Prohibits the state from gaining any interest in forest land other than a conservation easement.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the retirement and social security law, in relation to the employment of retired persons as superintendents of schools
PURPOSE: This legislation provides that retired persons shall not be employed as the superintendent of schools of a school district for more than a year.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 211 of the retirement and social security law as amended by adding a new subdivision 4-a to provide that retired persons shall not be employed as the superintendent of schools of a school district for more than a year.
On or before the conclusion of the one year period, the district must permanently fill the position of superintendent with a non-retired person. The Commissioner of Education may grant a waiver from this requirement if the district can prove a substantial hardship. The Commissioner will determine the manner and form of the waiver process
JUSTIFICATION: It has become common practice to fill vacant School District Superintendent positions on a temporary basis with retired education professionals. Under current law, retirees are allowed to collect both their pension and a full salary from the school district. Too often, these temporary situations continue for multiple years without a permanent hire.
While at times districts struggle to immediately find a qualified replacement, it should not take more than one calendar year to find a suitable, permanent candidate to lead the school district. This legislation will require that retired persons shall not be employed as the superintendent of a school district for more than one year
By limiting these temporary, retiree hires to a one year term, a younger group of educational professionals will be given and opportunity to bring a fresh approach to school districts statewide.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.8171 of 2008 S.566-A of 2009/10. S.937 of 2011/12.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1501 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 7, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. LITTLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern- ment Operations AN ACT to amend the public lands law, in relation to limiting the inter- est the state may acquire in forest land to a conservation easement THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 27 of the public lands law, as added by chapter 513 of the laws of 1989, is amended to read as follows: 1. The commissioner of general services when moneys therefor have been appropriated by the legislature or are otherwise available, may acquire any real property which he deems necessary for the implementation or accomplishment of any statutory purpose, function, operation or respon- sibility of the commissioner of general services or the office of gener- al services, by purchase or as provided in the eminent domain procedure law. Title to such real property shall be taken in the name of and be vested in the people of the state of New York. No real property shall be so acquired by purchase unless the title thereto is approved by the attorney general. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, WHEN SUCH REAL PROPERTY IS FOREST LAND, AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION FIVE OF SECTION 9-0101 OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION LAW, THE STATE SHALL TAKE NO OTHER INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY THAN A CONSERVATION EASEMENT. THE CONVEY- ANCE OF ANY OTHER INTEREST IN FOREST LAND TO THE STATE SHALL BE NULL AND VOID. The terms "property" or "real property" as used in this section shall mean "real property" as defined by section one hundred three of the eminent domain procedure law. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to convey- ances occurring on or after such effective date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05137-01-1