senate Bill S1596

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Directs the commissioner of parks, recreation and historic preservation to cooperate with municipalities in establishing adopt-a-park programs

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Jun 20, 2014 committed to rules
May 06, 2014 advanced to third reading
May 05, 2014 2nd report cal.
Apr 30, 2014 1st report cal.477
Jan 08, 2014 referred to cultural affairs, tourism, parks and recreation
Jun 21, 2013 committed to rules
Mar 05, 2013 advanced to third reading
Mar 04, 2013 2nd report cal.
Feb 28, 2013 1st report cal.106
Jan 09, 2013 referred to cultural affairs, tourism, parks and recreation

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Apr 30, 2014 - Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation committee Vote

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Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee Vote: Apr 30, 2014

Feb 28, 2013 - Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation committee Vote

S1596
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S1596 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9635
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §3.09, Pks & Rec L; amd §277, Gen Muni L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S2686, A3409
2009-2010: S7928, S874, A2895

S1596 - Bill Texts

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Directs the commissioner of parks, recreation and historic preservation to cooperate with municipalities in establishing adopt-a-park programs; municipalities may enter into agreements with volunteer groups for provision of services.

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BILL NUMBER:S1596

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law and the
general municipal law, in relation to authorizing an adopt-a-park program

PURPOSE: This bill would direct the Commissioner of
Parks, Recreation
and Historic preservation to cooperate with municipalities in
establishing an adopt-a-park Program.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: § 1- Amends
subdivision 4 of 3.09 of
the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law.

§ 2- Amends § 277 of the General Municipal Law.

§ 3- Effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
Municipalities are often with limited budgets and
strained resources. This bill would provide assistance to
municipalities who obtain technical advice and guidance in organizing
volunteers to "adopt-a-park" that is owned by the municipality. The
Commissioner of Parks and Recreation is granted authority to develop
regulations necessary to implement the program.

The "adopt-a-park" program will allow volunteers to cooperate in
projects to maintain and beautify parks such as vandalism
remediation, litter removal, developing and maintaining nature
trails, planting and maintaining flowerbeds, and otherwise improving
the park. A similar program, the "adopt-a-highway" was passed in 1985
and has been very successful in using volunteer services to beautify
New York highways.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S. 2686A Vetoed- Similar
legislation.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Anticipated cost savings to
local governments.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one
hundred
eightieth day after it shall have become a law.

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

                                  1596

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism,
  Parks and Recreation

AN ACT to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law  and
  the  general municipal law, in relation to authorizing an adopt-a-park
  program

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

  Section  1. Subdivision 4 of section 3.09 of the parks, recreation and
historic preservation law is amended to read as follows:
  4. Cooperate in the planning, organization, development and  operation
of  municipal  and  private park, recreational and historic preservation
projects and programs.  THE COMMISSIONER MAY PROVIDE  TECHNICAL  ASSIST-
ANCE  TO  MUNICIPALITIES FOR THE PLANNING, ORGANIZATION, DEVELOPMENT AND
OPERATION OF ADOPT-A-PARK PROGRAMS UNDERTAKEN PURSUANT  TO  SECTION  TWO
HUNDRED  SEVENTY-SEVEN  OF  THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW INCLUDING, BUT NOT
LIMITED TO, THE DEVELOPMENT AND DISTRIBUTION OF AN  INFORMATIONAL  GUIDE
FOR PARTICIPANTS IN SUCH PROGRAMS.
  S 2. Section 277 of the general municipal law, as added by chapter 626
of the laws of 1991, is amended to read as follows:
  S  277.  Adopt-a-municipal park, shoreline or roadway programs. 1. The
governing body of any county, city, town or village is hereby authorized
and empowered to authorize and direct such of its officers  or  agencies
as  it  shall designate to enter into adopt-a-park, shoreline or roadway
program agreements with volunteers or groups in an effort to reduce  and
remove  litter  from parks, shorelines, roadways and other public lands.
Such agreements shall include but not be limited to:
  a. providing and coordinating services  by  volunteers  or  groups  to
reduce the amount of litter including providing trash bags and trash bag
pick up and in designated areas where volunteers may be in close proxim-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04135-02-3

S. 1596                             2

ity  to moving vehicles providing safety briefings and reflective safety
gear; and
  b.  providing  and  installing  signs  identifying those volunteers or
groups adopting particular parks, shorelines, roadways or other sections
of public land.
  2. WITH RESPECT TO ADOPT-A-PARK PROGRAMS, A PROGRAM AGREEMENT MAY ALSO
BE ENTERED INTO FOR THE PROVISION OF SERVICES BY VOLUNTEERS OR GROUPS TO
PRESERVE, MAINTAIN AND ENHANCE MUNICIPALLY-OWNED  PARKS.  SUCH  PROGRAMS
MAY  INCLUDE,  BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, REMEDIATING VANDALISM, PRESERVING
WETLANDS, CLEANING AND MAINTAINING PARK PROPERTY, ESTABLISHING AND MAIN-
TAINING ACCESS TO NATURE TRAILS, ESTABLISHING AND MAINTAINING DOG  RUNS,
PLANTING  AND  MAINTAINING FLOWER BEDS OR OTHER VEGETATION, OR OTHERWISE
IMPROVING AND MAINTAINING THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF SUCH PARKS.
  3. Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of law, THE  STATE,  the
county,  city, town or village and its employees shall not be liable for
damages suffered by any persons resulting from the actions or activities
of such volunteers or groups.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law.

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