S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
I N S E N A T E
January 27, 2014
Introduced by Sen. BONACIC -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Civil Service and Pensions
AN ACT to authorize the New York state teachers' retirement system to
accept an application for disability retirement benefits from James
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 application for disability retirement benefits of James O'Connell,
who was employed as principal by the Port Jervis city school district
and a member of the New York state teachers' retirement system, who
ceased his employment with the Port Jervis city school district on
August 31, 2008, and who, for reasons not ascribable to his own negli-
gence, did not apply to the New York state teachers' retirement system
for disability retirement benefits until September 14, 2009, shall be
deemed to have applied to the New York state teachers' retirement system
for disability retirement benefits within 30 days of his ceasing to be
employed on August 31, 2008.
S 2. All costs incurred in implementing the provisions of this act,
shall be borne by the New York state teachers' retirement system.
S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
FISCAL NOTE.--Pursuant to Legislative Law, Section 50:
This bill concerns James O'Connell, a vested member of the New York
State Teachers' Retirement System who ceased his employment as a teacher
with the Port Jervis City School District on August 31, 2008, and did
not apply for disability retirement benefits until September 14, 2009,
after the 12 month deadline to apply for disability had lapsed. He shall
be deemed to have applied for disability retirement benefits within 30
days of ceasing his employment on August 31, 2008. Currently as a vested
member Mr. O'Connell is eligible for a service retirement benefit
commencing at age 55.
The cost of this benefit is equal to the increase in the present value
of liabilities, which is estimated to be $270,000. This cost is contin-
gent upon the approval of James O'Connell's application for disability
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
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retirement by the Medical Board of the New York State Teachers' Retire-
The source of this estimate is Fiscal Note 2014-9 dated January 21,
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.