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the arrangements made for contact between the siblings and halfsiblings, identification of all available placement alternatives and the specific reasons why they were rejected, an estimate of the anticipated duration of placement, and plan for termination of services under appropriate circumstances, with specific explanation of the reasons for such termination plan.

2. Upon completion of the assessment provided for in subdivision one of this section, the social services district shall [in consultation with the child's parent or guardian, where appropriate,] establish and maintain a [child] family service plan based such assessments, which]. The plan shall be prepared in consultation with the child's parent or guardian, unless such person is unavailable unwilling to participate, such participation would be harmful to the child, and with the child if the child is in foster care and is ten years of age or older, and, where appropriate, with the child's siblings. Such consultation shall be done in person, unless such a meeting is impracticable or would be harmful to the child. The plan shall include at least the following:

(a) time frames for periodic reassessment of the care and maintenance needs of each child and the manner in which such reassessments are to be accomplished; (b) short

term, intermediate and long range goals for the child and family and actions planned to meet the need of the child and family and each goal;

(c) identification of [the services required by the child and his family, and a description of] necessary and appropriate services and assistance to the child and members of the child's family. The services so identified shall, before being included in the family service plan, be assessed to determine the projected effectiveness of such plan including but not limited to the following considerations:

(i) the family's concurrence with the plan; (ii) the ability and motivation of the family to access services, including geographic accessibility;

the relatedness of the services to the family's needs and its socio-economic and cultural circumstances; and (iv) other factors which

may impact upon the effectiveness of such plan. The service plan shall also describe the availability of such services and the manner in which they are to be provided;

(d) any alternative plans for services where specific services are not available, and any viable options for services considered during the planning process;

(e) where placement in foster care is determined necessary, specification of the reasons for such determination, the kind and level of placement, any available placement alternatives, an estimate of the anticipated duration of placement, and plan for termination of services under appropriate circumstances. 3.

The plan shall be reviewed and revised, in [consultation with the child's parent or guardian, where

appropriate] accordance with the procedures

and standards in subdivision two of this section, at least within the first ninety days following its preparation and at least every six

months thereafter. Such revisions shall indicate the types, dates and sources of services that have actually been provided and an evaluation of the efficacy of such services, and any necessary or desirable revisions in goals or planned services.

4. In accordance with regulations of the department, relevant portions of the assessment of the child and [his] family circumstances, including but not limited to the material described in paragraph (d) of subdivision one of this section, and a complete copy of the [child] family service plan, established pursuant to subdivisions one and two, respectively, of this section shall be [made available] given to

the child's parent' or guardian, counsel for such parent or guardian, and the child's law guardian, if any, within ten days of preparation of any such plan.

§ 2. Section 409-f of the social services law, as added by chapter 611 of the laws of 1979, is amended to read as follows:

§ 409-f. Uniform' case recording. With respect to each child described in subdivision one of section four hundred nine-e of this title, the social services district shall establish and maintain a uniform case record, consisting of the assessment, the [child] family service plan, descriptions of căre, maintenance or’services provided to such child and (his] family and the dates provided, essential data relating to the identification and history of such child and (his] family, all official documents and records of any judicial or administrative proceedings

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record. Such regulation shall be developed with the participation of the child welfare standards advisory council established pursuant to section four hundred nine-h of this chapter and in consultation with public and voluntary authorized agencies, citizens' groups and concerned individuals and organizations, including the state council on children and families. The uniform case record shall be maintained by the district in

consistent with the confidential nature of such records and shall be made available in accordance with applicable provisions of law. When a hearing has been requested in accordance with section twenty-two of this chapter, a copy of the portions of the record relevant to the hearing shall also be made available to the child's parent or guardian, counse) for the parent or guardian, and, if participating in the hearing's then stact shaun Buardiaffect immediately.

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AN ACT to amend the highway law, in relation to designating a portion of the state highway system in Putnam county

"The Putnam County Veterans Memorial Bridge" Became a law July 31, 1992, with the approval of the Governor.

Passed by a majority vote, three-fifths being present. The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

Section 1. The highway law is amended by adding a new section 342-y to read as follows:

$ 342-y. Portion of state highway system to be designated as "The Putnam County Veterans Memorial Bridge". The bridge crossing New York state routes 6 and 22 in the town of Southeast in Putnam county shall be designated and known as "The Putnam County Veterans Memorial Bridge".

§. 2. The commissioner of transportation shall provide the installation and maintenance of adequate signing of the bridge designated pursuant to section one of this act.

§ 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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AN ACT to amend the town law and the village law, in relation to subdi-
vision plat review and approval and repealing certain provisions of
the town law and the village law relating thereto
Became a law July 31, 1992, with the approval of the Governor.

Passed by a majority vote, three-fifths being present.
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People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

Section 1. Section 276 of the town law is repealed and a new section 276 is added to read as follows: EXPLANATION-Matter in italics is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law

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၌ 276. Subdivision review; approval of plats; development of filed plats. 1. Purpose. For the purpose of providing for the future growth and development of the town and affording adequate facilities for the housing, transportation, distribution, comfort, convenience, şafety, health and welfare of its population, the town board may, by resolution, authorize and empower the planning board to approve preliminary and final plats of subdivisions showing lots, blocks or sites, with or without streets or highways, within that part of the town outside the limits of any incorporated village.

2. Authorization for review of previously filed plats. For the same purposes and under the same conditions, the town board may, by resolution, authorize and empower the planning board to approve the development of plats, entirely or partially undeveloped, which were filed in the office of the clerk of the county in which such plat is located prior to the appointment of such planning board and grant to, the board the power to approve such plats. The term "undeveloped", shall mean those plat's where twenty percent or more of the lots within the plat are unin, proved unless existing conditions, such as poor drainage, have prevented their development.

3. Filing of certificate. The clerk of every town which has authorized its planning board to approve plats as set forth herein shall immediately file a certificate of that fact with the clerk or register of the county in which such town is located.

4. Definitions. When used in this article the following terms shall have the respective meanings set forth herein except where the context shows otherwise :

(a) "Subdivision" means the division of any parcel of land into a number of lots, blocks or sites as specified in local ordinance, law, rule or regulation, with or without streets or highways, for the purpose of sale, transfer of ownership, or development. The term "subdivision" shall include any alteration of lot lines or dimensions of any lots or sites shown on a plat previously approved and filed in the office of the county clerk register of the county in which such plat is located. Subdivisions may be defined and delineated by local regulation, as either "major" or "minor", with the review procedures and criteria for each set forth in such local regulations.

(b) "Preliminary plat" means å drawing prepared in a manner prescribed by local regulation showing the layout of a proposed subdivision including,

but not restricted to, road and lot layout and approximate dimensions, key plan, topography and drainage, all proposed facilities unsized, including preliminary plans and profiles, at suitable scale and in such detail as local regulation may require.

(c) "Preliminary, plat approval" means the approval of the layout of a proposed subdivision as set forth in a preliminary plat but subject to the approval of the plat in final form in accordance with the provisions of this section. (d) "Final plat".

a drawing prepared in a manner prescribed by local regulation, that shows a proposed subdivision, containing in such additional detail as shall be provided by local regulation all information required to be shown on a preliminary plat and the modifications, if required by the planning board at the time of approval of the preliminary, plat if such preliminary plat has been so approved,

(e) "Conditional approval of a final plat" means approval by a planning board of a final plat subject to conditions set forth by the planning board in a resolution conditionally approving such plat. Such conditional approval does not qualify final plat for recording nor authorize issuance of any building permits prior to the signing of the plat by a duly authorized officer of the planning board and recording of the plat in the office of the county clerk or register as herein

(f) "Final plat approval" means the signing of a plat in final form by a duly authorized officer of a planning board

pursuant to planning board resolution granting final approval to the plat or after conditions specified in a resolution granting conditional approval of the plat are completed.

Such final approval qualifies the plat for recording in the office of the county clerk or register in the county in which such plat is located.

5. Approval of preliminary, plats. (a) Submission of preliminary plats, All plats shall be submitted to the planning board for approval in final form provided,

however, that where the planning board has been authorized to approve preliminary, plats, the owner may submit or the planning board may require that the owner submit preliminary plat for

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consideration. Such a preliminary plat shall be clearly marked "preliminary plat" and shall conform to the definition provided in this section.

(6) Public hearing, on preliminary, plats. The planning board shall hold & public hearing within sixty-two days after the receipt of a complete preliminary plat by the clerk of the planning board. Such hearing shall be advertised at least once in a newspaper of general circulation in the town at least five days before such hearing. The planning board may provide that the hearing be further advertised in such

as it deens most appropriate for full public consideration of such preliminary plat.

(9) Approval of preliminary plat. The planning board shall approve, with or without modification, or disapprove such preliminary plat within sixty-two days after the public hearing. The ground for a modification, if any, or the ground for disapproval shall be stated upon the records of the planning board. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this subdivision, the period in which a planning board must take action such preliminary plat may be extended by mutual consent of the owner and the planning board. When so approving a preliminary plat, the planning board shall state in writing any modifications it deems necessary for submission of the plat in final form.

(d) Filing of preliminary plat. Within five days of the approval of such preliminary plat it shall be certified by the clerk of the planning board as having been granted preliminary approval, a copy filed in the clerk's office, and a certified copy mailed to the owner,

(e) Revocation of approval of preliminary plat. Within six months of the approval of the preliminary plat the owner must submit the plat in final form. If the final plat' is not submitted within six months, approval of the preliminary plat may be revoked by the planning board.

(f) Default approval of preliminary, plat'. In the event a planning board fails to take action a preliminary plat within the time prescribed therefor, such

such preliminary plat shall be deemed granted preliminary approval. The certificate of the clerk of the town as to the date of submission, and the failure of the planning board to take action within such prescribed time, shall be issued on demand and shall be sufficient in lieu of written endorsement or other evidence of approval herein required.

6. Approval of final plats. (a) Submission of final plats. Final plats shall conform to the definition provided by this section.

(b) Final plats which in substantial agreement with approved preliminary plats, When a final plat is submitted which the planning board deems to be in substantial agreement with a preliminary plat approved pursuant to this section, the planning board shall by resolution conditionally approve with or without modification, disapprove, or grant final approval and authorize the signing of such plat, within sixty-two days of its receipt by the clerk of the planning board.

(9) Final ,plats which are not in substantial agreement with approved preliminary plats. When a final plat is submitted which the planning board deems not to be in substantial agreement with a preliminary plat approved pursuant to this section, the following shall apply:

(i) Final plats not in substantial agreement with approved preliminary plats may require further review under the state environmental quality review act.

(ii) The planning board shall hold a public hearing on such final plat not later than sixty-two days after the receipt of the final plat. The hearing shall be advertised at least once in a newspaper of general circulation in the town at least five days before such hearing.

(iii) The planning board shall by resolution conditionally approve, with or without modification, disapprove, or grant final approval and authorize the signing of such plat, within sixty-two days after the date of the public hearing. The grounds for a modification, if any, the grounds for disapproval shall be stated upon the records of the planning board. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this subdivision, the period in which a planning board must take action on such final plat may be extended by mutual consent of the owner and the planning board.

(d) Final plats when no preliminary plat is required to be submitted. When no preliminary plat is required to be submitted, the following

(1) Such plat shall be clearly marked "final pląt" and shall conform to the definition provided by this section. The planning board

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hold a public hearing within sixty-two days after the receipt of a complete final plat by the clerk or* the planning board, Such hearing shall be advertised at least once in a newspaper of general circulation in the town at least five days before such hearing. The planning board may provide that

the hearing be further advertised in such manner as it deems most appropriate for full public consideration of such final plat.

(ii) The planning board shall hold a public hearing within sixty-two days after the receipt of a complete final plat by the clerk of the planning board.

Such hearing shall be advertised at least once in a newspaper of general circulation in the town at least five days before such hearing. The planning board may provide that the hearing be further advertised in such manner as it deems most appropriate for full public consideration of such final plat.

(iii) The planning board shall by resolution conditionally approve, with or without modification, disapprove, or grant final approval and authorize the signing of such plat, within sixty-two days after the date of the public hearing. The ground for modification, if any,

the ground for disapproval shall be stated upon the records of the planning board.

(e) Extension of time. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this subdivision, the time in which a planning board must take action on such plat may be extended by mutual consent of the owner and the planning, bo Approval by default. In the event a planning board fails to take action on a final plat within the time prescribed herein, for such extended period established by the mutual consent of the owner and the planning board, the plat shall be deemed approved, and a certificate of the clerk of the town as to the date of submission and the failure to take action within such prescribed time shall be issued demand and shall be sufficient in lieu of written endorsement or other evidence of approval herein required.

7. Conditional approval of final plats. (a) Certification of plat. Upon resolution granting conditional approval of a final plat, the plan ning board shall empower a duly authorized officer to sign the plat subject to completion of any requirements may

be stated in the resolution. Within five days of such resolution the plat shall be certified by the clerk of the planning board as conditionally approved and a copy

filed in such clerk's office. A copy of the resolution shall be mailed to the owner, which

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include statement of such requirements which when completed will authorize the signing of the conditionally approved final plat,

(b) Duration of approval. Ypon completion of such requirements, the plat shall be signed by said duly authorized officer of the planning board. Conditional approval of a final plat shall expire within one hun, dred eighty days after the date of the resolution granting conditional approval unless such requirements have been certified as completed.

8. Extension of time, Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section, the planning board may extend the time in which a conditionally approved plat in final form must be submitted for signature if, in its opinion, such extension is warranted by the particular circumstances thereof, which time shall not exceed two additional periods of ninety days each.

9. Approval of plat in sections. In granting conditional or final approval of a plat in final form, the planning board may permit the plat to

be subdivided and developed in two or more sections and may in its resolution granting conditional

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that such requirements as it deems necessary to insure the orderly development of the plat be completed before said sections may be signed by the duly authorized officer of the planning board. Conditional or final approval of the sections of a final plat may be granted concurrently with conditional or final approval of the entire plat, subject to any requirements imposed by the planning board.

10. Notice to county planning, agency. When a county planning agency has been authorized to review subdivision plats pursuant to section

two hundred thirty-nine-n of the general municipal law, the clerk of the planning board shall refer all applicable preliminary and final plats to such county, planning agency as provided in that section.

11. Expiration of approval.' The signature of the duly authorized officer of the planning board constituting final approval by the planning board of a plat as herein provided; or the approval by such board of the

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