Establishes an international division within the department of state to establish and maintain international sister state relationships.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2667 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY January 19, 2011 ___________Introduced by M. of A. P. RIVERA, BROOK-KRASNY, McENENY, CAMARA, ARROYO, CASTRO, CRESPO, JEFFRIES, MENG, MOYA, ORTIZ, V. LOPEZ, RAMOS, J. RIVERA, N. RIVERA, RODRIGUEZ -- read once and referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations AN ACT to amend the executive law, the education law and the economic development law, in relation to establishing an international division within the department of state THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 92 of the executive law is amended and a new section 108 is added to read as follows: S 92. Deputies. The secretary of state shall appoint a deputy, who may perform all the duties of the secretary of state. Any such deputy shall receive an annual salary to be fixed by the secretary of state within the amount appropriated therefor. The secretary of state may also appoint and fix the compensation of such other deputies, assistants and employees as he OR SHE shall deem necessary, AND INCLUDING A DIRECTOR OF THE INTERNATIONAL DIVISION, AS ESTABLISHED BY SECTION ONE HUNDRED EIGHT OF THIS ARTICLE, within the amount appropriated therefor and prescribe their powers and duties. S 108. INTERNATIONAL DIVISION. 1. THERE IS ESTABLISHED AN INTERNA- TIONAL DIVISION WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE. THE SECRETARY OF STATE SHALL PROVIDE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT AND OPERATION OF SUCH DIVISION, AND SHALL APPOINT A DIRECTOR TO SUPERVISE THE OPERATION OF SUCH DIVISION AND ITS EMPLOYEES. 2. THE INTERNATIONAL DIVISION SHALL SOLICIT, ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN SISTER STATE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE STATE OF NEW YORK AND STATES IN OTHER COUNTRIES. FOR EACH OF THIS STATE'S INTERNATIONAL SISTER STATES, THE INTERNATIONAL DIVISION SHALL ACT AS THE CONDUIT BETWEEN THE GOVERNOR AND THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF EACH SISTER STATE.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08305-01-1 A. 2667 2
3. THE INTERNATIONAL SISTER STATE PROGRAM SHALL, IN COOPERATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR THE PURPOSES OF IMPLEMENTING ARTICLE TEN OF THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LAW, ESTABLISH AN ACTIVE NETWORK TO OPERATE A CLEARINGHOUSE FOR INFORMATION RESOURCES BETWEEN THIS STATE AND EACH SISTER STATE. THE NETWORK SHALL BE DESIGNED TO PROMOTE INTERNA- TIONAL EXCHANGES OF COMMERCE, EDUCATION AND CULTURE. 4. THE INTERNATIONAL DIVISION SHALL ASSIST AND WORK IN COOPERATION WITH THE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK TO ESTABLISH, FACILITATE AND MAINTAIN THE EXCHANGE OF STUDENTS AND FACULTY OF THE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY WITH THE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES OF SISTER STATES. 5. THE INTERNATIONAL DIVISION MAY ESTABLISH INTERNATIONAL SISTER STATE RELATIONSHIPS UPON ITS OWN INITIATIVE OR UPON REQUEST OF ANY INDIVIDUAL OR ENTITY. S 2. Section 355 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 20 to read as follows: 20. THE STATE UNIVERSITY TRUSTEES SHALL WORK IN COOPERATION WITH THE INTERNATIONAL DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE TO ESTABLISH, FACILI- TATE AND MAINTAIN THE EXCHANGE OF STUDENTS AND FACULTY OF STATE-OPERATED INSTITUTIONS WITH COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES OF THE STATE'S SISTER STATES. S 3. The economic development law is amended by adding a new section 226 to read as follows: S 226. COOPERATION WITH INTERNATIONAL DIVISION. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE IMPLEMENTED BY THE COMMISSIONER AND THE DEPARTMENT IN CONSULTATION AND COOPERATION WITH THE INTERNATIONAL DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.