senate Bill S4080

Signed By Governor
2013-2014 Legislative Session

Includes the Wynantskill Creek in the definition of "inland waterways" for the purpose of waterfront revitalization

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  • In Committee
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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jul 12, 2013 signed chap.147
Jul 02, 2013 delivered to governor
Jun 13, 2013 returned to senate
passed assembly
May 30, 2013 ordered to third reading cal.404
substituted for a4579
Apr 24, 2013 referred to environmental conservation
Apr 23, 2013 delivered to assembly
passed senate
Apr 22, 2013 advanced to third reading
Apr 17, 2013 2nd report cal.
Apr 16, 2013 1st report cal.310
Mar 07, 2013 referred to finance


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S4080 - Bill Details

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S4080 - Bill Texts

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Includes the Wynantskill Creek in the definition of "inland waterways" for the purpose of waterfront revitalization.

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TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to
including the Wynantskill Creek in the definition of "inland
waterways" for the purposes of waterfront revitalization

PURPOSE: To designate the Wynantskill Creek as an Inland Waterway for
purposes of the State's Coastal and Inland Waterways program.

SUMMARY: The bill amends Subdivision 4 of Section 911 of the
Executive Law by expanding the definition of "inland waterways" to
include the Wynantskill Creek.

JUSTIFICATION: Designation as an "inland waterway" makes the local
communities along such waterway eligible to participate in New York's
Coastal and Inland Waterways Program. The State offers a grant
program, funded through the Environmental Protection Fund, which
assists communities in developing and implementing local waterfront
revitalization programs. These initiatives can be invaluable in
revitalizing the area and in fostering the beneficial use of the

In recent years, several waterways have been added to the definition,
reflecting the interest in, and benefits of, this program. This
legislation would amend the definition to also include the Wynantskill
Creek, located in Rensselaer County. The Wynantskill Creek feeds into
the Hudson River, which is already defined as an inland waterway. The
Wynantskill Creek is of great historical importance, providing the
water power fueling the Industrial Revolution. It served mills dating
back to the Manor of Rensselaerwyck as well as the ironworks that
provided the plate for the Civil War ironclad ship, the Monitor. In
its picturesque 14 mile course from its headwaters at Crooked Lake, it
drains Glass Lake, the three Burden Lakes, Crystal Lake, Reichard's
Lake, Snyder's Lake and Burden Pond, passing through the towns of Sand
Lake and North Greenbush and descending over several waterfalls
through the City of Troy to the Hudson River. One half mile is devoted
to a footpath with public fishing rights, offering wild brook trout
and brown trout stocked by the Department of Environmental
Conservation, while many more miles remain undeveloped, presenting
significant potential for increased public access and use.


FISCAL IMPACT: None to the State. The towns and businesses along the
waterway will benefit economically.


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


                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 7, 2013

Introduced by Sen. MARCHIONE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance

AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to including the Wynants-
  kill Creek in the definition of "inland waterways" for the purposes of
  waterfront revitalization


  Section 1. Paragraph (c) of subdivision 4 of section 911 of the execu-
tive law, as amended by chapter 133 of the laws of 2012, is  amended  to
read as follows:
  (c)  the  state's major creeks comprised of the Bushkill, Cattaraugus,
Cincinnati, East Kill, Esopus (including upper and lower branches), Fish
(including east and west branches), Gooseberry, Little Sandy,  Onondaga,
Sandy,  Schoharie,  South Sandy, Oatka [and], Tonawanda [and], West Kill
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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


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