BILL NO A00455
SAME AS S01024
Amd S74-c, Gen Muni L
Provides for giving of just compensation upon the taking of any billboard in
accordance with the eminent domain procedure law; removes amortization
schedules for the removal of billboards in areas other than industrial and
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A455
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the general municipal law, in relation to taking of
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill would simplify current law regarding the removal of billboards
in areas other than industrial or manufacturing zones.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
The first section amends the general municipal law to extend the eminent
domain law to the removal of billboards in areas other than industrial
and manufacturing zones. Furthermore, provisions relating to amorti-
zation schedules for the removal of billboards in areas other than
industrial and manufacturing zones are removed.
Section two sets the effective date.
The current scheme is far too complex to work effectively. Furthermore,
this simplified scheme would achieve results similar to existing law and
reduce costs to both the billboard industry and municipalities.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
January 7, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. GANTT -- read once and referred to the Committee
on Local Governments
AN ACT to amend the general municipal law, in relation to taking of
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Section 74-c of the general municipal law, as added by
2 chapter 335 of the laws of 1989, is amended to read as follows:
3 § 74-c. Taking of billboards. 1. If any local law, ordinance or resol-
4 ution adopted by a municipal corporation in the exercise of its police
5 power shall require the removal of any legally erected and maintained
6 billboard or like outdoor advertising device, which is leased or rented
7 for profit [in areas zoned industrial or manufacturing], just compen-
8 sation for said taking shall be determined in accordance with the
9 provisions of article five of the eminent domain procedure law;
10 provided, however, section five hundred two of such law shall not be
11 applicable in any such proceeding.
12 2. [Unless compensation therefor is provided pursuant to section
13 eighty-eight of the highway law, if any local law, ordinance or resol-
14 ution adopted by a municipal corporation in the exercise of its police
15 power shall require the removal of any legally erected and maintained
16 billboard or like outdoor advertising device, which is leased or rented
17 for profit, and which is located in an area or zone, other than an
18 industrial or manufacturing zone, the display shall be allowed to remain
19 in existence for the period of time set forth below after giving notice
20 of the removal requirement:
21 fair market value on date of minimum years
22 notice of removal requirement allowed
23 under $1,999 3
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
A. 455 2
1 $2,000 to $3,999 4
2 $4,000 to $5,999 6
3 $6,000 to $ 7,999 7
4 $8,000 to $9,999 9
5 $10,000 and over 10
6 If the removal is required sooner than the amortization periods speci-
7 fied herein, such removal by any local law, ordinance or resolution
8 adopted by the municipal corporation shall be with just compensation
9 being paid for such taking and removal determined in accordance with the
10 provisions of article five of the eminent domain procedure law or in
11 accordance with any table of values established by the state department
12 of transportation; provided however section five hundred two of the
13 eminent domain procedure law shall not be applicable to any such
15 Notwithstanding any other law, rule or regulation, all amortization
16 periods under such laws, ordinances or resolutions shall commence not
17 earlier than January first, nineteen hundred ninety.
18 3.] The provisions of this section shall not apply to any city having
19 a population of one million or more.
20 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.