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SECTION 243
Recreation commission
General Municipal (GMU) CHAPTER 24, ARTICLE 13
§ 243. Recreation commission. 1. If the board of estimate and
apportionment, or if there be no such board, the common council, board
of aldermen, or corresponding legislative body, or the governing board
of any such county, town or village shall determine that the power to
equip, operate and maintain playgrounds and recreation centers shall be
exercised by a recreation commission, they may, by resolution, establish
in such municipality a recreation commission, which shall possess all
the powers and be subject to all the responsibilities of local
authorities under this article.

2. Such a commission, if established, shall consist of at least five
and not more than seven persons who are residents of such municipality
or of such other municipality or school districts as shall pursuant to
agreement with such municipality contribute to the expense of operating
and maintaining any such playgrounds and recreation centers, to be
appointed by the mayor of such city or the governing board of such
county, town or village to serve for terms as set forth herein or until
their successors are appointed. The members of such commission first
appointed shall be appointed for such terms that the term of one
commissioner shall expire annually thereafter, and their successors
shall thereafter be appointed to serve terms of years which shall total
in number the membership of such commission. When the membership of an
existing commission is increased from five members to six or from six
members to seven, the new member shall be appointed to serve for a term
of years which shall total in number the increased membership of such
commission, and thereafter upon the expiration of the term of each
member, his reappointment or the appointment of his successor shall be
for a like term. When the membership of an existing commission is
increased from five members to seven, one of the new members shall be
appointed to serve for a term of six years and the other for a term of
seven years, and thereafter upon the expiration of the term of each
member, his reappointment or the appointment of his successor shall be
for a term of seven years.

3. If pursuant to this section a recreation commission be established
in a city, the board or body establishing such commission may, by
resolution, provide that the president of the park board of such city,
or an officer having corresponding functions, shall be ex-officio a
member of the commission except that in a city of the second class,
located in a county having a population of not less than two hundred
thousand nor more than two hundred and fifty thousand, the mayor may
appoint any resident of the city a member of such recreation commission
in lieu of the above mentioned ex-officio member.

4. Members of such commission shall serve without pay, except that
those members serving on such a commission in the town of Clarkstown in
the county of Rockland shall be entitled to pay not to exceed three
thousand dollars per member if approved by the town board of such town
as part of the town budget. Vacancies in such commission occurring
otherwise than by expiration of term shall be for the unexpired term and
shall be filled in the same manner as original appointments.