S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
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
-- committee discharged and said bill committed to the Committee on
Rules -- ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted,
retaining its place in the order of third reading -- recommitted to
the Committee on Civil Service and Pensions in accordance with Senate
Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered
reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
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,
who died on October 14, 2005 from a tragic accident that occurred 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, the trans-
fer of her prior service credit as a teacher from September 2002 through
August 2005 at the St. Joseph's School for the Deaf, an employer which
participates in the New York state and local employees' retirement
system, was not completed 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 Barsamian in the New York state and
local employees' retirement system to the New York state teachers'
retirement system which Lauren Barsamian joined on September 1, 2005, if
on or before December 31, 2014, she files an application therefor with
the state comptroller. Such transfer shall be deemed to have taken
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
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effect on the beginning date of Lauren Barsamian's membership 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 former
retirement system to the latter retirement system that Lauren Barsamian
would have met all of the requirements, had she been alive. There shall
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 on Octo-
ber 14, 2005 from a tragic accident that occurred on October 8, 2005.
Lauren Barsamian was ineligible for death benefit coverage under Para-
graph 2 of Section 606 of the Retirement 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
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 2014-21 dated March 5, 2014
prepared by the Actuary of the New York State Teachers' Retirement
System and is intended for use only during the 2014 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.