Provides that municipal housing authorities in cities having a population of one million or more shall be subject to the review and regulation of the authorities budget office.
Ayes (34): DeFrancisco, Farley, Flanagan, Golden, Grisanti, Hannon, Lanza, Larkin, Little, Marcellino, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Savino, Seward, Young, Valesky, Martins, Krueger, Diaz, Dilan, Rivera, Gianaris, Breslin, Montgomery, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Stavisky, Squadron, Kennedy, Espaillat, Hassell-Thompson
Ayes W/R (3): Bonacic, Griffo, LaValle
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to making municipal housing authorities subject to the review and regulation of the authorities budget office; and to repeal section 7 of chapter 913 of the laws of 1957 amending the public housing law relating to incorporating certain provisions of the public authorities law therein, relating to exempting municipal housing authorities from the public authorities law
PURPOSE: This bill adds municipal housing authorities to the list of entities that fall under the oversight of the Authorities Budget Office.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1-Municipal Housing Authorities are added to the definition of "local authority."
Section 2-Repeals Section 7 of Chapter 913 of the Laws of1957 which is a necessary conforming amendment.
Section 3-Lists the effective date as 120 days after this bill shall have become a law.
JUSTIFICATION: This bill ensures that Municipal Housing Authorities (MHA) are subject to the review and regulation of the Authorities Budget Office (ABO). With over loo MHA's across the State, housing hundreds of thousands of our residents, employing tens of thousands of thousands of workers and managing million and billion dollar budgets, it is the duty of our State to ensure absolute responsibility, including operating transparency, financial accountability, board governance, State Comptroller approval of contracts, whistleblower protections, MWBE participation and land disposition oversight. This very simple bill corrects an oversight dating back to 1957 when MHA's were rationally consolidated into the same section of law, severing them from the requirements of the public authorities law. What may have made sense in the time of Governor W. Averell Harriman has long been superseded by the considerations of sunlight, answerability and good governance. Notably, protections (in the form of exemptions) for small MHA's that may be burdened by compliance requirements would naturally apply, as they do now for smaller authorities-most of which have found the will to comply in practice, regardless of size and scope. This legislation is supported by the Community Service Society of New York and the Urban Justice Center.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Senate Bill 7535 / Assembly Bill 10548 of 2012: Referred to Corporations, Authorities & Commissions in both houses.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minor, if any at all, costs associated with compliance-with an exemption process available to those MHA's who may find compliance fiscally burdensome.
EFFECTIVE DATE: 120 days after this bill shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1550--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. PERKINS, HOYLMAN, KRUEGER, SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions -- recommitted to the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- reported favorably from said committee and committed to the Committee on Finance -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to making munic- ipal housing authorities subject to the review and regulation of the authorities budget office; and to repeal section 7 of chapter 913 of the laws of 1957 amending the public housing law relating to incorpo- rating certain provisions of the public authorities law therein, relating to exempting municipal housing authorities from the public authorities law THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 2 of the public authorities law, as amended by chapter 257 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: 2. "local authority" shall mean (a) a public authority or public bene- fit corporation created by or existing under this chapter or any other law of the state of New York whose members do not hold a civil office of the state, are not appointed by the governor or are appointed by the governor specifically upon the recommendation of the local government or governments; (b) a not-for-profit corporation affiliated with, sponsored by, or created by a county, city, town or village government; (c) a local industrial developmental agency or authority or other local public benefit corporation; (d) an affiliate of such local authority;
[or](e)EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04224-02-4 S. 1550--A 2
a land bank corporation created pursuant to article sixteen of the not- for-profit corporation law; OR (F) ANY MUNICIPAL HOUSING AUTHORITY. S 2. Section 7 of chapter 913 of the laws of 1957 amending the public housing law relating to incorporating certain provisions of the public authorities law therein is REPEALED. S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law.