Relates to the composition and compensation of the New York city housing authority.
Ayes (36): Bonacic, Boyle, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Klein, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Robach, Savino, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Nays (26): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Breslin, Diaz, Dilan, Gianaris, Gipson, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Krueger, Latimer, Montgomery, O'Brien, Peralta, Perkins, Rivera, Sampson, Sanders, Serrano, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk
Excused (1): Parker
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public housing law, in relation to the composition of the New York city housing authority
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This legislation changes the composition of the NYCHA Board
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of this bill would amend subdivision 3 and 4 of section 402 of the Public Housing Law to add an additional tenant representative on the New York City Housing Authority ("NYCHA", "the Authority"), appointed by the Mayor of New York City.
The bill would change the term of members of the authority (other than the chairman) from five to three years. The bill would also authorize the Mayor to remove NYCHA members without cause, and would extend the time for the Mayor to fill vacancies of tenant-representatives on the Authority to 90 days. Section 1 would amend subdivision 4 of section 402 of the Public Housing Law to require that only the NYCHA chairman work full-time for the Authority and not be employed elsewhere. The bill would authorize the Mayor to establish the chairman's salary and would fix a compensation rate for the other NYCHA members.
Section 2 would provide that the bill take effect 30 days after enactment. This bill amends subdivision c of section 208-f of the General Municipal Law as amended by chapter 285 of the laws of 2012 and subdivision c of section 361-a of the Retirement and social Security Law, as amended by chapter 285 of the Laws of 2012.
JUSTIFICATION: This bill would expand tenant representation on the Authority. Currently NYCHA is comprised of four appointees, including the chairman and one tenant-representative. The bill would expand the Authority to five members by adding an additional tenant-representative, ensuring that NYCHA residents are well-represented on the Authority. The bill also sets a new equitable compensation structure for board members other than the fulltime chairman that reflects the time they are expected to dedicate to the performance of their Authority duties.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to State
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3754 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 13, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development AN ACT to amend the public housing law, in relation to the composition of the New York city housing authority THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivisions 3 and 4 of section 402 of the public housing law, as amended by chapter 531 of the laws of 2010, are amended to read as follows: 3. On and after May first, nineteen hundred fifty-eight, the authority shall consist of three members appointed by the mayor, one of whom shall be designated by the mayor as chairman removable at his OR HER pleasure. The members other than the chairman first appointed for terms commencing on May first, nineteen hundred fifty-eight, shall be appointed for terms of three and five years, respectively. Thereafter the term of office of each member other than the chairman shall be
[five]THREE years. The mayor shall file with the commissioner of housing a certificate of appointment of the chairman and of each member. Any member [other than the chairman]may be removed by the mayor [for cause after a public hearing]AT HIS OR HER PLEASURE. [On and after July first in the year next succeeding the year in which this sentence shall take effect, the]THE authority shall consist of [one]TWO additional [member]MEMBERS who shall be appointed by the mayor and shall be removable at his or her pleasure. Such additional [member]MEMBERS must be eighteen years of age or older and be the tenant of record or an authorized member of the tenant household, in good standing, residing in one of the three hundred thirty-five federal projects owned or operated by the authority. A vacancy in the office of a member other than the chairman or the addi- tional tenant [member]MEMBERS occurring otherwise than by expiration of term shall be filled for the unexpired term; provided, however, that aEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08551-01-3 S. 3754 2
vacancy in the seat held by the additional tenant
[member]MEMBERS shall be filled by the mayor within [thirty]NINETY days of such vacancy. 4. The chairman [and the other members of the authority other than the additional tenant member]shall give [their]HIS OR HER whole time to [their]HIS OR HER duties and shall not engage in any other occupation, profession or employment. The chairman [and the members of the authority other than the additional tenant member]shall receive a salary the amount of which shall be fixed by [local law]THE MAYOR. The [additional tenant member]OTHER MEMBERS OF THE AUTHORITY shall receive a [monthly]stipend in the amount of two hundred fifty dollars FOR EVERY FOUR HOURS OF WORK PERFORMED FOR THE AUTHORITY, NOT TO EXCEED ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS PER MONTH. S 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.