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AB3743 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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                                         3743

                              2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                   January 29, 2013
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  COOK,  ROBERTS, CAMARA, HOOPER, SCARBOROUGH,
         JAFFEE, MILLMAN, GOTTFRIED -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A.  BRENNAN,
         GLICK,  LUPARDO,  MAGEE,  PEOPLES-STOKES,  TITONE  --  read  once  and
         referred to the Committee on Agriculture

       AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to  expand-
         ing the powers and duties of the office of community gardens

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

    1    Section 1. Article 2-C of the agriculture and markets law  is  amended
    2  by adding a new section 31-f to read as follows:
    3    S  31-F.  LEGISLATIVE  FINDINGS.    THE  LEGISLATURE  HEREBY FINDS AND
    4  DECLARES THAT COMMUNITY GARDENS PROVIDE SIGNIFICANT HEALTH,  EDUCATIONAL
    5  AND  SOCIAL  BENEFITS  TO  THE  GENERAL PUBLIC, ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE WHO
    6  RESIDE IN URBAN AND SUBURBAN AREAS OF THIS STATE. FURTHERMORE, IT IS THE
    7  ARTICULATED PUBLIC POLICY OF THIS STATE TO PROMOTE AND FOSTER GROWTH  IN
    8  THE  NUMBER  OF  COMMUNITY  GARDENS AND THE ACREAGE OF SUCH GARDENS. THE
    9  COMMUNITY GARDEN MOVEMENT CONTINUES TO PROVIDE LOW  COST  FOOD  THAT  IS
   10  FRESH AND NUTRITIOUS FOR THOSE WHO MAY BE UNABLE TO READILY AFFORD FRESH
   11  FRUITS  AND VEGETABLES FOR THEMSELVES OR THEIR FAMILIES, PROMOTES PUBLIC
   12  HEALTH AND HEALTHIER INDIVIDUAL LIFESTYLES BY ENCOURAGING BETTER  EATING
   13  HABITS  AND  INCREASED  PHYSICAL  ACTIVITY  BY  GROWING  THEIR OWN FOOD,
   14  FOSTERS THE RETENTION AND EXPANSION  OF  OPEN  SPACES,  PARTICULARLY  IN
   15  URBAN  ENVIRONMENTS,  ENHANCES  URBAN AND SUBURBAN ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
   16  AND COMMUNITY BEAUTIFICATION, PROVIDES  INEXPENSIVE  COMMUNITY  BUILDING
   17  ACTIVITIES,  RECREATION AND PHYSICAL EXERCISE FOR ALL AGE GROUPS, ESTAB-
   18  LISHES A SAFE PLACE FOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND HELPS  TO  REDUCE  THE
   19  INCIDENCE  OF CRIME, ENGENDERS A CLOSER RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN URBAN RESI-
   20  DENTS, NATURE AND THEIR LOCAL ENVIRONMENT, AND FOSTERS GREEN JOB  TRAIN-
   21  ING  AND  ECOLOGICAL EDUCATION AT ALL LEVELS. IT IS THEREFORE THE INTENT
   22  OF THE LEGISLATURE AND THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE TO FOSTER  GROWTH  IN
   23  THE NUMBER, SIZE AND SCOPE OF COMMUNITY GARDENS IN THIS STATE BY ENCOUR-

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD06611-01-3
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    1  AGING  STATE  AGENCIES,  MUNICIPALITIES  AND  PRIVATE  PARTIES  IN THEIR
    2  EFFORTS TO PROMOTE COMMUNITY GARDENS.
    3    S  2.  Subdivisions  2  and  3  of section 31-g of the agriculture and
    4  markets law, as added by chapter 862 of the laws of  1986,  are  amended
    5  and a new subdivision 4-a is added to read as follows:
    6    2.  "Garden"  shall mean a piece OR PARCEL of land appropriate for THE
    7  cultivation of herbs, fruits, flowers,  NUTS,  HONEY,  POULTRY  FOR  EGG
    8  PRODUCTION,   MAPLE  SYRUP,  ORNAMENTAL  OR  VEGETABLE  PLANTS,  NURSERY
    9  PRODUCTS, or vegetables.
   10    3. "Municipality" shall mean any county, town, village,  city,  school
   11  district  [or], BOARD OF COOPERATIVE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES, other special
   12  district, OR ANY OFFICE OR AGENCY THEREOF.
   13    4-A.  "STATE AGENCY" SHALL MEAN ANY  DEPARTMENT,  BUREAU,  COMMISSION,
   14  BOARD,  PUBLIC  AUTHORITY  OR  OTHER  AGENCY OF THE STATE, INCLUDING ANY
   15  PUBLIC BENEFIT CORPORATION  OF  WHICH  ANY  MEMBER  OF  WHOSE  BOARD  IS
   16  APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR.
   17    S 3. Subdivision 2 of section 31-h of the agriculture and markets law,
   18  as  added  by  chapter  862  of  the laws of 1986, is amended to read as
   19  follows:
   20    2. The duties of the office shall include:
   21    a. Upon request, the office shall  assist  in  the  identification  of
   22  vacant  public  land  within  a  given geographical location and provide
   23  information regarding agency jurisdiction and the  relative  suitability
   24  of such lands for community gardening purposes;
   25    b. Serve as a coordinator on behalf of interested community groups and
   26  the  appropriate state or local agencies to facilitate the use of vacant
   27  public lands for community garden use for  not  less  than  one  growing
   28  season  by receiving and forwarding with recommendation completed appli-
   29  cations to the appropriate STATE OR MUNICIPAL agency. PROVIDED, FURTHER,
   30  THAT THE OFFICE MAY DEVELOP A SINGLE RECOMMENDED APPLICATION FORM TO  BE
   31  USED  BY  COMMUNITY  GROUPS  WHEN  APPLYING TO STATE AGENCIES OR MUNICI-
   32  PALITIES FOR USE OF VACANT PUBLIC LAND FOR COMMUNITY GARDEN PURPOSES;
   33    c. Support and encourage contact  between  community  garden  programs
   34  already  in existence and those programs in the initial stages of devel-
   35  opment; [and]
   36    d. Seek and provide such assistance, to the extent funds or grants may
   37  become available, for the purposes identified in this article[.];
   38    E. ASSIST, SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGE CONTACT AND COOPERATION BETWEEN,  AND
   39  THE  COOPERATIVE  SHARING  OF RESOURCES BETWEEN COMMUNITY GARDEN GROUPS,
   40  SCHOOL GARDEN PROGRAMS AND LOCAL  VOLUNTARY  FOOD  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAMS,
   41  SUCH  AS COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRIES, SOUP KITCHENS, AND OTHER COMMUNITY AND
   42  NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS THAT PROVIDE OR DISTRIBUTE FOOD TO THE POOR
   43  AND DISADVANTAGED. SUCH SUPPORT CAN INCLUDE  THE  PROVISION  OF  SURPLUS
   44  COMMUNITY  GARDEN  FOOD  OR  OTHER  AGRICULTURAL  PRODUCTS TO SUCH LOCAL
   45  VOLUNTARY FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS; AND
   46    F. ASSIST, SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGE COMMUNICATION,  AND  THE  SHARING  OF
   47  RESOURCES  BETWEEN  COMMUNITY  GARDEN  ORGANIZATIONS  AND  THE  NEW YORK
   48  HARVEST FOR NEW YORK KIDS WEEK PROGRAM  ESTABLISHED  BY  THE  DEPARTMENT
   49  PURSUANT  TO  SUBDIVISION FIVE-B OF SECTION SIXTEEN OF THIS CHAPTER, AND
   50  INDIVIDUAL FARM-TO-SCHOOL AND SCHOOL GARDEN PROGRAMS.
   51    S 4. Section 31-i of the agriculture and  markets  law,  as  added  by
   52  chapter 862 of the laws of 1986, is amended to read as follows:
   53    S 31-i. Use  of state OR MUNICIPALLY owned land for community gardens.
   54  1. Any state agency[, department,  board,  public  benefit  corporation,
   55  public authority] or [commission] MUNICIPALITY with title IN FEE OR OF A
   56  LESSER INTEREST to vacant public land may permit community organizations
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    1  to  use  such lands for community gardening purposes. Such use of vacant
    2  public land may be conditioned on the community organization  possessing
    3  liability insurance and accepting liability for injury or damage result-
    4  ing from use of the vacant public land for community gardening purposes.
    5    2.  State  agencies AND MUNICIPALITIES which have received an applica-
    6  tion for use of public lands for community garden purposes shall respond
    7  to the applicant within thirty days and make a final determination with-
    8  in one hundred eighty days.
    9    S 5. The agriculture and markets  law  is  amended  by  adding  a  new
   10  section 31-j to read as follows:
   11    S  31-J. COMMUNITY GARDENS TASK FORCE. 1. THE COMMISSIONER MAY CONVENE
   12  A COMMUNITY GARDENS TASK FORCE TO IDENTIFY AND DEVELOP WAYS TO ENCOURAGE
   13  STATE AGENCIES, MUNICIPALITIES AND  PRIVATE  PARTIES  TO  ESTABLISH  AND
   14  EXPAND COMMUNITY GARDENS AND THE ACTIVITIES CONDUCTED BY SUCH GARDENS.
   15    2.  THE  TASK  FORCE  SHALL BE CHAIRED BY THE COMMISSIONER, OR BY SUCH
   16  OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE OF THE DEPARTMENT AS  SHALL  BE  DESIGNATED  BY  THE
   17  COMMISSIONER.  THE  MEMBERSHIP  OF  THE TASK FORCE MAY INCLUDE REPRESEN-
   18  TATION FROM APPROPRIATE STATE AGENCIES AND MEMBERS THAT REPRESENT EXIST-
   19  ING  COMMUNITY  GARDENS,  COUNTIES,  CITIES,  TOWNS,  VILLAGES,   SCHOOL
   20  DISTRICTS,  OTHER  SPECIAL USE DISTRICTS, PUBLIC AUTHORITIES AND COOPER-
   21  ATIVE EXTENSION SERVICES.
   22    3. THE COMMISSIONER, MAY REQUEST THE ASSISTANCE OF STATE  AGENCIES  TO
   23  CARRY OUT THE WORK OF THE TASK FORCE.
   24    4.  (A)  THE  GOALS OF THE TASK FORCE MAY INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED
   25  TO, THE STUDY, EVALUATION AND DEVELOPMENT  OF  RECOMMENDATIONS:  (I)  TO
   26  ENCOURAGE  THE ESTABLISHMENT AND EXPANSION OF COMMUNITY GARDENS BY STATE
   27  AGENCIES, MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENTS AND PRIVATE PARTIES, (II)  TO  ENCOURAGE
   28  COOPERATION  BETWEEN  THE ACTIVITIES AND OPERATIONS OF COMMUNITY GARDENS
   29  AND PROVISION  OF  DONATED  FOOD  TO  LOCAL  VOLUNTARY  FOOD  ASSISTANCE
   30  PROGRAMS FOR THE POOR AND DISADVANTAGED, AND (III) TO INCREASE THE BENE-
   31  FITS  THAT COMMUNITY GARDENS MAY PROVIDE TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY IN WHICH
   32  THEY ARE LOCATED.
   33    (B) IN ACHIEVING THE GOALS OF THE  TASK  FORCE,  THE  TASK  FORCE  MAY
   34  CONSIDER  RECOMMENDATIONS THAT: (I) ENCOURAGE THE EXECUTION OF CONSERVA-
   35  TION EASEMENTS BY STATE AGENCIES, MUNICIPALITIES OR PRIVATE  PARTIES  TO
   36  ESTABLISH  OR  PROTECT COMMUNITY GARDENS, (II) ENCOURAGE THE CREATION OF
   37  MECHANISMS TO TRANSFER DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS TO PROTECT  COMMUNITY  GARDENS
   38  OR ENCOURAGE THE DONATION OR LEASE OF LANDS FOR COMMUNITY GARDENS, (III)
   39  DEVELOPMENT  OF MODEL ZONING CODES, LOCAL LAND USE LAWS OR OTHER MUNICI-
   40  PAL POLICIES THAT COULD ENCOURAGE  THE  ESTABLISHMENT  OR  RETENTION  OF
   41  COMMUNITY  GARDENS,  AND  (IV)  ANY  OTHER ACTIVITY TO ACHIEVE THE GOALS
   42  DEEMED APPROPRIATE BY THE TASK FORCE ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS
   43  ARTICLE.
   44    S 6. This act shall take effect on the first of January next  succeed-
   45  ing the date on which it shall have become a law.
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