senate Bill S7887

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Transfers certain lands to city of New York and the department of environmental conservation to be used as parklands and open space

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Jun 20, 2014 referred to transportation
delivered to assembly
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Jun 18, 2014 ordered to third reading cal.1575
Jun 16, 2014 referred to rules

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S7887 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Transportation
Law Section:
Highway Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง349-f, Hway L

S7887 - Bill Texts

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Transfers certain lands to the city of New York and the department of environmental conservation to be used as parklands and open space.

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BILL NUMBER:S7887

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the highway law, in relation to trans-
ferring certain land to the city of New York department of parks and
recreation and to the state department of environmental conservation and
designating such lands as parklands and open space

PURPOSE: To transfer certain lands to the City of New York and the
Department of Environmental Conservation to be used as parklands and
open space.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one amends section 349-f of the highway law, as amended by chap-
ter 558 of the laws of 2010.

Sections two and three requires certain traffic improvements.

Section four requires upon completion of traffic improvements outlined
in sections two and three of this act, the parcels defined in such
sections shall be used for park/open space purposes.

Section six sets aside a sum by the state funding equal to the cost of
the traffic improvements required by sections two and three of this act
upon the parcels that are de-mapped pursuant to this act, payable on the
application of the City of New York.

JUSTIFICATION: This legislation would consolidate un-built highway
rights of way into the Staten Island Greenbelt, a unique natural
preserve comprised of the central hills, wetlands and woodlands of Rich-
mond County upon the completion of certain traffic improvements. This
measure will protect from development nearly 500 acres of land reserved
for highway construction that has been deemed unnecessary by three major
surface transportation studies in the last twenty years. The existing
rights of way are fifty year old remnants of a different era in urban
development and planning and currently there is no responsible party
advocating construction of these environmentally and economically nonvi-
able roadways. Therefore, they should be removed from the City Map and
the land added to the adjacent protected Greenbelt, which is one of the
nation's largest urban parkland preserves.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.

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

                                  7887

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 16, 2014
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the highway law, in  relation  to  transferring  certain
  land to the city of New York department of parks and recreation and to
  the  state  department  of  environmental conservation and designating
  such lands as parklands and open space

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

  Section 1. Section 349-f of the highway law, as amended by chapter 558
of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows:
  S 349-f. New York city routes. The following existing or proposed main
routes or thoroughfares, are designated herein, as aforesaid, viz.:
  New  England  thruway  from  the  Westchester  county line to Bruckner
expressway; Bruckner expressway from New England thruway  to  Robert  F.
Kennedy  bridge  approach; Hutchinson river parkway from the Westchester
county line to the Bronx-Whitestone bridge approach; Bronx river parkway
from the Westchester county line to Bruckner  expressway;  Henry  Hudson
parkway from the Westchester county line to Miller highway excepting the
Henry  Hudson  bridge,  provided that no portion of this route from West
Seventy-second street to the Cross Bronx expressway shall be constructed
or reconstructed so as to encroach in any way on or over any land mapped
or used for park purposes except for such temporary encroachment  of  no
more  than  ten feet in width from seventy-third street to seventy-sixth
street as may be essential during and for the purpose of  reconstruction
or  repair  of  the existing roadway following which there shall be full
restoration of park land; Major Deegan expressway  from  the  Robert  F.
Kennedy  bridge  to  Central  Park avenue at the Westchester county line
together with a connection to Broadway and along Broadway  to  Manhattan
college  parkway;  Cross  Bronx expressway from George Washington bridge
approach to Throgs Neck bridge; Throgs  Neck  expressway  from  Bruckner
expressway  to  Throgs  Neck  bridge; Arthur V. Sheridan expressway from
Cross-Bronx expressway to  Bruckner  expressway;  Mosholu  parkway  from
Henry  Hudson  parkway  to Bronx river parkway; Bronx and Pelham parkway
from Bronx river parkway to New England thruway; Boston road from  Bronx

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15536-03-4

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and  Pelham  parkway  to  New England thruway; Miller highway from Henry
Hudson parkway to the Hugh L. Carey  tunnel;  and  from  Hugh  L.  Carey
tunnel  to  Brooklyn-Queens expressway; Franklin D. Roosevelt drive from
the  Hugh  L.  Carey tunnel to Robert F. Kennedy bridge approach; Harlem
river drive from Robert F. Kennedy bridge approach to George  Washington
bridge  approach; Belt parkway including Gowanus parkway to Third avenue
and Sixtieth street, Leif Erikson drive to Knapp street, Shore  parkway,
Belt  parkway,  Southern  parkway  and Cross Island parkway from Hugh L.
Carey tunnel to Bronx-Whitestone bridge approach; Nassau expressway from
Southern parkway to the Nassau county line;  Brooklyn-Queens  expressway
from  Gowanus  expressway  to Grand Central parkway; Prospect expressway
from Gowanus expressway to Ocean parkway; Ocean  parkway  from  Prospect
expressway  to  Shore  parkway;  Interborough parkway from Grand Central
Parkway to Belt parkway; Gowanus expressway from  the  Verrazano-Narrows
bridge  to  Third  avenue  at Gowanus parkway; Third Avenue from Gowanus
expressway to Hamilton avenue; Hamilton Avenue from Third Avenue to Hugh
L. Carey tunnel; Queens boulevard from Queensborough bridge approach  to
Van  Wyck  expressway;  Van  Wyck expressway from Whitestone expressway,
including a connection to Grand Central  parkway,  to  John  F.  Kennedy
international  airport;  Woodhaven  boulevard  from  Queens boulevard to
Cross Bay parkway bridge northerly  approach;  Cross  Bay  parkway  from
Cross  Bay bridge southerly approach to Short Front parkway; Shore Front
parkway from Cross Bay parkway generally along the  shore  line  of  the
Atlantic  ocean  to  the  Nassau  expressway  at the Nassau county line;
Queens-Midtown expressway from Queens-Midtown tunnel approach to  Queens
Boulevard; Horace Harding expressway from Queens Boulevard to the Nassau
county  line; a connection between Brooklyn-Queens expressway and North-
ern boulevard in the vicinity of Grand Central  parkway;  Grand  Central
parkway  from  Robert  F. Kennedy bridge approach to Nassau county line;
Whitestone expressway from Bronx-Whitestone bridge approach to Van  Wyck
expressway and continuing to Grand Central parkway; Clearview expressway
from  Throgs  Neck  bridge  to  Nassau expressway; Richmond parkway from
[Staten Island expressway to] THE Outerbridge crossing  approach  TO  LA
TOURRETTE  PARK  AT  RICHMOND  AVENUE;  Staten  Island  expressway  from
Goethals bridge to the Verrazano-Narrows bridge  with  a  connection  to
Bayonne  bridge;  [Willowbrook  parkway from Staten Island expressway to
Great Kills park;] West Shore expressway from Staten  Island  expressway
to  Outerbridge  crossing; Shore Front drive northerly from the terminus
of West Shore expressway at Staten Island expressway,  thence  generally
along  the shore lines of Kill Van Kull, the Narrows, Lower New York bay
and Raritan bay to the approach to Outerbridge crossing.
  S 2.  Upon the completion by the city of New  York  of  the  following
traffic improvements:
  (a)  at  the  intersection  of Rockland Avenue and Brielle Avenue, the
widening of Rockland Avenue sufficiently to  improve  safety  sightlines
for motorists and pedestrians;
  (b)  the creation of a new road stent, along the boundaries on the New
York city map designated as Ashworth Street,  sufficient  in  length  to
allow  motorists  on  Rockland  Avenue  traveling  northbound toward the
Staten Island Expressway to safely exit Rockland Avenue and connect with
Forest Hill Road, thereby reducing congestion  at  the  existing  inter-
section of Rockland Avenue and Forest Hill Road;
  (c)  at  Rockland Avenue and Forest Hill Road, a widening which allows
sufficient stacking capacity for a dedicated left-turn lane and a right-
turn lane heading south toward Richmond Avenue;

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  (d) a Nadine Street by-pass  road  shall  be  constructed  paralleling
Rockland Avenue from Nevada Avenue to the intersection of McCully Avenue
and Richmond Road; and
  (e)  a  new  access road connecting Forest Hill Road to the College of
Staten Island campus
  all right, title and interest in property as defined  in  the  highway
law  as  the  Willowbrook  Parkway  from the Staten Island Expressway to
Richmond Road, shall be vested in the department of parks and recreation
of the city of New York.
  S 3.  Upon the completion by the city of New  York  of  the  following
traffic improvements:
  (a)  at  the  intersection  of  Ocean  Terrace and Todt Hill Road, the
creation of  dedicated  right-turn  and  left-turn  lanes  in  all  four
directions;
  (b)  at  the  intersection  of  Manor  Road  and  Rockland Avenue, the
creation of dedicated right-turn and left-turn lanes on Rockland  Avenue
in  the  westbound direction, and on Manor Road in the southbound direc-
tion; and including, to improve  safety,  the  realignment  of  Rockland
Avenue at the severe S-curve within the right-of-way cloverleaf; and
  (c)  at  the intersection of Arthur Kill Road and Richmond Avenue, the
Korean War Veterans Parkway Terminus Project at Richmond Avenue
  all right, title and interest in property as defined  in  the  highway
law  as  the  Richmond  Parkway from a point 60 feet south of the Staten
Island expressway to Richmond Avenue,  shall  be  vested  in  the  state
department of environmental conservation.
  S 4.  Upon completion of the traffic improvements required by sections
two  and three of this act, the parcels defined in such sections of this
act shall be used for parks/open space purposes, shall not be  used  for
transportation  purposes  and  shall  not  be  sold,  leased, exchanged,
donated, or  otherwise  disposed  of  or  used  for  other  than  public
park/open  space purposes without the express authority of an act of the
legislature, which shall provide for the substitution of other lands  of
equal  environmental  value  and fair market value and reasonably equiv-
alent usefulness and location to  those  to  be  discontinued,  sold  or
disposed  of,  and  such  other requirements as shall be approved by the
commissioner of parks and recreation of the city of  New  York  and  the
state commissioner of environmental conservation.
  S  5.  All existing portions of open and traveled streets (for example
Rockland Avenue and the intersection of  Ocean  Terrace  and  Todt  Hill
Road)  as  well  as  new portions specified in sections two and three of
this act shall be vested in the city of New York under the  auspices  of
the department of transportation of such city.
  S 6. There shall be set aside by the state a sum of money equal to the
cost  of  the traffic improvements required by sections two and three of
this act upon the parcels that are de-mapped pursuant to this act, paya-
ble on the application of the city of New York.
  S 7. This act shall take effect immediately.

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