New York – A proposed bill that would require certain annexation petitions to be approved by county planning agencies or a regional planning council has been vetoed by Governor Andrew Cuomo for the second year in a row.
Assembly Bill 10210 was proposed by Assemblyman James Skoufis in an attempt to block a planned annexation by the Village of Kiryas Joel, with a similar bill introduced in the State Senate by Senator Bill Larkin. In his veto, Cuomo said the bill violated state law and “would have directly contravened the constitutional prohibition on a county’s authority.”
According to Article IX of the New York State Constitution, county consent on an local annexation is only required in situations that impact county borders.
Cuomo vetoed a similar bill in July 2015 as previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2ddnvq4).
Skoufis is vowing to fight the bill, reported the State of Politics website.
“The governor’s repeated veto of my annexation oversight bill reflects a politically driven disregard on this critical issue,” said Skoufis. “Likewise, his continued argument that the bill is unconstitutional flies in the face of reality.
Kiryas Joel’s government relations coordinator Ari Felberman praised the governor’s actions.
“He is true to his word,” Felberman told VIN News. “He sticks to the constitution.”