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A04072 Summary:

BILL NOA04072
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORAbinanti
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd §2-208, Vil L
 
Suspends certain provisions relating to petitions for incorporation of a village until July 1, 2023 for any town upon the affirmative vote of a majority of such town's board; directs the department of state to conduct a study on the existing laws and regulations regarding the incorporation, merger, and dissolution of municipalities for the purpose of making recommendations of amendments to such laws.
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A04072 Actions:

BILL NOA04072
 
02/01/2021referred to labor
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A04072 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          4072
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    February 1, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. ABINANTI -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Labor
 
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  village  law,  in  relation to incorporation of
          villages; relating to directing a municipal re-organization study; and
          providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Section 2-208 of the village law is amended by adding a new
     2  subdivision 4 to read as follows:
     3    4.  The  provisions contained in this section shall be suspended until
     4  July 1, 2023 for any town upon the affirmative vote of a majority of the
     5  town board.
     6    § 2. Municipal re-organization study. 1. The department  of  state  is
     7  hereby  authorized  and directed to conduct a study on the existing laws
     8  and regulations regarding the incorporation, merger, and dissolution  of
     9  municipalities  for  the purpose of making recommendations of amendments
    10  to said laws or regulations in order to better serve the needs of  resi-
    11  dents.  For the purpose of this study, municipality shall mean towns and
    12  villages.
    13    2. The study shall focus on the causes and consequences of the  incor-
    14  poration,  merger, and dissolution of municipalities. (a) When examining
    15  causes, the department shall consider, but not be limited to (i) examin-
    16  ing how often the process to dissolve, merge, or incorporate  a  munici-
    17  pality  is  initiated  and either succeeds or fails, (ii) the fiscal and
    18  economic conditions present in municipalities where a process  to  merge
    19  or dissolve was initiated, and the fiscal and economic conditions of the
    20  areas  of  existing municipalities where the process to incorporate part
    21  of them into a new municipality was  initiated,  (iii)  the  social  and
    22  demographic  conditions  of  the populations of municipalities where the
    23  process to merge, dissolve, or incorporate a new municipality was initi-
    24  ated, including how any  difference  between  populations  affected  the

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD01767-01-1

        A. 4072                             2
 
     1  initiation  of  the process to incorporate, merge, or dissolve a munici-
     2  pality.
     3    (b)  When  examining  the  consequences, the department of state shall
     4  consider, but not be limited to (i) examining the  effects  to  property
     5  taxes  and municipal revenue from successful incorporations, mergers, or
     6  dissolutions of municipalities, including effects on  local  governments
     7  collocated with the affected municipalities, including school districts,
     8  library  districts,  sewer  districts,  and  any  other  special  taxing
     9  districts, (ii) the effect on the delivery of  public  services  to  the
    10  residents  of the municipalities affected by incorporations, mergers, or
    11  dissolutions of municipalities, and (iii) the effects  on  the  economic
    12  conditions  of  the municipalities affected by an incorporation, merger,
    13  or dissolution of a municipality.
    14    3. To the maximum extent feasible, the department of  state  shall  be
    15  entitled  to  request and receive and shall utilize and be provided with
    16  such facilities, resources and data of any department, division,  board,
    17  bureau,  commission  or agency of the state as it may reasonably request
    18  to properly carry out its responsibilities pursuant to this act.
    19    4. The department of state shall consult with the office of the  state
    20  comptroller,  associations  representing  towns  and villages, and local
    21  elected officials, when considering and developing  the  recommendations
    22  of  amendments  to  existing laws and regulations governing the incorpo-
    23  ration, merger, and dissolution of municipalities.
    24    5. The department of state shall within one year of the effective date
    25  of this act submit a report of the findings, conclusions and recommenda-
    26  tion of amendments from the study to the governor, the  speaker  of  the
    27  assembly,  the  temporary  president  of  the  senate, the chairs of the
    28  senate finance committee and the assembly ways and means committee,  and
    29  the chairs of the senate and assembly local government committees.
    30    §  3.  This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that
    31  section one of this act shall apply to any petitions  for  incorporation
    32  submitted  pursuant  to  section  2-202 of the village law and currently
    33  pending without final disposition on  or  after  January  1,  2021;  and
    34  provided,  further, that this act shall expire and be deemed repealed on
    35  and after July 1, 2023.
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