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Article 43 - NY Vehicle and Traffic Law
S 1672. Traffic safety board. Any city, any town, or any county not
wholly included within a city may by local law establish a traffic
safety board. The borough president of any county wholly included
within a city may establish a traffic safety board for such county.
S 1673. Membership of board. (a) Such board shall be composed of not
less than ten members interested in traffic safety and traffic problems
appointed by the city council, town board, borough president or board of
supervisors or other governing body of the city, town, borough or county
for which such board has been created.
(b) Each member shall be a resident of the city, town or county for
which such board has been created and shall be a qualified elector
thereof. For any county not wholly included within a city, at least one
but not more than three of such members shall be a resident or residents
of and be appointed from each one of the cities contained in the county,
and the balance of such members shall be appointed from the county at
(c) The term of office of such members shall be three years, except
that the members first appointed to such board shall be appointed as
follows: one-third shall be appointed for a term of three years;
one-third for a term of two years and the remaining members of the board
for a term of one year. Upon the expiration of the term of office of any
member, his or her successor shall be appointed to membership in such
board for a term of three years.
(d) The members of such board shall receive no compensation for
services but shall be entitled to their reasonable and necessary
expenses, incurred in the performance of their duties, within any
appropriation made for such purpose.
S 1674. Organization and reports by the board. The traffic safety
1. Meet and organize within fifteen days after its members are
2. Elect annually a chairman, vice-chairman and a secretary from its
3. Adopt rules for the conduct of its business.
4. Within the limits of the appropriations made therefor by the city
council, town board, borough president or board of supervisors or other
governing body of the city, town, borough or county for which such board
has been created, authorize the employment of such personnel as may be
necessary to properly perform the functions and carry out the objectives
of this article.
5. Appoint an executive secretary who shall be the executive and
administrative officer of the board.
6. Render annually to the city council, town board, borough president
or board of supervisors or other governing body of the city, town,
borough or county for which such board has been created, and from time
to time as required, a verified account of all moneys received and
expended by it or under its direction and an account of its proceedings
and of other pertinent matters in such form and manner as may be
required by such board or body.
7. Submit annually to the proper fiscal authorities of the city, town,
borough or county for which such board has been created, at such time in
such manner as may be required by the law applicable thereto, an
estimate of the funds required to carry out the purposes of this
8. Submit a report of activities annually to the state and, from time
to time, such other information or reports as may be required by the
state pursuant to the provisions of article 16-a of the executive law.
S 1675. Functions of the board. The board is authorized:
1. To promote and encourage street and highway traffic safety.
2. To formulate highway safety programs and coordinate efforts of
interested parties and agencies engaged in traffic safety education
within such city, town, borough or county.
3. To cooperate with local officials in the formulation and execution
of traffic safety programs and activities.
4. To study traffic conditions on streets and highways, study and
analyze reports of accidents and causes thereof, and recommend to the
appropriate legislative bodies, departments or commissions, such changes
in rules, orders, regulations and existing law as the board may deem
5. To conduct meetings whenever and wherever the board shall deem it
advisable and to invite to such meetings parties and agencies, public
and private, interested in traffic regulation, control and safety
6. To promote safety education for drivers and pedestrians.
7. To obtain and assemble motor vehicle accident data, and to analyze,
study and consolidate such data for educational and informational
8. Coordinate and direct local activities related to the
implementation of the state highway safety program, as approved by the
governor or his designee.
S 1676. Executive secretary of board. The executive secretary of the
1. Subject to the supervision and control of the board perform the
functions necessary to properly and efficiently carry out the provisions
and purposes of this article.
2. Be a citizen of the United States.
3. Receive such salary and expenses as the city council, town board,
borough president board of supervisors or other governing body of the
city, town, borough or county for which such board has been created may
fix and properly account for such expenses.
4. Furnish an official undertaking in an amount and in such form and
with such sureties as shall be approved by the city council, town board,
borough president or board of supervisors or other governing body of the
city, town, borough or county for which such board has been created.
S 1677. County purpose and charges. For any county not wholly
included within a city, the provisions of this article and expenditures
made hereunder shall be deemed a county purpose and charge.
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