Bill Text: NY S00180 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Relates to the reporting of alienation of municipal parkland.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-02-26 - referred to local governments [S00180 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S00180-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                     January 9, 2019
        Introduced  by  Sen. SERRANO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism,
          Parks and Recreation
        AN ACT to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law,  in
          relation to the reporting of alienation of municipal parkland
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The parks, recreation  and  historic  preservation  law  is
     2  amended by adding a new article 16 to read as follows:
     3                                 ARTICLE 16
     4                        MUNICIPAL PARKLAND ALIENATION
     5  Section 16.01 Definitions.
     6          16.03 Parkland alienation reporting.
     7          16.05 Parkland alienation enforcement.
     8    § 16.01 Definitions. When used in this article:
     9    1.  "Municipal parkland" shall mean real property or interests therein
    10  that is owned by a municipality that provides public  park,  recreation,
    11  or  open  space  protection purposes. Municipal parkland includes: lands
    12  that have been dedicated for such purposes by the municipality through a
    13  formal resolution or similar action; lands that have been  purchased  or
    14  accepted for such purposes; or lands that currently or historically have
    15  been available to and used by the public for such purposes.
    16    2.  "Municipal parkland alienation" shall mean any action by a munici-
    17  pality to sell, lease, discontinue, or change the use of municipal park-
    18  land.
    19    3. "Municipality" shall mean a county,  town,  city,  or  village.  It
    20  shall  also  mean  a  school  district or other political subdivision in
    21  instances where such entity has obtained state or federal grant  funding
    22  for the creation of municipal parkland.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        S. 180                              2
     1    4. "Parkland alienation legislation" shall mean legislation introduced
     2  in the state legislature authorizing a municipality to alienate parkland
     3  under its jurisdiction.
     4    §  16.03  Parkland  alienation  reporting.  Any  municipality that has
     5  received alienation authorization through enactment of  municipal  park-
     6  land alienation legislation shall submit a report to the office no later
     7  than  December thirty-first of the calendar year following the enactment
     8  of the legislation. Such report shall be signed  by  the  municipality's
     9  chief executive officer and shall include:
    10    1.  A  narrative  description of the status of the parkland alienation
    11  actions authorized and required in the legislation; and
    12    2. An attestation that the municipality has complied with  all  condi-
    13  tions  of  the parkland alienation legislation, including the dedication
    14  of any required replacement parkland or, in the case  of  utility  ease-
    15  ments, the dedication of funding for the acquisition of additional park-
    16  land or capital improvements to existing parkland facilities; or
    17    3.  In  the event that any condition of the parkland alienation legis-
    18  lation has not been fully complied with, the municipality shall  provide
    19  the  office  with  an interim report detailing the status of its actions
    20  and an explanation as to why certain conditions have not been met, along
    21  with the anticipated date by which such  conditions  will  be  met.  The
    22  municipality  shall continue to file interim reports annually until such
    23  time as the conditions have been  met  and  a  final  report  is  filed.
    24  Unless  a longer time period is specified in the legislation authorizing
    25  the alienation, if the conditions of the alienation have not been met by
    26  December thirty-first of the third calendar year following the enactment
    27  of parkland alienation legislation, the municipality shall be subject to
    28  enforcement pursuant to section 16.05 of this article.
    29    § 16.05 Parkland alienation  enforcement.  An  action  for  injunctive
    30  relief  as provided in this section against a municipality violating any
    31  provision of this article may be brought by the  attorney  general  upon
    32  referral  by  the  office  or upon his or her own initiative.  A munici-
    33  pality may be enjoined from alienating parkland where  it  acts  or  has
    34  acted  in furtherance of parkland alienation without compliance with the
    35  requirements of this article, including reporting requirements and park-
    36  land alienation legislation requirements.
    37    § 2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next  succeed-
    38  ing the date on which it shall have become a law.  Effective immediately
    39  the  addition,  amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation neces-
    40  sary for the implementation of  this  act  on  its  effective  date  are
    41  authorized to be made on or before such date.