senate Bill S529

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Provides for the corporation to do studies in targeted areas of Buffalo as part of a retail revitalization program

download bill text pdf

Sponsored By

Archive: Last Bill Status - In Committee


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

do you support this bill?

Actions

view actions (2)
Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2014 referred to corporations, authorities and commissions
Jan 09, 2013 referred to corporations, authorities and commissions

S529 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3565
Current Committee:
Law Section:
New York State Urban Development Corporation Act
Laws Affected:
Add ยง16-v, UDC Act
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S6933, A976A
2009-2010: A1991

S529 - Bill Texts

view summary

Provides for the corporation to do studies in targeted areas of Buffalo as part of a retail revitalization program; requires final report to legislature no later than January 1, 2015.

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S529

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the New York state urban development corporation act, in
relation to requiring the corporation to study the city
of Buffalo for the purpose of fostering the growth of business and
industry in New York state; and providing for the repeal of such
provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE:
The purpose of the study is to examine and evaluate the
prospects for retail redevelopment in the city of Buffalo. The
commission shall develop a retail revitalization program including,
choosing target industries, developing voluntary programs, and
creating tax credits or other similar incentives.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
The "Retail Redevelopment Commission" shall
establish a pilot program, whose primary responsibility shall be to
produce a study of the possible retail industries that would benefit
residents and visitors to Buffalo. This pilot program study shall be
conducted within the city of Buffalo and include a comprehensive
market analysis study.

The commission shall report on current and projected trends in
retail for the city, develop initiatives, programs and policies for
the development and growth of retail businesses in Buffalo, as a
model for other cities in the state. The study would require that the
results be presented in a report to the legislature of its
conclusions and recommendations, including legislative proposals
necessary to implement the suggested programs, not later than July 1,
2014 and a final report on or before January 1, 2015.

JUSTIFICATION:
With high rates of joblessness, homelessness, poverty
and crime; many Buffalo residents struggle, as evidenced in the 2000
Census. The per capita income in the City of Buffalo is $14,991. This
number is well below the national per capita income of $21,587.
Twenty six percent of residents in the City of Buffalo live beneath
the poverty level, as determined by the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services. Additionally, unemployment is on the rise at 10.4%,
as reported by the New York State Department of Labor in December of
2003.
Facing these grim statistics, Buffalo still has many advantages and is
strategically oriented to build on its assets.

For much of its history, Buffalo's economy has been dominated by
manufacturing, and when the jobs moved, so did the people. Over the
past several decades, and especially today, the economic climate is
changing.
As manufacturing employment continues to decline, the growth of the
area's 'a new economy,' defined by information technology, cross-sector
partnerships, urban reinvestment and changing demographics, has begun
soar.


As a city rich with culture and history, record commercial development
In downtown Buffalo, a resurgence in downtown living, and serving as
a Gate way to one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, Buffalo
is at the cusp of a new era. With a new master plan for our schools,
the newly designed award-winning airport, and innovative efforts to
bring Buffalo and the region's economy to a new level, Buffalo is
poised to attract progressive retail chains to the area. Therefore,
it is imperative that the city devise a comprehensive strategy to
rebuild its suffering retail industry to complement other positive
developments.
The retail industry is one of the most important sectors in the
economy, providing over 15 per cent of all employment and including
some of the largest and most admired companies worldwide. Retailing
deals with a large variety of products - ranging from physical
products, such as packaged goods, to intangible products, such as
financial services or travel. The importance of retailing for
consumers does not need much explanation: most people deal as
consumers with retailers almost every day and for many people
shopping plays an important part in their lives.

Through this Retail Redevelopment Commission, Buffalo becomes a
strong, urban epicenter - as it once was in its hey day -- where
citizens of the city and the surrounding region can live, work,
entertain and have access to a progressive and diverse retail industry.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011-12: S.6933/A.976 Referred to Corporations, Authorities
and Commissions

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Compensation may be required for actual and
necessary expenses to conduct this study.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately and remain in effect until
March 31, 2015.

view full text
download pdf
                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                   529

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Corporations,  Authorities
  and Commissions

AN ACT to amend the New York state urban development corporation act, in
  relation to requiring the corporation to study the city of Buffalo for
  the  purpose  of  fostering the growth of business and industry in New
  York state; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expi-
  ration thereof

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

  Section  1. Section 1 of chapter 174 of the laws of 1968, constituting
the New York state urban development  corporation  act,  is  amended  by
adding a new section 16-v to read as follows:
  S  16-V.  RETAIL  REDEVELOPMENT  IN THE CITY OF BUFFALO. 1. THE CORPO-
RATION SHALL COMPLETE A STUDY ON THE PROSPECTS FOR RETAIL  REDEVELOPMENT
IN  THE  CITY  OF BUFFALO.   THROUGH A MARKET ANALYSIS STUDY, THE CORPO-
RATION SHALL REPORT ON CURRENT AND PROJECTED TRENDS IN  RETAIL  FOR  THE
CITY.  THE  DEPARTMENT SHALL MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF
INITIATIVES, PROGRAMS AND POLICIES FOR THE GROWTH OF  RETAIL  BUSINESSES
IN  BUFFALO,  AS  A MODEL FOR OTHER CITIES IN THE STATE. THE CORPORATION
SHALL DEVELOP A RETAIL REVITALIZATION PROPOSAL INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMIT-
ED, TO THE FOLLOWING:
  (A) CHOOSING TARGET INDUSTRIES WHICH  ARE  UNDERREPRESENTED  OR  WOULD
HAVE A POSITIVE EFFECT ON BUFFALO, ITS RESIDENTS AND TOURISTS, AND WOULD
BE BENEFICIAL TO THE GROWTH AND FINANCIAL WELL BEING OF THE CITY.
  (B)  DEVELOPING  VOLUNTARY  PROGRAMS  WITH NEW YORK STATE COLLEGES AND
UNIVERSITIES TO TRAIN STUDENTS TO WORK IN  THE  SELECTED  TARGET  INDUS-
TRIES,  INCLUDING  SPECIFIC  EDUCATION  IN STARTING AND RUNNING A RETAIL
BUSINESS.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02433-01-3

S. 529                              2

  (C) CREATING TAX CREDITS OR OTHER SIMILAR INCENTIVES FOR RETAILERS WHO
ARE WILLING TO OPEN UNDERREPRESENTED OR FUTURE TREND  RETAIL  BUSINESSES
OR  INDUSTRIES  IN  THE  CITY  OF  BUFFALO;  AND WHO ARE WILLING TO HIRE
STUDENTS FROM THE VOLUNTARY PROGRAMS INCLUDING FULL-TIME, PART-TIME  AND
SUMMER EMPLOYMENT.
  2.  THE CORPORATION SHALL MAKE A PRELIMINARY REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE
OF ITS CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS, INCLUDING LEGISLATIVE  PROPOSALS
NECESSARY  TO  IMPLEMENT  THE SUGGESTED PROGRAMS, NOT LATER THAN JULY 1,
2014 AND A FINAL REPORT ON OR BEFORE JANUARY 1, 2015.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect
until March 31, 2015, when upon such date the  provisions  of  this  act
shall expire and be deemed repealed.

Comments

Open Legislation comments facilitate discussion of New York State legislation. All comments are subject to moderation. Comments deemed off-topic, commercial, campaign-related, self-promotional; or that contain profanity or hate speech; or that link to sites outside of the nysenate.gov domain are not permitted, and will not be published. Comment moderation is generally performed Monday through Friday.

By contributing or voting you agree to the Terms of Participation and verify you are over 13.