Legslative Activity: March 29, 2010

March 29, 2010

The New York State Senate Democratic Majority passed seven pieces of legislation today including emergency budget appropriations.

S7276 / S7277: These bills enact an emergency spending plan to preserve essential functions of government and protect vital services for the period April 1, 2010 through April 11, 2010.

Appropriations include, but are not limited to:

·         $2.95 billion to pay for the Medical Assistance Program, including funding for local providers of medical and family care services.

·         $448 million in mandated payments to fund our public schools.

·         $420 million to fund state Unemployment Insurance Benefits for struggling families.

·         $376.9 million to pay thousands of State employees, including state troopers, national guardsmen, corrections officers, nurses, and social service workers who care for our veterans, the homeless, and mentally disabled.

·         $60 million to fund the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance for Social Security Insurance.

·         $40 million to maintain work and jobs on capital projects funded by the federal stimulus package.

·         $38.8 million to cover expenses to the Social Security Contribution Fund.

·         $10 million for emergency health and safety projects.

·         $5 million for the Workforce Investment Act for youth training and employment.


S6611B: Enacts the deficiency budget for the 2009-2010 state fiscal year. Enactment of this deficiency appropriation bill is necessary to provide funding for liabilities occurring in the 2009-10 fiscal year for which no appropriations currently exist.

S6612A: Authorizes certain payments, deposits and transfers for the support of government.

S6972A (Savino) / A10065A (Abbate): Provides a temporary retirement incentive for public teachers who are members of the New York State Teachers Retirement System. This bill would enact a temporary retirement incentive program for teachers above age 55 and with 25 years of service.

S7135 (Squadron) / A10241 (Silver): Extends a real property tax abatement program for certain commercial properties in cities having a population of one million or more and extends a special reduction under the commercial rent tax in the city of New York. This bill would extend for four years a real property tax abatement program and a commercial rental tax reduction for certain commercial properties in designated areas of the City of New York.

S7262 (Kruger) / A10407 (Gottfried): Extends provisions of the laws of 2003 relating to allowing the use of funds of the office of professional medical conduct for activities of patient health information and quality improvement act of 2000. The purpose of the bill is to extend the ability of OPMC to conduct physician profiling activities.