senate Bill S5058

Signed by Governor Amended

Authorizes Beth Barsamian to receive an ordinary death benefit of her daughter, Lauren Barsamian

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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  • 07 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS
  • 12 / Jun / 2013
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 12 / Jun / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1353
  • 17 / Jun / 2013
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 5058A
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO GOVERNMENTAL EMPLOYEES
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS
  • 12 / Mar / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS
  • 12 / Mar / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 5058B
  • 19 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.787
  • 20 / May / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 21 / May / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 11 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 11 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 11 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO GOVERNMENTAL EMPLOYEES
  • 19 / Jun / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A7533B
  • 19 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING RULES CAL.543
  • 19 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 19 / Jun / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 10 / Nov / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 21 / Nov / 2014
    • SIGNED CHAP.460

Summary

Authorizes Beth Barsamian to receive an ordinary death benefit of her daughter, Lauren Barsamian; provides for the transfer of the daughter's service in the New York state and local employees' retirement system to the New York state teachers' retirement system.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7533
Versions:
S5058
S5058A
S5058B
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Retirement
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S7764, S7764

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5058

TITLE OF BILL: An act to authorize Beth Barsamian to receive an
ordinary death benefit of her daughter, Lauren Barsamian

PURPOSE: To authorize Beth Barsamian to receive an ordinary death
benefit of her daughter, Lauren Barsamian.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 authorizes the designated beneficiary
to receive an ordinary death benefit for Lauren Barsamian.

Section 2 provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Lauren Barsamian had worked for the St. Joseph's school
for the deaf in the Bronx for approximately 3 years. In September 2005
she began Working for the East Ramapo School District. Tragically,
Lauren was killed in a boating accident on October 8, 2005. Lauren
filed an application for membership in the Teachers' Retirement System
but was not instructed to fill out and sign the Request for Direct
Transfer of Membership form.

This form was necessary in order for her credit that she had accrued
in the NYSLRS to be transferred to the Teachers Retirement System.
This resulted in 3 years of credit and all the applicable benefits she
was entitled to, to not be transferred. This legislation will rectify
this most unfortunate situation and is fully supported by the Teachers
Retirement System.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S.7764 - referred to Civil Service and
Pensions 2009-10: S.5263-referred to Civil Service and Pensions
2008-07: S.5660-A Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 2006: S.8307
Referred to Rules

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: According to the fiscal note prepared by the
Teachers' Retirement System, the cost of this benefit is equal to the
amount of Ms. Barsamian's ordinary death benefit, which is estimated
to be $167,000.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5058

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 7, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Civil Service and Pensions

AN ACT to authorize Beth Barsamian to receive an ordinary death  benefit
  of her daughter, Lauren Barsamian

  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 to the contrary,
Beth Barsamian shall be hereby eligible to receive  the  ordinary  death
benefit  calculated pursuant to section 606 of the retirement and social
security law on account of the death of her daughter, Lauren  Barsamian,
registration  number  40537649, who died in a tragic accident on October
8, 2005, while employed by the East Ramapo School District, a member  of
the  New  York  state  teachers'  retirement system, and for reasons not
ascribable to Lauren Barsamian's own negligence, and  as  such  did  not
afford  death  coverage  to  her  mother  and  family. Beth Barsamian is
further authorized to transfer the prior service credit of Lauren Barsa-
mian in the New York state and local employees' retirement  system,  who
was employed from September 2002 through August 2005 as a teacher at the
St.  Joseph's School for the Deaf, an employer which participates in the
New York state and local employees' retirement system, to the  New  York
state  teachers'  retirement  system  which  Lauren  Barsamian joined in
September 2005, if on or before December 31, 2013, she files an applica-
tion therefor with the state comptroller. Such transfer shall be  deemed
to have taken effect on the beginning date of Lauren Barsamian's employ-
ment with the New York state teachers' retirement system.
  Transfer  of  Lauren Barsamian's prior service credit shall be made by
the New York state and local employees' retirement  system  to  the  New
York state teachers' retirement system upon notification from the latter
retirement  system to the former retirement system that Lauren Barsamian
would have met all of the requirements, had she been alive.  There shall

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08612-02-3

S. 5058                             2

not be a transfer of the member's  contributions  because  those  monies
have already been paid out to her designated beneficiary.
  All  costs  incurred by implementing the provisions of this act due to
past service shall be borne by the employers of members of the New  York
state teachers' retirement system.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
  FISCAL NOTE.--Pursuant to Legislative Law, Section 50:
  This  bill would allow Beth Barsamian, the mother of Lauren Barsamian,
to transfer Lauren Barsamian's service credit in the New York State  and
Local  Employees'  Retirement  System  to  the  New York State Teachers'
Retirement System. Lauren Barsamian became a  member  of  the  New  York
State  Teachers'  Retirement  System  on September 1, 2005 and died in a
tragic accident on October 8, 2005. Lauren Barsamian was ineligible  for
death  benefit  coverage under Paragraph 2 of Section 606 of the Retire-
ment and Social Security Law because she  had  less  than  one  year  of
service  credit  with  the New York State Teachers' Retirement system at
the time of her death. However she would have been  eligible  for  death
benefit  coverage had she transferred her service credit in the New York
State and Local Employees' Retirement  system  to  the  New  York  State
Teachers' Retirement system prior to her death.
  The  cost  of  this  benefit is equal to the amount of Ms. Barsamian's
ordinary death benefit, which is estimated to be $167,000.
  The source of this estimate is Fiscal Note 2013-21 dated May  3,  2013
prepared  by  the  Actuary  of  the  New York State Teachers' Retirement
System and is intended for use only during the 2013 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.

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