2006 New York Code - State Public Transportation Safety Board.
§ 216. State public transportation safety board. 1. There is hereby created in the department a board, to be known as the state public transportation safety board. Such board shall be responsible for the investigation of accidents involving public transportation in the state, including commuter rail, subways, rapid transit and buses. The board shall also be responsible for the presentation of recommendations to all public transportation operators and carriers to prevent the occurrence of future accidents. Such board shall consist of the commissioner and six other members, no more than three of whom shall belong to the same political party. Two of the members of the board shall be selected by the governor from a list submitted by the temporary president of the senate and two from a list submitted by the speaker of the assembly. The remaining two members shall be selected by the governor. One from each category of selected members shall have competence and experience in connection with the operation, design or management of public transportation facilities and systems. Three of the members, other than the commissioner, shall be from the metropolitan transportation authority region and three members shall be from areas of the state outside such region. All appointees to the board other than the commissioner shall be upon the advice and consent of the senate. The metropolitan transportation authority inspector general shall be an ex officio member of the board but shall have no vote on matters arising outside of the operations of the metropolitan transportation authority. Provided, however, that with the exception of the commissioner, no elected or appointed public officer or transportation authority member shall be eligible for membership on such board. The governor shall select a chairman from the members but the chairman shall be someone other than the metropolitan transportation authority inspector general. 2. The board may be called to investigate any accident by the governor or chairman. Alternatively, any board member may call for an investigation with majority board concurrence. 3. Except for the commissioner and the metropolitan transportation authority inspector general, the term of office of each such member shall be six years, except that the members first selected shall serve for terms of six years, five years, four years, three years, two years and one year, respectively. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring otherwise than by expiration of a term shall be appointed for the remainder of the unexpired term. 4. Members of the board, except the commissioner and the metropolitan transportation authority inspector general, shall receive one hundred fifty dollars per diem, not to exceed ten thousand dollars per annum compensation for their services as members of the board, and each of them shall be allowed the necessary and actual expenses which he shall incur in the performance of his duties under this article.
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