N.Y. Municipal Housing Authorities Law Section 69
Acquisition of property


When an authority has determined that unsanitary or substandard housing conditions exist in a section or sections of the municipality, it may secure options on real property in such areas or elsewhere. No authority may purchase or condemn or obligate itself to purchase or condemn real property except in connection with a project approved, if a federal project, by the federal government, or if a non-federal project, by the mayor, and in case of counties, by the county executive, and by the comptroller of the municipality. But an authority may purchase or obligate itself to purchase specific real property for proposed projects prior to such approval if such purchase is consented to in writing by the federal government in the case of a proposed federal project, or by the mayor or county executive and the comptroller in the case of a proposed non-federal project. An authority may, with the approval of the federal government, lease or acquire by purchase, eminent domain or otherwise, any property, real or personal, which it may deem necessary for any project or housing plan or undertaking of the federal government, and may, upon such terms and conditions as it may deem advisable, with or without consideration, lease, transfer, assign, convey, or deliver such property or possession thereof to such government.


In connection with projects located within their respective territorial boundaries, a municipality or government may, upon such terms, with or without consideration, as it may deem advisable, grant, sell, convey or lease any of its property to an authority or to a government, or render services or provide and maintain parks, sewage, or other facilities adjacent to or in connection with a project. A municipality may enter into an agreement with an authority or a government, upon such terms as it shall determine, with or without compensation, to open, pave, install, close or change the grade of streets, roads, roadways, alleys, sidewalks, or other places, to change the municipal map, to plan, replan, zone of rezone any section of the municipality. In connection with the exercise of this power a municipality may, if it deems advisable, incur the entire expense of any such public improvements located within its territorial boundaries without assessment against abutting property owners. Any statute, charter, local law or ordinance to the contrary notwithstanding, any grant, sale, conveyance or lease may be made by a municipality or government to an authority or government, in connection with a project, without appraisal, public notice, advertisement or public bidding. * NB The text of Article 5 of the former State Housing Law (cited herein as the “Municipal Housing Authorities Law”), as such article existed immediately prior to its repeal pursuant to section 227 of Chapter 808 of the Laws of 1939, is provided here for ease of reference and historical purposes as such text continues to be applicable for the New York City Housing Authority pursuant to the provisions of section 401 of the current Public Housing Law.

Source: Section 69 — Acquisition of property, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/MHA/69 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Nov. 25, 2023).

Nov. 25, 2023

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