senate Bill S2783
(D, WF) 21st Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
Creates the office of the law enforcement inspector general to oversee the intelligence operations of state and local law enforcement agencies.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to
establishing the office of the law enforcement inspector general
PURPOSE: To establish an independent state inspector general for law
enforcement and agencies involved in intelligence gathering.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 - Establishes the office of law enforcement inspector
general organized under a new article.
This section creates the authority of the office to include all state
and local law enforcement and intelligence agencies operating in New
York. It further establishes the powers and duties of the inspector
general. This section also mandates reporting requirements.
Section 2 - Establishes the effective date.
EFFECTS OF THE PRESENT LAW WHICH THIS BILL WOULD ALTER: None.
JUSTIFICATION: Protecting the public trust from waste, fraud, and
abuse is a principle established by the founders of our nation. In
1777, President Washington appointed an New Yorker, Friedrich W. A.
von Steuben as an inspector general of the Army (Patricia Salkin &
Zachary Kansler, Ensuring Public Trust at the Municipal Level:
Inspectors General Enter the Mix, Albany Law Review Vol. 75, No.1).
Over the years we have found the need to establish inspectors general
throughout New York. In 1873, the Legislature established commissioner
of accounts to investigate corruption in New York City. Since then,
the office State Inspector General and most recently the Medicaid
Inspector General were created. These institutions ensure transparency
According to a recent report by Professor James Steiner, Improving
Homeland Security at the State Level, Needed: State-level, Integrated
Intelligence Enterprises at least 1,500 - 1,600 field intelligence
officers operate throughout New York state. These officers are
full-time law enforcement officers who also serve as intelligence
officers and are directed by the New York State Intelligence Center.
In addition, according to the Washington Posts report Top Secret
America, there are at least 1,000 officers in the New York police
Department that engage in intelligence and counter-terrorism
activities. Recent reports by the Associated Press reveal that the
NYPD has conducted surveillance operations based on religion. The NYPD
engaged in surveillance of college students, businesses, non-profit
organizations, and religious organizations well beyond their
jurisdiction including other states. Through various federal programs,
we know the New York police Department and other law enforcement
agencies have received billions in federal funding since the tragic
attack on September 11, 2001. Unfortunately, very little is known
about these entities, the data they collect, and their operations.
This bill seeks to ensure that tax dollars are used lawfully and to
prevent waste, fraud, and abuse by state and local law enforcement
engaged intelligence activities.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S.6695/A.9779 - Referred to
Finance/Referred to Gov't Ops
FISCAL IMPLICATION: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: 180th day with provisions.
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