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S09579 Summary:

Add 1704-b, amd 1630, V & T L; amd 553, Pub Auth L
Provides that any resident of Rockland county or Orange county shall not be charged a toll for entry into or remaining in the central business district in New York city.
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S09579 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                    IN SENATE
                                    October 17, 2022
        Introduced  by  Sen. REICHLIN-MELNICK -- read twice and ordered printed,
          and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules
        AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law and the  public  authorities
          law,  in  relation  to  exempting  any  resident of Rockland county or
          Orange county from congestion pricing in New York City

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  The  vehicle  and  traffic law is amended by adding a new
     2  section 1704-b to read as follows:
     3    § 1704-b. Exemption from central business  district  tolling  program.
     4  Any  resident  of  Rockland county or Orange county shall not be charged
     5  for entry into or remaining in the central business district pursuant to
     6  section seventeen hundred four-a of this article.
     7    § 2. Subdivision 4 of section 1630 of the vehicle and traffic law,  as
     8  amended  by section 2 of subpart A of part ZZZ of chapter 59 of the laws
     9  of 2019, is amended to read as follows:
    10    4. Charging of tolls, taxes, fees, licenses or permits for the use  of
    11  the  highway  or  any of its parts or entry into or remaining within the
    12  central business district established by article  forty-four-C  of  this
    13  chapter,  where  the  imposition  thereof  is  authorized  by law.   The
    14  provisions of this subdivision shall not apply to residents of  Rockland
    15  county or Orange county.
    16    § 3. Subdivision 12-a of section 553 of the public authorities law, as
    17  added by section 4 of subpart A of part ZZZ of chapter 59 of the laws of
    18  2019, is amended to read as follows:
    19    12-a.  To  establish and charge variable tolls, fees and other charges
    20  for vehicles entering or remaining within the central business district,
    21  except for any vehicle which originates in  Rockland  county  or  Orange
    22  county,  and  to  make  rules and regulations for the collection of such
    23  tolls, fees and other charges, subject to and in  accordance  with  such
    24  agreement  with bondholders and applicable federal law as may be made as
    25  hereinafter provided. Subject to agreements with bondholders and  appli-
    26  cable  federal  law, all tolls, fees and other revenues derived from the
    27  central business district  tolling  program  shall  be  applied  to  the
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  payment  of  operating,  administration, and other necessary expenses of
     2  the authority properly allocable to such program, including the  capital
     3  costs  of  such  program, and to the payment of interest or principal of
     4  bonds,  notes  or other obligations of the authority or the metropolitan
     5  transportation authority issued for transit  and  commuter  projects  as
     6  provided  in section five hundred fifty-three-j of this title, and shall
     7  not be subject to distribution under section five  hundred  sixty-nine-c
     8  of  this title or section twelve hundred nineteen-a of this chapter. The
     9  provisions of section twenty-eight hundred four of  this  chapter  shall
    10  not  be  applicable  to  the tolls and fees established by the authority
    11  pursuant to this subdivision. Any such fares, tolls, and  other  charges
    12  shall  be  established and changed only if approved by resolution of the
    13  authority adopted by not less than a majority vote of the  whole  number
    14  of members of the authority then in office, with the chairman having one
    15  additional  vote  in  the  event  of a tie vote, and only after a public
    16  hearing.
    17    § 4. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth  day  after  it  shall
    18  have become a law.
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