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ANTI-BTO BILL HAS BEEN AMENDED!

Senate bill S 5963 is now S 5963A and has been amended; removing all references of  negativity to Bridge & Tunnel Officers!  The amended bill contains positive language about reporting the law enforcement statistics of our Officers. The full text of the bill appears below:

STATUS:
S5963-A  SPANO
Public Authorities Law
TITLE....Relates to the powers of the Triborough bridge and tunnel authority
01/20/04 REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
03/30/04 AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO TRANSPORTATION
03/30/04 PRINT NUMBER 5963A

SUMMARY:

SPANO
Amd S553, Pub Auth L; amd S837-b, Exec L
Requires the Triborough bridge and tunnel authority to submit a report indicating certain numbers and information relating to such authority.
BILL TEXT:
 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         5963--A
 
                    IN SENATE
 
                                    January 20, 2004
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  Sen.  SPANO  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation --  commit-
          tee  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recom-
          mitted to said committee
 
        AN ACT to amend the public authorities law and  the  executive  law,  in
          relation to the powers of the Triborough bridge and tunnel authority
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Section 553 of the public authorities  law  is  amended  by
     2  adding a new subdivision 22 to read as follows:
     3    22.  To submit, in the form and at the intervals approved by the divi-
     4  sion of criminal justice services, a report indicating:
     5    (a) the number of simplified traffic informations for traffic  infrac-
     6  tions  issued  pursuant  to  subdivision  seven-a of this section by the
     7  authority;
     8    (b) the number of violations of rules and regulations of the  authori-
     9  ty;
    10    (c) the number of arrests by the authority;
    11    (d) the number of accidents as tallied by the authority; and
    12    (e)  any  other  information  requested  by  the  division of criminal
    13  justice services.
    14     2. Subdivision 1 of section 837-b of the executive law,  as  amended
    15  by chapter 459 of the laws of 1975, is amended to read as follows:
    16    1.  It  is  hereby  made  the  duty  of the state administrator of the
    17  unified court system; and of every sheriff, county or city  commissioner
    18  of  correction  and  head  of every police department, state, county, or
    19  local, and also railroad, steamship, park, aqueduct  and  tunnel  police
    20  [and], town constables and bridge and tunnel officers, of every district
    21  attorney, of every probation agency; and of head of every institution or
    22  department, state, county and local, dealing with criminals and of every
    23  other  officer,  person  or  agency, dealing with crimes or criminals or
    24  with delinquency or delinquents, to transmit  to  the  commissioner  not
    25  later than the fifteenth day of each calendar month, or at such times as
    26  provided  in the rules and regulations adopted by the commissioner, such
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD15755-02-4

S. 5963--A 2 1 information as may be necessary to enable him to comply with subdivision 2 four of section eight hundred thirty-seven of this article. Such 3 reports shall be made upon forms which shall be supplied by the commis- 4 sioner. 5 3. This act shall take effect immediately.


SPONSORS MEMO:
NEW YORK STATE SENATE
INTRODUCER'S MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT
submitted in accordance with Senate Rule VI. Sec 1
 
BILL NUMBER: S5963A
 
SPONSOR: SPANO
  TITLE OF BILL
: An act to amend the public authorities law and the executive law, in relation to the powers of the Triborough bridge and tunnel authority   PURPOSE: Requires Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority to transmit all law enforcement activity in accordance with the Rules and Regu- lations adopted by Commissioner of D.C,J.S.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends Section 553 of the public authorities law by adding a new subdivision 22; Amends Subdivision 1 of Section 837-b of the executive law, as amended by chapter 459 of the laws of 1975.   JUSTIFICATION: Currently, all law enforcement agencies within the State of New York are required to submit to D.C,J.S. the statistical data of arrests made and summons issued. However, the law enforcement arm of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, is not included in the statistical data being collected. This bill seeks to include this very important information. In 2003, Bridge and Tunnel Officers made 627 arrests for offenses. These include illegal weapons possession, illegal drugs, suspended licenses and 441 arrests for driving while intoxicated. Additionally, 43,400 summonses were issued for speeding, dangerous driving and other offenses. Bridge and Tunnel Officers are in charge of protecting the public while on the 10 facilities that connect the boroughs of New York City and perform an important service to the law-abiding citizens who travel the facilities. The statistical data should be required to be included in the reports released by D.C,J.S. annually in order to present a more accurate picture of law enforcement.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None