Bill S4257B-2013

Increases certain special accidental death benefits

Increases certain special accidental death benefits paid to widows, widowers or the deceased member's children.

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Actions

  • Jun 12, 2013: SUBSTITUTED BY A5576B
  • Apr 24, 2013: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Apr 23, 2013: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Apr 22, 2013: 1ST REPORT CAL.382
  • Apr 1, 2013: PRINT NUMBER 4257B
  • Apr 1, 2013: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS
  • Mar 20, 2013: PRINT NUMBER 4257A
  • Mar 20, 2013: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS
  • Mar 15, 2013: REFERRED TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS

Meetings

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Civil Service and Pensions - Apr 22, 2013
Ayes (10): Golden, Fuschillo, Lanza, Martins, Ritchie, Savino, Sanders, Addabbo, Dilan, Perkins
Excused (1): Hannon

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4257B

PURPOSE:

This legislation extends the escalation of a cost of living increase of approximately 3% for all line-of-duty widows or widowers for fiscal year 2013-14.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

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.

EXISTING LAW:

Currently, line-of-duty widows or widowers receive a cost of living adjustment that is based upon the year that the widow or widower's spouse died.

JUSTIFICATION:

Since 1978, the Legislature has passed and the Governor signed into law a cost of living increase and a one-year escalation for all New York State widows and widowers of police officers and firefighters killed in the line-of-duty. The intent of the original 1978 law was to increase their benefits to an amount that would reflect the impact of inflation. However, the law did not provide for any new cost of living increase after July 1, 1979.

Since that date, the cost of living has increased well over 3% each year, including some periods of double-digit inflation. These same widows and widowers are no longer receiving adequate benefits. This Legislation does not totally cover the present inflation spiral, but it at least provides some increased relief to the widows and widowers of New York State's bravest citizens, who gave their lives in service to the people of New York State. In the past, these brave families have faced a poverty stricken existence. This legislation would prevent the return of that deplorable state of affairs. As with previous legislation, there is no cost to the localities, as the state would reimburse them for this small increase.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2012: S.6438A/A.9116 - Chapter 285

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

See Fiscal Note included with the bill.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect July 1, 2013.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4257--B 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 15, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Civil Service and Pensions -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit- tee AN ACT to amend the general municipal law and the retirement and social security law, in relation to increasing certain special accidental death benefits THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision c of section 208-f of the general municipal law, as amended by chapter 285 of the laws of 2012, is amended to read as follows: c. Commencing July first, two thousand [twelve] THIRTEEN the special accidental death benefit paid to a widow or widower or the deceased member's children under the age of eighteen or, if a student, under the age of twenty-three, if the widow or widower has died, shall be esca- lated by adding thereto an additional percentage of the salary of the deceased member (as increased pursuant to subdivision b of this section) in accordance with the following schedule: calendar year of death of the deceased member per centum 1977 or prior [181.4%] 189.8% 1978 [173.2%] 181.4% 1979 [165.2%] 173.2% 1980 [157.5%] 165.2% 1981 [150.0%] 157.5% 1982 [142.7%] 150.0% 1983 [135.7%] 142.7% 1984 [128.8%] 135.7%
1985 [122.1%] 128.8% 1986 [115.7%] 122.1% 1987 [109.4%] 115.7% 1988 [103.3%] 109.4% 1989 [97.4%] 103.3% 1990 [91.6%] 97.4% 1991 [86.0%] 91.6% 1992 [80.6%] 86.0% 1993 [75.4%] 80.6% 1994 [70.2%] 75.4% 1995 [65.3%] 70.2% 1996 [60.5%] 65.3% 1997 [55.8%] 60.5% 1998 [51.3%] 55.8% 1999 [46.9%] 51.3% 2000 [42.6%] 46.9% 2001 [38.4%] 42.6% 2002 [34.4%] 38.4% 2003 [30.5%] 34.4% 2004 [26.7%] 30.5% 2005 [23.0%] 26.7% 2006 [19.4%] 23.0% 2007 [15.9%] 19.4% 2008 [12.6%] 15.9% 2009 [9.3%] 12.6% 2010 [6.1%] 9.3% 2011 [3.0%] 6.1% 2012 [0.0%] 3.0% 2013 0.0% S 2. Subdivision c of section 361-a of the retirement and social secu- rity law, as amended by chapter 285 of the laws of 2012, is amended to read as follows: c. Commencing July first, two thousand [twelve] THIRTEEN the special accidental death benefit paid to a widow or widower or the deceased member's children under the age of eighteen or, if a student, under the age of twenty-three, if the widow or widower has died, shall be esca- lated by adding thereto an additional percentage of the salary of the deceased member, as increased pursuant to subdivision b of this section, in accordance with the following schedule: calendar year of death of the deceased member per centum 1977 or prior [181.4%] 189.8% 1978 [173.2%] 181.4% 1979 [165.2%] 173.2% 1980 [157.5%] 165.2% 1981 [150.0%] 157.5% 1982 [142.7%] 150.0% 1983 [135.7%] 142.7% 1984 [128.8%] 135.7% 1985 [122.1%] 128.8% 1986 [115.7%] 122.1% 1987 [109.4%] 115.7% 1988 [103.3%] 109.4% 1989 [97.4%] 103.3% 1990 [91.6%] 97.4% 1991 [86.0%] 91.6%
1992 [80.6%] 86.0% 1993 [75.4%] 80.6% 1994 [70.2%] 75.4% 1995 [65.3%] 70.2% 1996 [60.5%] 65.3% 1997 [55.8%] 60.5% 1998 [51.3%] 55.8% 1999 [46.9%] 51.3% 2000 [42.6%] 46.9% 2001 [38.4%] 42.6% 2002 [34.4%] 38.4% 2003 [30.5%] 34.4% 2004 [26.7%] 30.5% 2005 [23.0%] 26.7% 2006 [19.4%] 23.0% 2007 [15.9%] 19.4% 2008 [12.6%] 15.9% 2009 [9.3%] 12.6% 2010 [6.1%] 9.3% 2011 [3.0%] 6.1% 2012 [0.0%] 3.0% 2013 0.0% S 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2013. FISCAL NOTE.--Insofar as this bill would amend the Retirement and Social Security Law, it is estimated that there would be an additional annual cost of approximately $43,000 above the approximately $9 million current annual cost of this benefit. This cost would be shared by the State of New York and all participating employers of the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement System. Summary of relevant resources: Data: March 31, 2012 Actuarial Year End File with distributions of membership and other statistics displayed in the 2012 Report of the Actuary and 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Assumptions and Methods: 2010, 2011 and 2012 Annual Report to the Comptroller on Actuarial Assumptions, Codes Rules and Regulations of the State of New York: Audit and Control. Market Assets and GASB Disclosures: March 31, 2012 New York State and Local Retirement System Financial Statements and Supplementary Informa- tion. Variations of Benefit Liabilities and Actuarial Assets: summarized in the 2012 Actuarial Valuations report. I am a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and meet the Quali- fication Standards to render the actuarial opinion contained. This estimate, dated January 7, 2013 and intended for use only during the 2013 Legislative Session, is Fiscal Note No. 2013-37, prepared by the Actuary for the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement System. FISCAL NOTE.-- PROVISIONS OF PROPOSED LEGISLATION - OVERVIEW: With respect to the City of New York (the "City"), this proposed legislation would amend General Municipal Law ("GML") Section 208-f.c to increase certain Special Accidental Death Benefits ("SADB") for line-of-duty widows/widowers and/or children of former uniformed employees of the City and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation and certain former employees of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority who were members of certain New York City Retirement Systems ("NYCRS"). The Effective Date of the proposed legislation would be July 1, 2013.

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