Bill Text: NY S01425 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Directs the council on the arts to establish criteria and guidelines for the establishment of state designated arts and cultural districts.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 7-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-06-20 - COMMITTED TO RULES [S01425 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S01425-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    January 14, 2019
          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 arts and  cultural  affairs  law  and  the  economic
          development  law,  in  relation  to  creating  the  arts  and cultural
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  The  arts and cultural affairs law is amended by adding a
     2  new section 3.17 to read as follows:
     3    § 3.17. Arts and cultural  district.  1.  The  council  shall  develop
     4  criteria and guidelines for state designated arts and cultural districts
     5  and  shall  develop  an  application process for receiving such a desig-
     6  nation. A district shall be defined as a  geographic  area  of  a  city,
     7  town,  or  village  with  a concentration of arts or cultural facilities
     8  located within its boundaries. Criteria  developed  by  the  council  to
     9  designate  a  district  shall include determinations that such district:
    10  (a) attracts artists or  cultural  enterprises  to  the  community,  (b)
    11  encourages  business  and job development due to the pre-existing insti-
    12  tutions, (c) attracts a sufficient amount of tourism, (d) enhances local
    13  property values and fosters local cultural development, or (e)  has  the
    14  potential  to  meet  any of the categorical determinations if sufficient
    15  state support and assistance is provided to the proposed  district.  The
    16  council shall also develop guidelines that provide assistance to a city,
    17  town,  or  village  in  developing  an  application for district certif-
    18  ication.
    19    2. For any state designated arts and cultural  district,  the  council
    20  and  the  urban  development  corporation  shall provide state supported
    21  assistance to the district in its activities, including but not  limited
    22  to  technical  assistance in applying for federal and non-profit grants,
    23  marketing expertise, identification of other state  resources  that  may
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  assist  a  district's  activities  or  programs that could be created or
     2  expanded within state agencies to assist districts.
     3    3.  For  any  grants or financial assistance provided pursuant to this
     4  article, the council shall provide the most favorable  treatment  allow-
     5  able to an applicant located within a designated district.
     6    4.  Two  or more local governments may jointly  apply for a designated
     7  district where the proposed  geographic  area  of  such  district  shall
     8  extend across commonly held jurisdictional boundaries.
     9    5.  The council may accept or reject an application under this section
    10  and may propose amendments to the application  in  lieu  of  acceptance.
    11  Applicants  shall  be  provided  a  response  within  ninety days of the
    12  receipt of the application, and any amendments to  such  an  application
    13  shall be responded to within thirty days of receipt.
    14    §  2.  Paragraphs  4  and  5  of subdivision (e) of section 168 of the
    15  economic development law are renumbered paragraphs 5 and  6  and  a  new
    16  paragraph 4 is added to read as follows:
    17    (4)  evaluate  and  make  recommendations  to support specific tourism
    18  promotion for any  state  designated  arts  and  cultural  district,  as
    19  defined in section 3.17 of the arts and cultural affairs law;
    20    §  3.  No later than three hundred sixty-five days after the effective
    21  date of this act, the council on the arts shall issue a  report  to  the
    22  temporary  president of the Senate, the speaker of the Assembly, and the
    23  chairs of the relevant legislative committees recommending  any  changes
    24  to  any provisions of law that would effectuate the purpose of this act,
    25  including but not limited to providing additional state  incentives  and
    26  benefits,  altering  the application process, promoting additional tour-
    27  ism, and any other measures that would aid the  operations  of  proposed
    28  and current arts and cultural districts.
    29    § 4. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
    30  it shall have become a law.