Bill S1287-2013

Adds school districts to the performance of municipal cooperative activities

Adds school districts to the performance of municipal cooperative activities.






TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general municipal law, in relation to the performance of municipal cooperative activities

PURPOSE: To allow school districts to enter into municipal cooperative agreements.


Section one amends section 119-o of the General Municipal Law to include school districts in the types of corporations and districts which can enter into shared services agreements.

JUSTIFICATION: This legislation will give school districts more flexibility in providing non-education services more efficiently by working in cooperation with municipal governments. Many municipalities have entered into shared services throughout New York state and have saved taxpayers millions of dollars. These agreements have allowed the municipalities to provide services to residents at a much lower cost and thus, decreasing the cost which gets passed on to taxpayers. By including school districts in these agreements, both municipalities and the districts will be able to take advantage of further savings.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12 S.3146: 2009-2010 S.1996: 2007-08. S.7946-A.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2013.


STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1287 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government AN ACT to amend the general municipal law, in relation to the perform- ance of municipal cooperative activities THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 119-o of the general municipal law, as amended by chapter 623 of the laws of 1998, is amended to read as follows: 1. In addition to any other general or special powers vested in munic- ipal corporations, DISTRICTS, and SCHOOL districts for the performance of their respective functions, powers or duties on an individual, cooperative, joint or contract basis, municipal corporations, DISTRICTS and SCHOOL districts shall have power to enter into, amend, cancel and terminate agreements for the performance among themselves or one for the other of their respective functions, powers and duties on a cooperative or contract basis or for the provision of a joint service or a joint water, sewage or drainage project. Notwithstanding the foregoing grant of authority, the temporary investment of moneys by more than one munic- ipal corporation, DISTRICT or SCHOOL district pursuant to a municipal cooperation agreement which meets the definition of "cooperative invest- ment agreement" as set forth in article three-A of this chapter shall be in compliance with all of the requirements of that article. Any agree- ment entered into hereunder shall be approved by each participating municipal corporation, DISTRICT or SCHOOL district by a majority vote of the voting strength of its governing body. Where the authority of any municipal corporation or district to perform by itself any function, power and duty or to provide by itself any facility, service, activity, project or undertaking or the financing thereof is, by any other general or special law, subject to a public hearing, a mandatory or permissive
referendum, consents of governmental agencies, or other requirements applicable to the making of contracts, then its right to participate in an agreement hereunder shall be similarly conditioned. S 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2013.


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