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Section 138-a. Canal recreationway commission.

138-b. Functions, powers and duties.

138-c. Canal recreationway plan.
§ 138-a. Canal recreationway commission. 1. There is hereby estab-
lished a canal recreationway commission (hereinafter referred to as the
"commission") consisting of the following members:

the chairman of the authority, the commissioner of transportation
and the commissioner of environmental conservation, or their representa-
tives;

b. ten individuals involved in canal use, development, preservation or enhancement and local governments from counties adjacent to

intersected by the canal system appointed by the governor of whom three shall be appointed at the recommendation of the temporarypresident of the senate and three shall be appointed at the recommendation of the speaker of the assembly. In appointing such members, the governor

shall ensure geographic representation from each of the canal sections encompassing the canal system, including at least one representative from counties in which the Erie, Champlain, Cayuga-Seneca, and Oswego canals are located. In addition, individuals appointed to the commission shall be broadly representative of the following areas of interest: preservation of the environment, the operation of tour boats on the canal, the operation of marinas the canal, recreational trail users, hunting and fishing, tourism promotion agencies as defined in section one hundred sixty-two of the economic development law, historic preservation, and the commercial shipping industry; and

the commissioner of economic development, the commissioner of parks, recreation and historic preservation, and the secretary of state,

their representatives, and a member from each of the regional planning boards, as established by articles five-G and twelve-B of the general municipal law, whose region is intersected by the canal shall be ex-officio, non-voting members of the commission and shall provide technical expertise and advice to the commission as necessary.

2. The chairperson of the commission shall be the chairman of the authority. The members of the commission may elect a secretary and other necessary officers to serve for such a period as the members shall decide.

3. Members of the commission, except commissioners of a state agency, chairs of public authorities, the secretary of

state,

and

representatives

of regional planning boards shall serve for a term of four years and may be reappointed; however, of those members appointed initially, three such members, one appointed by the governor,, one appointed by the temporary president of the senate and one appointed by the speaker of the assembly shall be appointed for terms of two years, and three such members, one appointed by the governor, one appointed by the temporary president of the senate and one appointed by the speaker of the assembly shall be appointed for terms of three years.

4. Any member, except a member who is a state official, after notice
and an opportunity to be heard, may be removed by the governor

for
glect of duty or misfeasance in office. Any member, except a member who
is a state official, who fails to attend three consecutive meetings of
the commission, unless excused by formal vote of the commission, shall
be deemed to have vacated his or her position,

5. Any vacancy in the commission shall be filled for the unexpired
term in the same manner as the original appointment:
6.

A majority of the voting members of the commission then in office,
at least five of whom are not appointed pursuant to paragraph a of sub-
division one of this section, shall constitute a quorum for the transac-
tion of any business or the exercise of any power

function of the commission.

act,

determination or decision of the majority of the members present and entitled to vote during the presence of

quorum shall be held to be the act, determination decision of the commission.

7. The commission shall meet at least quarterly at the call of its chairperson. Special meetings may be called by its chairperson and shall EXPLANATION—Matter in italics is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law

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be called by the chairperson at the request of a majority of the members of the commission then in office.

8. Members of the commission shall not receive compensation for their services as members, but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.

§ 138-b. Functions, powers and duties. The commission shall:

1. develop, maintain and periodically revise a ştatewide canal recre; ationway plan (hereinafter referred to as the "plan") for the canal system. Such plan shall be developed in accordance with the provisions of section one hundred thirty-eight-c of this article and shall be submitted to the authority for its consideration no later than the first day of June, nineteen hundred ninety-four.

2. solicit input from countie's intersecting or bordering the canal system and incorporate it to the greatest degree practicable in the development of the plan. In order to facilitate such incorporation commission members representing each of the regional planning boards shall request from and provide assistance to each county it represents in the preparation of a county canal plan. Multi-county canal plans may be requested by the regional planning board representative, as deemed appropriate, in lieu of individual county canal, plans. In a region where a regional planning board does not exist, the commission shall solicit county canal plans from each of the chief executive officers of those counties outside the jurisdiction of a regional planning board. The commission shall prescribe uniform guidelines concerning the format of plans to be used by the regional planning board representatives to as; sist counties in the preparation of county canal plans. The regional planning board representative shall encourage the development of county canal plans that reflect participation by diverse local interests by seeking advice, to the extent possible, from individuals and organizations from such counties with an interest in recreation,

hunting and fishing, the environment, canal related tourism businesses, historic preservation and commercial development along the canal. In order to be considered in the formulation of the plan, county canal plans must be submitted to the commission not later than the first day of June, nineteen hundred ninety-three.

3. ensure public comment on the plan, including at least three public hearings on the plan prior to submission of the plan to the authority. The commission may also hold hearings other matters it deems appropriate.

4. if deemed appropriate, request that studies, surveys or analyses be performed by the authority, the departments of transportation,

economic developinent and environmental conservation and/or the office of parks, recreation and historic

preservation

to assist in the development, promotion, marketing and/or preservation of the canal system or the preparation of the plan. At the request of the commission, state agencies and public authorities shall cooperate fully and shall provide requested informations in a timely manner;

authority in carrying out its duties and obligations related to the canal in the following manner:

evaluate and make recommendations for new operational, maintenance and capital initiatives or projects to enhance the canal;

b. establish criteria and procedures for the review by the commission for consistency with the canal recreationway plan of abandonments of canal lands, canal terminals and canal terminal lands, and leases of canal lands, canal terminals, and canal terminal lands proposed authority pursuant to article VI-A of this chapter; provided, however, that where local zoning laws and zoning ordinances are in effect lands proposed to be leased or on land's adjacent to those lands proposed to be leased such review shall include, to the extent practicable, the consideration of the compatibility of such leases with the requirements of such local zoning laws and zoning ordinances; and provided further that the commission may determine that certain categories of leases do not require review;

submit to the authority, the director of the budget and the chairpersons of the senate finance committee and the assembly, ways and committee, on the first day of October, nineteen hundred ninety-two, and on or before the first day of August in each year thereafter,

a budget request for the operations of the commission. Such request shall include provisions for staff services and other administrative assistance deemed necessary by the commission to perform its functions and meet its responsibilities during the next calendar

year. The authority shall provide staff services to the commission and such other administrative

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assistance as may be necessary for the commission to carry out its func-
tions, powers and duties;

d. submit to the authority, the director of the budget and the chair-
persons of the senate finance committee and the assembly, ways and means
committee, on the first day of October, nineteen hundred ninety-two, and
on or before the first day of August in each year thereafter, budget
request for the expenditure of funds available from the New York state
canal system development fund, for the purposes established by section
ninety-two-u, of the state finance law. Submissions made during the ini-
tial years shall give funding priority for expenditures related to the
development and/or promotion of the canal system;

undertake a comprehensive study of alternative waterway and canal
toll and fee structures, including but not limited to,

comparative
analysis of other existing waterway and canal systems, the impact of
various toll and fee structures on recreational use, tourism, and com-
mercial
activity;

and the revenue implications for each of these
alternatives. The commission shall make recommendations to the authority
by the first day of April, nineteen hundred ninety-three, on appropriate
tolls and fees to be charged for the use of the canal system and shall
provide update on the implementation of such recommendations by the
first day of April, nineteen hundred ninety-five; and

f. utilize information provided by the authority and other state agen-
cies and departments, pursuant to section ten of this chapter, surveying
canal lands within the Adirondack park and studying current land uses,
to make recommendations to the authority, no later than the first day of
June, nineteen hundred ninety-four, concerning the future use of canal
lands within the Adirondack park, including but not limited to the uti-
lization of existing properties under revocable permits; and the identi-
fication of any property not needed for canal purposes that may be
transferred to the department of environmental conservation.

6. establish committees as it deems appropriate on matters relating to
the commission's functions, powers and duties; such committees shall be
chaired by a commission member but may include persons not members of
the commission who provide expertise of interest specific to the charge
of such committee.

the commission shall create a temporary committee which shall in-
clude the commissioner of the department of econonic development and the
commissioner of the office of parks, recreation and historic preserva-
tion or their representatives and others with appropriate expertise to
identify opportunities for achieving the economic development potential
of the recreationway and to make recommendations for specific implemen-
tation of these opportunities, including recommendations for marketing
and promotion designed to attract tourists.

b. the commission shall create a temporary committee, which may include appropriately accredited professionals, to assess and

report

to
the authority on issues associated with managing the waters of the canal
system, including issues relating to recreational

use, habitats and
flood prone areas.
7. report, on

before March thirty-first of each year commencing
nineteen hundred ninety-four to the authority, the governor, the tem-
porary president of the senate and the speaker of the assembly on the
activities of the commission with respect to the functions, Powers and
duties established in this section.

§ 138-c. Canal recreationway plan. 1. The commission shall, in accor-
dance with the provisions of section one hundred thirty-eight-b of this
article, formulate statewide canal recreationway plan for the canal
system that is based upon the inventory prepared pursuant to subdivision
twenty-three of section ten of this chapter and that is consistent with
the land use concepts contained in the state land acquisition plan pre-
pared pursuant to section 49-0207 of the environmental conservation law
and in the statewide comprehensive outdoor recreation plan prepared pur-
şuant to section 3.15 of the parks, recreation and historic preservation
law. The plan shall include, but not be limited to:
å. criteria for

of the canal system which will effectuate the
goal and objective of developing the canal into a recreationway system;
b.

provisions for fostering a canal system characterized by clusters
of development connected by stretches of undeveloped open space in areas
between cities, villages and hamlets which will be conducive to the
preservation of waterfowl, fish and wildlife habitats;
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provisions for the consideration of environmental resources, including lands which possess significance for wildlife management, secreation or natural resource protection purposes and significant freshwater wetlands;

d. provisions which protect the public interest in such lands and waters for purposes of commerce, navigation, fishing, hunting, bathing, recreation and access to the lands and waters of the state, and otherwise encourage increased public access to the canal through the establishment of parks, scenic by ways and recreational trails on the canal system. Such provisions shall ensure the public safety;

e. provisions to protect agricultural uses of canal' land and waters;

f. provisions for appropriate development of businesses in appropriate locations which will support outdoor recreation activities;

8. provisions which give guidance to the authority with respect to managing water levels in reservoirs to provide water to the canal system and retain water for recreational purposes; and h. provisions

to protect commercial shipping interests on the canal system.

2. The plan shall establish goals and objectives with respect to inplementation, with provision for amendment of the plan to reflect changing conditions. ing

. The authority shall act upon the plan submitted by the commission within four months after its submission and shall approve such plan unless it finds that the plan, or any part thereof: (i) is not financially or operationally feasible; (ii) would violate any federal or state law, rule or regulation; (iii) violates agreements with noteholders or bondholders of the authority; (iv) interferes with existing contracts; or (v) is inconsistent with' the findings of the generic environ. mental impact statement undertaken pursuant to section three hundred eighty-two of the public authorities law.

the event that the authority finds that the plan cannot be approved in its entirety, it may approve such portions of the plan

it deems appropriate, and shall recommend changes to the remaining portions of the plan to the commission. The commission shall then have three months in which to consider the recommendations of the authority and submit a revised plan or portions thereof to the authority.

Upon the approval of the plan or a portion of the plan as provided in this section, the authority shall deliver within ten days a the plan or portion of the plan to the governor, the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the assembly, with a dated

notice of such approval.

§ 18. Section 351 of the public authorities law is amended by adding two new subdivisions 10 and 11 to read as follows:

10. The term "New York state canal system" shall mean all of the canals, canal lands, feeder canals, reservoirs, canal terminals, canal terminal lands and other property under the jurisdiction of the authority pursuant to article one-A of the canal law.

11. The term "thruway system' shall mean: (a) the thruway; and (b) the New York state canal system.

S 19. Section 353 of the public authorities law, as added by chapter 143 of the laws of 1950, is amended to read as follows:

5 353. Purposes of the authority and benefits therefrom. The authority is created to and shall have power to

finance, construct, struct, improve, develop, maintain

operate thruway system as provided by and subject to the provisions of this title together with facilities for the public incidental thereto. It is hereby found and declared that such purposes are in all respects for the benefit of the people of the state of New York for the increase of their pleasure, convenience and welfare, for the improvement of their health, to facilitate transportation for their recreation and commerce and for the common defense; and the authority shall be regarded as performing a tal function in carrying out its corporate purpose and in exercising the powers granted by this title. $ 20.

Subdivisions 6 and 8 of section 354 of the public authorities law, subdivision 6 as added by chapter 143 of the laws of 1950 and subdivision 8 as amended by chapter 776 of the laws of 1951, are amended to read as follows:

6. To appoint officers, agents and employees and fix their compensation; subject however to the provisions of the civil service law,

which shall apply to the authority and to the subsidiary corporation thereof

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8. Subject to agreements with noteholders or bondholders, to fix and collect such fees, rentals and charges for the use of the thruway system

any part thereof necessary or convenient, with an adequate margin of safety, to produce sufficient revenue to meet the expense of maintenance and operation and to fulfill the terms of any agreements made with the holders of its notes or bonds, and to establish the rights and privileges granted upon payment thereof; , provided, however, that tolls may only be imposed for the passage through locks and lift bridges by sels which are propelled in whole or in part by mechanical power; and provided further that no tolls shall be imposed or collected prior to the first day of April, nineteen hundred ninety-three.

§ 21. Subdivision 10 of section 354 of the public authorities law, amended by chapter 341 of the laws of 1965, is amended to read follows:

10. To construct, reconstruct or improve on or along the [thruways] thruway system in the manner herein provided, suitable facilities for gas

stations, restaurants, and other facilities for the public, or to lease the right to construct, reconstruct or improve and operate such facilities;

such facilities shall be publicly offered for leasing for operation, or the right to construct, reconstruct or improve and operate such facilities shall be publicly offered under rules and regulations to be established by the authority, provided, however, that lessees operating such facilities at the time this act becomes effective, may reconstruct or improve them or may construct additional like facilities, in the manner and upon such terms and conditions as the board shall détermine; and provided further, however, that such facilities constructed, reconstructed or improved or along the canal system shall be consistent with the canal recreationway plan approved pursuant to section

hundred thirty-eight-c of the canal law and section three hundred eighty-two of this title;

22. Section 357 of the public authorities law, as amended by chapter 517 of the laws of 1954, is amended to read as follows:

§ 357. Right of authority to use state property; payment for improvements. [1.] On assuming jurisdiction of a thruway highway section connection or any part thereof, or of a highway connection, or of the New York state canal system, the authority shall have the right to possess

and use for its corporate purposes so long as its corporate existence shall continue, any real property and rights in real property theretofore acquired by the state, including all improvements thereon and state canal ‘lands and properties; provided that the

by the authority of canal lands and properties for highway purposes shall not interfere with the use thereof for canal purposes.

[2. On assuming such jurisdiction, the authority, if it shall not have already provided for payment thereof, shall be indebted to the state of New York in

amount equal to the cost of real property and rights therein acquired by the state for the purpose of such thruway section or connection or part thereof, or such highway connection, and the cost of construction by the state of that portion of the thruway so assumed. The authority and the state director of the budget shall enter into an agreement that such indebtedness shall be paid at such time or times and in such manner as such agreement shall provide, subject to the rights of holders of outstanding notes or bonds of the authority, Moneys paid

to the state in satisfaction of such indebtedness shall be received by the comptroller and deposited by him to the credit of the capital construction fund. )

§ 23. Subdivision 1 of section 359 of the public authorities law, as amended by chapter 420 of the laws of 1968, is amended to read follows:

1. On assuming jurisdiction of a thruway section or connection or any part thereof, or of a highway connection, or of the New York state canal system, the authority shall proceed with the construction, reconstruction or improvement thereof. A11 such work shall be done pursuant to contract or contracts which shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder, by sealed proposals publicly opened, after public advertisement and upon such terms and conditions as the authority shall require; provided, however, that the authority may reject any and all proposals and may advertise for proposals, as herein provided, if in its opinion, the best interests of the authority will thereby be promoted; provided 'further, however, that at the request of the authority, ali or any portion EXPLANATION-Matter in italics is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law

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