STATE OF NEW YORK
2021-2022 Regular Sessions
January 6, 2021
Introduced by M. of A. CARROLL, ENGLEBRIGHT, DeSTEFANO, REYES, TAGUE,
WILLIAMS -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. COOK, SAYEGH, SIMON -- read
once and referred to the Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports
AN ACT to amend the arts and cultural affairs law, in relation to the
establishment of regional arts, cultural affairs, and parks grants
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. The arts and cultural affairs law is amended by adding a
2 new article 6 to read as follows:
3 ARTICLE 6
4 REGIONAL ARTS, CULTURAL AFFAIRS, AND PARKS GRANTS
5 Section 6.01. Definitions.
6 6.03. Establishment of arts, cultural affairs, and parks
8 6.05. Regional arts, cultural affairs, and parks competitive
10 § 6.01. Definitions. For the purposes of this article, the following
11 terms shall have the following meanings:
12 1. "Regions" shall mean the arts, cultural affairs, and parks regions
13 established in section 6.03 of this article.
14 2. "Regional councils" shall mean the councils which issue grants
15 under section 6.05 of this article.
16 § 6.03. Establishment of arts, cultural affairs, and parks regions.
17 Ten arts, cultural affairs, and parks regions shall be established with-
18 in the state, one for each of the following regions:
19 1. Long Island (which consists of Suffolk and Nassau counties);
20 2. the city of New York (which consists of Bronx, New York, Queens,
21 Kings, and Richmond counties);
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
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1 3. the Mid-Hudson region (which consists of Sullivan, Ulster, Dutch-
2 ess, Orange, Putnam, Westchester, and Rockland counties);
3 4. the Southern tier (which consists of Steuben, Schuyler, Tompkins,
4 Chemung, Tioga, Chenango, Broome, and Delaware counties);
5 5. the Capital region (which consists of Warren, Washington, Saratoga,
6 Schenectady, Rensselaer, Albany, Columbia, and Greene counties);
7 6. the Mohawk valley (which consists of Oneida, Herkimer, Fulton,
8 Montgomery, Otsego, and Schoharie counties);
9 7. the North country (which consists of Clinton, Franklin, St.
10 Lawrence, Jefferson, Lewis, Hamilton, and Essex counties);
11 8. the Central region (which consists of Oswego, Cayuga, Onondaga,
12 Madison, and Cortland counties);
13 9. the Finger Lakes region (which consists of Orleans, Monroe, Wayne,
14 Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston, Ontario, Seneca, and Yates counties); and
15 10. the Western region (which consists of Niagara, Erie, Chautauqua,
16 Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties).
17 § 6.05. Regional arts, cultural affairs, and parks competitive grants.
18 1. The governor shall, in each region, establish a council who shall
19 issue competitive grants within the region. The members of each regional
20 council shall be local experts and stakeholders from arts and cultural
21 affairs organizations and parks organizations within the region. Each
22 regional council shall have seven total members appointed to such coun-
23 cil. Five members of each regional council shall be appointed by the
24 governor and shall serve at the pleasure of the governor, one member of
25 each regional council shall be appointed by the speaker of the assembly
26 and serve at the pleasure of the assembly, and one member of each
27 regional council shall be appointed by the temporary president of the
28 senate and serve at the pleasure of the senate. All members of the
29 regional councils shall be subject to the provisions of section seven-
30 ty-three-a of the public officers law.
31 2. The regional councils shall, with approval from the governor, issue
32 competitive grants to arts and cultural affairs organizations and parks
33 organizations within their region for capital projects such that:
34 (a) in the city of New York region, an equal amount of grant money is
35 issued to organizations with operating budgets of ten million dollars or
36 more as is issued to organizations with operating budgets of less than
37 ten million dollars; and
38 (b) in all other regions, an equal amount of grant money is issued to
39 organizations with operating budgets of five million dollars or more as
40 is issued to organizations with operating budgets of less than five
41 million dollars.
42 3. The regional councils shall determine which organization shall
43 receive a competitive grant based on criteria established by the gover-
44 nor for such purpose.
45 4. No regional council shall issue a grant to an organization which
46 has received a grant under this article within the prior three years.
47 5. No regional council shall issue grants totaling more than fifty
48 percent of such council's grant money issued in a calendar year to parks
50 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.