N.Y. Public Lands Law Section 3
Powers and duties

  • leases

1.

The office of general services shall have the general care and superintendence of all state lands, the superintendence whereof is not vested in some officer or in a state department or a division, bureau or agency thereof.

2.

The commissioner of general services may, subject to such rules as he may promulgate with the approval of the state director of the budget, from time to time, lease for terms not exceeding five years, and until disposed of as required by law, all such state lands which are not appropriated to any immediate use. Such leases shall contain proper covenants to guard against trespass and waste. The use to which such leased property shall be put shall be consistent with local land use regulations. The commissioner also may grant rights and easements in perpetuity or otherwise in and to all state lands, including lands under water, at a price to be determined by the commissioner, and in case of a subsequent sale of such lands, the same may be sold subject to any rights and easements previously granted. The commissioner may, with or without consideration as determined by him, release and relinquish to the owner of the fee title therein, any rights or easements in perpetuity or otherwise, as may have been previously granted to the state. Provided, however, that where the superintendence of state lands is vested in some officer or in a state department or a division, bureau or agency thereof or in a public authority created or continued under the public authorities law the commissioner may grant, release or relinquish such rights and easements upon the written request of such officer or the head of such department, division, bureau, agency or public authority or of an employee thereof designated for such purpose by such officer or head of the department, division, bureau, agency or public authority.

3.

The commissioner of general services may repair, demolish or remove the whole or a portion of any structure on such state lands, provided he has filed in his office a writing specifying the structure and certifying to the necessity of such repair, demolition or removal. The expense of such work may be paid from any contingent funds available to the commissioner, or from moneys specially appropriated for such purposes. If such work be done by contract, the commissioner may dispense with advertising and bids, or either, or may cause such work to be done by direct employment of labor and purchase of material in the open market, or partly by contract and partly by such direct employment and purchase.

4.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter or other statute, the commissioner of general services, upon the application of any state department, or a division, bureau or agency thereof, or upon the application of any state agency, may transfer to such state department, division, bureau, or agency, or state agency, the jurisdiction over any lands, including lands under water, abandoned canal lands and salt springs reservation land, upon such terms and conditions as the commissioner may deem just and proper and upon the consent of the department, or a division, bureau or agency thereof, or any state agency, already having jurisdiction over such lands and notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter or other statute, authority to give such consent is hereby conferred upon the head of any such state department, or a division, bureau or agency thereof, or any state agency; provided, however, that if the commissioner of general services determines that any such land under the jurisdiction of any state department, or a division, bureau or agency thereof, or any state agency other than a public authority or public benefit corporation is under utilized or is not being utilized in a manner consistent with the best interests of the state, such commissioner may on his own initiative, and without the application or consent referred to above but subject to the procedure and review provided in § 2-A (Certain transfers of jurisdiction over state-owned lands and declarations of abandonment by the commissioner of general services)section two-a of this article, transfer the jurisdiction over such land to any other state department, or a division, bureau or agency thereof, or any other state agency other than a public authority or public benefit corporation. Should such land be under the jurisdiction of the office of mental health or the office for people with developmental disabilities upon which a community residential facility for the disabled as defined in section 41.34 of the mental hygiene law exists, the commissioner of general services shall, prior to transferring the jurisdiction over such land to any other state department, or a division, bureau or agency thereof, or any other state agency other than a public authority or public benefit corporation offer such land for sale at public auction pursuant to § 33 (Sale of unappropriated state lands)section thirty-three of this chapter; provided, however, that the provisions of Eminent Domain Procedure Law § 406 (Abandonment)section four hundred six of the eminent domain procedure law shall apply to such property. 4-a. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter or other statute, the commissioner of general services, upon the application of any person or corporation, may lease to the highest responsible bidder furnishing the required security after advertisement for sealed bids has been published in a newspaper or newspapers designated for such purpose, for a term not to exceed ninety-nine years, to such applicant interests in real property including but not limited to air rights, subterranean rights and others, when such are not needed for present public use. Such lease shall contain proper covenants to assure the payment of adequate consideration for the interests leased, and to further protect the state as is deemed necessary by said commissioner. Where the superintendence of the interest leased is vested in some officer or in a state department or a division, bureau or agency thereof, or in a public authority created or continued under the public authorities law, the commissioner may grant such rights only upon written request and conconsent of such officer or head of such department, division, bureau or public authority. Said lease shall not be effective until approved as to form by the attorney general of the state. The development of any leasehold granted pursuant to this subdivision shall be subject to the zoning regulations and ordinances of the municipality in which said property is located.

5.

The commissioner of general services may, in accordance with the provisions of § 27 (Acquisition of real property by purchase or appropriation)section twenty-seven of this article, acquire any real property deemed by him to be necessary for the implementation or accomplishment of any statutory purpose, function, operation or responsibility of the commissioner or the office of general services.

6.

The commissioner of general services may, subject to the prior approval of the attorney general, accept unconditional grants, gifts, devises, bequests or conveyances of title to or interest in real property to the people of the state of New York as he deems proper for the purposes of the state.

7.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, the facilities development corporation may, subject to prior notice to the commissioner of general services by filing a copy of the proposed instrument of conveyance, convey an easement in or over state-owned lands under the jurisdiction of the facilities development corporation for the use of the department of mental hygiene for the connecting of a water main, sewer line or other public services facility with a facility of any of the offices of the department of mental hygiene, to the public corporation or the public services corporation having ownership or control of such utility facility, as provided in subdivision eight of section five of the facilities development corporation act.

Source: Section 3 — Powers and duties; leases, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/PBL/3 (updated Dec. 20, 2019; accessed Jun. 22, 2024).

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State-owned real property inventory and management program
2‑A
Certain transfers of jurisdiction over state-owned lands and declarations of abandonment by the commissioner of general services
2‑B
Transfers of certain funds
3
Powers and duties
4
Vesting of crown lands in the people of the state
5
Letters patent, form and contents
6
Determination of claims based on alleged failure of title
7
Partition of lands held by the state in joint tenancy or tenancy in common
8
Trespasses upon state lands
9
Penalty for trespasses
10
Power to investigate before grant
11
Power to confirm defective grant
12
Certain patents and grants ratified
12‑A
Certain patents ratified and confirmed
13
Grants to heirs, devisees or successors in interest
14
Time of performing conditions of grant
15
Prohibitions as to grants in Lake George
15‑A
Filling in the state owned bed of Lake George prohibited
16
Reservation of Esopus island
17
Payment of incumbrances on public lands
17‑A
Abandonment of claims under defective tax sales
18
Expenses chargeable to special funds
19
Taxes and assessments for local improvements on state lands
19‑A
State aid
19‑B
State aid
20
Grants of lands in Onondaga salt springs reservation designated on certain map
21
Conveyance of strips of abandoned canal lands and Onondaga salt springs reservation land
22
Management of sand and gravel resources
23
Disposition of moneys received from sale of certain state lands and sand and gravel thereon
24
Sale or exchange of certain detached parcels of forest preserve lands
25
Sale or exchange of real property owned by the state and devoted to the use of the organized militia
26
Refunds when sales cannot be completed
27
Acquisition of real property by purchase or appropriation
28
Transfer of state lands or watershed conservation easements to the city of New York for water supply protection purposes
29
Watershed conservation easements and watershed agricultural easements

Accessed:
Jun. 22, 2024

Last modified:
Dec. 20, 2019

§ 3’s source at nysenate​.gov

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