Bill Text: NY A08195 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Authorizes the use of Peconic Bay community preservation funds for the preservation of lands necessary to protect fisheries and water dependent uses essential to maintain and enhance maritime heritage.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-06-20 - REFERRED TO RULES [A08195 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A08195-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK

            S. 6379                                                  A. 8195

                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                SENATE - ASSEMBLY

                                      June 7, 2019

        IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered print-
          ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

        IN  ASSEMBLY  -- Introduced by M. of A. THIELE -- read once and referred
          to the Committee on Local Governments

        AN ACT to amend the town law, in relation to the preservation  of  lands
          necessary  to  protect fisheries and water dependent uses essential to
          maintain and enhance maritime heritage

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

     1    Section  1.  Subdivision 4 of section 64-e of the town law, as amended
     2  by chapter 301 of the laws of 2016, is amended to read as follows:
     3    4. Preservation of community character shall involve one  or  more  of
     4  the  following:  (a) establishment of parks, nature preserves, or recre-
     5  ation areas; (b) preservation  of  open  space,  including  agricultural
     6  lands provided, however, that farm buildings and structures used for the
     7  marketing of farm products produced on such agricultural lands [where at
     8  least  fifty  percent  of  the gross annual income results from sales of
     9  products produced on such lands and, in addition the sale of  any  other
    10  locally  sourced  and/or  produced  food  and  plant  products] shall be
    11  permitted; (c) preservation of lands of exceptional  scenic  value;  (d)
    12  preservation of fresh and saltwater marshes or other wetlands; (e) pres-
    13  ervation  of  aquifer  recharge  areas;  (f) preservation of undeveloped
    14  beachlands or shoreline including those at significant risk  of  coastal
    15  flooding  due  to projected sea level rise and future storms; (g) estab-
    16  lishment of wildlife refuges  for  the  purpose  of  maintaining  native
    17  animal  species diversity, including the protection of habitat essential
    18  to the recovery of rare, threatened or endangered species; (h) preserva-
    19  tion of pine barrens consisting of such biota as pitch pine,  and  scrub
    20  oak;  (i)  preservation  of  unique  or threatened ecological areas; (j)
    21  preservation of rivers and river areas in a natural, free-flowing condi-

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

        S. 6379                             2                            A. 8195

     1  tion; (k) preservation of forested  land;  (l)  preservation  of  public
     2  access  to  lands  for public use including stream rights and waterways;
     3  (m) preservation of historic places and properties  listed  on  the  New
     4  York  state register of historic places and/or protected under a munici-
     5  pal historic preservation ordinance or law; (n)  preservation  of  lands
     6  necessary  to  protect  fisheries  and water dependent uses essential to
     7  maintain and enhance maritime heritage; and [(n)] (o) undertaking any of
     8  the aforementioned in furtherance of the establishment of  a  greenbelt.
     9  Preservation  of  community  character shall also include the protection
    10  and improvement of the quality of all water resources.
    11    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.