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A09539 Summary:

BILL NOA09539
 
SAME ASSAME AS S08626
 
SPONSORJensen
 
COSPNSRDurso, Gandolfo, Montesano, Hawley
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd §54, St Fin L
 
Establishes the everyone can play grant program which allows for grants up to $100,000 to municipalities to cover the costs for the creation of handicap accessible aspects in new or existing recreation facilities.
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A09539 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A9539
 
SPONSOR: Jensen
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the state finance law, in relation to establishing the everyone can play grant program   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To create a grant program to allow municipalities to get funding to make recreation facilities have handicap accessible aspects.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 outlines the inclusion of a new paragraph establishing the everyone can play grant program. Section 2 establishes the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Santii is a third-grade student from Greece, NY who has used her voice to inspire so many residents in her community through her activism to create adaptive uses in recreational facilities and playgrounds. Her mission to create inclusive environments for all kids began when she was at a playground and felt bad that a young girl was not able to swing like she could. From there, Santii advocated for the creation of acces- sible recreational facilities, and with the help of Bill Reilich Greece Town Supervisor and local nonprofits and businesses, the Town of Greece was able to create an inclusive playground for all to enjoy. As a state, we should be striving to ensure that all kids, regardless of their ability, are able to enjoy playgrounds and recreational facili- ties. As facilities continue to be built new or renovated, it's essen- tial we make them inclusive for all New Yorkers. This bill would provide an avenue for the state to alleviate the financial impact on local taxpayers to create and/or renovate recreational facilities by offering state assistance. New York state should be using Santii as an inspira- tion to help local communities across the state to invest in accessible playgrounds, so all kids can play.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: Unknown.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A09539 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          9539
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     March 16, 2022
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. JENSEN -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Local Governments
 
        AN  ACT  to amend the state finance law, in relation to establishing the
          everyone can play grant program
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1.  Subdivision  10 of section 54 of the state finance law is
     2  amended by adding a new paragraph v to read as follows:
     3    v. Everyone can play grant program. (i) When used in  this  paragraph,
     4  unless otherwise expressly stated:
     5    (1) "Municipality" shall mean a county, city, town, or village.
     6    (2) "Recreation facility" shall mean playgrounds, athletic fields, and
     7  recreation  centers,  together with necessary buildings, structures, and
     8  equipment.
     9    (3) "Handicap accessible  aspects"  shall  mean  playground  equipment
    10  approved  in  accordance  with  accessibility guidelines pursuant to the
    11  federal Americans with Disabilities Act of nineteen hundred  ninety,  as
    12  amended,  which  shall  include but not be limited to, playground struc-
    13  tures, swings, slides, climbers, and spring riders.
    14    (ii) Within the annual amounts appropriated therefor, the secretary of
    15  state may award competitive grants of up to one hundred thousand dollars
    16  to municipalities to cover the costs for the creation of handicap acces-
    17  sible aspects in new or existing recreation facilities.
    18    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD14788-01-2
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