Provides for a financial exploitation, outreach, education and training program and fund.
BILL NUMBER: S2032A
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the elder law, in relation to financial exploitation of the elderly; and to amend the state finance law, in relation to creating the financial exploitation outreach, education and training fund
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL : To protect the elderly from financial exploitation through educational programs.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section 1 -- Amends section 202 of the Elder Law and changes the duties of the New York State Office for the Aging to include the administration of programs on financial elder abuse.
Section 2 -- Adds a new section 219-a to the Elder Law and creates the Financial Exploitation, Outreach, Education and Training Program to be administered by the New York State Office for the Aging. Section 219-a also creates an advisory committee for the program.
Section 3 -- Adds a section 99-p to the State Finance Law. Creates a fund to provide monies to the Financial Exploitation, Outreach, Education and Training Program.
Section 4 -- Effective date.
JUSTIFICATION : Elderly Americans are often the victims of financial abuse. This abuse can come in many different forms, but some common forms of elder financial abuse are forging an elderly person's signature, coercing an elderly person into signing a deed, will or power-of-attorney form, or using an elderly person's property or possessions without their permission. Perpetrators of elderly financial abuse are often unethical businessmen, unscrupulous individuals posing as financial advisors, or even members of an elderly person's family. The elderly are often an attractive target for a number of reasons. Elderly Americans control over 70% of the nation's wealth, and many seniors do not realize the value of their assets. On top of that, many elderly Americans don't know what action they can take when they are the victims of a financial abuse. This legislation will ensure that elderly New Yorkers receive the education and training they need to ensure they are not victims of elder financial abuse.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : S.5489 - Referred to Aging in 2007 and 2008
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : Undetermined.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2032--A 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 11, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sens. GOLDEN, HANNON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Aging -- recom- mitted to the Committee on Aging in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the elder law, in relation to financial exploitation of the elderly; and to amend the state finance law, in relation to creat- ing the financial exploitation outreach, education and training fund THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivisions 13 and 14 of section 202 of the elder law, subdivision 13 as amended and subdivision 14 as added by section 24-d of part B of chapter 58 of the laws of 2007, are amended and a new subdivi- sion 15 is added to read as follows: 13. to conduct a program of education and information on age discrimi- nation and the preparation and filing of complaints relating to persons sixty years of age or older;
[and]14. to, in cooperation with the department of state: (a) prepare or cause to be prepared and made available to cities, towns and villages model zoning and planning guidelines that foster age-integrated communities including mixed-use age-integrated communi- ties; and (b) make recommendations, in consultation with the division of housing and community renewal, to the governor and legislature for assisting mixed-use age-integrated housing development or redevelopment demon- stration projects in urban, suburban and rural areas of the state. The director of the office for the aging and secretary of state shall estab- lish an advisory committee for purposes of this subdivision. Such committee shall include, but not be limited to, top representatives of local government, senior citizen organizations, developers, senior service providers and planners [.]; ANDEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07743-03-0 S. 2032--A 2
15. TO CONDUCT AN OUTREACH, EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAM FOR FINAN- CIAL INSTITUTIONS AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION SIX OF SECTION 470.00 OF THE PENAL LAW. S 2. The elder law is amended by adding a new section 219-a to read as follows: S 219-A. FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION, OUTREACH, EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAM. 1. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE TERM "DESIGNATED AGEN- CY" SHALL HAVE THE MEANING ASCRIBED TO IT UNDER SECTION TWO HUNDRED FOURTEEN OF THIS TITLE AND "FINANCIAL INSTITUTION" SHALL HAVE THE MEAN- ING ASCRIBED TO IT IN SUBDIVISION SIX OF SECTION 470.00 OF THE PENAL LAW. 2. THE DIRECTOR, WITHIN THE AMOUNTS APPROPRIATED THEREFOR, SHALL, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES AND THE BANKING DEPARTMENT, ESTABLISH A FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION OUTREACH, EDUCA- TION AND TRAINING PROGRAM, HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AS "THE PROGRAM" FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING AN EDUCATION, OUTREACH AND TRAINING PROGRAM TO FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, TO CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS LICENSED IN THIS STATE, TO ANY PREPARER OF TAXES OPERATING IN THIS STATE AND TO ATTORNEYS LICENSED IN THIS STATE. THE PROGRAM SHALL BE A VOLUNTARY PROGRAM. THE DIRECTOR, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES AND THE BANKING DEPARTMENT, SHALL COORDINATE ACTIVITIES TO IDENTIFY AND PROVIDE TRAINING TO THE INSTITUTIONS AND INDIVIDUALS DESCRIBED IN THIS SECTION. 3. (A) AS PART OF THE PROGRAM, THE DIRECTOR MAY AWARD GRANTS TO QUALI- FIED DESIGNATED AGENCIES TO ESTABLISH LOCAL ELDERLY EXPLOITATION OUTREACH, EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS. QUALIFIED DESIGNATED AGENCIES SHALL WORK COLLABORATIVELY WITH SUCH INSTITUTIONS AND INDIVIDUALS, AND THEIR REPRESENTATIVE ASSOCIATIONS. (B) IN MAKING SUCH GRANTS, THE DIRECTOR SHALL CONSIDER: (1) THE MANNER IN WHICH THE DESIGNATED AGENCY PROPOSES TO PROVIDE SUCH EDUCATION, OUTREACH AND TRAINING; (2) THE CAPACITY OF THE DESIGNATED AGENCY TO COORDINATE ITS SERVICES WITH BANKING, HUMAN SERVICE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PUBLIC AGENCIES WHICH PROVIDE SERVICES OR ASSISTANCE TO THE ELDERLY, INCLUDING THE LOCAL DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES UNIT; AND (3) ANY OTHER CRITERIA DETERMINED BY THE DIRECTOR TO BE APPROPRIATE. 4. THE PROGRAM SHALL, AT A MINIMUM, CONSIST OF THE FOLLOWING ELEMENTS WHICH SHALL BE PROVIDED BY THE OFFICE: (A) EDUCATIONAL AND INFORMATIONAL MATERIALS IN PRINT, AUDIO, VISUAL, ELECTRONIC OR OTHER MEDIA; (B) PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS, ADVERTISEMENTS, MEDIA CAMPAIGNS, WORKSHOPS, MASS MAILINGS, CONFERENCES OR PRESENTATIONS; AND (C) INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO REPORT KNOWN OR SUSPECTED INCIDENTS OF FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION OF THE ELDERLY, INCLUDING THE APPROPRIATE TELE- PHONE NUMBERS TO CALL AND THE TYPES OF INFORMATION THAT WOULD ASSIST THE OFFICE WITH ITS INVESTIGATION OF SUCH REPORTS. 5. THE DIRECTOR SHALL CONVENE AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE MADE UP OF AT LEAST TEN, BUT NO MORE THAN TWENTY MEMBERS TO ADVISE THE DIRECTOR AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE ASPECTS OF DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTING THE PROGRAM. MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO: AT LEAST THREE REPRESENTATIVES FROM STATEWIDE SENIOR ADVOCA- CY ORGANIZATIONS, AT LEAST ONE ATTORNEY WHOSE PRACTICE CONCENTRATES IN ELDER LAW OR AN INDIVIDUAL ACTING ON BEHALF OF THE ELDER LAW SECTION OF THE NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION, AT LEAST ONE BANKER OR A REPRESEN- TATIVE OF AN ASSOCIATION REPRESENTING BANKERS, AT LEAST ONE CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT OR A REPRESENTATIVE OF AN ASSOCIATION REPRESENTINGS. 2032--A 3
CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS, AT LEAST TWO MEMBERS REPRESENTING PROTEC- TIVE SERVICE AGENCIES FOR ADULTS, AND AT LEAST TWO LAW ENFORCEMENT REPRESENTATIVES. S 3. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 99-r to read as follows: S 99-R. FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION, OUTREACH, EDUCATION AND TRAINING FUND. 1. THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED IN THE JOINT CUSTODY OF THE COMPTROLLER AND THE SUPERINTENDENT OF BANKS A SPECIAL REVENUE FUND TO BE KNOWN AS THE FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION, OUTREACH, EDUCATION AND TRAINING FUND. 2. THE FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION, OUTREACH, EDUCATION AND TRAINING FUND SHALL CONSIST OF ALL MONEYS, APPROPRIATED THERETO, AND ALL OTHER FEES, FINES, GRANTS, BEQUESTS OR OTHER MONIES CREDITED OR TRANSFERRED THERETO FROM ANY OTHER FUND OR SOURCE. 3. THE MONEYS OF THE FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION, OUTREACH, EDUCATION AND TRAINING FUND SHALL BE DISBURSED BY THE COMPTROLLER TO THE STATE OFFICE FOR THE AGING FOR THE PURPOSE OF CARRYING OUT THE PROVISIONS OF SECTIONS TWO HUNDRED NINETEEN AND TWO HUNDRED NINETEEN-A OF THE ELDER LAW. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.