. The construction of new highways is not a feasible
alternative, and the option of improving capacity on  existing  highways
is  limited.  In  addition  to unique geography, impacts to the region's
natural and historic resources, such as open space, farmland,  watershed
areas,  wetlands, and historic sites and landmarks also limit increasing
highway capacity.
  While the region's highway infrastructure  is  severely  overburdened,
its public transit capabilities are underdeveloped. The region possesses
underutilized  rail  capacity  with minimal service from the Long Island
Rail Road to the region.
  The legislature finds that  the  development  of  new  public  transit
opportunities for the Peconic Bay region represents the best alternative
to address growing traffic congestion and other transportation problems.
The  region  possesses an existing rail infrastructure. Existing service
to the region is minimal. Further, there is no coordination between rail
service and existing bus service. The opportunity to improve service  is
clearly available.
  The  region's  local  governments  have recognized the adverse impacts
resulting from growing traffic congestion and the need to explore  other
transportation  options  such  as  public  transit.  Independently,  the
comprehensive plans of the region's towns and villages have cited  traf-
fic congestion as a critical problem and have identified improved public
transit as a future goal. Towns have created task forces and commissions
to address the transportation issue.
  Further,  collectively, as a region, the local governments have joined
together  to  explore  public  transit  options  to   mitigate   traffic
congestion.  As  early  as 1994, the East End Economic and Environmental
Institute, under the auspices of the East  End  Mayors  and  Supervisors
Association  issued  a  report  entitled Blue Print for Our Future which
called for improved and coordinated bus and rail service in the  Peconic
Bay region.
  In  2005, after a four-year public outreach process, the local govern-
ments of the region issued the result of its SEEDS (Sustainable East End
Development) project. This initiative also recognized the need to create
improved transportation opportunities, including selected road  improve-
ments and increased and coordinated public transit.
  The  private sector has also recognized the need for improved regional
transportation opportunities. The Institute for Sustainable Development,
Southampton College of Long Island University,  held  a  conference  and
issued a report calling for improved transportation opportunities in the
region.  Five Town Rural Transit, Inc., a private, not-for-profit corpo-
ration has also recognized the need for public transit improvements.  In
2005,  they unveiled a conceptual plan for an East End Shuttle providing
coordinated bus and rail service, and issued a development  proposal  to
further that goal.

S. 1459--A                          3                         A. 1412--A

  In  2007,  the  state  of New York provided a $300,000 grant under its
Shared Municipal Services Initiative (SMSI) program to study the  feasi-
bility  of  the  East  End Shuttle concept. In addition, the Long Island
Rail Road, in conjunction with the towns of Southampton and East Hampton
initiated  a  pilot  program  in 2007-2008 to provide a rail shuttle and
connecting bus service during the reconstruction of County Road 39. This
pilot program demonstrated that the rail/bus shuttle  concept  could  be
successful.  In 2009, the "East End Transportation Study Report", funded
by the SMSI program, was completed by the Volpe National  Transportation
Systems  Center,  U.S. Department of Transportation. The study concluded
that the East End Shuttle concept was both viable and desirable.
  In summary, the problem of traffic congestion with its adverse impacts
on the local environment, economy, and quality of  life  has  long  been
recognized.  Further, a multitude of local governments, regional cooper-
ative initiatives, and private initiatives have all identified  improved
public  transit  with  increased and coordinated rail and bus service as
the cornerstone for solving the problem. The concept  has  been  at  the
center of public policy discussions for more than a decade.
  The  next step is the full development of the East End Shuttle concept
in order to implement new transit opportunities in a timely fashion.
  Currently, no governmental entity  exists  which  can  coordinate  the
multitude  of  local  governments, state government, federal government,
and other stakeholders that must participate to implement  a  successful
public transit initiative for the Peconic Bay region.
  It  is  the  intent  of  the  legislature with this act to provide the
necessary governmental framework and  resources  that  will  foster  the
cooperation  necessary  to  implement  a public transit proposal for the
Peconic Bay region. This legislation will give the local governments the
regional framework to develop and implement this  initiative,  and  will
mandate  the cooperation of state and federal agencies. Further, it will
provide for the involvement of all stakeholders and community members in
the development process to insure an  open  and  comprehensive  decision
making process.
  S  2. The general municipal law is amended by adding a new article 5-M
to read as follows:
                               ARTICLE 5-M
               PECONIC BAY REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION COUNCIL
SECTION 119-AAA. DEFINITIONS.
        119-BBB. PECONIC BAY REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION COUNCIL.
        119-CCC. POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE COUNCIL.
        119-DDD. AGENCY COOPERATION.
        119-EEE. IMPLEMENTATION REPORT FOR THE TRANSPORTATION PLAN.
        119-FFF. SUBMISSION TO THE LEGISLATURE.
  S 119-AAA. DEFINITIONS. AS USED IN THIS ARTICLE  THE  FOLLOWING  TERMS
SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  1. "PECONIC BAY REGION" MEANS THE TOWNS OF EAST HAMPTON, RIVERHEAD,
 SOUTHAMPTON, AND SOUTHOLD IN THE COUNTY OF SUFFOLK.
  2. "COUNTY" MEANS THE COUNTY OF SUFFOLK.
  3.  "MUNICIPAL CORPORATION" MEANS A TOWN OR VILLAGE IN THE PECONIC BAY
REGION.
  4. "STATE" MEANS THE STATE OF NEW YORK.
  5. "STATE AGENCY" MEANS ANY  OFFICE,  DEPARTMENT,  BOARD,  COMMISSION,
BUREAU,  DIVISION,  AUTHORITY,  PUBLIC  BENEFIT  CORPORATION,  AGENCY OR
INSTRUMENTALITY OF THE STATE.
  6. "TRANSPORTATION PLAN"  MEANS  THE  PLAN  OF  PUBLIC  TRANSPORTATION
PROJECTS  FOR THE PECONIC BAY REGION PROVIDED FOR IN THE EAST END TRANS-

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PORTATION STUDY, PREPARED BY THE VOLPE NATIONAL  TRANSPORTATION  SYSTEMS
CENTER, DATED NOVEMBER, TWO THOUSAND NINE.
  7.  "PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION PROJECT" MEANS ANY RAPID TRANSIT, RAILROAD,
OMNIBUS, MARINE TRANSPORTATION, OR OTHER PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION PROJECT.
  8. "COUNCIL" MEANS THE COUNCIL CREATED PURSUANT TO SECTION ONE HUNDRED
NINETEEN-BBB OF THIS ARTICLE.
  9. "GOVERNOR" MEANS THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK.
  S 119-BBB. PECONIC BAY REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION COUNCIL.  1.  THERE  IS
HEREBY  CREATED  THE  PECONIC  BAY REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION COUNCIL. SUCH
COUNCIL SHALL CONSIST OF EIGHTEEN  VOTING  MEMBERS:  ONE  MEMBER  TO  BE
APPOINTED  BY  THE GOVERNOR WHO WILL SERVE AT THE PLEASURE OF THE GOVER-
NOR, AND THIRTEEN EX OFFICIO MEMBERS WHO ARE THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OF THE
COUNTY OF SUFFOLK, THE  FOUR  TOWN  SUPERVISORS  FROM  THE  PECONIC  BAY
REGION, TWO VILLAGE MAYORS TO BE APPOINTED BY THE EAST END VILLAGE OFFI-
CIALS ASSOCIATION, THE UNITED STATES CONGRESSMAN REPRESENTING THE PECON-
IC  BAY  REGION,  THE STATE SENATOR REPRESENTING THE PECONIC BAY REGION,
THE TWO STATE ASSEMBLY MEMBERS REPRESENTING THE PECONIC BAY REGION,  AND
THE TWO COUNTY LEGISLATORS REPRESENTING THE PECONIC BAY REGION, AND FOUR
CITIZEN MEMBERS WITH AN INTEREST IN TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC TRANSIT TO
BE  APPOINTED  BY THE TOWN BOARD OF EACH TOWN IN THE PECONIC BAY REGION.
EACH TOWN SHALL HAVE ONE  APPOINTMENT.    EACH  EX  OFFICIO  MEMBER  MAY
APPOINT  A  DESIGNATED  REPRESENTATIVE, BY OFFICIAL AUTHORITY FILED WITH
THE COUNCIL, TO EXERCISE HIS OR  HER  POWERS  AND  PERFORM  HIS  OR  HER
DUTIES, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO VOTE ON MATTERS BEFORE THE COUNCIL.
  2.  THE  COUNCIL SHALL ELECT ONE OF ITS MEMBERS AS CHAIRPERSON. ELEVEN
MEMBERS SHALL CONSTITUTE A QUORUM FOR THE TRANSACTION OF ANY BUSINESS OR
THE EXERCISE OF ANY POWER OR FUNCTION OF  THE  COUNCIL.  AN  AFFIRMATIVE
VOTE  OF  TEN  OR MORE MEMBERS SHALL BE REQUIRED TO PASS A RESOLUTION OR
OTHERWISE EXERCISE ANY FUNCTIONS OR POWERS OF THE COUNCIL.
  S 119-CCC. POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE COUNCIL.  THE COUNCIL  SHALL  HAVE
THE FOLLOWING POWERS:
  1. TO MAKE BY-LAWS FOR THE REGULATION AND MANAGEMENT OF ITS AFFAIRS;
  2.  TO  ESTABLISH  A  CITIZEN ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO ASSIST IT WITH ITS
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES;
  3. TO ESTABLISH A TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO ASSIST IT  WITH  ITS
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES;
  4.  TO  DEVELOP  AN IMPLEMENTATION REPORT FOR THE TRANSPORTATION PLAN,
WITH THE ADVICE OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEES;
  5. TO UTILIZE TO THE EXTENT PRACTICABLE, THE STATE AND  FACILITIES  OF
EXISTING STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES;
  6.  TO  MAKE AND EXECUTE CONTRACTS AND ALL OTHER INSTRUMENTS NECESSARY
OR CONVENIENT FOR THE EXERCISE OF ITS POWERS AND DUTIES UNDER THIS ARTI-
CLE;
  7. TO SUE AND BE SUED;
  8. TO APPOINT AN EXECUTIVE OFFICER, OFFICERS, AGENTS,  EMPLOYEES,  AND
PRESCRIBE THEIR DUTIES AND QUALIFICATIONS;
  9.  TO  HOLD  HEARINGS  IN  THE EXERCISE OF ITS POWERS, FUNCTIONS, AND
DUTIES AS PROVIDED FOR BY THIS ARTICLE;
  10. TO CONTRACT FOR PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND ADVICE;
  11. TO CONTRACT FOR AND  ACCEPT  ANY  ASSISTANCE,  INCLUDING  BUT  NOT
LIMITED  TO  GIFTS,  GRANTS,  OR LOANS OF FUNDS, OR OF PROPERTY FROM THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OR ANY AGENCY  OR  INSTRUMENTALITY  THEREOF,  OR  ANY
STATE  AGENCY, OR FROM ANY OTHER PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SOURCE AND TO COMPLY,
SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTICLE, WITH THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS
THEREOF.

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  S 119-DDD. AGENCY COOPERATION. 1. EVERY STATE AGENCY SHALL OFFER  FULL
COOPERATION  TO THE COUNCIL IN CARRYING OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTI-
CLE.
  2.  EVERY  AGENCY  OF  THE COUNTY AND THE MUNICIPAL CORPORATIONS SHALL
OFFER FULL COOPERATION TO THE COUNCIL IN CARRYING OUT THE PROVISIONS  OF
THIS ARTICLE.
  S  119-EEE.  IMPLEMENTATION REPORT FOR THE TRANSPORTATION PLAN. 1. THE
COUNCIL IS HEREBY DIRECTED TO PREPARE AN IMPLEMENTATION REPORT  FOR  THE
TRANSPORTATION PLAN FOR THE PECONIC BAY REGION WHICH SHALL INCLUDE:
  (A)  ESTABLISHMENT  OF  SHUTTLE TRAINS UTILIZING THE EXISTING RIGHT OF
WAY OF THE LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD;
  (B) ESTABLISHMENT AND COORDINATION OF BUS TRANSPORTATION TO COMPLEMENT
SHUTTLE TRAINS;
  (C) A REGIONAL GOVERNANCE  STRUCTURE  TO  OPERATE  THE  TRANSPORTATION
PLAN;
  (D) ESTABLISHMENT OF PARK AND RAIL FACILITIES; AND
  (E)  ADDITIONAL  NON-STOP TRAINS FROM NEW YORK CITY TO THE PECONIC BAY
REGION.
  2. THE IMPLEMENTATION REPORT SHALL BE PREPARED  IN  SUFFICIENT  DETAIL
AND  SPECIFICITY  TO  PERMIT  THE  RELEVANT  GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORITIES TO
PROCEED DIRECTLY TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE TRANSPORTATION  PLAN.  THE
IMPLEMENTATION REPORT SHALL ESTABLISH A TIMETABLE FOR RECOMMENDED PUBLIC
TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS. THE IMPLEMENTATION REPORT SHALL INCLUDE A CAPI-
TAL  PLAN  AND  BUDGET FOR ITS IMPLEMENTATION. THE IMPLEMENTATION REPORT
SHALL INCLUDE THE ASSESSMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS, PRELIMINARY ENGI-
NEERING, AND FINAL DESIGN.
  3. AT LEAST FOUR PUBLIC HEARINGS, ONE IN EACH TOWN IN THE PECONIC  BAY
REGION SHALL BE HELD ON THE FINAL IMPLEMENTATION PLAN.
  4. A PROPOSITION TO APPROVE THE IMPLEMENTATION PLAN SHALL BE SUBMITTED
TO  THE  VOTERS  AS A REFERENDUM IN EACH OF THE TOWNS IN THE PECONIC BAY
REGION AT THE GENERAL ELECTION TO BE HELD AT LEAST NINETY DAYS AFTER THE
COMPLETION OF THE PUBLIC HEARINGS PROVIDED FOR IN SUBDIVISION  THREE  OF
THIS SECTION. SUCH REFERENDUM SHALL BE DEEMED APPROVED IF IT IS APPROVED
BY  A  MAJORITY  OF THE VOTERS VOTING ON SUCH REFERENDUM IN EACH TOWN IN
THE PECONIC BAY REGION.
  S 119-FFF. SUBMISSION TO THE LEGISLATURE.  UPON APPROVAL OF  THE  PLAN
BY REFERENDUM, SUCH APPROVED IMPLEMENTATION REPORT SHALL BE SUBMITTED TO
THE  LEGISLATURE  BY  THE  COUNCIL  NO LATER THAN THIRTY DAYS AFTER SUCH
APPROVAL.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall remain  in  full
force  and  effect  until  December  31,  2017  when  upon such date the
provisions of this act shall expire and be deemed repealed.

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