senate Bill S1263

Amended

Makes provisions for the construction and financing of facilities to be located on the campus of the United States Merchant Marine Academy

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 28 / Jan / 2009
    • REFERRED TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS
  • 05 / Mar / 2009
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS
  • 05 / Mar / 2009
    • PRINT NUMBER 1263A
  • 04 / Jun / 2009
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS
  • 04 / Jun / 2009
    • PRINT NUMBER 1263B
  • 15 / Jul / 2009
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 15 / Jul / 2009
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.734
  • 16 / Jul / 2009
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A1544B

Summary

Makes provisions for the construction and financing of facilities to be located on the Campus of the United States Merchant Marine Academy located in Kings Point, New York.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1263
S1263A
S1263B
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Laws Affected:
Amd §§1676 & §1680, Pub Auth L

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BILL NUMBER: S1263

TITLE OF BILL :

An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to providing
for the financing of facilities for a certain not-for-profit
corporation


PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL :

To authorize the Dormitory Authority to provide financing for the
United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) and the Global Maritime
Transportation School (GMATS) to build lodging facilities.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS :

Section one amends the Public Authorities Law by adding a new
undesignated paragraph to paragraph b, subdivision two of § 1676 of
the Public Health Law by including the USMMA and its Global Maritime
and Transportation School in the definition of "dormitory."

Section two amends the Public Authorities Law by adding a new
undesignated paragraph to subdivision one of § 1680 of the Public
Health Law by including the USMMA and its GMATS in the term
"educational institution."

JUSTIFICATION :

The USMMA is a federal service academy operated by the Maritime
Administration in the United States Department of Transportation
(USDOT) that trains approximately 900 students to receive a United
States Coast Guard license as a merchant marine officer and accept a
commission as either a reserve or active duty officer of the armed
forces, while at the same time providing them with an undergraduate
degree. The GMATS is a world leader in providing professional
education in maritime activities, intermodal transportation, and
logistics. The GMATS offers over 140 cutting edge education and
training programs that are designed to benefit private-sector,
military, and government professionals in the maritime and
transportation industries. The GMATS is a "non-appropriated fund
instrumentality" (NAFI) of the USDOT. As such, the GMATS does not
receive any federally appropriated funds, and its operating revenue is
generated through tuition as well as room and board fees. As a NAFI,
the GMATS is authorized to contract with private sector organizations
in exchange for its consulting, education, and training services, and
has developed partnership arrangements with over twenty prominent
transportation associations and organization s including the American
Bureau of Shipping, the Intermodal Association of North America, and
the National Cargo Security Council.

Currently, the lodging facilities for the USMMA and the GMATS are not
considered dormitories in the Public Authorities Law and as a result
the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) is not
authorized to grant them any bonds to assist in the construction of
necessary dormitory facilities. As a NAFI, this is a particular
hardship for GMATS in particular. Often, the GMATS has to put trainees
up in hotels at some distance from the campus in order to house them.
Since GMATS does not receive any federal appropriations, the
construction of new lodging facilities is a considerable financial
burden on the institution. This legislation will allow for DASNY to
issue tax-exempt bonds to the USMMA and the GMATS for the construction
of dormitories by including its lodging facilities in the definition
of "dormitory."


This legislation, by including the USMMA and the GMATS in the term
"educational institution" would also give the USMMA as well as the
GMATS the same purchasing advantages that fire enjoyed by institutions
affiliated with the State University of New York regarding the
equipping of dormitories. The United States Military Academy located
in West Point is considered an "educational institution" by the Public
Authorities Law and its lodging facilities are also considered
"dormitories" by the Public Authorities Law as well.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :

New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect immediately.
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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1263

                       2009-2010 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 28, 2009
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  C. JOHNSON  -- read twice and ordered printed, and
  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Corporations, Author-
  ities and Commissions

AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to providing for
  the financing of facilities for a certain not-for-profit corporation

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Paragraph  (b)  of  subdivision  2 of section 1676 of the
public authorities law is amended by adding a new undesignated paragraph
to read as follows:
  THE UNITED STATES MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY (USMMA), THE GLOBAL MARITIME
AND TRANSPORTATION SCHOOL (GMATS) AND ANY NOT-FOR-PROFIT  ENTITY  QUALI-
FIED  AS  AN  ORGANIZATION  DESCRIBED  IN  INTERNAL REVENUE CODE SECTION
501(C)(3) AND CREATED TO ASSIST USMMA  OR  GMATS,  FOR  THE  PURPOSE  OF
FINANCING, REFINANCING, CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION, RENOVATION, DEVEL-
OPMENT,  EXPANSION  AND  EQUIPPING  OF  FACILITIES  TO BE LOCATED ON THE
CAMPUS OF THE UNITED STATES MERCHANT MARINE  ACADEMY  LOCATED  IN  KINGS
POINT, NEW YORK.
  S  2.  Subdivision  1 of section 1680 of the public authorities law is
amended by adding a new undesignated paragraph to read as follows:
  THE UNITED STATES MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY (USMMA), THE GLOBAL MARITIME
AND TRANSPORTATION SCHOOL (GMATS) AND ANY NOT-FOR-PROFIT  ENTITY  QUALI-
FIED  AS  AN  ORGANIZATION  DESCRIBED  IN  INTERNAL REVENUE CODE SECTION
501(C)(3) AND CREATED TO ASSIST  USMMA  OR  GMATS  FOR  THE  PURPOSE  OF
FINANCING, REFINANCING, CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION, RENOVATION, DEVEL-
OPMENT,  EXPANSION  AND  EQUIPPING  OF  FACILITIES  TO BE LOCATED ON THE
CAMPUS OF THE UNITED STATES MERCHANT MARINE  ACADEMY  LOCATED  IN  KINGS
POINT, NEW YORK.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06942-01-9

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