senate Bill S4479

Amends the monetary cap for separate specifications on public works projects

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    • Passed Assembly
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  • 06 / Apr / 2011
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Summary

Establishes the real property tax relief and local government mandate reform act.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S4479
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Local Government
Law Section:
General Municipal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §101, Gen Muni L

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BILL NUMBER:S4479

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the general municipal
law, in relation to establishing the real property tax relief and local
government mandate reform act

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill would amend the Wicks law
to increase the threshold from $3 million to $10 million in New York
City, from $1,500,000 to $7,500,000 for Nassau, Suffolk and
Westchester Counties, and from $500,000 to $5 million for all other
counties in the state. This bill would further exempt any separate
bidding Wicks law requirements when the parties have executed a
project labor agreement.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 - Legislative findings and declarations.

Section 2 - Amends §101, subdivision 1 of the General Municipal Law
increasing the thresholds for public works contracts across the State
and adds §101, 1-a which eliminates the need for awarding or entering
into separate contracts for work to be performed when there is an
existing project labor agreement.

Section 3 - Sets the enacting date.

JUSTIFICATION:
Real Property Taxes in New York State are too high, and the burden
they place upon citizens, homeowners and businesses, is making it
difficult for New York State to thrive, prosper and succeed. The only
way to realistically reduce the real property tax burden upon our
citizens, homeowners and businesses, is to place a comprehensive
approach in State law which controls costs and spending for local
governments, and provides significant mandate relief with respect to
their fiscal obligations. Real property tax relief and local
government mandate reform must be achieved by establishing a
comprehensive approach to reduce real property taxes across the
state, the controlling government costs, and providing significant
mandate relief to local governments.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Unknown.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  4479

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              April 6, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. MARTINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government

AN ACT to amend the general municipal law law, in relation to establish-
  ing the real property tax relief and local government  mandate  reform
  act

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

  Section 1.  Legislative findings and declarations.    The  legislature
hereby  finds  and determines that real property taxes in New York state
are too high, and that the burden that they  place  upon  our  citizens,
homeowners  and businesses, is making it difficult for New York state to
thrive, prosper and succeed.
  The legislature further finds and determines  that  the  only  way  to
realistically  reduce  the  real  property tax burden upon our citizens,
homeowners and businesses, is to place a comprehensive approach in state
law which  controls  costs  and  spending  for  local  governments,  and
provides  significant  mandate relief with respect to their fiscal obli-
gations.
  The legislature also finds and determines that the real  property  tax
relief and local government mandate reform must be achieved by a compre-
hensive  approach  to  reduce  real  property  taxes  across  the state,
controlling government costs, and the provision of  significant  mandate
relief to local governments.
  S  2.  Subdivision  1  of section 101 of the general municipal law, as
amended by section 1 of part MM of chapter 57 of the laws  of  2008,  is
amended and a new subdivision 1-a is added to read as follows:
  1.  Except  as otherwise provided in section two hundred twenty-two of
the labor law, OR SUBDIVISION ONE-A  OF  THIS  SECTION,  every  officer,
board  or  agency of a political subdivision or of any district therein,
charged with the duty of preparing specifications or awarding or  enter-
ing  into  contracts  for  the erection, construction, reconstruction or

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10505-01-1

S. 4479                             2

alteration of buildings, when the entire cost of such public work  shall
exceed  [three] TEN million dollars in the counties of the Bronx, Kings,
New York, Queens, and Richmond; [one] SEVEN million five  hundred  thou-
sand  dollars  in  the  counties of Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester; and
five [hundred thousand] MILLION dollars in all other counties within the
state, shall prepare separate specifications  for  the  following  three
subdivisions of the work to be performed:
  a. Plumbing and gas fitting;
  b.  Steam heating, hot water heating, ventilating and air conditioning
apparatus; and
  c. Electric wiring and standard illuminating fixtures.
  1-A. NO OFFICER, BOARD OR AGENCY OF A POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OR OF  ANY
DISTRICT  THEREIN,  CHARGED WITH THE DUTY OF PREPARING SPECIFICATIONS OR
AWARDING OR ENTERING INTO  CONTRACTS  FOR  THE  ERECTION,  CONSTRUCTION,
RECONSTRUCTION  OR ALTERATION OF BUILDINGS, SHALL BE REQUIRED TO PREPARE
SEPARATE SPECIFICATIONS FOR PLUMBING AND GAS FITTING; STEAM HEATING, HOT
WATER HEATING, VENTILATING AND AIR CONDITIONING APPARATUS; AND  ELECTRIC
WIRING  AND STANDARD ILLUMINATING FIXTURES, OF THE WORK TO BE PERFORMED,
IF THERE IS IN PLACE, PRIOR TO THE AWARDING OR ENTERING  INTO  CONTRACTS
FOR  THE  ERECTION, CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION OR ALTERATION OF BUILD-
INGS, A PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENT.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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