1. The Laws of New York
  2. Consolidated Laws
  3. Environmental Conservation
  4. Article 52: Implementation of Environmental Quality Bond Act of 1986
  5. Title 7: Land Acquisition, Preservation and Improvement Projects

Section 52-0701 Approval and execution of state projects

Environmental Conservation (ENV)

  1. State environmentally sensitive land projects and forest preserve projects shall be undertaken pursuant to the provisions of this article only with the approval of the commissioner.

  2. The commissioner shall make an itemized estimate of funds or appropriations required annually for inclusion in the executive budget.

  3. The commissioner shall, after hearings and prior to the approval of any environmentally sensitive land projects and forest preserve projects, promulgate rules and regulations which shall include but need not be limited to: eligibility requirements, departmental ranking and review processes, project approval guidelines and criteria, and funding distribution for forest preserve projects and for each type of environmentally sensitive lands project as defined in subdivision four of section 52-0101 of this article.

  4. Real property acquired with monies provided through this title shall not be sold or disposed of, or used for any purpose inconsistent with the natural resource value for which it was acquired, without the express authority of the legislature. Prior to the implementation of any sale, disposal, or change of use authorized by the legislature, the agency authorized to sell, dispose of or change the use of any such lands shall first provide substitute lands of equal fair market value, equivalent natural resource value and similarly suitable location as approved by the commissioner.