Bill Text: NY A07903 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Enacts the "food retail establishment subsidization for healthy communities act" (FRESH Communities); provides loans, loan guarantees, interest subsidies and grants to businesses, municipalities, not-for-profit corporations or local development corporations for the purpose of attracting, maintaining or permitting the expansion of food retail establishments in underserved areas.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-05-28 - referred to economic development [A07903 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A07903-Introduced.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                          7903

                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                      May 28, 2019
                                       ___________

        Introduced  by M. of A. ORTIZ -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Economic Development

        AN ACT to amend the New York state urban development corporation act, in
          relation to enacting the food retail establishment  subsidization  for
          healthy communities (FRESH Communities) act

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
     2  the  "food  retail  establishment  subsidization for healthy communities
     3  act".
     4    § 2. Legislative intent. The legislature finds that the lack of access
     5  to fresh foods is a problem  of  growing  concern  in  many  communities
     6  across  the state. Substantial increases in urban land values and rents,
     7  limited access to financing and other economic pressures have left  many
     8  lower-income residents in urban and rural areas underserved by supermar-
     9  kets  and other food retail establishments. The resulting lack of access
    10  to a variety of fresh food retailers makes it more difficult and  expen-
    11  sive  for  these residents to maintain a nutritionally balanced diet and
    12  leads to increased public health costs,  dilutes  the  value  of  public
    13  assistance  for food purchases, leads to greater travel times and energy
    14  expenditures to obtain fresh food, and deprives the state's  farmers  of
    15  markets for their products. Providing access to financial assistance for
    16  urban  and  rural  supermarkets  in  underserved areas will remedy these
    17  adverse conditions, create employment opportunities and help to revital-
    18  ize and stabilize currently underserved neighborhoods.
    19    § 3. Subdivision 1 of section 16-m of section 1 of chapter 174 of  the
    20  laws  of  1968, constituting the New York state urban development corpo-
    21  ration act, is amended by adding a new paragraph (o) to read as follows:
    22    (o) Loans, loan guarantees, interest subsidies  and  grants  to  busi-
    23  nesses, municipalities, not-for-profit corporations or local development
    24  corporations  for  the  purpose of attracting, maintaining or permitting

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD02774-01-9

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     1  the expansion of food retail establishments in  underserved  areas.  For
     2  purposes  of  this  paragraph,  "underserved areas" shall include low or
     3  moderate-income census tracts, areas of below average supermarket densi-
     4  ty  or  having  a supermarket customer base with more than fifty percent
     5  living in low-income census tracts, or other areas demonstrated to  have
     6  significant  access limitations due to travel distance, as determined by
     7  the corporation, and "food retail establishments" shall  include  super-
     8  markets and other grocery retailers that operate on a self-service basis
     9  and  sell a minimum percentage of produce, meat, poultry, seafood, baked
    10  goods and/or dairy products and which:
    11    (i) participate in the pride of New York program;
    12    (ii) accept payment  from  electronic  benefit  transfer  through  the
    13  supplemental  nutrition  assistance  program  and  through  the  special
    14  supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children;
    15    (iii) do not charge a membership fee; and
    16    (iv) hire residents living within a twenty mile radius of such  retail
    17  food establishment.
    18    § 4.  This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding
    19  the date on which it shall have become a law; provided, however that the
    20  urban  development  corporation  shall be immediately authorized to take
    21  any and all actions  necessary  to  fully  implement  the  provision  of
    22  section three of this act on or before such effective date; and provided
    23  further,  that  the  amendments to section 16-m of the urban development
    24  corporation act made by section three of this act shall not  affect  the
    25  expiration of such section and shall be deemed to expire therewith.
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