senate Bill S2694

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Directs the office of parks, recreation and historic preservation to accept title to the Portageville railroad bridge

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Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks And Recreation Committee

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to cultural affairs, tourism, parks and recreation
Jan 23, 2013 referred to cultural affairs, tourism, parks and recreation


S2694 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks And Recreation
Law Section:
Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง19.31, Pks & Rec L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:

S2694 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Directs the office of parks, recreation and historic preservation to accept title to the Portageville railroad bridge and convert such bridge into a pedestrian bridge.

S2694 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S2694 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    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

                            January 23, 2013

Introduced  by  Sens. GALLIVAN, YOUNG -- 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,  in
  relation  to  directing  the  office of parks, recreation and historic
  preservation to accept title to  and  ownership  of  the  Portageville
  pedestrian bridge within the Letchworth state park


  Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature hereby finds that the
Portageville bridge, within the Letchworth state park, which has been in
operation as a freight railroad bridge since it first opened in the year
1875, has played an important role in the cultural and economic develop-
ment of the state; the bridge was superbly designed and constructed; the
bridge is an historic state and national treasure;  that  the  continued
integrity  of  the superstructure is necessary to protect public safety;
that the bridge serves as the only  point  of  unparalleled  beauty  and
scenic  view  of  the Genesee River gorge; and that the bridge should be
available to be accessed and enjoyed by the citizens of the state.
  That preservation of the Portageville pedestrian bridge will  contrib-
ute  substantially  to  the  quality of the lives of each citizen of the
state by preserving it as a natural, ecological, historic, cultural  and
recreational  resource within the state park which is an integral compo-
nent of the state's environment.
  That the deck of the bridge should serve as a  recreational  asset  to
the  people of the state and provide a connection to existing and future
Letchworth state park trails; that the preservation of the  bridge  will
provide  an  alternative  route  for  emergency vehicles in the event of
closure or blockage of the new railroad bridge; that the preservation of
the bridge will contribute to tourism and  economic  development  within
the  region;  and that the preservation of the bridge to be known as the

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


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