senate Bill S1550B

Provides that municipal housing authorities in cities having a population of one million or more shall be subject to the review and regulation of the authorities budget office; repealer

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS
  • 10 / Mar / 2014
    • NOTICE OF COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION - REQUESTED
  • 28 / Apr / 2014
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 08 / May / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 08 / May / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 1550A
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.1062
  • 03 / Jun / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • AMENDED 1550B
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 19 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 19 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 19 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS

Summary

Provides that municipal housing authorities in cities having a population of one million or more shall be subject to the review and regulation of the authorities budget office.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2847A
Versions:
S1550
S1550A
S1550B
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Corporations, Authorities And Commissions
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §2, Pub Auth L; rpld §7, Chap 913 of 1957
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S7535, A10548

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BILL NUMBER:S1550B

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation
to making municipal housing authorities subject to the review and regu-
lation of the authorities budget office; and to repeal section 7 of
chapter 913 of the laws of 1957 amending the public housing law relating
to incorporating certain provisions of the public authorities law there-
in, relating to exempting municipal housing authorities from the public
authorities law

PURPOSE:

This bill adds municipal housing authorities-located within a city
having a population of one million or more-to the list of entities that
fall under the oversight of the Authorities Budget Office.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1-Municipal Housing Authorities- located within a city having a
population of one million or more-are added to the definition of "local
authority."

Section 2-Repeals Section 7 of Chapter 913 of the Laws of 1957 which is
a necessary conforming amendment.

Section 3-Lists the effective date as 120 days after this bill shall
have become a law.

JUSTIFICATION:

This bill ensures that Municipal Housing Authorities (MHAs)- located
within a city having a population of one million or more-are subject to
the review and regulation of the Authorities Budget Office (ABO). In
practice, this legislation will apply only to the New York City Housing
Authority (NYCHA)-a federally funded, state chartered, city operated
authority that provides affordable housing-and a spectrum of additional
services-to nearly 420,000 low-and moderate income City residents by
managing and maintaining 334 public housing developments encapsulating
181,000 apartment units throughout the five boroughs. Owing to the fact
that NYCHA is a bifurcated creature of the Federal and State governments
but operates singularly within New York City as an independent authority
it has been exceptionally challenging to require necessary levels of
transparency, accountability and answerability to residents, the general
public and governmental oversight bodies (including the City and State
Comptrollers and the New York City Council). A recent example of this
distressing phenomenon can be found in the form of NYCHA's proposed
"Infill/Land Lease Program"-an unprecedented land disposition project
that would have affected eight developments across Manhattan-by forever
eradicating parks, open spaces, parking lots, recreational spaces and
community centers and replacing them with luxury housing towers. NYCHA
initially rolled out this proposal without any feedback or participation
from affected residents and the greater community and only came around

to the notion of transparency by force. Additionally, in the Summer of
2012 a series of negative stories arose in the press concerning the
accusation that NYCHA was sitting on over $1 Billion dollars that they
had not spent to repair apartments and install security upgrades at
developments. This was impossible for the City or State to verify
because it has been exceptionally difficult for the State or City Comp-
troller to compel NYCHA to open their books to an audit-despite the fact
that their annual operating budget hovers around $3 Billion dollars.
These "black eyes" harm NYCHA and ultimately imperil their ability to
provide decent, affordable housing to those that count on it.

Public housing, especially in New York City, is an invaluable resource.
As such, it is the duty of our State to ensure absolute responsibility
at NYCHA, including -operating transparency, financial accountability,
board governance best practices, State Comptroller approval of
contracts, whistleblower protections, MWBE participation and land dispo-
sition oversight.

This very simple bill partially remedies an oversight dating back to
1957 when all MHA's-including those located within a city having a popu-
lation of one million or more-were rationally consolidated into the same
section of law, severing them from the requirements of the public
authorities law. What may have made sense in the time of Governor W.
Averell Harriman has long been superseded by the considerations of
sunlight, answerability and good governance. This legislation is
supported by the Community Service Society of New York and the Urban
Justice Center.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

Senate Bill 7535 / Asembly Bill 10548 of 2012: Referred to Corpo-
rations, Authorities & Commissions in both houses.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Minor, if any at all, hosts associated with compliance.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

120 days after this bill shall have become a law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 1550--B
    Cal. No. 1062

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  PERKINS, HOYLMAN, KRUEGER, SQUADRON -- read twice
  and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee
  on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions  --  recommitted  to  the
  Committee  on  Corporations, Authorities and Commissions in accordance
  with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- reported favorably from  said  committee
  and  committed  to  the  Committee on Finance -- committee discharged,
  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended  and  recommitted  to  said
  committee  -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first
  and second report, amended on second report, ordered to a third  read-
  ing,  and to be reprinted as amended, retaining its place in the order
  of third reading

AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to making munic-
  ipal housing authorities subject to the review and regulation  of  the
  authorities  budget  office; and to repeal section 7 of chapter 913 of
  the laws of 1957 amending the public housing law relating to  incorpo-
  rating  certain  provisions  of  the  public  authorities law therein,
  relating to exempting municipal housing authorities  from  the  public
  authorities law

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 2 of the public  authorities  law,
as  amended  by  chapter  257 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as
follows:
  2. "local authority" shall mean (a) a public authority or public bene-
fit corporation created by or existing under this chapter or  any  other
law of the state of New York whose members do not hold a civil office of
the  state,  are  not  appointed by the governor or are appointed by the
governor specifically upon the recommendation of the local government or
governments; (b) a not-for-profit corporation affiliated with, sponsored
by, or created by a county, city, town  or  village  government;  (c)  a

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04224-04-4

S. 1550--B                          2

local industrial developmental agency or authority or other local public
benefit  corporation; (d) an affiliate of such local authority; [or] (e)
a land bank corporation created pursuant to article sixteen of the  not-
for-profit  corporation  law;  OR  (F)  ANY  MUNICIPAL HOUSING AUTHORITY
LOCATED WITHIN A CITY HAVING A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE.
  S 2. Section 7 of chapter 913 of the laws of 1957 amending the  public
housing  law  relating to incorporating certain provisions of the public
authorities law therein is REPEALED.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it shall have become a law.

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