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A05547 Summary:

BILL NOA05547
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORBrabenec
 
COSPNSRMorinello, Lawrence
 
MLTSPNSRDeStefano
 
Amd 1279-b, Pub Auth L
 
Relates to the election by certain counties to withdraw from the metropolitan commuter transportation district, and permits the counties of Orange and Rockland to make such election.
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A05547 Actions:

BILL NOA05547
 
02/13/2019referred to corporations, authorities and commissions
01/08/2020referred to corporations, authorities and commissions
07/13/2020held for consideration in corporations, authorities and commissions
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A05547 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A5547
 
SPONSOR: Brabenec
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to the election by certain counties to withdraw from the metro- politan commuter transportation district; and in relation to permitting the counties of Orange and Rockland to make such election   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to provide Orange and Rockland Counties the option to withdraw from the metropolitan commuter transportation district.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill amends section 1279-b of the public authorities law to give Orange and Rockland County the option to elect to withdraw from the metropolitan commuter transportation district. The county seeking to withdraw shall provide the commissioner of transportation, and chairman of the authority and the other counties which have an option to with- draw, a resolution adopted by the county legislature providing notice of intent to withdraw and furnish a public transportation plan. The "public transportation plan" shall include an agreement where the county shall be entitled to lease facilities and services comprising such rail trans- portation system at fair market value which provides for negotiations for withdrawal from the metropolitan commuter transportation district. If no agreement is reached after sixty days from the commencement of such negotiations, either party may make application to a justice of the supreme court residing in the counties of Orange or Rockland for an appointment of a special referee. The special referee shall mediate negotiations for withdrawal for a period of no longer than sixty days. If after the sixty day period the parties are unable to reach an agree- ment, the special referee shall, within thirty days; recommend the terms of the withdrawal to the justice, who shall review the recommendations of the referee and the positions of the parties thereon and shall issue an order setting forth the terms of the withdrawal.   JUSTIFICATION: Due to various new and increased taxes and fees passed in 2009 for the metropolitan commuter transportation district an undue hardship has been placed on my constituents. This bill will allow Orange and Rockland Counties the option to withdraw themselves from the MTA Commuter Trans- portation District.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2018: A.5598; held for consideration in corporations, authorities and commissions 2018: A.5598; referred to corporations, authorities and commissions 2017: A.59981 referred to corporations, authorities and commisions 2013: A.3278; held for consideration in corporations, authorities and commissions. 2011-12: A.751 2010: A.9379; held for consideration in corporations, authorities and commissions.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: This bill would result in a cost savings to be determined after such county or counties reach an agreed upon public transportation plan.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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