Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Bill A10584

Something Upstate Needs . . .





April 16, 2008

Introduced by M. of A. SCHROEDER -- read once and referred to the
Committee on Transportation

AN ACT to create a temporary state commission to provide for the dissol-
ution of the New York state thruway authority and the reassignment of
the powers, obligations and duties thereof; abolishes the New York
state thruway authority; and providing for the repeal of certain
provisions upon expiration thereof

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

1 Section 1. A temporary state commission on the dissolution of the New
2 York state thruway authority, hereinafter referred to as the commission,
3 is hereby created to develop and propose legislation to implement the
4 abolishment of the New York state thruway authority and recommending the
5 appropriate state and local agencies or offices to assume the various
6 responsibilities and obligations of such authority.
7 § 2. The commission shall consist of fifteen members to be appointed
8 as follows: seven members to be appointed by the governor; three members
9 to be appointed by the temporary president of the senate; three members
10 to be appointed by the speaker of the assembly; one member to be
11 appointed by the minority leader of the senate; and one to be appointed
12 by the minority leader of the assembly. A chair of the commission shall
13 be appointed by the governor from among his appointees. Vacancies shall
14 be filled in the same manner as the original appointments.
15 § 3. The members of the commission shall receive no compensation for
16 their services, but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses
17 incurred in the performance of their duties hereunder.
18 § 4. To the maximum extent feasible, the commission shall be entitled
19 to request and receive and shall utilize and be provided with such
20 facilities, resources, and data of any department, division, board,
21 bureau, commission, or agency of the state or any political subdivision
22 thereof as it deems necessary or desirable to carry out properly its
23 powers and duties hereunder.

EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
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1 § 5. Once the commission has been established, the chairman of the New
2 York state thruway authority shall submit a letter to such commission
3 justifying the existence of such authority.
4 § 6. The commission shall submit its findings and recommendations for
5 legislation and transfer of the powers, obligations and duties of the
6 New York state thruway authority in a report to the governor, the tempo-
7 rary president of the senate, and the speaker of the assembly not later
8 than April 1, 2009.
9 § 7. The New York state thruway authority, as constituted by title 9
10 of article 2 of the public authorities law is hereby abolished and the
11 powers, functions, obligations and duties of such entity shall be trans-
12 ferred, assumed or eliminated pursuant to the recommendations set forth
13 in the report of the commission submitted in accordance with section six
14 of this act.
15 § 8. This act shall take effect immediately; provided that the members
16 of the commission created by this act shall be appointed within thirty
17 days of such effective date; and provided, further, that sections one
18 through six of this act shall remain in effect until one hundred twenty
19 days after the commission submits the report required by section six of
20 this act, at which time sections one through six of this act shall
21 expire and be deemed repealed; and provided, further that section seven
22 of this act shall take effect December 31, 2009 and the amendment,
23 enactment or repeal of any laws, rules or regulations necessary to
24 effectuate the provisions of such section seven of this act are author-
25 ized to be made before such date.

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