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 (58): Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Dilan, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (3): Diaz, Espaillat, Hassell-Thomps
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
This bill adds municipal housing authorities-located within a city having a population of one million or more-to the list of entities that fall under the oversight of the Authorities Budget Office.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1-Municipal Housing Authorities- located within a city having a population of one million or more-are added to the definition of "local authority."
Section 2-Repeals Section 7 of Chapter 913 of the Laws of 1957 which is a necessary conforming amendment.
Section 3-Lists the effective date as 120 days after this bill shall have become a law.
This bill ensures that Municipal Housing Authorities (MHAs)- located within a city having a population of one million or more-are subject to the review and regulation of the Authorities Budget Office (ABO). In practice, this legislation will apply only to the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)-a federally funded, state chartered, city operated authority that provides affordable housing-and a spectrum of additional services-to nearly 420,000 low-and moderate income City residents by managing and maintaining 334 public housing developments encapsulating 181,000 apartment units throughout the five boroughs. Owing to the fact that NYCHA is a bifurcated creature of the Federal and State governments but operates singularly within New York City as an independent authority it has been exceptionally challenging to require necessary levels of transparency, accountability and answerability to residents, the general public and governmental oversight bodies (including the City and State Comptrollers and the New York City Council). A recent example of this distressing phenomenon can be found in the form of NYCHA's proposed "Infill/Land Lease Program"-an unprecedented land disposition project that would have affected eight developments across Manhattan-by forever eradicating parks, open spaces, parking lots, recreational spaces and community centers and replacing them with luxury housing towers. NYCHA initially rolled out this proposal without any feedback or participation from affected residents and the greater community and only came around
to the notion of transparency by force. Additionally, in the Summer of 2012 a series of negative stories arose in the press concerning the accusation that NYCHA was sitting on over $1 Billion dollars that they had not spent to repair apartments and install security upgrades at developments. This was impossible for the City or State to verify because it has been exceptionally difficult for the State or City Comptroller to compel NYCHA to open their books to an audit-despite the fact that their annual operating budget hovers around $3 Billion dollars. These "black eyes" harm NYCHA and ultimately imperil their ability to provide decent, affordable housing to those that count on it.
Public housing, especially in New York City, is an invaluable resource. As such, it is the duty of our State to ensure absolute responsibility at NYCHA, including -operating transparency, financial accountability, board governance best practices, State Comptroller approval of contracts, whistleblower protections, MWBE participation and land disposition oversight.
This very simple bill partially remedies an oversight dating back to 1957 when all MHA's-including those located within a city having a population of one million or more-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. This legislation is supported by the Community Service Society of New York and the Urban Justice Center.
Senate Bill 7535 / Asembly Bill 10548 of 2012: Referred to Corporations, Authorities & Commissions in both houses.
Minor, if any at all, hosts associated with compliance.
120 days after this bill shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1550--B Cal. No. 1062 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 -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second report, amended on second report, ordered to a third read- ing, and to be reprinted as amended, retaining its place in the order of third reading 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) aEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04224-04-4 S. 1550--B 2
local industrial developmental agency or authority or other local public benefit corporation; (d) an affiliate of such local authority;
[or](e) a land bank corporation created pursuant to article sixteen of the not- for-profit corporation law; OR (F) ANY MUNICIPAL HOUSING AUTHORITY LOCATED WITHIN A CITY HAVING A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE. 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.