senate Bill S5449

2013-2014 Legislative Session

In relation to twenty-first century demonstration project grants

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to finance
May 16, 2013 referred to finance

S5449 - Bill Details

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Law Section:
State Finance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง54, St Fin L

S5449 - Bill Texts

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Relates to twenty-first century demonstration project grants.

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TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the state finance law, in relation to
twenty-first century demonstration project grants

PURPOSE: To expand the Twenty-First Century Demonstration Project
Grant program in order to broaden the opportunities for transformative
local government efficiency projects.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends Section 54(10)(o) of the State Finance
Law to revise the Twenty-First Century Demonstration Project Grant
program: it would increase the maximum grant award to 5700,000 per
participating municipality (instead of $400,000); and it would specify
that funds may be used for the creation of a regional shared services

JUSTIFICATION: The Local Government Efficiency Grant Program was
established to encourage and assist municipalities to implement
programs to consolidate governmental units and to consolidate or share
services and programs. The program established a maximum limit on the
size of a grant that could be awarded. However, the program also
authorized larger grants for projects that have "great potential to
achieve financial savings and serve as a model for other
municipalities." These are called Twenty-First Century Demonstration

In general, concerns have been raised that the program has been
underutilized, and that many of the awards have simply funded
consolidation studies, many of which were never implemented. By
increasing the size of the grant that could be awarded, and by
specifying that regional shared services programs are eligible, this
bill seeks to generate renewed interest in the program and to
encourage municipalities to pursue larger projects that have the
potential for significant benefits and would serve as a model for
other communities.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: This bill would allow the awarding of a larger
grant for a regional 21st Century Demonstration Project. However, it
would not affect the overall spending level for the program, which
would remain subject to annual budget appropriations.


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                    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 16, 2013

Introduced  by  Sen.  FARLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance

AN ACT to amend the state  finance  law,  in  relation  to  twenty-first
  century demonstration project grants


  Section 1. Subparagraph (v)  of  paragraph  o  of  subdivision  10  of
section  54 of the state finance law, as added by section 7 of part O of
chapter 56 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows:
  (v) Twenty-first century demonstration project grants. (1) Within  the
amounts  appropriated therefor, subject to a plan developed in consulta-
tion with the commission on local government efficiency and competitive-
ness and approved by the director of the budget, the secretary of  state
may award competitive grants to municipalities to cover costs associated
with  a  functional  consolidation or a shared services agreement having
great potential to achieve financial savings and serve as  a  model  for
other  municipalities,  including  the  consolidation  of  services on a
multi-county basis, the consolidation of certain services countywide  as
identified  in such plan, the creation of a regional entity empowered to
provide multiple functions  on  a  countywide  or  regional  basis,  the
creation of a regional or city-county consolidated municipal government,
school  districts or supporting services for school districts encompass-
ing the area served by a board of cooperative educational  services,  or
the creation of a regional smart growth compact or program.
  (2)  Twenty-first  century demonstration project grants may be used to
cover  costs  including,  but  not  limited  to,  legal  and  consultant
services,  capital  improvements, transitional personnel costs essential
for the implementation  of  the  approved  twenty-first  century  demon-
stration  project grant work plan, and other necessary expenses.  Grants
may be used for capital improvements, transitional  personnel  costs  or

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

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joint  equipment  purchases only where such expenses are integral to the
coordinated or consolidated service delivery.
  (3)  The  maximum  twenty-first  century  demonstration  project grant
awarded shall not exceed [four] SEVEN hundred thousand dollars per muni-
cipality. Award amounts may vary by grant category as identified in  the
request for applications.
  (4)  Local  matching  funds  equal to ten percent of the total cost of
activities under the grant work plan approved by the department of state
shall be required.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.


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