Bill S4479-2011

Amends the monetary cap for separate specifications on public works projects

Establishes the real property tax relief and local government mandate reform act.

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  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • Apr 6, 2011: REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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BILL NUMBER:S4479

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general municipal law, in relation to establishing the real property tax relief and local government mandate reform act

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would amend the Wicks law to increase the threshold from $3 million to $10 million in New York City, from $1,500,000 to $7,500,000 for Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties, and from $500,000 to $5 million for all other counties in the state. This bill would further exempt any separate bidding Wicks law requirements when the parties have executed a project labor agreement.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 - Legislative findings and declarations.

Section 2 - Amends §101, subdivision 1 of the General Municipal Law increasing the thresholds for public works contracts across the State and adds §101, 1-a which eliminates the need for awarding or entering into separate contracts for work to be performed when there is an existing project labor agreement.

Section 3 - Sets the enacting date.

JUSTIFICATION: Real Property Taxes in New York State are too high, and the burden they place upon citizens, homeowners and businesses, is making it difficult for New York State to thrive, prosper and succeed. The only way to realistically reduce the real property tax burden upon our citizens, homeowners and businesses, is to place a comprehensive approach in State law which controls costs and spending for local governments, and provides significant mandate relief with respect to their fiscal obligations. Real property tax relief and local government mandate reform must be achieved by establishing a comprehensive approach to reduce real property taxes across the state, the controlling government costs, and providing significant mandate relief to local governments.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Unknown.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4479 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 6, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. MARTINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government AN ACT to amend the general municipal law law, in relation to establish- ing the real property tax relief and local government mandate reform act THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings and declarations. The legislature hereby finds and determines that real property taxes in New York state are too high, and that the burden that they place upon our citizens, homeowners and businesses, is making it difficult for New York state to thrive, prosper and succeed. The legislature further finds and determines that the only way to realistically reduce the real property tax burden upon our citizens, homeowners and businesses, is to place a comprehensive approach in state law which controls costs and spending for local governments, and provides significant mandate relief with respect to their fiscal obli- gations. The legislature also finds and determines that the real property tax relief and local government mandate reform must be achieved by a compre- hensive approach to reduce real property taxes across the state, controlling government costs, and the provision of significant mandate relief to local governments. S 2. Subdivision 1 of section 101 of the general municipal law, as amended by section 1 of part MM of chapter 57 of the laws of 2008, is amended and a new subdivision 1-a is added to read as follows: 1. Except as otherwise provided in section two hundred twenty-two of the labor law, OR SUBDIVISION ONE-A OF THIS SECTION, every officer, board or agency of a political subdivision or of any district therein, charged with the duty of preparing specifications or awarding or enter- ing into contracts for the erection, construction, reconstruction or
alteration of buildings, when the entire cost of such public work shall exceed [three] TEN million dollars in the counties of the Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, and Richmond; [one] SEVEN million five hundred thou- sand dollars in the counties of Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester; and five [hundred thousand] MILLION dollars in all other counties within the state, shall prepare separate specifications for the following three subdivisions of the work to be performed: a. Plumbing and gas fitting; b. Steam heating, hot water heating, ventilating and air conditioning apparatus; and c. Electric wiring and standard illuminating fixtures. 1-A. NO OFFICER, BOARD OR AGENCY OF A POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OR OF ANY DISTRICT THEREIN, CHARGED WITH THE DUTY OF PREPARING SPECIFICATIONS OR AWARDING OR ENTERING INTO CONTRACTS FOR THE ERECTION, CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION OR ALTERATION OF BUILDINGS, SHALL BE REQUIRED TO PREPARE SEPARATE SPECIFICATIONS FOR PLUMBING AND GAS FITTING; STEAM HEATING, HOT WATER HEATING, VENTILATING AND AIR CONDITIONING APPARATUS; AND ELECTRIC WIRING AND STANDARD ILLUMINATING FIXTURES, OF THE WORK TO BE PERFORMED, IF THERE IS IN PLACE, PRIOR TO THE AWARDING OR ENTERING INTO CONTRACTS FOR THE ERECTION, CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION OR ALTERATION OF BUILD- INGS, A PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENT. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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