A08089 Summary:

BILL NO    A08089 

SAME AS    SAME AS S05985

SPONSOR    Rodriguez

COSPNSR    Seawright

MLTSPNSR   

Add S1285-s, Pub Auth L

Relates to the financing of the design, acquisition, construction, improvement
and installation of East River Esplanade.
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A08089 Actions:

BILL NO    A08089 

06/05/2015 referred to environmental conservation
06/09/2015 reported referred to ways and means
06/15/2015 reported referred to rules
06/15/2015 reported 
06/15/2015 rules report cal.488
06/15/2015 ordered to third reading rules cal.488
06/17/2015 passed assembly
06/17/2015 delivered to senate
06/17/2015 REFERRED TO RULES
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A08089 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A8089

TITLE OF BILL:

An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to financing
the design, acquisition, construction, improvement and installation of
East River Esplanade

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To ensure that the funding needs for the East River Esplanade are
identified.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

This bill would amend S 13-0328 (1)(c)(iv) of the Environmental
Conservation Law.

JUSTIFICATION:

In the current era of waterfront revitalization, the section of the
East River Esplanade which abuts East Harlem has been consistently
ignored. The walking and biking path is in disrepair, with sections of
the thin patch crumbling into the river below. Holes in the path have
been boarded over with plywood, fencing has decayed, and many of the
benches have been rendered unusable. The other assets of the
waterfront have suffered from a similar fate. The pier at 107th Street
has been fenced off after the roof collapsed, and has been declared
structurally unsafe. Pilings are all that remain of a former pier at
117th Street. In addition, accessibility to the East River Esplanade
is very limited, which is largely due to its proximity to the FDR
Drive. There are only three points between 96th Street and 125th
Street that allow for pedestrian traffic to cross the FDR Drive. There
are three pedestrian bridges that pass over the FDR drive and connect
to the Esplanade. These access points are not well-marked, and without
previously knowing they exist or looking at an overhead map, it is
difficult to identify entrances, which likely discourages many people
from using the Esplanade. Despite being in such close proximity to a
major roadway, and an important river, the East River Esplanade is
isolated from all other forms of transportation and paths. There is no
point at which a person could quickly and relatively directly access
the park from a car or a boat. Additionally the existing pedestrian
bridges are in poor condition, and the entrances are tucked away out
of site. This bill is intended to highlight the need for funding for
the East River Esplanade, especially in light of the siting of the
East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station, and would authorize the
Environmental Facilities Corporation to provide funding.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

This is new legislation.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:


This act shall take effect immediately.
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A08089 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
       ________________________________________________________________________

                                         8089

                              2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                     June 5, 2015
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  RODRIGUEZ  --  read once and referred to the
         Committee on Environmental Conservation

       AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to financing the
         design, acquisition, construction,  improvement  and  installation  of
         East River Esplanade

         THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

    1    Section 1. In exchange for hosting the East 91st Street Marine  trans-
    2  fer  station,  and  to  help  mitigate  any potential adverse impacts to
    3  health and recreational opportunities, improvements shall be made to the
    4  East River Esplanade.
    5    S 2. The public authorities law is amended by  adding  a  new  section
    6  1285-s to read as follows:
    7    S 1285-S. FINANCING OF THE DESIGN, ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION, IMPROVE-
    8  MENT  AND  INSTALLATION  OF  EAST RIVER ESPLANADE. THE CORPORATION SHALL
    9  HAVE THE AUTHORITY, SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE BUDG-
   10  ET, TO FINANCE THE DESIGN, ACQUISITION,  CONSTRUCTION,  IMPROVEMENT  AND
   11  INSTALLATION  OF  ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE EAST RIVER ESPLANADE INCLUD-
   12  ING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, BOAT STORAGE UNDER 96TH STREET,  PIER  107  AND
   13  DECKING OVER THE FDR DRIVE.
   14    S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.




        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD11551-03-5
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