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Bill S1263B-2009

Makes provisions for the construction and financing of facilities to be located on the campus of the United States Merchant Marine Academy

Makes provisions for the construction and financing of facilities to be located on the Campus of the United States Merchant Marine Academy located in Kings Point, New York.

Details

Actions

  • Jul 16, 2009: SUBSTITUTED BY A1544B
  • Jul 15, 2009: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.734
  • Jul 15, 2009: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • Jun 4, 2009: PRINT NUMBER 1263B
  • Jun 4, 2009: AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS
  • Mar 5, 2009: PRINT NUMBER 1263A
  • Mar 5, 2009: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS
  • Jan 28, 2009: REFERRED TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Rules - Jul 15, 2009
Ayes (15): Smith, Espada, Stachowski, Montgomery, Hassell-Thompson, Parker, Serrano, Stewart-Cousins, Dilan, Klein, Valesky, Monserrate, Skelos, Seward, Hannon
Ayes W/R (7): Duane, Krueger, Padavan, Volker, Farley, Larkin, Saland
Nays (1): LaValle
Excused (1): Johnson O

Memo

 BILL NUMBER:  S1263B

TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to providing for the financing of certain facilities located on the campus of the United States Merchant Marine Academy

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL : To authorize the Dormitory Authority to provide financing for the United States Maritime Resource Center to build lodging facilities.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS : Section one amends the Public Authorities Law by adding a new undesignated paragraph to paragraph b, subdivision two of § 1676 of the Public Health Law by including the United States Maritime Resource Center in the definition of "dormitory."

Section two amends the Public Authorities Law by adding a new undesignated paragraph to subdivision one of § 1680 of the Public Health Law by including the United States Maritime Resource Center in the term "educational institution."

Section three states that all contracts entered into by the dormitory authority with the United States Maritime Resource Center pursuant to this legislation will be considered state contracts for the purposes of Article 15-A of the Executive Law.

JUSTIFICATION : The USMMA is a federal service academy operated by the Maritime Administration in the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) that trains approximately 900 students to receive a United States Coast Guard license as a merchant marine officer and accept a commission as either a reserve or active duty officer of the armed forces, while at the same time providing them with an undergraduate degree. The GMATS is a world leader in providing professional education in maritime activities, intermodal transportation, and logistics. The GMATS offers over 140 cutting edge education and training programs that are designed to benefit private-sector, military, and government professionals in the maritime and transportation industries. The GMATS is a "non-appropriated fund instrumentality" (NAFI) of the USDOT. As such, the GMATS does not receive any federally appropriated funds, and its operating revenue is generated through tuition as well as room and board fees. As a NAFI, the GMATS is authorized to contract with private sector organizations in exchange for its consulting, education, and training services, and has developed partnership arrangements with over twenty prominent transportation associations and organizat ions including the American Bureau of Shipping, the Intermodal Association of North America, and the National Cargo Security Council.

Currently, the lodging facilities for the USMMA and the GMATS are not considered dormitories in the Public Authorities Law and as a result the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) is not authorized to grant them any bonds to assist in the construction of necessary dormitory facilities. As a NAFI, this is a particular hardship for GMATS in particular. Often, the GMATS has to put trainees up in hotels at some distance from the campus in order to house them. Since GMATS does not receive any federal appropriations, the construction of new lodging facilities is a considerable financial burden on the institution. This legislation will allow for DASNY to issue tax-exempt bonds to the United States Maritime Resource Center, a nonprofit created to assist the USMMA and GMATS, for the construction of an educational and lodging facility.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : 2008: A.11437-A

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.

EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take affect immediately.

Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1263--B 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 28, 2009 ___________
Introduced by Sen. C. JOHNSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Corporations, Author- ities and Commissions -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to providing for the financing of certain facilities located on the campus of the United States Merchant Marine Academy THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 2 of section 1676 of the public authorities law is amended by adding a new undesignated paragraph to read as follows: THE UNITED STATES MARITIME RESOURCE CENTER FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANC- ING, REFINANCING, CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION, RENOVATION, DEVELOPMENT, EXPANSION AND EQUIPPING OF A FACILITY TO SERVE AS A CLASSROOM AND STUDENT RESIDENCE BUILDING IN SUPPORT OF PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS TO BE LOCATED ON THE CAMPUS OF THE UNITED STATES MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY LOCATED IN KINGS POINT, NEW YORK. S 2. Subdivision 1 of section 1680 of the public authorities law is amended by adding a new undesignated paragraph to read as follows: THE UNITED STATES MARITIME RESOURCE CENTER FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANC- ING, REFINANCING, CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION, RENOVATION, DEVELOPMENT, EXPANSION AND EQUIPPING OF A FACILITY TO SERVE AS A CLASSROOM AND STUDENT RESIDENCE BUILDING IN SUPPORT OF PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS TO BE LOCATED ON THE CAMPUS OF THE UNITED STATES MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY LOCATED IN KINGS POINT, NEW YORK. S 3. All contracts entered into by the dormitory authority pursuant to the provisions of this act shall be deemed to be state contracts for the purposes of article 15-A of the executive law, and the dormitory author- ity, for the purposes of this act, shall be deemed to be a contracting agency for the purposes of such article. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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