senate Bill S7683

Signed by Governor

Authorizes the St. Paul boulevard fire district to offer an optional twenty year retirement plan to certain firefighters

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Sponsor

O'BRIEN

Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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actions

  • 29 / May / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS
  • 11 / Jun / 2014
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 11 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1309
  • 11 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 11 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 11 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO GOVERNMENTAL EMPLOYEES
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A9907
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING RULES CAL.376
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 11 / Jul / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 22 / Jul / 2014
    • SIGNED CHAP.180

Summary

Authorizes the St. Paul Boulevard fire district to offer an optional twenty year retirement plan to firefighters Robert J. Anderson, Edmond Kaspar, Kevin Magin, Jeremy Schaeffer, John Semmler and Timothy Warth.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9907
Versions:
S7683
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Retirement

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7683

TITLE OF BILL: An act to authorize the St. Paul Boulevard fire
district to offer an optional twenty year retirement plan to
firefighters Robert J. Anderson, Edmond Kaspar, Kevin Magin, Jeremy
Schaeffer, John Semmler and Timothy Warth

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To allow firefighters Robert J. Anderson, Edmond Kaspar, Kevin Magin,
Jeremy Schaeffer, John Semmler, and Timothy Warth, of the St. Paul
Blvd Fire District in Rochester, to participate in the twenty year
retirement plan that they had elected to be in.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 states that the six firefighters are to be placed in the
twenty year retirement plan, established pursuant to subdivision f of
section 384 of the retirement and social security law.

Section 2 states that all employer costs associated with implementing
this act shall be borne by the St. Paul Blvd Fire District and that
employer past service costs may be paid in ten equal annual
installments.

Section 3 sets the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

Six firefighters of the St. Paul Blvd Fire District in Rochester who,
due to clerical error and at no fault of their own, were placed under
retirement plans different than the ones they had elected to be in.
This bill would correct this error and place the firefighters in their
desired plans.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.

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

                                  7683

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 29, 2014
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to authorize the St. Paul Boulevard fire  district  to  offer  an
  optional  twenty year retirement plan to firefighters Robert J. Ander-
  son, Edmond Kaspar, Kevin Magin, Jeremy Schaeffer,  John  Semmler  and
  Timothy Warth

  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,
the St. Paul boulevard fire district, a participating  employer  in  the
New  York  state  police  and  fire  retirement system, which previously
elected to offer additional pension benefits for members of the optional
twenty year retirement plan, established pursuant to  subdivision  f  of
section  384  of the retirement and social security law, to firefighters
employed by such district, is hereby authorized to make participation in
such plan available to Robert J. Anderson, Edmond Kaspar,  Kevin  Magin,
Jeremy  Schaeffer, John Semmler and Timothy Warth, firefighters employed
by the St. Paul boulevard fire district in the city of  Rochester,  who,
for  reasons  not  ascribable  to their own negligence, failed to make a
timely application to participate in such optional twenty  year  retire-
ment  plan.  The St. Paul boulevard fire district may so elect by filing
with the state comptroller, on or before December 31, 2014, a resolution
of its local legislative body  together  with  certification  that  such
firefighters  did  not bar themselves from participation in such retire-
ment plan as a result of their own negligence.  Thereafter,  such  fire-
fighters  may  elect to be covered by the provisions of subdivision f of
section 384 of the retirement and social  security  law,  and  shall  be
entitled  to the full rights and benefits associated with coverage under
such section, by filing a request to that effect with  the  state  comp-
troller on or before June 30, 2015.
  S  2. All employer past service costs associated with implementing the
provisions of this act shall be borne by the  St.  Paul  boulevard  fire
district and the past service costs associated with this act may be paid
in ten equal annual installments.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07018-05-4

S. 7683                             2

  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
  FISCAL NOTE.-- Pursuant to Legislative Law, Section 50:
  This  bill will allow the St. Paul Boulevard Fire District to elect to
reopen the provisions of Section 384(f) of  the  Retirement  and  Social
Security  Law  for firefighters Robert J. Anderson, Edmond Kaspar, Kevin
Magin, Jeremy Schaeffer, John Semmler and Timothy Warth.
  If this legislation is enacted during the 2014 legislative session, we
anticipate that there will be an increase of  approximately  $22,000  in
the annual contributions of the St. Paul Boulevard Fire District for the
fiscal  year ending March 31, 2015. In future years, this cost will vary
as the billing rates and salaries of those affected change.
  In addition to the annual contributions discussed above, there will be
an immediate past service cost of approximately $204,500, which would be
borne by the St. Paul Boulevard Fire District  as  a  one-time  payment.
This  estimate  is  based on the assumption that payment will be made on
February 1, 2015. If this cost is amortized over a period  of  ten  (10)
years, the cost for the first year, including interest would be approxi-
mately $27,700.
  Summary of relevant resources:
  The  membership  data  used  in  measuring  the impact of the proposed
change was the same as that used in the March 31, 2013  actuarial  valu-
ation.    Distributions  and  other  statistics can be found in the 2013
Report of the  Actuary  and  the  2013  Comprehensive  Annual  Financial
Report.
  The  actuarial assumptions and methods used are described in the 2010,
2011, 2012 and 2013  Annual  Report  to  the  Comptroller  on  Actuarial
Assumptions,  and  the  Codes  Rules and Regulations of the State of New
York: Audit and Control.
  The Market Assets and GASB Disclosures are found in the March 31, 2013
New York State and Local  Retirement  System  Financial  Statements  and
Supplementary Information.
  I am a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and meet the Quali-
fication Standards to render the actuarial opinion contained herein.
  This  estimate,  dated  May 23, 2014, and intended for use only during
the 2014 Legislative Session, is Fiscal Note No. 2014-136,  prepared  by
the  Actuary for the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement
System.

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