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SECTION 43
Powers and duties
Transportation (TRA) CHAPTER 61-A, ARTICLE 2-D
§ 43. Powers and duties. 1. Except as otherwise limited by this
article and by article five-I of the general municipal law, the Utica
transit authority shall have the following powers and duties, in
addition to the other powers granted in article five-I of the general
municipal law:

(a) To investigate transportation services in the municipality or
municipalities within its territorial jurisdiction and the means of
improving such services;

(b) To investigate to determine if there are inadequate and/or
substandard transportation services;

(c) To publish and disseminate information;

(d) To prepare or arrange for preparation of plans for carrying out
and operating municipal projects;

(e) To construct, reconstruct, improve, maintain or operate, or
provide for the construction, reconstruction, improvement, maintenance
or operation of any municipal project;

(f) To make and execute a contract or contracts for the acquisition by
purchase of all or any part of the property, plant and equipment of an
existing omnibus facility actually used and useful for the convenience
of the public within the Utica transit authority's jurisdiction;

(g) To request the municipality or municipalities within the Utica
transit authority's jurisdiction for such municipality or municipalities
to adopt appropriate local laws to authorize such municipality or
municipalities to acquire through eminent domain proceedings all
property which the Utica transit authority deems necessary for its
purposes which the Utica transit authority is unable to acquire without
the use of eminent domain proceedings and to reimburse such municipality
or municipalities for all costs and expenses incident to such
acquisition;

(h) To acquire, hold, clear and improve real property or any interest
therein for its corporate purposes;

(i) To acquire and hold personal property for its corporate purposes;

(j) To enter upon such real property as in the judgment of the Utica
transit authority may be necessary for the purpose of making surveys,
soundings, borings and examinations of whatever character to accomplish
any purpose authorized by this article, the Utica transit authority
being liable for actual damage done;

(k) To contract for expert technical and professional services;

(l) To have jurisdiction and control of each of its projects, with the
right and duty to establish and charge fares, fees, rentals, rates and
other charges, and to collect revenues therefrom;

(m) To sell, exchange, transfer, assign or mortgage any property or an
interest therein;

(n) In connection with any municipal project to lease or rent any of
the Utica transit authority's property or facilities which the Utica
transit authority deems advisable;

(o) To agree upon and contract with the municipality or municipalities
within the Utica transit authority's jurisdiction for the terms and
conditions of occupancy or use of any of the streets, roads, highways,
avenues, parks or public places of such municipality or municipalities;

(p) To petition and appear before local legislative bodies and
governmental regulatory agencies to seek authorization to provide new or
additional services or facilities, or to modify or terminate existing
services or facilities; including permission to provide charter service;

(q) To acquire or contract to acquire from any person, firm,
corporation or government by subsidy, contribution, gift, grant,
grant-in-aid, loan, bequest, devise or purchase any property or any
interest therein or financial assistance to be utilized in carrying out
any municipal project of the Utica transit authority;

(r) To borrow money and to issue bonds and to provide for the rights
of the holders thereof;

(s) To enter into collective bargaining agreements with labor
representatives duly elected or recognized by the employees of the Utica
transit authority;

(t) To insure or provide for the insurance of the Utica transit
authority's property or operations as required by law and also against
such other risks as the Utica transit authority may deem advisable;

(u) To limit by contract the exercise of any of the Utica transit
authority's powers;

(v) To invest any funds held in reserves or sinking funds, or any
funds not required for immediate disbursement in property or securities
in which savings banks may legally invest funds subject to their
control;

(w) To make and from time to time amend and repeal by-laws, rules and
regulations not inconsistent with the provisions of this article for the
management and regulation of its affairs and for the regulation of its
municipal projects;

(x) To conduct examinations and investigations, hear testimony and
take proof under oath at public or private hearings on any material
matter, require the attendance of witnesses and the production of books
and papers and issue commissions for the examination of witnesses who
are out of the state, unable to attend, or excused from attendance;

(y) To authorize a committee designated by the Utica transit authority
consisting of one or more members, or counsel, or any officer or
employee to conduct any such investigation or examination, in which case
such committee, counsel, officer or employee shall have power to
administer oaths, take affidavits and issue subpoenas or commissions;

(z) To enter into agreements of cooperation with or for the rendition
of service to or from a federal, state or municipal governmental agency;

(aa) To sue and be sued;

(bb) To have a seal and alter the same at pleasure;

(cc) To have perpetual succession;

(dd) To make and execute contracts and other instruments necessary or
convenient to the exercise of the Utica transit authority's powers;

(ee) To conduct operations customarily considered ancillary to
rendering transportation services;

(ff) To do all things necessary or convenient to carry out the Utica
transit authority's powers.

(gg) 1. In order to effectuate the purposes of this article the
authority may acquire, hold, own, lease, establish, construct,
effectuate, operate, maintain, renovate, improve, extend or repair any
of its facilities through, and cause any one or more of its powers,
duties, functions or activities to be exercised or performed by, one or
more wholly owned subsidiary corporations of the authority and may
transfer to or from any such corporation, or between such corporations,
any moneys, real property or other property or the services of any
officers, employees or consultants for any of the purposes of this
article. The directors or members of each such subsidiary corporation
shall be the same persons holding the offices of members of the
authority. Each such subsidiary corporation and any of its property,
functions and activities shall have all of the privileges, immunities,
tax exemptions and other exemptions of the authority and of the
authority's property, functions and activities. Each such subsidiary
corporation shall be subject to the restrictions and limitations to
which the authority may be subject. Each such subsidiary corporation
shall be subject to suit in accordance with section sixty-two of this
chapter. The employees of any such subsidiary corporation, except those
who are also employees of the authority, shall not be deemed employees
of the authority.

2. If the authority shall determine that one or more of its subsidiary
corporations should be in the form of a public benefit corporation, it
shall create each such public benefit corporation by executing and
filing with the secretary of state a certificate of incorporation, which
may be amended from time to time by filing, which shall set forth the
name of such public benefit subsidiary corporation, its duration, the
location of its principal office, and any or all of the purposes of
acquiring, owning, leasing, establishing, constructing, effectuating,
operating, maintaining, renovating, improving, extending or repairing
one or more facilities of the authority. Each such public benefit
subsidiary corporation shall be a body politic and corporate and shall
have all those powers vested in the authority by the provisions of this
article which the authority shall determine to include in its
certificate of incorporation except the power to contract indebtedness.

3. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the authority may elect
to maintain consolidated records of account for itself and its
subsidiary corporations and to report on a consolidated basis with
regard to the moneys and activities of the authority and its subsidiary
corporations, and the authority shall not be required to keep separate
records of account for or to report separately with regard to moneys or
activities of any of its subsidiary corporations or of the authority
itself apart from its subsidiary corporations or with regard to
transfers of property or services between the authority and its
subsidiary corporations or between said subsidiary corporations.

4. Notwithstanding section one hundred thirteen of the retirement and
social security law or any other general, special or local law, the
authority or its subsidiary created pursuant to the provisions of this
subdivision, shall continue to provide to persons in its employ who were
employed by public transportation facilities heretofore acquired by the
authority or who have been employed by the authority, the city of Utica
or the Utica transit commission prior to and after May twentieth,
nineteen hundred seventy, any retirement, disability, death or other
benefits provided or required pursuant to any agreement, including an
agreement with a labor union of which its employees are members, and the
authority or its subsidiary created pursuant to this section, is hereby
authorized to retroactively or in the future to make such contributions
as may be necessary to provide such benefits pursuant to the provisions
of chapter one thousand thirty-eight of the laws of nineteen hundred
seventy, and any and all payments heretofore made by the authority in
compliance with the terms of any contract between the authority or its
predecessors in title, and the Amalgamated Association of Street,
Electric and Motor Coach Employees of America, Division 582 of Utica,
New York, including the trust agreement between said Division 582 and
the Oneida National Bank & Trust Company of Utica, New York, as trustee,
originally dated December thirtieth, nineteen hundred fifty-seven, and
subsequent amendatory agreements thereof, shall be and hereby are
ratified and confirmed.

5. Whenever any state, political subdivision, municipality,
commission, agency, officer, department, board, division or person is
authorized and empowered for any of the purposes of this article to
cooperate and enter into agreements with the authority, such state,
political subdivision, municipality, commission, agency, officer,
department, board, division or person shall have the same authorization
and power for any of such purposes to cooperate and enter into
agreements with a subsidiary corporation of the authority.

2. The Utica transit authority shall file in the office of the
commissioner annual reports which shall be open to public inspection.
Such reports shall include, in addition to any information which the
commissioner may require, a statement with respect to each completed
municipal project owned or operated by the Utica transit authority the
following data:

(a) Cost breakdown of real property acquired for the project;

(b) Cost breakdown in appropriate units of facilities acquired for the
project;

(c) Operating revenues;

(d) Operating expenses;

(e) Number or estimated number of persons utilizing the project
facility.