New York Senate Bill 5661 (2009)
New York Senate Bill 5661, proposes to enact the New York government reorganization and citizen empowerment act as it relates to consolidation and dissolution of local governments.
The bill was introduced by Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins and co-sponsored by Senators Elizabeth O'C. Little, John Bonacic, John DeFrancisco, Pedro Espada, Brian Foley, Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Jeffrey Klein, Liz Krueger, Roy McDonald, Velmanette Montgomery, Frank Padavan, Bill Perkins, John L. Sampson, William Stachowski, David Valesky and John Bonacic.
- The bill successfully passed in the Assembly on June 1, 2009 and in the Senate on June 3, 2009. On July 10, 2009 Gov. David Paterson signed the bill into law.
According to the new law, 10 percent of registered voters or 5,000 registered voters of a town can submit a petition to dissolve the local government. A referendum would be held in which a simple majority in favor of petition would dissolve the government. The issue can also be raised at the county level.