Votes in the NYS Senate for the Week of June 3, 2019

Patrick M. Gallivan

June 06, 2019

The bills listed below were voted on this week in the New York State Senate.  The legislation is listed by bill number and includes a short description, followed by Senator Gallivan's vote.  You can access each bill individually at the links provided below.

#S1475  The bill would require businesses making automatic renewal/continuous service offers to New York consumers to present the terms of such offers in a clear and conspicuous manner, prohibit such businesses from charging consumers without their affirmative consent to the offer terms, and require such businesses to provide the offer terms and cancellation policy in a manner capable of being retained by the consumer. NOTE - knowing violations include a civil penalty of not more than $500 for a single violation and not more than $1000 for multiple violations resulting from a single act or incident.
AYE

S#1054A  This bill would make installing or having knowledge of an unlawfully installed gas meter a class B misdemeanor. NOTE - amendments are technical in nature only.
AYE

#S4007A  Amends the Education Law to allow previouslytenured principals, administrators, supervisors or other members of the supervising staff who have been appointed to their position by a Board of Education or in New York City the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education to be subject to up to three years of a probationary period. This shortened probationary period does not apply to individuals who have been dismissed from their position in the past and adopts the same probationary time period currently applied to teachers.
AYE

#S547  Relates to the qualifications for holding the offices of assistant district attorney and assistant public defender in the county of Chenango; allows assistant district attorneys and assistant public defenders in Chenango county to reside in Chenango county or an adjoining county.
AYE

#S3917A  Limits the operation of certain bingo games run by retirement communities and social or charitable organizations to no more than 1 day per week and no more than 30 times per year. NOTE - this bill has been recalled and amended to shorten the timeframe from two days to one day per week and to add that such bingo games cannot take place for more than 30 days per year.
AYE

#S2475  This legislation adds more modern definitions to computer offenses in the penal law, including adding a definition for computer system, government computer system, public safety infrastructure computer system, computer contaminant, electronic mail and profile, among others.The bill adds new computer related crimes:- unlawful disruption of computer services in the 1st and 2nd degrees - unlawful computer access assistance in the 1st and 2nd degrees - unauthorized use of internet domain name or profile - unlawful introduction of a computer contaminant
AYE

#S2908  Authorizes the state university trustees to offer separate tuition rates to certain non-resident undergraduate students attending the state university college of arts and sciences at Potsdam.
AYE

#S4873A  Directs the board of trustees of the state university of New York and the city university of New York to report on the current composition of faculty at four year campuses and community colleges.
AYE

#S4835   Provides that court records in a proceeding under Article 81 Guardianship proceeding shall not be perused, examined, disclosed, taken or copied by any other person than a party, the attorney or counsel of a party, the guardian, the court evaluator or the court examiner except by order of the court. Also subdivision (d) of Section 81.14 of the Mental Hygiene Law is amended to remove the requirement of the courts to inform the allegedly incapacitated person of his or her right to request that the court records be sealed at the time of the commencement of the hearing.
AYE

#S289  Allows the Village of Lewiston to lower the speed limit to 25 on Center Street.
AYE

#S4777  Requires that in the case of any telemarketing sales call made by a natural person, the telemarketer or seller shall inform the customer that he or she may request that his or her telephone number be added to the seller's entity specific do-not-call list. If the customer opts to do so, the telemarketer or seller must immediately end the call and must add the number called to such do-not-call list. This section also provides that no telemarketer or seller shall transmit, share, or otherwise make available any customer's contact information, including name, telephone number, or email address, which has been provided to such telemarketer or seller by such customer, to any person, corporation, or other entity without the express agreement of the consumer in writing or in electronic format, unless otherwise required by law, or pursuant to a lawful subpoena or court order.
AYE

#S1471A  This bill adds a new section 2827 to the public health law to require plant-based food options in hospitals that provide residential or inpatient care at the patient's request. The bill defines "plant-based food option" as a food or beverage that is free of animal products and that has nutritional value comparable to the non-plant based food option that it replaces. "Animal product" is defined as meat, poultry, seafood, diary, eggs, honey and any derivative thereof.
NAY  (Hospitals’ ability to find, source and stock plant-based foods in the amounts needed to fully meet the bill’s requirements, and to develop menus, train relevant staff and implement other measures will be difficult.)

#S3821  This bill expands Paid Family Leave to teachers in a religious, charitable or educational institution. Current law exempts persons engaged in a teaching or non manual capacity in or for a religious charitable or educational institution.
AYE

#S4469A  Relates to the instilling of mydriatic or cycloplegic eye drops by persons qualified and supervised by a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist. FORMER CO-SPONSOR
AYE

#S3465  Requires public transportation services, including rail; motorbus; paratransit; motorbus charter; and ferry service to require all customer-facing employees to under a human-trafficking recognition training program.
AYE

#S3419  Establishes the right of adoptees to receive a certified copy of their birth certificate upon reaching the age of 18, or if the adopted person is deceased, the adopted person's direct line descendants, or the lawful representative of such adopted person, or lawful representatives of such deceased adopted person's direct line descendants.
New York Adoptee Rights Coalition
AYE

#S2508  Establishes the crime of staging a motor vehicle accident in the 2nd (class E felony) and 1st (class D felony) degrees.
AYE

#S2662  Creates the crime of dissemination of an image of a crime victim; makes a person guilty of such crime where the person is a public servant and, while in the course of the public servant's official duties, records a still image or motion picture of a crime victim and broadcasts or publishes such images or motion pictures outside of the course of conduct of the public servant's official duties; makes such crime a class A misdemeanor.
AYE

#S5517  OCA Departmental - This measure would amend the Criminal Procedure Law to expand the list of authorized notations a trial court may add to a verdict sheet to assist the jury in distinguishing among submitted offenses.
AYE

#S5410  Removes the requirement that applicants admitted into a graduate-level teacher and leader education programs have achieved a 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average in the candidate's undergraduate program.
AYE

#S584  Enacts the "food retail establishment subsidization for healthy communities act" (FRESH Communities); provides loans, loan guarantees, interest subsidies and grants to businesses, municipalities, not-for-profit corporations or local development corporations for the purpose of attracting, maintaining or permitting the expansion of food retail establishments in underserved areas.
AYE

#S4024B  Enacts the "STAR credit bill of rights"; establishes the office of STAR ombudsman.
AYE

#S4974  Provides that the commissioner of agriculture and markets, in consultation with the commissioner of environmental conservation, shall develop a plan to remediate and remove waste tires used in agricultural production.
AYE

#S5300  This bill amends the Article 20 of the Tax Law to specifically exclude "research tobacco products" from the definitions of cigarette and tobacco products, and thereby exempt "research tobacco products" from Article 20 Taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products.
AYE

#S2834  This legislation would license and regulate laser hair removal technicians.
AYE

#S4894  This bill clarifies that the discharge of a resident from a community residence licensed or operated by the Office of Mental Health (OMH) or the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) shall be governed by the regulations of those agencies, respectively, and shall not be considered to involve a relationship of landlord and tenant.
AYE

#S5637A  Establishes a temporary commission relating to the evaluation of the office of mental health housing programs.
AYE

#S3224  Provides retroactivity to the original date of eligibility for the senior citizens rent increase exemption (SCRIE) and disability rent increase exemption (DRIE).
AYE

#S2155  Requires that at least one commissioner of the public service commission have experience in utility consumer advocacy.
AYE

#S202  Authorizes the city of Niagara Falls, county of Niagara, to reduce the speed limit in downtown Niagara Falls to 25 miles per hour.
AYE

#S245A  Requires the office of children and family services to utilize a cost estimation model when determining the actual cost providers incur when providing child care and requires the office to prepare an annual report detailing such.
AYE

#S496  The election law is amended to notify voters in bold font on their registration form that New York practices a closed Party Primary system and detail the consequences of that. Section 2 sets the effective date.
NAY  (Current law already requires much of the same information to be included.)

#S1085A  Requires the department of agriculture and markets to post the results of its graded inspections of retail food stores on their website.
AYE

#S1342A  This bill would enact the changes to follow the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (UAGA) which was adopted by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Law in 2006, to enhance the organ donation process. New York is one of only two states that have not adoptedthe most recent revisions to the federal UAGA.
AYE

#S1548  Includes part of Ridge road in the city of Lackawanna as a state highway.
AYE

#S1590  Requires the state board of elections to create a system to allow a copy of the candidate and contest information contained on each ballot style submitted by each county board of elections to be accessible to the public via web.
NAY  (Allowing such sample ballot information to be posted on the internet, this bill has the potential to allow for the reproduction of an unlimited number of ballots, that if not  distinguishable from the actual ballots being used on election day.)

#S1718  Provides for the inclusion, at a voter's option, of an e-mail address in the voter registration application and record, whereupon notices and other communication required to be sent to the voter by the state board of elections shall be sent by e-mail in addition to postal mail; provides that county boards of elections and the board of elections of the city of New York shall have the option of sending required notices and communications by e-mail in addition to postal mail to certain voters.
AYE

#S1732  Authorizes the Frontier central school district to establish an insurance reserve fund.
AYE

#S1769  This bill amends section 218 of the general business law (GBL) to add to the definition of "reasonable time" as it relates to the time an establishment can detain an individual following a theft to state that the reasonable time cannot exceed one hour, except for extraordinary circumstances.
NAY  (Unnecessary and will negatively impact business.)

#S2088  This bill would add a new section 78-a to the banking law to provide that the financial frauds and consumer protection unit of the department of financial services shall refer any instances of a person, partnership, association, corporation or other entity which is operating without being chartered, licensed or registered as required under the banking law, to the attorney general and to any other federal, state or local agency or entity for appropriate enforcement action.
NAY  (Regulatory over-reach of the Department of Financial Services.)

#S2311  This bill would shorten the deadline for voter registration applications to 10 days before the election. This bill would provide that an application postmarked by no later than fifteen days before the next primary, general or special election, which is received no later than ten days before such election, or which is delivered in person at least ten days before such election to the county board of elections, shall entitle such applicant to vote at such election.
NAY  (Burdensome on the board of elections as it will be difficult for them to get all of the deadline applications into the poll book, in time for early voting.)

#S2490  Requires putrescible and non-putrescible waste to be covered by a hard tarp when transported by rail.
NAY  (Not necessary as rail containers hauling such waste are already sealed with hard lids.)

#S2922  Requires that the State Education Department provide a translation of a student's Individualized Education Program (IEP), evaluation, action or implementation plan upon request, to the extent that providing such translation is feasible.
AYE

#S2923  This bill would make failure to submit an insurance claim to the patient's insurer in a timely manner an affirmative defense to civil actions brought by a health care provider against a patient to recover payment for an outstanding bill. The sponsor says this is needed because a patient should not be held responsible when civil actions are brought against the patient to recover payment for the outstanding bill when the health care provider failed to submit the claim to the insurer in a timely manner.
AYE

#S3082  Directs the office of parks, recreation and historic preservation to fund and conduct the empire state games on an annual basis.
AYE

#S3204  Establishes the 400 Years of African-American History Commission.
AYE

#S3392  This bill would classify all waste resulting from oil and natural gas production activities as hazardous waste and shall be subject to the requirements of treatment of hazardous waste if such waste meets the definition of hazardous waste in the En Con law.
NAY (Not necessary. The DEC has exempted oil and natural gas waste from the list of hazardous waste because it hasdetermined the waste does not pose a substantial threat to human health.)

#S4070B  Requires the commissioner of education to make recommendations to the board of regents relating to instruction on preventing child sexual exploitation and child abuse in grades kindergarten through eight.
AYE

#S4294  Extends the authorization for Onondaga County to chargea $.65 per access line per month wireline communication service surcharge to fund the Onondaga County Interoperable Communications System (OCICS) until 2029.
AYE

#S4479  Establishes within the New York state urban development corporation, the strategic investment in workforce development program to identify and address workforce needs throughout the state.
AYE

#S4699  Directs the commissioner of health to conduct a study relating to the number of emergency room beds in the state and to make recommendations on the minimum number of emergency rooms required per capita and the maximum distance patients shall be expected to travel to access emergency room services
AYE

#S4808  This bill would prohibit certain insurance policies from requiring prior authorization for all medication assisted treatment (MAT)which includes all buprenorphine products, methadone or long acting injectable naltrexone for detoxification or maintenance treatment of a substance use disorder.
AYE

#S5097  Grants retroactive membership with Tier II status in the New York state teachers' retirement system to Lori Cohen.
AYE

#S5193A  Amends the county law relating to communication service surcharges applied to Tompkins county, in relation to extending the provisions of such chapter.
AYE

#S2723  Removes the term "serious" from the "serious physical injury" language regarding the agriculture and markets law provision governing aggravated cruelty to animals.
AYE

#S3078A  Requires the installation and testing of fire protection systems at pet stores.
NAY  (No "grandfather" clause - could force small businesses to close.)

#S94  This bill seeks to clarify and enhance the animal crimes laws of New York State as they pertain to animal fighting. It does so by introducing a new felony level offense for enterprise animal fighting, consolidating definitions, stratifying levels of offense, altering penalty classifications, and harmonizing provisions with the criminal procedure law and the penal law.
AYE

#S3828  To provide additional provisions to the agriculture and markets law relating to grooming, sanitation, and veterinary exam requirements, as well as additional standards of care for nursing and pregnant dogs.
AYE

#S4517  Exempts East Syracuse Fire Department from the requirement that the percentage of non-resident fire department members not exceed forty-five percent of the membership.
AYE

#S5281A  Alienates certain parklands in the town of Stony Point, county of Rockland, conveyed to said town pursuant to Chapter 851 of the Laws of 1973.
AYE

#S3840A  This bill repeals provisions of the social services law related to the conciliation and refusal to participate provisions related to public assistance recipients, as well as noncompliance provisions and instead applies a less stringent version, which was codified in 2015 for NYC public assistance recipients only who are noncompliant with work activities, to the entire state.
NAY  (Relaxes penalties for non-compliance of work requirements for person on public assistance. Unfunded mandate.)

#S4652  This bill will require standard financial aid award letters to include the estimated cost of repayment of all outstanding loans including expected monthly payments.
AYE

#S5496  This bill would make changes to the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and to section 50-b of the civil rights law. This bill would provide that when an agency is considering denying access to records under the law enforcement exception to FOIL on the grounds that disclosure would interfere with a judicial proceeding, then the decision of whether to grant access would be made by the judge presiding over that judicial proceeding. This bill would clarify that a denial of access to records under FOIL does not prevent a person from obtaining records under any other law. In addition, the bill would clarify that parties to any civil or criminal action or proceeding can use FOIL to obtain records concerning the action or proceeding. Furthermore, this bill clarifies that access to a record cannot be withheld due to the type or category of record. This bill would also amend the law enforcement exception to FOIL to make clear that records cannot be withheld solely because they relate in some manner to an investigation or criminal proceeding. This bill would also amend section 50-b of the civil rights law to clarify that only the portions of a report that would identify a victim of a sexual offense are exempt from disclosure.
NAY (Potential to compromise criminal investigations and endanger victims/witnesses.)

#S3998 Allows the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County to provide driver education courses in middle school or elementary school locations provided such course instruction occurs when elementary or middle school is not in session.
AYE

#S4365  Provides for the granting of three continuingeducation credits for all active members of a statewide professional insurance producer association.
National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors; NYS Association of Health Underwriters
AYE

#S609  This legislation would define animal fighting as a criminal act when referring to enterprise corruption.
AYE

#S1797  This bill amends Education Law § 6542 to delete the limitation on the number of physician assistants (PAs) who may be employed by a particular physician, and clarify that the limitations on supervision is specifically related to any one time.
AYE

#S3058  Requires nonpublic schools to follow the same rules and regulations as public schools regarding a pupil who suffers a concussion, regarding training to recognize the symptoms of a concussion, information to be provided to the parent or guardian of such pupil and the amount of time such pupil shall wait before resuming an athletic activity.
AYE

#S1942  Authorizes the villages of Malone, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake, in the county of Franklin, to employ retired former members of the division of state police as part-time village police officers.
AYE

#S3335  Requires nonpublic and private elementary and secondary schools to require their prospective employees to submit fingerprints through the commissioner of education for the purpose of criminal background checks; authorizes conditional appointment of employees by such schools pending determination of the criminal background check.
AYE

#S4497  Establishes the rare disease advisory council; advise and consult on policy matters relating to rare disease; twenty-one appointed members.
AYE

#S3415A  Provides that any person charged with enforcing laws prohibiting cruelty to animals shall cause a report to be made when, in the performance of his or her duties, such person has reasonable cause to believe that abuse or maltreatment of a child has also occurred; also provides that a person charged with the responsibility of filing a report of child abuse or maltreatment shall also file a report of suspected animal cruelty.
AYE

#S3559  The bill would amend section 353-B of Agriculture and Markets Law to increase the financial penaltyfor failure to provide adequate shelter for dogs left outdoors.
AYE

#S6163  This bill would amend Part BBB of PPGG of the Budget which expanded primary hours in upstate counties from noon - 9PM to 6AM to 9PM. This bill amends the effective date to have it apply to any election 115 days after January 1, 2020. This amendment is to ensure the Presidential primary is covered which will be held onApril 28, 2020.
AYE

#S6154  SCOC DEPARTMENTAL - Amends subdivision (1) of section 504 of the Correction Law to allow the Commission of Correction to issue a substitute jail order, upon consent of the inmate and any involved sheriff, where transfer of such inmate to another county jail would allow for participation in beneficial programming.
AYE

#S4577  Requires the department of agriculture and markets to issue code red and blue alerts for companion animals during extreme weather; requires owners of companion animals to bring their animals indoors whenever a code red or blue alert has been issued. Any individual who knowingly, or after a warning, violates this section of law would be subject to a violation and fine up to $1,000 for the first offense, and a fine up to $2,000 for subsequent offenses. Current law provides for a fine between $50 and $100 for the first offense and a fine between $100 and $250 for subsequent offenses.
NAY (Too ridged. Does not account for animals that are better equipped for outside weather. Animal cruelty already illegal.)

#S5807  The bill would amend section 353-A of Agriculture and Markets Law to allow for concurrent sentences when an individual is convicted of multiple counts of aggravated cruelty to animals.
AYE

#S5532B  The bill would ban any individual who performs an onychectomy, partial or complete phalangectomy or tendonectomy procedures on a cat except for therapeutic or medical purposes. Removing claws for cosmetic, aesthetic, or convenience purposes would be illegal. An individual who performs such procedure would be guilty of a violation punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000.
NAY (Human health needs i.e. diabetics not taken into consideration. Will lead to the abandonment of cats.)

#S1550  Designates South Park Avenue in or near Lackawanna as a state highway.
AYE

#S1734  Authorizes the Orchard Park central school district to establish an insurance reserve fund.
AYE

#S1873  Requires the power authority of the state of New York to file a report annually commencing March 31, 2022 with the governor, the comptroller, the chair of the assembly ways and means and the senate finance committees, respectively, and the authority budget office, on its operations and transactions, complying with the uniform system of accounts required for electric corporations pursuant to the public service law.
AYE

#S1997  Permits Essex county to establish a special district for emergency medical services and general ambulance services, either individually or jointly with any city, town and/or village located within such county.
AYE

#S2105  This bill would add a new section 96-e to the banking law to requires creditors to identify a single point of contact to borrowers in the foreclosure process, with such person being responsible for providing accurate account and other information related to the foreclosure process and loss mitigation efforts.
NAY  (Problematic. Requires amendment so as to not further erode the State Banking Charter and harm the competitive marketplace of mortgage lenders.)

#S2550  Mandates that no employee or officer of CUNY or SUNY shall determine the specific details of a student's immigration status except when required by federal law, pursuant to a court order or as required in connection with tuition or financial aid eligibility.
NAY  (Prohibits data collection and is technically flawed.)

#S4745  This bill would amend the unconsolidated law to authorize and direct the Urban Development Corporation, in cooperation with the Dormitory Authority, the Division of the Budget, the Department of Financial Services, and the Department of Tax and Finance to create a new investment vehicle to be known as an Alternative Finance Investment Bond.
NAY  (Waste of agency resources. Unproven investment opportunity.)

#S5566A  Authorizes the county of Nassau to transfer ownership of certain parkland to the village of Freeport.
AYE

#S5599A  Authorizes the Town of Brookhaven to grant Maryhaven Center of Hope, Inc. of East Patchogue a property tax exemption.
AYE

#S5616A  Authorizes the city of Albany to alienate certain lands used as parkland and to dedicate certain other lands as parklands, in relation to revising the metes and bounds of the parkland property to be alienated.
AYE

#S5619  Directs the department of environmental conservation to study alternative municipal uses for recycled glass; requires the department to submit a report containing its findings along with legislative proposals as it deems necessary to implement its recommendations.
AYE

#S5676A  NYS Teachers Retirement System Proposal - This bill would extend the minimum retirement allowance provided to long standing retired members of the New York State Teachers' Retirement System who retired prior to July 1, 1980 and increase the minimum retirement allowance for all such retirees to $550 per year of New York state service up to a 35 year maximum of $19,250.
AYE

#S5726  Requires food allergy awareness in food establishments and online food ordering services; penalty not to exceed $125.
NAY (Government overreach. Increased cost to restaurants, catering halls and grocery stores that would be required to print new menus with information added regarding food allergies.)

#S5755  AG & MRKTS DEPARTMENTAL - This bill would amend the Agriculture and Markets Law (AML) and the Real Property Tax Law (RPTL) to streamline the agricultural assessment process, and provide a 10-year tax exemption on agricultural buildings and structures.
AYE

#S5792  Authorizes the town of Newburgh, Orange county, to establish a road improvement district in the Ridge Hudson Valley development area.
AYE

#S5951  This bill would increase the jurisdictional limit of the small claims, money actions and actions to recover chattels from $3,000 to $5,000. This bill would increase the filing fees from $10 to $15 for claims less than $1,000 and from $15 to $20 for claims over $1,000.
AYE

#S5985  Expands the Masters-in-Education Teacher Incentive Scholarship to allow anyone graduating from a college in New York to be eligible. Eligibility currently limited to CUNY and SUNY graduates.
AYE

#S6041A  Directs the department of public service to study the feasibility of a municipal broadband program within the state.
AYE

#S6092  This bill is nearly identical to Senator Amedore's bill S1094 that amends the vehicle and traffic law, as well as the public health law, to codify language from a New York State Court of Appeals decision People v. Cruz (48 N.Y. 2d 419 (1979) to include pharmaceutical and chemical substances within the state definition of "drugs" that are illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of.
AYE

#S6100  This bill would amend the effective date of Chapter 223 of the Laws of 1996, which amends section 351 of the banking law, to extend, for an additional two years (until June 30, 2021), the authority of licensed lenders to charge annual fees on open-end personal loans.
AYE

#S6167  OFFICE OF VICTIM SERVICES DEPARTMENTAL - The purpose of this measure is to expand eligibility of an award to crime victims who did not suffer a physical injury, but were victims of the crimes of: Unlawful Surveillance 2nd and 1st, and Dissemination of an Unlawful Surveillance Image 2nd and 1st.
AYE

#S6207  Directs the department of financial services to study health insurance coverage through the Marketplace, including collecting data on how many people are insured, and studying the feasibility of creating programs, subsidies, and/or tax credits to help expand health care coverage.
AYE

#S4427A  This legislation would add vehicles used primarily for commercial or business purposes to the list of vehicles covered by the State's used and new car Lemon Law.
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
NAY  (Commercial vehicles are routinely subjected to usage that far exceeds automaker design parameters or comparable treatment by a consumer. Bill is also extremely broad.)

#S5131  This bill establishes a pilot program in Westchester County to allow audiologists and licensed hearing aid dispensers employed by an otolaryngologist (i.e. ENT) to dispense hearing aids for a profit. Requires the ENT to provide the patient with a list of five other locations that dispense hearing aids located within Westchester County, and a statement that the ENT's office will receive a profit from the sale of any hearing aid device.
NAY (The proposal in this legislation to allow an audiologist employee of an otolaryngology practiceto dispense hearing aids creates a system where the consumer purchasing a hearing aid is not provided with the benefits specifically written into the law to protect them.)

#S4030A  Requires car wash workers in Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties and in a city with a population of one million or more to be paid the minimum wage without allowance for gratuities.
NAY 

#S3452  Increases the Fishers Island ferry district bonding authority from $5M to $20M.
AYE

#S3856  Changes the official name of the Staten Island Expressway to the "POW-MIA Memorial Highway".
AYE

#S6148  Extends provisions (to 8 years) reinstating prior approved work permits and waiving requirements as such provisions relate to rebuilding and repairing homes devastated by Hurricane Sandy in the city of New York.
AYE

#S4378  Provides that whenever a contiguous property of a college or university contains three hundred or more registrants, the polling place designated for such election district shall be on such contiguous property or at a location approved by the college or university.
NAY  (Mandating that an election be held on a university or college property could be problematic when villages have customarily held elections at another polling site.)

#S4495  Amends paragraph b of subdivision 6 of section 192 of the Agriculture and Markets law to provide exclusive jurisdiction to the state with respect to such section which requires service stations to provide tire inflation machines. It specifically provides that a municipality would not be restricted in enforcing the requirement of providing functioning tire inflation equipment as required by the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets.
AYE

#S5756  AG & MRKTS DEPARTMENTAL - This bill would amend Agriculture and Markets Law (AML) Section 192-c to provide that the grade of diesel motor fuel, ratherthan the cetane rating, must be shown on documentation provided by a refiner, distributor or reseller to a purchaser and displayed by a retailer on the sign for a retail petroleum dispensing device.
AYE

#S3547  Permits the Village of East Aurora in Erie County tooffer an optional twenty-year retirement plan pursuant to subdivision (d) of section 384 of the retirement and social security law to police officer Dustin Waldron.
AYE

#S4719A  Authorizes Curt McDermott, a part-time town of Shawangunk police officer in the county of Ulster, to take the civil service examination for full-time police officer, and to be placed on the eligible list for appointment if his score on the examination is high enough.
AYE

#S6153  OFFICE OF VICTIM SERVICES DEPARTMENTAL - The purpose of this measure is to clarify that law enforcement and other agencies shall provide the information necessary for the Office to investigate a claim, and that in the event the Office receives information from two or more such sources with inconsistent information, OVS will consider the totality of the circumstances when making a determination.
AYE

#S6158  OCA DEPARTMENTAL - Relates to notification of rights of victims of domestic violence in criminal and family court proceedings.
AYE

#S6214  OCA DEPARTMENTAL - This bill would allow the family courts, after an entry of a fact-finding order in a child protective proceeding but prior to entry of a dispositional order, to order that the proceeding be adjourned in contemplation of dismissal (ACD). The Order may be granted by the court after the petitioner, respondent and attorney for the child have a right to be heard with respect the motion. However, the court may grant the motion without requiring the consent of the petitioner or the attorney for the child.
New York Public Welfare Association
NAY  (Currently, the law allows a child abuse or neglect petition filed by the local district to be resolved with ALL parties agreeing to an ACD—in effect a “plea bargain” short of proving that abuse and neglect did in fact occur.)

#S6196  This bill exempts lands held in trust for the benefit of SUNY ESF from the provision of law governing criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds.
AYE

#S3631  This bill will allow New York State registered service contract providers to issue service contracts that include meaningful protection from unanticipated charges at lease-end related to excess use or wear and tear of a leased vehicle.
AYE

#S5991  Increases the duties of the women veterans coordinator to include: advocating for all women veterans in the state; and the inclusion of the contributions women veterans have made on behalf of the United States and this state on the division's official website.
AYE

#S5623  SED DEPARTMENTAL - The bill enhances the ability of the State Education Department (SED) to investigate complaints of professional misconduct and protect the public by providing SED's Office of Professional Discipline (OPD) with access to patient and client records for the purpose of the investigation and prosecution of professional licensing and misconduct proceedings under Title VIII of the Education Law as is currently afforded the Board of Professional Medical Conduct (BPMC) of the Department of Health in professional medical misconduct proceedings.
AYE

#S5757  SED DEPARTMENTAL - This bill is related to the number of days a school must be open. Although schools must be in schedule at least 180 days, it would allow a superintendent to close the school upon declaration of a State or local state of emergency without penalty. Currently, schools face penalties if they do not meet the minimum number of instruction hours regardless of extenuating circumstances.
AYE

#S5574  OCA DEPARTMENTAL - This bill requires where a plaintiff in an action for personal injury or wrongful death commences suit with a summons with notice rather than with a summons and complaint, the summons with notice does not have to specify the sum of money the plaintiff seeks.
AYE

#S6168  OCA DEPARTMENTAL - This bill would establish that in cases where an agreement or a stipulation fails to complywith any of the provisions of the Child Support Standards Act - CSSA (Section 413(1)(h)), the non-CSSA complaint provisions are void as of the earlier of the date that one of the parties alleged noncompliance in a pleading or motion or the date the court finds the noncompliance.
AYE

#S5575A  ATTORNEY GENERAL DEPARTMENTAL - This bill broadens the scope of information covered under the data breach notification law and updates the notification requirements when there has been a breach of data. It also broadens the definition of a data breach to include an unauthorized person gaining access to information. It also requires reasonable data security, provides standards tailored to the size of a business, and provides protections from liability for certain entities.
NAY (Adds regulatory hurdles for small business. Too much power is given to the Attorney General to negatively impact small businesses.)

#S6156  DHCR DEPARTMENTAL - The purpose of this bill is to clarify and reinforce a New York State long- standing position that the Housing Trust Fund Corporation (Corporation) and the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) are the authorized public housing agencies pursuant to New York state law to undertake statewide contract administration for Section 8 project based housing assistance administrative contracts, and pursuant to the United States Housing Act of 1937 (the Act) that defines public housing agencies.
AYE

#S6199  DHCR DEPARTMENTAL - Amends Section 1102 of the Private Housing Finance Law to provide that the length of any loan provided by Housing Trust Fund Corporation shall not exceed thirty years, except in instances where a lengthier loan period is necessary to provide for a loan term that is co-terminus with the terms of other financing or regulatory agencies participating in the project.
AYE

#S5780  Extends the authorization of the long term care ombudsman program until December 31, 2021.
AYE

#S1795  This bill would add to the health care and wellness education and outreach program, administered by the Department of Health, which provides such programming for consumers, patients, educators (both elementary and secondary school educators) and health care providers regarding chronic and misunderstood illnesses that primarily affect women for which there are no diagnostic tests or cures.
AYE

#S6029  This bill extends until 2026 provisions that established a testing and referral requirement for hepatitis C testing in hospitals for individuals born between 1945 and 1965 unless the individual is being treated for a life-threatening emergency or has previously been offered or tested or they lack the ability to consent. Further, it provides that should a screening test come back positive or reactive, the provider shall offer follow-up health care including a hepatitis C diagnostic test or refer the individual to a provider who can.
AYE

#S2024A  This bill would amend section 202-c of the town law to authorize the town of Queensbury to reduce the geographic area of the Glen Lake aquatic plant growth control district.
AYE

#S2945B  This bill would allow, at local option, a rent redetermination retroactive back to the time of the permanent decrease in income for the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) and Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) programs.
AYE

#S3135  Amends subdivision 1(a) of § 7-122 of the electionlaw to ensure that ballots for absentee voters. shall be, as nearly as practicable, in the same form as those to be voted in the district on election day.
AYE

#S3756  Waives the state fee for marriage licenses when either party making application for such marriage license is a member of the United States armed forces on active duty and authorizes towns and cities to elect to waive their fees for marriage licenses and certificates when either applicant is a member of the United States armed forces on active duty.
AYE

#S3968  This bill would establish a supplemental military retirement allowance for certain retiredmembers of the public retirement system in the State.
AYE

#S4351  Establishes a postconsumer paint collection program; requires producers of architectural paint sold at retail in the state or a representative organization to submit a plan to the commissioner of environmental conservation for the establishment of a postconsumer paint collection program; prohibits a producer or retailer from selling architectural paint in the state unless the producer or producer's representative organization is implementing an approved program plan. FORMER COSPONSOR
Citizens Campaign for the Environment; Environmental Advocates of NY; New York Product Stewardship Council; NYPRIG; NYSAC
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#S4416A  Requires the empire state development corporation to create a plan regarding non-motorized multi-use trails in consultation with the office of parks, recreation and historic preservation, the department of environmental conservation, the department of health and the department of transportation.
AYE

#S5163  Requires an excavator to notify 911 in the event of an electrical short or the escape of gas or hazardous fluids endangering life where damage has resulted to an underground facility.
AYE

#S5387  Requires the creation of a thirteen member advisory board within the department of agriculture and markets on food safety and inspection programs; such board is to advise, counsel and confer with the commissioner of agriculture and markets on matters dealing with enforcement of laws and regulations regarding food safety and protection and shall make recommendations regarding any necessary statutory or regulatory changes.
AYE

#S5400  Authorizes the assessor of the city of Albany to accept from Congregation Ohav Shalom an application for exemption from real property taxes pursuant to section 420-a of the real property tax law for the 2018 rolls.
AYE

#S5462A  This bill allows candidates for office to decline a nomination on one or more party linesin the event that they lose a primary election for another line. The A-print adds a provision that would require the candidate to fill out a certificate of declination not later than 15 days after the primary.
AYE

#S5465  Authorizes the town of East Hampton, in the county of Suffolk, to issue bonds and notes, for a period of probable usefulness not to exceed 30 years, which shall apply to the object or purpose of constructing or reconstructing underground conduits and related facilities for the protection of public or municipal utility transmission lines.
AYE

#S5510  The bill would amend section 286 of Agriculture and Markets Law (AML) to add the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County to the list of entities eligible to receive funding for the promotion of agriculture and domestic arts and be eligible for capital grants afforded to county fairs.
AYE

#S5522  Directs the department of education to study the frequency of residents who are being assessed library taxes for more than one library district and to make recommendations to address the double taxation of residents.
AYE

#S5654  Authorizes emergency medical care personnel to provide basic first aid to dogs and cats.
AYE

#S5794A  Authorizes the Liverpool central school district to receive state aid for certain approved capital funded projects.
AYE

#S5858  This bill would extend, for two years, the Interagency Task Force on Human Trafficking, originally established in 2007.
AYE

#S5859B  This bill amends the Motor Vehicle Retail Leasing Act to require a clear and separate disclosure of the financial obligations of the lessee if the car suffers a total loss or is rendered inoperable during the terms of the lease.
AYE

#S5948  Authorizes the commissioner of general services to transfer and convey certain unappropriated state land to Rockland Recovery Homes, Inc.
AYE

#S6160  This legislation provides that local and state law enforcement shall, upon request, be granted access to and copies of application information for firearms licenses. The application information shall not be considered a public record of such law enforcement agency.
NAY  (This bill further limits a gun owners right to privacy.)

#S6220A  This bill would amend section 296 of the executive law, to provide that it would be an unlawful discriminatory practice for the owner, lessee, sub-lessee, assignee, or managing agent of publicly-assisted housing accommodations or other person having the right of ownership or possession of or the right to rent or lease such accommodations to fail to disclose to all tenants and prospective tenants of their right to request reasonable modifications and accommodations if they have a disability.
NAY  (Overly broad. Problematic as written.)

#S6238  STATE COMPTROLLER DEPARTMENTAL - Increases the maximum account balance for the New York Achieving A Better Life Experience (NY ABLE)Program to match the federally authorized level.
AYE

#S6239  This bill authorizes the New York black car operators' injury compensation fund, inc. to provide additional benefits, consistent with its plan of operation, for all black car operators.
AYE

#S6256  Extends provisions of law relating to the use of electronic means for the commencementand filing of papers in certain actions or proceedings until September 1, 2020.
AYE

#S1660A  Authorizes and directs the commissioner of education to develop a program for veterans who served on active duty to receive high school diplomas.
AYE

#S211C  This bill requires local boards of election to post on its website not less than two weeks prior to any special election, the date and hours of the election, the offices to be voted on in the county, part of a county, or the city of New York, and a link to any poll site information or polllocation tools, where available.
AYE

#S3946  Provides 3/4 disability benefits for sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, undersheriffs and correction officers in Nassau County resulting from the reckless acts of a civilian visiting an inmate.
AYE

#S5463  This bill amends the Not-For-Profit Corporation Law to allow increase the amount of funds that can be received by a cemetery corporation for the purpose of maintenance and preservation of the cemetery. The amount that could be withdrawn for the purpose of maintenance and preservation of the cemetery would be increased to the amount that an amount that is deemedprudent based on standards provided in Article Five-A of the Not For Profit Corporation Law.
AYE

#S5578  Dissolves the United Charities, a nonprofit corporation.
AYE

#S4769  Authorizes the village of Plandome Manor to enter into contracts to sell delinquent tax liens; extends effectiveness of provisions.
AYE

#S2661  Adds the act of pretending to be an employee of a public utility company or corporation for the purpose of knowingly entering or remaining unlawfully in or upon a premises to the crime of criminal impersonation in the first degree, a class E felony.
AYE

#S5839  CHAPTER AMENDMENT - 1. It would repeal a portion of section 7-114 of the election law, as well as a portion of such section 7-114 amended by S.2300-A which provides that the paper ballots of no two parties shall be the same color, and the state board of elections shall select the color for each new party, and not later than twelve weeks before a primary election, shall transmit to each board of elections a certificate stating the colors so selected; 2. It amends section 16-104 of the election law to also delete the color designation as a ground on which to contest a ballot's form in a judicial proceeding (although mysteriously this amendment did not also emblem design from such grounds for challenge despite the fact that such were deleted from ballots pursuant to other provisions of S2300A); and 3. It advances the effective date from immediately to July 1, 2020 and authorizes the State Board of Elections to promulgate any authorized regulations immediately.
NAY  (Unfunded mandate. No Boards of Elections - State or local - were consulted.)

#S5305B  Relates to the transfer or lease of closed electric generators; requires the payment of prevailing wages of affected employees of the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant; requires the department of labor to oversee sale and the hiring of new employees at such power plant.
NAY  (Government overreach.)

#S3778  Authorizes Jason Allen to receive certain service credit under section 384-d of the retirement and social security law.
AYE

#S5737  Requires the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, the Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority, the Capital District Transportation Authority and the Central New York Regional Transportation Authority and their employees to submit all unresolvable contract negotiations to binding arbitration.
AYE

#S5831  This bill extends the provision that provide public employees with ability to petition the Public Employment Relations Board or the New York City Board of Collective Bargaining and receive injunctive relief for a charge of improper practice for two years.
AYE

#S1927A  Authorizes the West Babylon Church of God of Prophecy Inc., to file an application for exemption from real property taxes for certain assessment rolls.
AYE

#S4758A  Authorizes the town of Babylon to grant the mosque Ahmadiyya Movement In Islam, Inc. a property tax exemption after the filing deadline has passed.
AYE

#S5316  Makes technical changes to the property description for Konbit Neg Lakay Inc. when referencing their tax exemption application for real property taxes.
AYE

#S5418  This bill would amend chapter 26 of the laws of 2015, relating to section 61 of Volunteer Firefighters' Benefit Law, so as to make permanent, the procedures regarding a presumption that the death or disability of a volunteer firefighter from a disease or malfunction of heart or coronary arteries was caused due to work related factors.
AYE

#S5419  This bill would amend chapter 25 of the laws of 2015, relating to section 11-c of Volunteer Firefighters' Benefit Law, so as to make permanent, the procedures regarding a presumption that the death or disability of a volunteerfirefighter from a disease or malfunction of the lung was caused due to work related factors.
AYE

#S6198  This bill would extend for one year the advisory panel on employee-owned enterprises which is tasked with reporting and making recommendations on how best to support such businesses and promote the formation and growth of new employee-owned enterprises in New York State.
AYE

#S2636  Includes contacts via text, email or other electronic communication in the definition of the offense of aggravated harassment in the second degree.
AYE

#S4773  Requires leases, licenses and management agreements entered into by the office of parks, recreation and historic preservation relating to the use or management of state parks and historic sites, having a term of more than 1 year, to comply with the recommendations of the management or master plan of the state park or historic site to which the lease, license or management plan relates.
AYE

#S6015  Decreases the amount of voting members of the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor commission in Buffalo; and extends provisions relating thereto.
AYE

#S5999  Extends the current law that requires publishers ormanufacturers of printed instructional materials for college students to provide electronic formats of printed instructional material to be available for purchase for students with disabilities.
AYE

#S5603  The bill extends for 3 years the provisions of the public library construction grant program that were enacted in 2011, which raised the possible portion of a project the State would pay to 75% of the total project cost.
AYE

#S4122  The Secretary of State presently regulates the testing and registration of home inspection professionals. Section 444-e(1)(c) requires a person who wishes to be licensed to pass an examination approved by the Secretary, and designed to test competence in home inspection practices. The bill deletes that requirement from the statute, and provides that a home inspection professional shall be licensed after passing the National Home Inspector Examination.
AYE

#S5776  Extends the authorization for the New York city marshals to exercise the same functions, powers and duties as sheriffs with respect to the execution of money judgments until 2020.
AYE

#S6175  OCA DEPARTMENTAL - This bill would apply a rebuttable presumption extending the revocatory effect of divorce to relatives of a decedent's former spouse, unless there is substantial evidence to of contrary intent.
NAY  (Government intrusion.)

#S5329A  This bill requires additional insurance limits for certain for-hire vehicles engaged in the business of carrying or transporting passengers for hire with seating capacity of not more than seven passengers to have a bond or insurance policy with a minimum liability of ten thousand dollars for injury to or destruction of property. The bill also modifies the effectiveness of such requirement to apply only to policies issued or renewed on or after a certain date.
AYE

#S6186A  This bill requires all motor carriers to conduct pre-employment and random drug and alcohol testing in accordance with the provisions and requirements of Part 382 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations on all drivers of any for-hire vehicle with a capacity of transporting nine or more occupants, including the driver, regardless of a commercial driver's license endorsement. Every such driver shall be included in the random testing pool from which drivers are randomly selected for testing, and every such driver shall submit to such testing when selected, as required in Part 382 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
AYE

#S6187A  Requires stretch limousines to use commercial global positioning system technology which takes into account the minimum clearance and turning radius of the motor vehicle and which can transmit certain real-time data to the motor carrier or stretch limousine operator's employer.
AYE

#S6188A   Increases penalties for commercial passenger motor carriers which, make illegal U-turns, run red lights, or speed with a vehicle designed to seat nine or more passengers including the driver.
AYE

#S6189A  Establishes the passenger safety task force on safety for passengers transported by stretch limousines to promote enhanced coordination and uniformity between the New York state department of motor vehicles and the New York state department of transportation regarding the regulation of stretch limousines.
AYE

#S6191A  Amends the transportation law and adds a new subdivision 5a to state that no vehicle with nine or more passengers shall operate without seatbelts if it is designed or modified after May 1, 2021. Further, no motor vehicle with nine or more passengers shall operate unless it has anti-intrusion bars by May 1, 2023.
AYE

#S6192  Excludes commercial motor vehicles with a seating capacity of nine or more persons from the definition of "sedan" and changes the license requirements to operate a limousine.
AYE

#S6193A  Allows the commissioner to immobilize or impound limousines in where such vehicle has an out-of-service defect or a defect related to its horn.
AYE

#S2537A  The bill would amend section 31 of Private Housing Finance Law to require the State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (HCR) or the NYC office for Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to develop a procedure to how applications for admission to a limited-profit housing company (Mitchell-Lama) are processed and selected.
AYE

#S6185  Requires DOT to establish a smartphone application, website and toll-free hotline for purposes of reporting customer service or safety issues with a stretch limousine. DOT would be required to consider such reports for purposes of withdrawing a motor carrier's operating authority or denying new authority applications, and would be required to affix signage in for-hire limousines providing information for these resources. Finally, DOT is required to design a scoring system for customer service reports, and is also required to design a reporting system for substantiated claims of safety issues by customer or individuals with knowledge of such issues or compliance failures.
AYE

#S598  This bill would establish the crimes of structuring in the second (Class E felony) and first degrees (Class D felony) and criminal monetary transaction in the second (class E felony) and first degrees (Class D felony). The crime of structuring would be when an individual intentionally evades reporting requirements for money transfers of over $10,00 by breaking down the transfers into a series of transactions under $10,000. The crime is elevated to first degree when the conduct is committed to conceal another crime.
NAY  (Not necessary. Government business.)

#S726A  This bill would authorize the State Liquor Authority(SLA) to issue a license to a specified movie theater in Brooklyn to allow it to serve beer, wine, cider and mead.
AYE

#S948  Allows the Ithaca city school district to establish insurance reserve funds.
AYE

#S2388  Extends, from December 31, 2019 to December 31, 2020, the expiration of the authorization granted to residential property owners in high risk brush fire areas on Staten Island to cut and remove reeds from their property.
AYE

#S4216A  Relates to the incorporation of the Fairview Firemen's Benevolent Association of the town of Greenburgh, county of Westchester, New York, and providing for the payment to such corporation of a portion of the taxes imposed by section five hundred fifty-three and five hundred fifty-four of the insurance law, in relation to the usage of moneys received from foreign fire insurance companies.
AYE

#S4466  This bill amends various provisions of the tax law to extend the city of Yonkers personal income tax surcharge which expires on September 30, 2019 to September 30, 2021.
AYE

#S5120  Discontinues the use of a parcel of land within the village of Tarrytown and alienates the parcel for the purpose of transferring land previously agreed to by the village and also to make an undersized and irregularly shaped parcel more zoning compliant.
AYE

#S5210  Authorizes Susan Gillinder, the widow of Robert C. Ritchie, to file a new service retirement application and an option election form on behalf of her deceased husband with the New York state and local employees' retirement system.
AYE

#S5247  Authorizes the commissioner of general services to convey the North County Trailway, real property in Westchester county, to the county of Westchester.
AYE

#S5262A  Relates to the purpose and duties of the Volunteer and Exempt Firemen's Benevolent Association of North Tarrytown, New York and the usage of moneys received from foreign fire insurance companies by the Volunteer and Exempt Firemen's Benevolent Association of North Tarrytown, New York.
AYE

#S5531  This bill bans the sale of kratom to individuals under the age of 21. Establishes a civil penalty of not more than $500 and requires the Department of Health to conduct a study on the benefits and risks of kratom and report to the legislature within one year from the enactment date. NOTE - Kratom, (Mitragyna speciosa korth), is a tropical tree indigenous to Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and other areas of Southeast Asia.
AYE

#S5677A  This bill establishes financial best practices for preneed administrators (i.e. a funeral trust) that administers the funds pre-paid by consumers to cover their funeral and burial expenses upon death. This bill would authorize a funeral director to accept up to 25 hundredths of one percent of the currently-authorized fee for administrative services provided by such funeral director. Currently under the law, a funeral director who receives preneed funds when entering into a preneed contract with a consumer is prohibited from taking any commission or other administrative fee from these funds.
AYE

#S5855  Directs the department of environmental conservation, with the assistance of the department of transportation, to conduct a study on the environmental and human health impacts of John F. Kennedy international airport and LaGuardia airport.
AYE

#S6020  This bill would extend to December 7, 2021 certain provisions relating to the establishment and operation of the state's Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEAP).
AYE

#S6155  DEC DEPARTMENTAL - Extends the authority of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to manage American shad.
AYE

#S6162  EFC DEPARTMENTAL - The bill would amend the Public Authorities Law ("PAL") to permit the Environmental Facilities Corporation ("EFC") to invest State Revolving Fund moneys in obligations of certain governmental entities of another state.
AYE

#S6166  HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENTAL - This bill would improve and enhance the State's prevention, preparedness and disaster response operations by exempting the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) from enforcement of section 397 of Vehicle and Traffic Law, which prohibits any person from equipping a motor vehicle with radio-receiving sets capable of receiving signals on frequencies allocated for police use unless that person is a police or peace officer, has a locally issued permit, or has a FCC amateur radio operator's license.
AYE

#S6170  THRUWAY AUTHORITY DEPARTMENTAL - the bill amends Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 385(16)(s)to allow tandems/combination vehicles to operate along specified routes proximate to the Thruway in order to allow safe travel for such vehicles.
AYE

#S6174  DEC DEPARTMENTAL - Extends the authority of the department of environmental conservation in relation to managing alewife.
AYE