S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
I N S E N A T E
February 29, 2012
Introduced by Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Civil Service and Pensions
AN ACT granting tier I status in the New York state teachers' retirement
system to Joanne Ohnmeiss
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, Joanne
Ohnmeiss, a member of the New York state teachers' retirement system,
who was employed on July 5, 1971 by the Lake Shore Central School
District, who, for reasons not ascribable to her own negligence, did not
file a membership application in such system until September 1, 1984,
which gave her Tier IV status instead of Tier I status, where she would
have been had she been able to file a membership application when she
was first employed by the Lake Shore Central School District, may be
deemed to have become a member of the New York state teachers' retire-
ment system on July 5, 1971 if on or before December 31, 2012 she shall
file with the head of the New York state teachers' retirement system a
written request to that effect. Upon granting of such retroactive
membership, Joanne Ohnmeiss shall not be granted a refund of any employ-
ee contribution made by her to the New York state teachers' retirement
S 2. Any costs incurred in implementing the provisions of this act
shall be borne by the Lake Shore Central School District.
S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
FISCAL NOTE.- Pursuant to Legislative Law, Section 50:
This bill would allow Joanne Ohnmeiss, a member of the New York State
Teachers' Retirement System with Tier 4 status, to be reclassified as
Tier 1 member with all rights, benefits, and privileges which would be
available to her as a Tier 1 member. Her date of membership would be
changed based upon her employment with the Lake Shore Central School
District during the 1971-72 school year. Ms. Ohnmeiss would not receive
any additional service credit under this bill. Employee contributions
made pursuant to Article 15 of the Retirement and Social Security Law
would not be refunded to Ms. Ohnmeiss. Ms. Ohnmeiss must file a written
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
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request with the head of the New York State Teachers' Retirement System
on or before December 31, 2012.
The cost of this benefit is equal to the increase in the present value
of liabilities, which is estimated to be $67,000. This cost shall be
borne by the Lake Shore Central School District.
The source of this estimate is Fiscal Note 2012-09 dated February 10,
2012 prepared by the Actuary of the New York State Teachers' Retirement
System and is intended for use only during the 2012 Legislative Session.
I, Richard A. Young, am the Actuary for the New York State Teachers'
Retirement System. I am a member of the American Academy of Actuaries
and I meet the Qualification Standards of the American Academy of Actu-
aries to render the actuarial opinion contained herein.