senate Bill S2067

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Allows municipalities to lease naming rights of government owned property

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S2067 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Senate Local Government
Law Section:
General Municipal Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง99-x, Gen Muni L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S4324A
2009-2010: S7215

S2067 - Bill Texts

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Allows municipalities to lease naming rights of government-owned property.

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BILL NUMBER:S2067

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general municipal law, in relation
to allowing municipalities to lease naming rights for government owned
property

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill allows municipalities
counties, cities, towns and villages- an option to lease naming rights
for governmentally owned properties and facilities (examples include
but are not limited to waterfront property, parks, rail-trails,
railroad tracks, city buses and stadiums etc.)

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1. The general municipal law is amended by adding a new
section 99-X to read as follows:

99-X. Transfer and lease of naming rights. As used in this section the
term municipality shall mean a county, city, town, or village.

Section 2. A municipality may enter into a contract to lease the
naming rights of any property owned by such municipality according to
the requirements of this section. The chief executive officer of the
municipality shall he responsible for negotiating the contract,
subject to the ratification of a majority of the members of the
legislative body of such municipality.

Section 3. Such leasing agreement shall be for a period of not less
than one year and not more than five years.

Section 4. Any transaction described in this section may be used by
such municipality for any lawful municipal purpose.

EXISTING LAW: New York State Municipal Law; Article 5, is amended to
include part 99-X that will allow municipalities to lease naming
rights for governmental real property.

JUSTIFICATION: The continued weakening economy is severely impacting
many local governments. Property taxes are increasing and many
taxpayers are unable to afford annual tax increases. Because of the
weak economy in many of these communities, establishing a sound budget
and providing the necessary services is becoming much tougher. In
today's environment, local governments are consequently searching for
new, innovative and creative ways of finding revenue streams. It is
therefore incumbent upon the New York State legislature to provide
municipalities with local options that would assist generating
revenues to fund services and maintain municipality owned property.
Providing the local government with greater flexibility in leasing
naming rights for municipal owned facilities can generate critical
revenues, thereby relying less on property tax increases.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-10: A.9433 (Latimer) - Referred to
Local Governments 2011-12 A.240A (Latimer) - Referred to Local
Governments 2011-12: 5.4324A (McDonald) - REFERRED TO LOCAL
GOVERNMENT:


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to New York State

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  2067

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 10, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. LATIMER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government

AN ACT to amend the general municipal law, in relation to allowing muni-
  cipalities to lease naming rights for government owned property

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

  Section  1.  The  general  municipal  law  is  amended by adding a new
section 99-x to read as follows:
  S 99-X. TRANSFER AND LEASE OF  NAMING  RIGHTS.  1.  AS  USED  IN  THIS
SECTION  THE  TERM  "MUNICIPALITY"  SHALL  MEAN  A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR
VILLAGE.
  2. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION  OF  LAW,  A  MUNICIPALITY  MAY
ENTER  INTO  A CONTRACT TO LEASE THE NAMING RIGHTS OF ANY PROPERTY OWNED
BY SUCH MUNICIPALITY ACCORDING TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SECTION.  THE
CHIEF  EXECUTIVE  OFFICER  OF  THE MUNICIPALITY SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR
NEGOTIATING THE CONTRACT, SUBJECT TO THE RATIFICATION OF A  MAJORITY  OF
THE MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE BODY OF SUCH MUNICIPALITY.
  3.  SUCH  LEASING AGREEMENT SHALL BE FOR A PERIOD OF NOT LESS THAN ONE
YEAR AND NOT MORE THAN FIVE YEARS.
  4. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, THE PROCEEDS  FROM  ANY
TRANSACTION  DESCRIBED  IN THIS SECTION MAY BE USED BY SUCH MUNICIPALITY
FOR ANY LAWFUL MUNICIPAL PURPOSE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05134-01-3

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