Increases the membership of the crime victims compensation board to 6 members by adding an attorney with a concentration in elder law.
BILL NUMBER: S2014
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the executive law, in relation to requiring one member of the crime victims compensation board to be an attorney with a concentration in elder law
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL : Adds an elder law attorney to the crime victims compensation board.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Amends subdivision 1 of section 622 of the executive law and changes from five to six the number of members on the crime victims compensation board.
JUSTIFICATION : Older new Yorkers are often targeted for crimes including scams, financial exploitation. theft, etc. because of their resources and the fact that they may be vulnerable or dependant upon someone else. The crime victims board provides financial assistance to eligible innocent victims of crime and compensates innocent victims of crime for unreimbursed out of pocket expenses.
Since its establishment on August 1, 1966, the Board has provided substantial financial relief to victims of crime and their families by paying unreimbursed crime-related expenses, including medical and funeral expenses, loss of earnings or support, counseling, crime scene clean-up expenses, the cost to repair or replace items of essential personal property, reasonable court transportation expenses, and the cost of residing at or utilizing the services of a domestic violence shelter.
This legislation adds an attorney who specializes in elder law to the three attorneys already appointed to the board. The elder law attorney can bring a valuable perspective to the table when reviewing and making recommendations regarding cases dealing with older New Yorkers.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : S.3729 - 2007/08 - Referred to Crime Victims, Crime & Correction Reported and Committed to Finance
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2014 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 10, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sens. GOLDEN, GRIFFO, LARKIN, MORAHAN, PADAVAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to requiring one member of the crime victims compensation board to be an attorney with a concentration in elder law THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 622 of the executive law, as amended by chapter 17 of the laws of 1982, is amended to read as follows: 1. There is hereby created in the executive department a board, to be known as the crime victims board. Such board shall consist of
[five]SIX members, no more than [three]FOUR of whom shall belong to the same political party, who shall be appointed by the governor by and with the advice and consent of the senate. Three of the members appointed by the governor shall have been admitted to practice law in the state of New York for not less than five years next preceding their appointment AND ONE SHALL HAVE BEEN ADMITTED TO PRACTICE LAW IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK WITH A CONCENTRATION IN ELDER LAW FOR NOT LESS THAN FIVE YEARS PRECEDING HIS OR HER APPOINTMENT. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08178-01-9