senate Bill S1263B

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

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1544B
Versions:
S1263
S1263A
S1263B
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§1676 & §1680, Pub Auth L

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BILL NUMBER: S1263B

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to providing
for the financing of certain facilities located on the campus of the
United States Merchant Marine Academy


PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL :
To authorize the Dormitory Authority to provide financing for the
United States Maritime Resource Center 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 United States Maritime Resource
Center 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 United States Maritime Resource Center in
the term "educational institution."

Section three states that all contracts entered into by the dormitory
authority with the United States Maritime Resource Center pursuant to
this legislation will be considered state contracts for the purposes
of Article 15-A of the Executive Law.

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 organizat ions 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 United States Maritime Resource Center,
a nonprofit created to assist the USMMA and GMATS, for the
construction of an educational and lodging facility.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2008: A.11437-A

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None.

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

                                 1263--B

                       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 -- committee discharged, bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted  as  amended  and recommitted to said committee -- committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to providing for
  the financing of certain facilities  located  on  the  campus  of  the
  United States Merchant Marine Academy

  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 MARITIME RESOURCE CENTER FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANC-
ING, REFINANCING, CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION, RENOVATION, DEVELOPMENT,
EXPANSION AND EQUIPPING OF A  FACILITY  TO  SERVE  AS  A  CLASSROOM  AND
STUDENT  RESIDENCE  BUILDING  IN  SUPPORT  OF PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION AND
TRAINING PROGRAMS 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 MARITIME RESOURCE CENTER FOR THE PURPOSE OF  FINANC-
ING, REFINANCING, CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION, RENOVATION, DEVELOPMENT,
EXPANSION  AND  EQUIPPING  OF  A  FACILITY  TO  SERVE AS A CLASSROOM AND
STUDENT RESIDENCE BUILDING IN  SUPPORT  OF  PROFESSIONAL  EDUCATION  AND
TRAINING  PROGRAMS  TO  BE  LOCATED  ON  THE CAMPUS OF THE UNITED STATES
MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY LOCATED IN KINGS POINT, NEW YORK.
  S 3. All contracts entered into by the dormitory authority pursuant to
the provisions of this act shall be deemed to be state contracts for the
purposes of article 15-A of the executive law, and the dormitory author-
ity, for the purposes of this act, shall be deemed to be  a  contracting
agency for the purposes of such article.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06942-04-9

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