Includes public library systems within the definition of entities that are eligible to apply for local government efficiency grants.
Ayes (62): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espaillat, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Huntley, Johnson, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Kruger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Oppenheimer, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the state finance law, in relation to the inclusion of library systems within the definition of entities that are eligible to apply for local government efficiency grants
PURPOSE: To add library systems to the list of organizations eligible for Local Government Efficiency Grants.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one adds library systems to the list of entities that are eligible to apply for Local Government Efficiency Grants.
Section two provides for the effective date, which will take effect immediately.
EXISTING LAW: Existing law allows public libraries and association libraries the ability to apply for Local Government Efficiency Grants, however, library systems were left out of the statute.
JUSTIFICATION: In many locations within the state, particularly in large urban areas, public libraries and library systems are one and the same. In more rural areas of the state, library systems provide shared services for a number of small libraries. When Local Government Efficiency Grants (LGEG) were created in 2008, as the successor to the Shared Municipal Services Incentive Grant program, the purpose of the program was to create incentives for cooperative activities which would reduce municipal expenses and property taxes. When the law was written, public libraries and association libraries were defined as eligible to apply for a grant. Unfortunately, library systems were left out of the statute. This bill would rectify this problem by including library systems in the list of eligible entities for LGEG grants.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.6875-A/A.10412 of 2009-2010 - Passed Senate
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4053--A Cal. No. 857 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 15, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. FARLEY, OPPENHEIMER, ADDABBO, ALESI, DeFRANCISCO, FUSCHILLO, GRIFFO, HANNON, JOHNSON, KRUEGER, KRUGER, LARKIN, LAVALLE, MARCELLINO, MAZIARZ, MONTGOMERY, NOZZOLIO, PARKER, RANZENHOFER, SAMP- SON, SEWARD, STEWART-COUSINS, VALESKY, ZELDIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading AN ACT to amend the state finance law, in relation to the inclusion of library systems within the definition of entities that are eligible to apply for local government efficiency grants THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Clause 1 of subparagraph (i) of paragraph r of subdivision 10 of section 54 of the state finance law, as added by section 3 of part K of chapter 57 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: (1) For the purposes of this paragraph, "municipality" shall mean a county, city, town, village, special improvement district, fire district, public library, association library, OR PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM AS DEFINED BY SECTION TWO HUNDRED SEVENTY-TWO OF THE EDUCATION LAW, PROVIDED HOWEVER, THAT FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS DEFINITION, A PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM SHALL BE CONSIDERED A MUNICIPALITY ONLY IN INSTANCES WHERE SUCH PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM ADVANCES A JOINT APPLICATION ON BEHALF OF ITS MEMBER LIBRARIES, water authority, sewer authority, regional planning and development board, school district, or board of cooperative educational services; provided, however, that for the purposes of this definition, a board of cooperative educational services shall be consid- ered a municipality only in instances where such board of cooperative educational services advances a joint application on behalf of school districts and other municipalities within the board of cooperative educational services region; provided, however, that any agreements withEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09929-02-1 S. 4053--A 2
a board of cooperative educational services: shall not generate addi- tional state aid; shall be deemed not to be a part of the program, capi- tal and administrative budgets of the board of cooperative educational services for the purposes of computing charges upon component school districts pursuant to subdivision one and subparagraph seven of para- graph b of subdivision four of section nineteen hundred fifty and subdi- vision one of section nineteen hundred fifty-one of the education law; and shall be deemed to be a cooperative municipal service for purposes of subparagraph two of paragraph d of subdivision four of section nine- teen hundred fifty of the education law. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.