senate Bill S3131A

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Allows salary and civil service exam credits for police officers in certain cities and property tax credits for resident officers

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Jan 05, 2012 print number 3131a
amend and recommit to local government
Jan 04, 2012 referred to local government
Feb 09, 2011 referred to local government

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S3131 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6802A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
General Municipal Law
Laws Affected:
Add §207-r, Gen Muni L; amd §58, Civ Serv L; amd §§1310 & 606, add §1330-a, Tax L; add §466-k, RPT L; add §677-b, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S2064, A9742

S3131 - Bill Texts

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Allows salary and civil service exam credits for police officers in certain cities and property tax credits for resident officers and student loan forgiveness program for certain police officers.

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BILL NUMBER:S3131

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the general municipal law and the civil service law, in
relation to salary and civil service exam credits for police officers in
certain cities; to amend the tax law and the real property tax law, in
relation to establishing certain tax credits for resident police
officers; and to amend the education law, in relation to the police
officer loan forgiveness program

PURPOSE:
To provide certain municipalities with various local options
intended to encourage residency by police officers within these
municipalities.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 authorizes cities with a population
of one hundred thousand or more to enact a local law to increase by
an amount of five percent or more the salary of a police officer who
is a resident of that city.
Section 2 authorizes cities with a
population of one hundred thousand or more to adopt a local law which
would grant residents of a city additional credit in competitive
examinations for original appointment as a police officer, and
provide procedures for implementation of awarding this credit.
Sections 3 through 5 amend sections 1310, 1330-a and 606 of the tax
law authorizing cities to adopt and amend local laws providing for
resident police officer tax credits. New York City would be
authorized to provide a $500 city income tax credit, Yonkers would be
authorized to provide a city income tax credit of $100 and police
officers who reside in cities which have adopted applicable local
laws authorizing tax credits would receive a $500 state income tax
credit.
Section 6 authorizes cities with a population of one hundred
thousand or more to adopt a local law authorizing a real property tax
credit equal to a reduction of $10,000 of assessed value, times the
equalization rate, for resident police officers.
Section 7 amends the education law by establishing a police officer
loan forgiveness program for police officers who reside within a city
with a population of one hundred thousand or more, provided that the
city has adopted a local law authorizing a police officer residency
education loan forgiveness initiative. Awards under this program
provide up to $2,000 per year, for up to six years.

JUSTIFICATION:
Various provisions of this legislation will increase
the number of police officers who are residents of the cities where
they live, and this will serve to improve police community relations
within participating cities.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2009-10: S.2064 - Referred to Local Government; A.9742 - Referred
to Governmental Employees
2003-04: S.645 - Referred to Local Government
2001-02: S.4083 - Referred to Local Government
1999-00: S.7244 - Referred to Local Government

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately, provided
however that section six shall take effect on the first of January
next succeeding the date on which it shall have become law.

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

                                  3131

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 9, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. HUNTLEY, DIAZ, PARKER, SAMPSON, SAVINO -- read twice
  and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee
  on Local Government

AN  ACT to amend the general municipal law and the civil service law, in
  relation to salary and civil service exam credits for police  officers
  in certain cities; to amend the tax law and the real property tax law,
  in  relation  to  establishing certain tax credits for resident police
  officers; and to amend the education law, in relation  to  the  police
  officer loan forgiveness program

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

  Section 1. The general municipal  law  is  amended  by  adding  a  new
section 207-r to read as follows:
  S  207-R.  SALARIES  OF  POLICE  OFFICERS WHO ARE RESIDENTS OF CERTAIN
CITIES. A CITY WITH A POPULATION OF ONE  HUNDRED  THOUSAND  OR  MORE  IS
HEREBY  AUTHORIZED  TO ADOPT A LOCAL LAW TO PROVIDE THAT THE SALARY OF A
POLICE OFFICER OF SUCH CITY WHO IS A RESIDENT THEREOF SHALL BE INCREASED
BY AN AMOUNT OF FIVE PERCENT OR MORE OF SUCH OFFICER'S BASE SALARY.
  S 2. Section 58 of the civil service law is amended by  adding  a  new
subdivision 7 to read as follows:
  7.  (A)  A  CITY  WITH A POPULATION OF ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND OR MORE IS
AUTHORIZED TO ADOPT A LOCAL LAW WHICH WOULD GRANT RESIDENTS OF SUCH CITY
ADDITIONAL CREDITS IN COMPETITIVE EXAMINATIONS FOR ORIGINAL  APPOINTMENT
AS A POLICE OFFICER PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION.
  (B) IN THE EVENT OF THE ENACTMENT OF A LOCAL LAW PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH
(A)  OF  THIS  SUBDIVISION, ON AN ELIGIBLE LIST RESULTING FROM A COMPET-
ITIVE EXAMINATION FOR ORIGINAL APPOINTMENT  AS  A  POLICE  OFFICER,  THE
NAMES  OF THE ELIGIBLE SHALL BE ENTERED IN THE ORDER OF THEIR RESPECTIVE
FINAL EARNED RATINGS ON EXAMINATION, WITH THE NAME OF THE ELIGIBLE  WITH
THE  HIGHEST  FINAL  EARNED  RATING  AT  THE HEAD OF SUCH LIST, PROVIDED
HOWEVER, THAT FOR THE PURPOSES OF DETERMINING FINAL  EARNED  RATINGS,  A

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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PERSON  WHO IS A RESIDENT OF SUCH CITY SHALL BE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE FIVE
POINTS ADDITIONAL CREDIT. SUCH ADDITIONAL CREDIT SHALL BE ADDED  TO  THE
FINAL  EARNED  RATING AFTER SUCH PERSON HAS QUALIFIED IN THE COMPETITIVE
EXAMINATION  AND  SHALL  BE GRANTED ONLY AT THE TIME OF ESTABLISHMENT OF
THE RESULTING ELIGIBLE LIST.
  (C) ANY CANDIDATE WHO BELIEVES THAT HE OR SHE  IS  ENTITLED  TO  ADDI-
TIONAL  CREDIT  AS PROVIDED IN THIS SECTION, MAY MAKE AN APPLICATION FOR
SUCH ADDITIONAL CREDIT AT ANY TIME BETWEEN THE DATE OF  APPLICATION  FOR
THE  EXAMINATION AND THE DATE OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ELIGIBLE LIST.
SUCH CANDIDATE SHALL PROVIDE APPROPRIATE DOCUMENTARY PROOF OF  RESIDENCY
AS REQUIRED BY SUCH CITY OF RESIDENCY.
  (D)  THE  ADDITIONAL CREDIT PROVIDED BY THIS SECTION SHALL BE IN ADDI-
TION TO ANY ADDITIONAL CREDIT THAT MAY BE GRANTED PURSUANT TO ANY GENER-
AL, SPECIAL OR LOCAL LAW.
  (E) ANY LOCAL LAW ADOPTED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE APPLICABLE
ONLY TO COMPETITIVE EXAMINATIONS FOR ORIGINAL APPOINTMENT  AS  A  POLICE
OFFICER  OF  SUCH  CITY  WHICH  ARE  HELD AT LEAST THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE
ADOPTION OF SUCH LOCAL LAW.
  S 3. Section 1310 of the tax law is amended by adding a new subsection
(g) to read as follows:
  (G) RESIDENT POLICE OFFICER  CREDIT.  (1)  NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY  OTHER
PROVISION  OF  LAW  TO  THE CONTRARY, ANY CITY IMPOSING A TAX UNDER THIS
ARTICLE IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED AND EMPOWERED TO ADOPT AND AMEND LOCAL LAWS
FOR ANY TAXABLE YEAR BEGINNING AFTER TWO THOUSAND ELEVEN,  AS  SPECIFIED
IN SUCH LOCAL LAWS, PROVIDING FOR A RESIDENT POLICE OFFICER CREDIT TO BE
ALLOWED AS PROVIDED FOR IN PARAGRAPHS TWO AND THREE OF THIS SUBSECTION.
  (2)  THE CREDIT SHALL BE ALLOWED AGAINST THE TAXES IMPOSED PURSUANT TO
THE AUTHORITY OF THIS ARTICLE AFTER THE ALLOWANCE OF ANY  OTHER  CREDITS
ALLOWED  BY  THIS  ARTICLE. IF THE CREDIT EXCEEDS THE TAX AS SO REDUCED,
THE TAXPAYER MAY RECEIVE,  AND  THE  STATE  COMPTROLLER,  SUBJECT  TO  A
CERTIFICATE  OF  THE  COMMISSIONER, SHALL PAY AS AN OVERPAYMENT, WITHOUT
INTEREST, THE AMOUNT OF SUCH EXCESS TO THE TAXPAYER.
  (3) THE CREDIT SHALL BE EQUAL TO FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS MULTIPLIED BY  A
FRACTION,  THE NUMERATOR OF WHICH IS THE NUMBER OF DAYS DURING THE TAXA-
BLE YEAR THAT THE TAXPAYER WAS SERVING AS A POLICE OFFICER WHILE A  CITY
RESIDENT  AND  THE  DENOMINATOR  OF  WHICH IS THE NUMBER OF DAYS IN SUCH
TAXABLE YEAR.
  S 4. The tax law is amended by adding a new section 1330-a to read  as
follows:
  S  1330-A.  RESIDENT  POLICE  OFFICER  CREDIT. (A) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY
OTHER PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, ANY CITY IMPOSING  A  TAX  UNDER
THIS ARTICLE IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED AND EMPOWERED TO ADOPT AND AMEND LOCAL
LAWS FOR ANY TAXABLE YEAR BEGINNING AFTER TWO THOUSAND ELEVEN, AS SPECI-
FIED  IN SUCH LOCAL LAWS, PROVIDING FOR A RESIDENT POLICE OFFICER CREDIT
TO BE ALLOWED AS PROVIDED  FOR  IN  SUBSECTIONS  (B)  AND  (C)  OF  THIS
SECTION.
  (B)  THE CREDIT SHALL BE ALLOWED AGAINST THE TAXES IMPOSED PURSUANT TO
THE AUTHORITY OF THIS ARTICLE AFTER THE ALLOWANCE OF ANY  OTHER  CREDITS
ALLOWED  BY  THIS  ARTICLE. IF THE CREDIT EXCEEDS THE TAX AS SO REDUCED,
THE TAXPAYER MAY RECEIVE,  AND  THE  STATE  COMPTROLLER,  SUBJECT  TO  A
CERTIFICATE  OF  THE  COMMISSIONER, SHALL PAY AS AN OVERPAYMENT, WITHOUT
INTEREST, THE AMOUNT OF SUCH EXCESS TO THE TAXPAYER.
  (C) THE CREDIT SHALL BE EQUAL TO ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS MULTIPLIED  BY  A
FRACTION,  THE NUMERATOR OF WHICH IS THE NUMBER OF DAYS DURING THE TAXA-
BLE YEAR THAT THE TAXPAYER WAS SERVING AS A POLICE OFFICER WHILE A  CITY

S. 3131                             3

RESIDENT  AND  THE  DENOMINATOR  OF  WHICH IS THE NUMBER OF DAYS IN SUCH
TAXABLE YEAR.
  S  5. Section 606 of the tax law is amended by adding a new subsection
(p-1) to read as follows:
  (P-1) RESIDENT POLICE OFFICER CREDIT. (1) A  RESIDENT  POLICE  OFFICER
CREDIT  SHALL  BE  ALLOWED  AGAINST  THE  TAXES  IMPOSED PURSUANT TO THE
AUTHORITY OF THIS ARTICLE AFTER  THE  ALLOWANCE  OF  ANY  OTHER  CREDITS
ALLOWED  BY  THIS  ARTICLE. IF THE CREDIT EXCEEDS THE TAX AS SO REDUCED,
THE TAXPAYER MAY RECEIVE,  AND  THE  STATE  COMPTROLLER,  SUBJECT  TO  A
CERTIFICATE  OF  THE  COMMISSIONER, SHALL PAY AS AN OVERPAYMENT, WITHOUT
INTEREST, THE AMOUNT OF SUCH EXCESS TO THE TAXPAYER.
  (2) THE CREDIT SHALL BE EQUAL TO FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS MULTIPLIED BY  A
FRACTION,  THE NUMERATOR OF WHICH IS THE NUMBER OF DAYS DURING THE TAXA-
BLE YEAR THAT THE TAXPAYER WAS SERVING AS A POLICE OFFICER WHILE A RESI-
DENT OF A CITY WHICH, IF AUTHORIZED TO, IS PROVIDING A REAL PROPERTY TAX
EXEMPTION PURSUANT TO SECTION FOUR HUNDRED SIXTY-SIX-K OF THE REAL PROP-
ERTY TAX LAW AND WHICH, IF AUTHORIZED BY THIS CHAPTER TO  IMPOSE  A  TAX
UPON  THE PERSONAL INCOME OF RESIDENTS, IS PROVIDING A TAX CREDIT PURSU-
ANT TO SUBSECTION (G) OF SECTION THIRTEEN HUNDRED TEN OF THIS CHAPTER OR
SECTION THIRTEEN HUNDRED THIRTY-A OF THIS CHAPTER AND THE DENOMINATOR OF
WHICH IS THE NUMBER OF DAYS IN SUCH TAXABLE YEAR.
  S 6. The real property tax law is amended  by  adding  a  new  section
466-k to read as follows:
  S  466-K.  RESIDENT POLICE OFFICER CREDIT. 1. REAL PROPERTY, IN A CITY
WITH A POPULATION OF OVER ONE HUNDRED  THOUSAND,  OWNED  BY  A  RESIDENT
POLICE  OFFICER OR SUCH OFFICER AND SPOUSE SHALL BE EXEMPT FROM TAXATION
FOR CITY PURPOSES TO THE EXTENT OF TEN THOUSAND  DOLLARS  MULTIPLIED  BY
THE  LATEST STATE EQUALIZATION RATE FOR THE ASSESSING UNIT IN WHICH SUCH
REAL PROPERTY IS LOCATED; PROVIDED THAT THE GOVERNING BODY OF SUCH CITY,
AFTER A PUBLIC HEARING, ADOPTS A  LOCAL  LAW,  ORDINANCE  OR  RESOLUTION
PROVIDING THEREFOR.
  2.  SUCH  EXEMPTION  SHALL  NOT  BE  GRANTED UNLESS: (A) THE APPLICANT
RESIDES IN THE CITY WHERE HE OR SHE SERVES AS A POLICE OFFICER;
  (B) THE PROPERTY IS THE PRIMARY RESIDENCE OF THE APPLICANT;
  (C)  THE  PROPERTY  IS  USED  EXCLUSIVELY  FOR  RESIDENTIAL  PURPOSES;
PROVIDED  HOWEVER, THAT IN THE EVENT ANY PORTION OF SUCH PROPERTY IS NOT
USED EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE APPLICANT'S RESIDENCE BUT  IS  USED  FOR  OTHER
PURPOSES,  SUCH  PORTION  SHALL BE SUBJECT TO TAXATION AND THE REMAINING
PORTION ONLY SHALL  BE  ENTITLED  TO  THE  EXEMPTION  PROVIDED  BY  THIS
SECTION; AND
  (D) THE APPLICANT HAS BEEN CERTIFIED BY SUCH CITY AS A POLICE OFFICER.
  3.  APPLICATION FOR SUCH EXEMPTION SHALL BE FILED WITH THE ASSESSOR ON
OR BEFORE THE TAXABLE STATUS DATE ON A FORM AS PRESCRIBED BY  THE  STATE
BOARD.
  4.  THE  PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO ANY CITY WITH A
POPULATION OF ONE MILLION  OR MORE.
  S 7. The education law is amended by adding a  new  section  677-b  to
read as follows:
  S  677-B.  POLICE OFFICER LOAN FORGIVENESS PROGRAM. 1.  CERTIFICATION.
POLICE OFFICER LOAN FORGIVENESS AWARDS SHALL BE AWARDED EACH YEAR.  SUCH
AWARDS SHALL BE ALLOCATED AS PROVIDED IN THIS SECTION TO ELIGIBLE POLICE
OFFICERS AS CERTIFIED TO THE COMMISSIONER BY THE PRESIDENT.
  2.  ELIGIBILITY. A POLICE OFFICER SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR AN AWARD UNDER
THIS SECTION PROVIDED THAT (A) SUCH PERSON RESIDES  IN  A  CITY  WITH  A
POPULATION OF ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND OR MORE WHICH HAS ENACTED A LOCAL LAW
PROVIDING  FOR  SUCH  POLICE  OFFICER LOAN FORGIVENESS PROGRAM, (B) SUCH

S. 3131                             4

POLICE OFFICER IS EMPLOYED IN SUCH CITY AS A  POLICE  OFFICER,  AND  (C)
SUCH POLICE OFFICER INCURRED STUDENT LOAN EXPENSE WHILE ATTENDING EITHER
THE CITY OR STATE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK.
  3. DURATION. EACH AWARD SHALL ENTITLE THE RECIPIENT TO AN ANNUAL AWARD
AND  A RECIPIENT SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR NO MORE THAN A TOTAL OF TWO THOU-
SAND DOLLARS A YEAR FOR A MAXIMUM OF SIX YEARS.
  4. CALCULATION OF AWARD AMOUNTS. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE
FOR CALCULATING THE DOLLAR AMOUNT OF EACH AWARD THAT ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES
MAY RECEIVE FROM THIS PROGRAM.
  5. STUDENT LOAN EXPENSE. STUDENT LOAN EXPENSE SHALL MEAN  THE  CUMULA-
TIVE  TOTAL  OF THE ANNUAL STUDENT LOANS COVERING THE COST OF ATTENDANCE
AT EITHER THE CITY OR STATE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF  NEW  YORK  WHICH
ARE  OUTSTANDING  WHEN  APPLICATION FOR SUCH PROGRAM IS MADE PURSUANT TO
SUBDIVISION SIX OF THIS SECTION. INTEREST PAID OR DUE  ON  SUCH  STUDENT
LOANS  THAT AN APPLICANT HAS TAKEN OUT FOR USE IN PAYING FOR SUCH EDUCA-
TION SHALL BE CONSIDERED ELIGIBLE FOR REIMBURSEMENT UNDER THIS PROGRAM.
  6. APPLICATION AND SELECTION. APPLICATION SHALL BE MADE TO THE COMMIS-
SIONER IN A MANNER PRESCRIBED BY THE COMMISSIONER.
  7. AWARD DISBURSEMENT. ANNUAL AWARD DISBURSEMENTS SHALL BE THE RESPON-
SIBILITY OF THE COMMISSIONER. THE COMMISSIONER  SHALL  FORWARD  APPROVED
APPLICATIONS TO THE PRESIDENT NO LATER THAN NINETY DAYS AFTER RECEIPT OF
SUCH  APPLICATIONS.  WITHIN  FORTY-FIVE DAYS, THE PRESIDENT SHALL VERIFY
THE APPROVED APPLICANTS' ELIGIBILITY AND TOTAL STUDENT LOAN EXPENSE.
  8. NOTIFICATION. THE PRESIDENT SHALL NOTIFY THE  COMMISSIONER  OF  THE
AWARD  ENTITLEMENT FOR EACH APPROVED APPLICANT PURSUANT TO THE VERIFICA-
TION PERFORMED IN SUBDIVISION SEVEN OF THIS SECTION.
  S 8. This act shall take effect immediately, provided that section six
of this act shall take effect on the first of  January  next  succeeding
the  date on which it shall have become a law and shall apply to taxable
status dates occurring on or after such date.

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S3131A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6802A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
General Municipal Law
Laws Affected:
Add §207-r, Gen Muni L; amd §58, Civ Serv L; amd §§1310 & 606, add §1330-a, Tax L; add §466-k, RPT L; add §677-b, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S2064, A9742

S3131A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Allows salary and civil service exam credits for police officers in certain cities and property tax credits for resident officers and student loan forgiveness program for certain police officers.

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BILL NUMBER:S3131A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the general municipal law and the civil service law, in
relation to salary and civil service exam credits for police officers in
certain cities; to amend the tax law and the real property tax law, in
relation to establishing certain tax credits for resident police
officers; and to amend the education law, in relation to the police
officer loan forgiveness program

PURPOSE:
To provide certain municipalities with various local options
intended to encourage residency by police officers within these
municipalities.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 authorizes cities with a population
of one hundred thousand or more to enact a local law to increase by
an amount of five percent or more the salary of a police officer who
is a resident of that city.
Section 2 authorizes cities with a
population of one hundred thousand or more to adopt a local law which
would grant residents of a city additional credit in competitive
examinations for original appointment as a police officer, and
provide procedures for implementation of awarding this credit.
Sections 3 through 5 amend sections 1310, 1330-a and 606 of the tax
law authorizing cities to adopt and amend local laws providing for
resident police officer tax credits. New York City would be
authorized to provide a $500 city income tax credit, Yonkers would be
authorized to provide a city income tax credit of $100 and police
officers who reside in cities which have adopted applicable local
laws authorizing tax credits would receive a $500 state income tax
credit.
Section 6 authorizes cities with a population of one hundred
thousand or more to adopt a local law authorizing a real property tax
credit equal to a reduction of $10,000 of assessed value, times the
equalization rate, for resident police officers.
Section 7 amends the education law by establishing a police officer
loan forgiveness program for police officers who reside within a city
with a population of one hundred thousand or more, provided that the
city has adopted a local law authorizing a police officer residency
education loan forgiveness initiative. Awards under this program
provide up to $2,000 per year, for up to six years.

JUSTIFICATION:
Various provisions of this legislation will increase
the number of police officers who are residents of the cities where
they live, and this will serve to improve police community relations
within participating cities.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-10: S.2064 - Referred to Local Government; A.9742 - Referred
to Governmental Employees
2003-04: S.645 - Referred to Local Government
2001-02: S.4083 - Referred to Local Government
1999-00: S.7244 - Referred to Local Government

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately, provided
however that section six shall take effect on the first of January
next succeeding the date on which it shall have become law.

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

                                 3131--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 9, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. HUNTLEY, DIAZ, PARKER, SAMPSON, SAVINO -- read twice
  and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee
  on  Local  Government -- recommitted to the Committee on Local Govern-
  ment in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged,
  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended  and  recommitted  to  said
  committee

AN  ACT to amend the general municipal law and the civil service law, in
  relation to salary and civil service exam credits for police  officers
  in certain cities; to amend the tax law and the real property tax law,
  in  relation  to  establishing certain tax credits for resident police
  officers; and to amend the education law, in relation  to  the  police
  officer loan forgiveness program

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

  Section 1. The general municipal  law  is  amended  by  adding  a  new
section 207-r to read as follows:
  S  207-R.  SALARIES  OF  POLICE  OFFICERS WHO ARE RESIDENTS OF CERTAIN
CITIES. A CITY WITH A POPULATION OF ONE  HUNDRED  THOUSAND  OR  MORE  IS
HEREBY  AUTHORIZED  TO ADOPT A LOCAL LAW TO PROVIDE THAT THE SALARY OF A
POLICE OFFICER OF SUCH CITY WHO IS A RESIDENT THEREOF SHALL BE INCREASED
BY AN AMOUNT OF FIVE PERCENT OR MORE OF SUCH OFFICER'S BASE SALARY.
  S 2. Section 58 of the civil service law is amended by  adding  a  new
subdivision 7 to read as follows:
  7.  (A)  A  CITY  WITH A POPULATION OF ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND OR MORE IS
AUTHORIZED TO ADOPT A LOCAL LAW WHICH WOULD GRANT RESIDENTS OF SUCH CITY
ADDITIONAL CREDITS IN COMPETITIVE EXAMINATIONS FOR ORIGINAL  APPOINTMENT
AS A POLICE OFFICER PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION.
  (B) IN THE EVENT OF THE ENACTMENT OF A LOCAL LAW PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH
(A)  OF  THIS  SUBDIVISION, ON AN ELIGIBLE LIST RESULTING FROM A COMPET-
ITIVE EXAMINATION FOR ORIGINAL APPOINTMENT  AS  A  POLICE  OFFICER,  THE
NAMES  OF THE ELIGIBLE SHALL BE ENTERED IN THE ORDER OF THEIR RESPECTIVE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02523-02-1

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FINAL EARNED RATINGS ON EXAMINATION, WITH THE NAME OF THE ELIGIBLE  WITH
THE  HIGHEST  FINAL  EARNED  RATING  AT  THE HEAD OF SUCH LIST, PROVIDED
HOWEVER, THAT FOR THE PURPOSES OF DETERMINING FINAL  EARNED  RATINGS,  A
PERSON  WHO IS A RESIDENT OF SUCH CITY SHALL BE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE FIVE
POINTS ADDITIONAL CREDIT. SUCH ADDITIONAL CREDIT SHALL BE ADDED  TO  THE
FINAL  EARNED  RATING AFTER SUCH PERSON HAS QUALIFIED IN THE COMPETITIVE
EXAMINATION AND SHALL BE GRANTED ONLY AT THE TIME  OF  ESTABLISHMENT  OF
THE RESULTING ELIGIBLE LIST.
  (C)  ANY  CANDIDATE  WHO  BELIEVES THAT HE OR SHE IS ENTITLED TO ADDI-
TIONAL CREDIT AS PROVIDED IN THIS SECTION, MAY MAKE AN  APPLICATION  FOR
SUCH  ADDITIONAL  CREDIT AT ANY TIME BETWEEN THE DATE OF APPLICATION FOR
THE EXAMINATION AND THE DATE OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ELIGIBLE  LIST.
SUCH  CANDIDATE SHALL PROVIDE APPROPRIATE DOCUMENTARY PROOF OF RESIDENCY
AS REQUIRED BY SUCH CITY OF RESIDENCY.
  (D) THE ADDITIONAL CREDIT PROVIDED BY THIS SECTION SHALL BE  IN  ADDI-
TION TO ANY ADDITIONAL CREDIT THAT MAY BE GRANTED PURSUANT TO ANY GENER-
AL, SPECIAL OR LOCAL LAW.
  (E) ANY LOCAL LAW ADOPTED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE APPLICABLE
ONLY  TO  COMPETITIVE  EXAMINATIONS FOR ORIGINAL APPOINTMENT AS A POLICE
OFFICER OF SUCH CITY WHICH ARE HELD  AT  LEAST  THIRTY  DAYS  AFTER  THE
ADOPTION OF SUCH LOCAL LAW.
  S 3. Section 1310 of the tax law is amended by adding a new subsection
(g) to read as follows:
  (G)  RESIDENT  POLICE  OFFICER  CREDIT.  (1) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER
PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, ANY CITY IMPOSING  A  TAX  UNDER  THIS
ARTICLE IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED AND EMPOWERED TO ADOPT AND AMEND LOCAL LAWS
FOR  ANY  TAXABLE YEAR BEGINNING AFTER TWO THOUSAND TWELVE, AS SPECIFIED
IN SUCH LOCAL LAWS, PROVIDING FOR A RESIDENT POLICE OFFICER CREDIT TO BE
ALLOWED AS PROVIDED FOR IN PARAGRAPHS TWO AND THREE OF THIS SUBSECTION.
  (2) THE CREDIT SHALL BE ALLOWED AGAINST THE TAXES IMPOSED PURSUANT  TO
THE  AUTHORITY  OF THIS ARTICLE AFTER THE ALLOWANCE OF ANY OTHER CREDITS
ALLOWED BY THIS ARTICLE. IF THE CREDIT EXCEEDS THE TAX  AS  SO  REDUCED,
THE  TAXPAYER  MAY  RECEIVE,  AND  THE  STATE  COMPTROLLER, SUBJECT TO A
CERTIFICATE OF THE COMMISSIONER, SHALL PAY AS  AN  OVERPAYMENT,  WITHOUT
INTEREST, THE AMOUNT OF SUCH EXCESS TO THE TAXPAYER.
  (3)  THE CREDIT SHALL BE EQUAL TO FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS MULTIPLIED BY A
FRACTION, THE NUMERATOR OF WHICH IS THE NUMBER OF DAYS DURING THE  TAXA-
BLE  YEAR THAT THE TAXPAYER WAS SERVING AS A POLICE OFFICER WHILE A CITY
RESIDENT AND THE DENOMINATOR OF WHICH IS THE  NUMBER  OF  DAYS  IN  SUCH
TAXABLE YEAR.
  S  4. The tax law is amended by adding a new section 1330-a to read as
follows:
  S 1330-A. RESIDENT POLICE  OFFICER  CREDIT.  (A)  NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY
OTHER  PROVISION  OF  LAW TO THE CONTRARY, ANY CITY IMPOSING A TAX UNDER
THIS ARTICLE IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED AND EMPOWERED TO ADOPT AND AMEND LOCAL
LAWS FOR ANY TAXABLE YEAR BEGINNING AFTER TWO THOUSAND TWELVE, AS SPECI-
FIED IN SUCH LOCAL LAWS, PROVIDING FOR A RESIDENT POLICE OFFICER  CREDIT
TO  BE  ALLOWED  AS  PROVIDED  FOR  IN  SUBSECTIONS  (B) AND (C) OF THIS
SECTION.
  (B) THE CREDIT SHALL BE ALLOWED AGAINST THE TAXES IMPOSED PURSUANT  TO
THE  AUTHORITY  OF THIS ARTICLE AFTER THE ALLOWANCE OF ANY OTHER CREDITS
ALLOWED BY THIS ARTICLE. IF THE CREDIT EXCEEDS THE TAX  AS  SO  REDUCED,
THE  TAXPAYER  MAY  RECEIVE,  AND  THE  STATE  COMPTROLLER, SUBJECT TO A
CERTIFICATE OF THE COMMISSIONER, SHALL PAY AS  AN  OVERPAYMENT,  WITHOUT
INTEREST, THE AMOUNT OF SUCH EXCESS TO THE TAXPAYER.

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  (C)  THE  CREDIT SHALL BE EQUAL TO ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS MULTIPLIED BY A
FRACTION, THE NUMERATOR OF WHICH IS THE NUMBER OF DAYS DURING THE  TAXA-
BLE  YEAR THAT THE TAXPAYER WAS SERVING AS A POLICE OFFICER WHILE A CITY
RESIDENT AND THE DENOMINATOR OF WHICH IS THE  NUMBER  OF  DAYS  IN  SUCH
TAXABLE YEAR.
  S  5. Section 606 of the tax law is amended by adding a new subsection
(p-1) to read as follows:
  (P-1) RESIDENT POLICE OFFICER CREDIT. (1) A  RESIDENT  POLICE  OFFICER
CREDIT  SHALL  BE  ALLOWED  AGAINST  THE  TAXES  IMPOSED PURSUANT TO THE
AUTHORITY OF THIS ARTICLE AFTER  THE  ALLOWANCE  OF  ANY  OTHER  CREDITS
ALLOWED  BY  THIS  ARTICLE. IF THE CREDIT EXCEEDS THE TAX AS SO REDUCED,
THE TAXPAYER MAY RECEIVE,  AND  THE  STATE  COMPTROLLER,  SUBJECT  TO  A
CERTIFICATE  OF  THE  COMMISSIONER, SHALL PAY AS AN OVERPAYMENT, WITHOUT
INTEREST, THE AMOUNT OF SUCH EXCESS TO THE TAXPAYER.
  (2) THE CREDIT SHALL BE EQUAL TO FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS MULTIPLIED BY  A
FRACTION,  THE NUMERATOR OF WHICH IS THE NUMBER OF DAYS DURING THE TAXA-
BLE YEAR THAT THE TAXPAYER WAS SERVING AS A POLICE OFFICER WHILE A RESI-
DENT OF A CITY WHICH, IF AUTHORIZED TO, IS PROVIDING A REAL PROPERTY TAX
EXEMPTION PURSUANT TO SECTION FOUR HUNDRED SIXTY-SIX-K OF THE REAL PROP-
ERTY TAX LAW AND WHICH, IF AUTHORIZED BY THIS CHAPTER TO  IMPOSE  A  TAX
UPON  THE PERSONAL INCOME OF RESIDENTS, IS PROVIDING A TAX CREDIT PURSU-
ANT TO SUBSECTION (G) OF SECTION THIRTEEN HUNDRED TEN OF THIS CHAPTER OR
SECTION THIRTEEN HUNDRED THIRTY-A OF THIS CHAPTER AND THE DENOMINATOR OF
WHICH IS THE NUMBER OF DAYS IN SUCH TAXABLE YEAR.
  S 6. The real property tax law is amended  by  adding  a  new  section
466-k to read as follows:
  S  466-K.  RESIDENT POLICE OFFICER CREDIT. 1. REAL PROPERTY, IN A CITY
WITH A POPULATION OF OVER ONE HUNDRED  THOUSAND,  OWNED  BY  A  RESIDENT
POLICE  OFFICER OR SUCH OFFICER AND SPOUSE SHALL BE EXEMPT FROM TAXATION
FOR CITY PURPOSES TO THE EXTENT OF TEN THOUSAND  DOLLARS  MULTIPLIED  BY
THE  LATEST STATE EQUALIZATION RATE FOR THE ASSESSING UNIT IN WHICH SUCH
REAL PROPERTY IS LOCATED; PROVIDED THAT THE GOVERNING BODY OF SUCH CITY,
AFTER A PUBLIC HEARING, ADOPTS A  LOCAL  LAW,  ORDINANCE  OR  RESOLUTION
PROVIDING THEREFOR.
  2.  SUCH  EXEMPTION  SHALL  NOT  BE  GRANTED UNLESS: (A) THE APPLICANT
RESIDES IN THE CITY WHERE HE OR SHE SERVES AS A POLICE OFFICER;
  (B) THE PROPERTY IS THE PRIMARY RESIDENCE OF THE APPLICANT;
  (C)  THE  PROPERTY  IS  USED  EXCLUSIVELY  FOR  RESIDENTIAL  PURPOSES;
PROVIDED  HOWEVER, THAT IN THE EVENT ANY PORTION OF SUCH PROPERTY IS NOT
USED EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE APPLICANT'S RESIDENCE BUT  IS  USED  FOR  OTHER
PURPOSES,  SUCH  PORTION  SHALL BE SUBJECT TO TAXATION AND THE REMAINING
PORTION ONLY SHALL  BE  ENTITLED  TO  THE  EXEMPTION  PROVIDED  BY  THIS
SECTION; AND
  (D) THE APPLICANT HAS BEEN CERTIFIED BY SUCH CITY AS A POLICE OFFICER.
  3.  APPLICATION FOR SUCH EXEMPTION SHALL BE FILED WITH THE ASSESSOR ON
OR BEFORE THE TAXABLE STATUS DATE ON A FORM AS PRESCRIBED BY  THE  STATE
BOARD.
  4.  THE  PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO ANY CITY WITH A
POPULATION OF ONE MILLION  OR MORE.
  S 7. The education law is amended by adding a  new  section  677-b  to
read as follows:
  S  677-B.  POLICE OFFICER LOAN FORGIVENESS PROGRAM. 1.  CERTIFICATION.
POLICE OFFICER LOAN FORGIVENESS AWARDS SHALL BE AWARDED EACH YEAR.  SUCH
AWARDS SHALL BE ALLOCATED AS PROVIDED IN THIS SECTION TO ELIGIBLE POLICE
OFFICERS AS CERTIFIED TO THE COMMISSIONER BY THE PRESIDENT.

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  2.  ELIGIBILITY. A POLICE OFFICER SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR AN AWARD UNDER
THIS SECTION PROVIDED THAT (A) SUCH PERSON RESIDES  IN  A  CITY  WITH  A
POPULATION OF ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND OR MORE WHICH HAS ENACTED A LOCAL LAW
PROVIDING  FOR  SUCH  POLICE  OFFICER LOAN FORGIVENESS PROGRAM, (B) SUCH
POLICE  OFFICER  IS  EMPLOYED  IN SUCH CITY AS A POLICE OFFICER, AND (C)
SUCH POLICE OFFICER INCURRED STUDENT LOAN EXPENSE WHILE ATTENDING EITHER
THE CITY OR STATE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK.
  3. DURATION. EACH AWARD SHALL ENTITLE THE RECIPIENT TO AN ANNUAL AWARD
AND A RECIPIENT SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR NO MORE THAN A TOTAL OF TWO  THOU-
SAND DOLLARS A YEAR FOR A MAXIMUM OF SIX YEARS.
  4. CALCULATION OF AWARD AMOUNTS. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE
FOR CALCULATING THE DOLLAR AMOUNT OF EACH AWARD THAT ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES
MAY RECEIVE FROM THIS PROGRAM.
  5.  STUDENT  LOAN EXPENSE. STUDENT LOAN EXPENSE SHALL MEAN THE CUMULA-
TIVE TOTAL OF THE ANNUAL STUDENT LOANS COVERING THE COST  OF  ATTENDANCE
AT  EITHER  THE  CITY OR STATE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK WHICH
ARE OUTSTANDING WHEN APPLICATION FOR SUCH PROGRAM IS  MADE  PURSUANT  TO
SUBDIVISION  SIX  OF  THIS SECTION. INTEREST PAID OR DUE ON SUCH STUDENT
LOANS THAT AN APPLICANT HAS TAKEN OUT FOR USE IN PAYING FOR SUCH  EDUCA-
TION SHALL BE CONSIDERED ELIGIBLE FOR REIMBURSEMENT UNDER THIS PROGRAM.
  6. APPLICATION AND SELECTION. APPLICATION SHALL BE MADE TO THE COMMIS-
SIONER IN A MANNER PRESCRIBED BY THE COMMISSIONER.
  7. AWARD DISBURSEMENT. ANNUAL AWARD DISBURSEMENTS SHALL BE THE RESPON-
SIBILITY  OF  THE  COMMISSIONER. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL FORWARD APPROVED
APPLICATIONS TO THE PRESIDENT NO LATER THAN NINETY DAYS AFTER RECEIPT OF
SUCH APPLICATIONS. WITHIN FORTY-FIVE DAYS, THE  PRESIDENT  SHALL  VERIFY
THE APPROVED APPLICANTS' ELIGIBILITY AND TOTAL STUDENT LOAN EXPENSE.
  8.  NOTIFICATION.  THE  PRESIDENT SHALL NOTIFY THE COMMISSIONER OF THE
AWARD ENTITLEMENT FOR EACH APPROVED APPLICANT PURSUANT TO THE  VERIFICA-
TION PERFORMED IN SUBDIVISION SEVEN OF THIS SECTION.
  S 8. This act shall take effect immediately, provided that section six
of  this  act  shall take effect on the first of January next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law and shall apply to  taxable
status dates occurring on or after such date.

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