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A07510 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A7510B
 
SPONSOR: Walsh
  TITLE OF BILL: An act authorizing the county of Saratoga to transfer and convey refor- ested lands on Kinns Road to the town of Clifton Park, county of Sarato- ga   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To ensure the continued use and preservation of Kinns Road Park in the Town of Clifton Park, Saratoga County.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one of the bill authorizes Saratoga County to discontinue the use of a parcel of reforested land or Kinns Road in the Town of Clifton Park, and to convey its interest in such land to the Town of Clifton Park for continued park and recreational purposes. It provides that the Town shall continue to provide access to such land and recreational facilities to all county residents. It further provides that such lands shall be devoted for park and recreational purposes in perpetuity and the conveyance of such lands shall be done without compensation and shall not require any replacement of reforested lands. Section two provides that the land to be transferred, and all structures and facilities on such land, shall be maintained, owned and operated for park and recreational purposes by the Town. Section three identifies the specific parcel of land affected. Section four provides that the land transferred, and all structures and facilities situated on such land, shall be maintained, owned and oper- ated for park purposes by the town, and shall be available to the gener- al public, including all residents of Saratoga County. Section five identifies that if the property transferred to the town of Clifton Park is not used for a purpose other than as a public parkland, ownership shall revert back to the county and the property will be main- tained as reforested lands. Section six is the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: This legislation was requested by both the County of Saratoga and the Town of Clifton Park. It would provide for the transfer of reforested lands currently owned by the County to the Town, for use as parklands. In 1938, the County acquired a 631/2 acre parcel of land on Kinns Road in the Town of Clifton Park. Since 1940, this land has been managed in accordance with the reforested land provisions of Section 219 of the County Law. Beginning in the mid-1970s, there has been increased interest in the use of such land for park and recreation- al purposes. Subsequently, the Town established non-motorized trails and a picnic area on these lands, and it became commonly known as Kinns Road Park. The park has become very popular in the community, and the trails are widely used by hikers, runners and others. A recent plan to harvest selected timber on the property generated much opposition and raised concerns about the use and preservation of these lands, which technical- ly remain "reforested lands." As a result of these concerns, the County and Town have agreed on a plan to help protect such lands and ensure their continued use for park and recreational purposes. This bill is based on previous laws which have authorized the transfer of parkland from one municipality to another.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2016: A10411; Referred to Local Governments.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
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