Bill Text: NY S04189 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended

Bill Title: Requires the department of transportaion to maintain a website or webpage where users may report defects on state highways and bridges.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-06-16 - PRINT NUMBER 4189A [S04189 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S04189-Amended.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK


                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                    IN SENATE

                                      March 4, 2019

        Introduced by Sens. KENNEDY, CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered printed,
          and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation --
          committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
          recommitted to said committee

        AN ACT to amend the transportation law, in  relation  to  requiring  the
          department  of  transportation  to maintain a website or webpage where
          users may report defects on state highways and bridges

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

     1    Section 1. Section 14 of the transportation law is amended by adding a
     2  new subdivision 36 to read as follows:
     3    36.  (a)  The  department  shall maintain a toll-free twenty-four hour
     4  defect-reporting hotline and shall develop and make available a website,
     5  or develop and make available a page on its website:
     6    (i) providing an opportunity for website users to  report  defects  on
     7  state  highways  and  bridges,  as well as any other arteries within the
     8  department's jurisdiction; and
     9    (ii) providing  a  web  mapping  service  application  displaying  the
    10  locations  of the reported defects and any departmental actions respond-
    11  ing to and remedying the reported defects. Mapping service  applications
    12  shall include any additional information the department deems necessary.
    13    (b)  The  website shall (i) make provision for each defect reporter to
    14  provide his or her name, as well as an electronic mail address or  tele-
    15  phone  number  at  which the reporter can be contacted by the department
    16  with updates on the defect reported, though  anonymous  reporting  shall
    17  also be permitted;
    18    (ii) track and preserve defects reported in list and map format; and
    19    (iii)  provide  an  option  for  reporting of region- and highway-wide
    20  defects as well as specific defects along more particularized locations,
    21  including, without limitation, mile markers.

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

        S. 4189--A                          2

     1    (c) The listing and map shall be updated no less than once every  five
     2  days  to  reflect  any  defects  reported  and repairs made. Defects and
     3  repairs reported shall be preserved  for  a  minimum  of  three  hundred
     4  sixty-five days from the time of reporting or repair.
     5    (d)  The department may collect and report such additional information
     6  and issues with respect to highway and bridge conditions and defects  as
     7  it deems necessary.
     8    (e) The department shall also enable persons to report defects located
     9  on the state thruway system on this interactive website and application,
    10  and  is authorized and directed to coordinate with the thruway authority
    11  in creating or modifying the  interactive  website  and  application  to
    12  share, or enable the thruway authority to receive, reports of defects in
    13  locations  for  which  it  is responsible no more than twenty-four hours
    14  after the defect is  reported. The department is authorized  to  provide
    15  the  thruway  authority  with  joint  access to maintain and monitor the
    16  interactive website and application,  and may enter into a  cost-sharing
    17  arrangement with the authority.
    18    (f)  To  the  extent  practicable,  the  department  shall communicate
    19  defects reported to its interactive website and  application  on  county
    20  roads  and town highways to the local official responsible for such road
    21  or highway.  The  commissioner shall discuss any difficulties she or  he
    22  encounters  in  implementing this paragraph during the joint legislative
    23  budget hearing convened pursuant to article VII of the  state  constitu-
    24  tion  and  section thirty-one of the legislative law, beginning no later
    25  than the hearing to be scheduled in calendar year two thousand twenty.
    26    (g) Nothing in this authorization shall preclude the  department  from
    27  permitting  defects unrelated to the road and highway network from being
    28  reported to this website or application.
    29    (h) Identifying information for the defect reporter  shall  be  exempt
    30  from  the provisions of section eighty-seven of the public officers law,
    31  and shall not be shared by the department or thruway  authority  or  any
    32  entity  with  whom the department or authority contracts in implementing
    33  this legislation.
    34    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
    35  it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition,  amend-
    36  ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
    37  tation  of  this act on its effective date are authorized to be made and
    38  completed on or before such effective date.