senate Bill S6935

Signed By Governor
2013-2014 Legislative Session

Grants retroactive tier V membership in the New York state and local employees' retirement system to Kirsten Mason, Laura Strizzi, Christian Ward and Austin Horton

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Dec 17, 2014 signed chap.523
Dec 05, 2014 delivered to governor
Jun 18, 2014 returned to senate
passed assembly
home rule request
ordered to third reading rules cal.365
substituted for a9237
Jun 12, 2014 referred to ways and means
delivered to assembly
passed senate
home rule request
May 21, 2014 advanced to third reading
May 20, 2014 2nd report cal.
May 19, 2014 1st report cal.794
Apr 02, 2014 referred to civil service and pensions

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May 19, 2014 - Civil Service and Pensions committee Vote

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Civil Service and Pensions Committee Vote: May 19, 2014

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S6935 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9237
Law Section:
Retirement
Versions Introduced in 2013-2014 Legislative Session:
A9237

S6935 - Bill Texts

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Grants retroactive tier V membership in the New York state and local employees' retirement system to Kirsten Mason, Laura Strizzi, Christian Ward and Austin Horton.

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BILL NUMBER:S6935

TITLE OF BILL: An act granting retroactive tier V membership in the
New York state and local employees' retirement system to Kirsten
Mason, Laura Strizzi, Christian Ward and Austin Horton

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to
authorize Kirsten Mason, Laura Strizzi, Christian Ward and Austin
Horton retroactive tier membership in Tier V by changing their dates
of membership in the System to be the dates they first were employed
by the village of Green Island.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:; Section one of this bill deems
Kirsten Mason a member of the retirement system as of the date of her
employment, on July 5, 2010, by the village of Green Island, if on or
before December 31, 2014 she shall file an application therefore with
the state comptroller. Upon the receipt of such an application,
Kirsten Mason shall be granted Tier V status in the New York state
local employees' retirement system and be made eligible for all the
rights and benefits thereof.

Section two of this bill deems Laura Strizzi a member of the
retirement system as of the date of her employment, on July 5, 2010,
by the village of Green Island, if on or before December 31, 2014 she
shall file an application therefore with the state comptroller. Upon
the receipt of such an application, Laura Strizzi shall be granted
Tier V status in the New York state local employees' retirement system
and be made eligible for all the rights and benefits thereof.

Section three of this bill deems Christian Ward a member of the
retirement system as of the date of his employment, on July 5, 2010,
by the village of Green Island, if on or before December 31, 2014 he
shall file an application therefore with the state comptroller. Upon
the receipt of such an application, Christian Ward shall be granted
Tier V status in the New York state local employees' retirement system
and be made eligible for all the rights and benefits thereof.

Section four of this bill deems Austin Horton a member of the
retirement system as of the date of his employment and membership
application, on July 5, 2011, if on or before December 31, 2014 he
shall file an application therefore with the state comptroller. Upon
the receipt of such an application, Austin Horton shall be granted
Tier V status in the New York state local employees' retirement system
and be made eligible for all the rights and benefits thereof.

Section five provides that all past service costs will be borne by the
village of Green Island. Section six provides for an immediate
effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Kirsten Mason, Laura Strizzi, Christian Ward and Austin
Horton should be reinstated into Tier V based upon their dates of
employment by the village of Green Island. This bill addresses
concerns raised in the veto message, and reinforces evidence provided
by the village of Green Island, that due to an administrative error
and for reasons not ascribable to their own negligence, their
applications were not processed in the usual manner therefore
incorrectly placing them in Tier VI.


PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.7457-A/S.5566-A .232; VETOED MEMO 232

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: There is an immediate past service cost of
approximately $320 which will be borne by the village of Green Island.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Effective immediately

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

    S. 6935                                                  A. 9237

                      S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y

                              April 2, 2014
                               ___________

IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. BRESLIN -- read twice and ordered print-
  ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Civil Service
  and Pensions

IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. McDONALD -- read once and referred
  to the Committee on Governmental Employees

AN  ACT granting retroactive tier V membership in the New York state and
  local employees' retirement system to Kirsten  Mason,  Laura  Strizzi,
  Christian Ward and Austin Horton

  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, Kirsten  Mason,
a  member  of the New York state and local employees' retirement system,
who was employed on July 5, 2010, by the village of Green  Island  as  a
recreation  assistant,  and  who  filed  membership applications in such
system on July 7, 2010 which should have given her Tier V status but for
reasons not ascribable to her own negligence and due to  an  administra-
tive  error,  the  application was not processed in the usual manner and
therefore not processed until August 16, 2012, may  be  deemed  to  have
become  a  member  of the New York state and local employees' retirement
system on July 5, 2010, if on or before December 31, 2014 she shall file
an application therefor with the state comptroller.  Upon the receipt of
such application, Kirsten Mason shall be granted Tier V  status  in  the
New  York  state  and local employees' retirement system and be eligible
for all the rights and benefits thereof. No contributions  made  to  the
New  York  state and local employees' retirement system by Kirsten Mason
shall be returned to her pursuant to this act.
  S 2. Notwithstanding any other provision  of  law,  Laura  Strizzi,  a
member of the New York state and local employees' retirement system, who
was employed on July 5, 2010, by the village of Green Island as a recre-
ation assistant, and who filed membership applications in such system on
July  13, 2010 which should have given her Tier V status but for reasons
not ascribable to her own negligence and due to an administrative error,
the application was not processed in the usual manner and therefore  not

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13411-02-4

S. 6935                             2                            A. 9237

processed  until  July 5, 2012, may be deemed to have become a member of
the New York state and local employees' retirement  system  on  July  5,
2010,  if  on  or before December 31, 2014 she shall file an application
therefor  with  the state comptroller. Upon the receipt of such applica-
tion, Laura Strizzi shall be granted Tier V status in the New York state
and local employees' retirement system  and  be  eligible  for  all  the
rights and benefits thereof. No contributions made to the New York state
and  local  employees'  retirement  system  by  Laura  Strizzi  shall be
returned to her pursuant to this act.
  S 3. Notwithstanding any other provision of  law,  Christian  Ward,  a
member of the New York state and local employees' retirement system, who
was employed on July 5, 2010, by the village of Green Island as a recre-
ation assistant, and who filed membership applications in such system on
July  14, 2010 which should have given him Tier V status but for reasons
not ascribable to his own negligence and due to an administrative error,
the application was not processed in the usual manner and therefore  not
processed  until  July 5, 2012, may be deemed to have become a member of
the New York state and local employees' retirement  system  on  July  5,
2010,  if  on  or  before December 31, 2014 he shall file an application
therefor with the state comptroller. Upon the receipt of  such  applica-
tion,  Christian  Ward  shall  be  granted Tier V status in the New York
state and local employees' retirement system and be eligible for all the
rights and benefits thereof. No contributions made to the New York state
and local employees'  retirement  system  by  Christian  Ward  shall  be
returned to him pursuant to this act.
  S  4.  Notwithstanding  any  other  provision of law, Austin Horton, a
member of the New York state and local employees' retirement system, who
was employed on July 5, 2011, by the village of Green Island as a recre-
ation assistant, and who filed membership applications in such system on
July 5, 2011 which should have given him Tier V status but  for  reasons
not ascribable to his own negligence and due to an administrative error,
the  application was not processed in the usual manner and therefore not
processed until July 19, 2012, may be deemed to have become a member  of
the  New  York  state  and local employees' retirement system on July 5,
2011, if on or before December 31, 2014 he  shall  file  an  application
therefor  with  the state comptroller. Upon the receipt of such applica-
tion, Austin Horton shall be granted Tier V status in the New York state
and local employees' retirement system  and  be  eligible  for  all  the
rights and benefits thereof. No contributions made to the New York state
and  local  employees'  retirement  system  by  Austin  Horton  shall be
returned to him pursuant to this act.
  S 5. Any past service costs incurred in implementing the provisions of
this act shall be borne by the village of Green Island.
  S 6. This act shall take effect immediately.
  FISCAL NOTE.-- Pursuant to Legislative Law, Section 50:
  This bill will allow four employees of the Village of Green  Island  -
Kirsten  Mason,  Laura  Strizzi,  Christian  Ward and Austin Horton - to
receive retroactive dates of membership in the New York State and  Local
Employees'  Retirement System, thereby changing their plan coverage from
Tier 6 to Tier 5.
  If this bill is enacted, we anticipate that there will be an  increase
of  approximately  $130  in  the  annual contributions of the Village of
Green Island for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015. In future years,
this cost will vary as the  billing  rates  and  salaries  of  the  four
affected members change.

S. 6935                             3                            A. 9237

  In addition to the annual contributions discussed above, there will be
an  immediate  past  service  cost  of approximately $320 which would be
borne by the Village of Green Island as a one-time payment.  This  esti-
mate is based on the assumption that payment will be made on February 1,
2015.
  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 January 14, 2014 and intended for use only during
the  2014  Legislative  Session, is Fiscal Note No. 2014-53, prepared by
the Actuary for the New  York  State  and  Local  Employees'  Retirement
System.

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