Westchester County
New York

Act
ACT-2012-173

Jay Property Estate Restoration/Maintenance

Information

Department:Board of LegislatorsSponsors:D7 Legislator Judith Myers, D16 Legislator Kenneth W. Jenkins
Category:Act

Body

An ACT authorizing the County, acting through the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation, to enter into a three-party Agreement with New York State and the Jay Heritage Center pursuant to which the County and NYS Parks will grant JHC a license to develop, manage, operate, maintain, secure and administer the Jay Property for park and recreational uses.

Meeting History

Oct 15, 2012 7:00 PM Video Board of Legislators Regular Meeting

On motion of Mr. Harckham the above item was received, filed and referred to the Committees on Budget & Appropriations, Government Operations and Legislation.

RESULT:REFERRED TO COMMITTEE
Nov 5, 2012 3:00 PM Video Term 2012-13 (Government Operations) Committee Meeting

Tom Alworth, Deputy Comm. Of NYS Parks participated in the discussion by phone and discussed why this agreement was in the best interests of all concerned. This agreement is a good example of leveraging the private sector and having two different branches of government working together. It would enable a not-for-profit to partner with the government to raise funds to take care of this site. Tami Altschiller explained the legislation and the different schedules. It is a three party agreement with the Jay Heritage Center, the County and the NYS Parks Dept. It grants the Jay Heritage Center a license to maintain, develop, operate and administer the Jay Property. She noted that the legislation does not given Jay Heritage Center any property rights or interest. The NYS Dept. Of Parks and the County Parks Department must approve all plans submitted by Jay Heritage Center.

Mr. Burrows asked if this requires A&C approval and approval by the Board of Legislators and asked for the authority for the decision and would like a memo of law. Ms. Altshiller said that there had been many discussions on this issue and her understanding was that they have decided to go ahead and receive this legislation.

Ms. Myers asked if this has been seen by the Friends of Marshlands? Mr. Baker of PRC replied that the President has seen it and approved it. She noted that the Heritage Society has done a great job with restoration and public programs. Ms. Borgia noted that this legislation will work well with the Marshlands.

On motion of Legislator Myers and seconded by Legislator Ryan this item was approved with a vote of 6 to 0.

RESULT:SIGNED BY COMMITTEE
Nov 15, 2012 2:00 PM Video Budget & Appropriations Committee Meeting

With a motion by Legislator Myers and seconded by Legislator Borgia, this item was approved with a vote of 5-0.

Parks Commissioner Kathy O'Connor, joined by Suzanne Clary of the Jay Heritage Center, addressed the Committee and explained the details and the benefit of this maintenance agreement. Chair Myers stated that the GO Committee also took up this item and signed it out. She also said that this agreement would enable a not-for-profit to partner with the government to raise funds to take care of this site. Commissioner O'Connor and Ms. Clary explained that this is a three party agreement with the Jay Heritage Center, the County and the NYS Parks Dept. It grants the Jay Heritage Center a license to maintain, develop, operate and administer the Jay Property. It was noted that the legislation does not given Jay Heritage Center any property rights or interest. The NYS Dept. Of Parks and the County Parks Department must approve all plans submitted by Jay Heritage Center.

Chair Myers noted that in GO she inquired about whether or not this agreement had been seen by the Friends of Marshlands, and Mr. Baker of PRC had replied that the President had seen it and approved it.

Chair Myers stated that Ms. Clary and the Heritage Society have done a great job with restoration and public programs.

RESULT:SIGNED BY COMMITTEE
Nov 26, 2012 7:00 PM Video Board of Legislators Regular Meeting

Submitted by COMMITTEES ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS AND BUDGET & APPROPRIATIONS

Ms. Myers and Ms. Borgia presented the report and Act and moved that the report be received, filed and approved and the Act adopted, which motion was carried by the following vote.

RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
AYES:Peter Harckham, James Maisano, Catherine Borgia, Gordon A. Burrows, David B. Gelfarb, Michael Kaplowitz, Sheila Marcotte, Judith Myers, Virginia Perez, William J. Ryan, MaryJane Shimsky, Michael J. Smith, Bernice Spreckman, John G. Testa, Alfreda Williams, Lyndon Williams, Kenneth W. Jenkins