Provides for Hurricane Sandy recovery funds oversight.
Ayes (63): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to Hurricane Sandy recovery funds oversight
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To require the State Division of Budget to oversee, track and report on how the State expends funds that are allocated or set aside for help with the recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section one of the bill would require the State Division of Budget to maintain on its website information relating to how Hurricane Sandy recovery monies are being spent in this State. DOB would also be required to submit a quarterly report on the receipt, distribution and administration of Hurricane Sandy funding. The report shall provide detailed information on, among other things:
*the total amount of Hurricane Sandy funding received by the State; *the process by which such funding was distributed; *the identity of funding recipients; *the number of jobs created by such funding; *an analysis of whether the funding achieved its intended purpose; and *the distribution of funding by county and municipality.
JUSTIFICATION: The State is expected to receive billions of dollars in Federal assistance to help pay for the cost of repairing, and reimbursing municipalities and homeowners, for damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.
To ensure that these funds are appropriately allocated and spent, this bill would require the Division of Budget, in consultation with the State Comptroller, to maintain on its website information relating to the receipt, distribution and expenditure of Hurricane Sandy funding. DOB would also be required to issue a quarterly report to the State legislature.
The bill is modeled after a recently enacted New Jersey statute. PRIOR
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal; the cost of entering and maintaining such information on the website.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4666 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 17, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to Hurricane Sandy recov- ery funds oversight THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The executive law is amended by adding a new article 49-C to read as follows: ARTICLE 49-C HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY FUNDS OVERSIGHT SECTION 996. HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY FUNDS OVERSIGHT. S 996. HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY FUNDS OVERSIGHT. 1. DEFINITIONS. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE TERM: (A) "DIVISION" SHALL MEAN: THE NEW YORK STATE DIVISION OF BUDGET. (B) "HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY FUNDING" SHALL MEAN (1) FUNDS PROVIDED PURSUANT TO FEDERAL LEGISLATION WHICH CONTAINS, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO, DISASTER ASSISTANCE FOR IMPACTS ASSOCIATED WITH HURRICANE SANDY, OR OTHER MAJOR STORMS, IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK; AND (2) ANY FUNDS DISBURSED BY THE STATE FOR UNDERTAKINGS TO ADDRESS THE DAMAGE ASSOCIATED WITH HURRICANE SANDY, WHICH UNDERTAKINGS SHALL INCLUDE EMERGENCY OPER- ATIONS, LOSS REIMBURSEMENT, REPAIRS, REBUILDING, RESTORATIONS, RECON- STRUCTION, REMOVAL OF DEBRIS, TEMPORARY HOUSING, HOUSEHOLD ASSISTANCE, RELIEF, HAZARD MITIGATION IMPROVEMENTS, CONSTRUCTION, AND OTHER RECOVERY AND REBUILDING ACTIVITIES DEEMED BY THE DIVISION TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY AND REBUILDING. 2. (A) THE DIVISION, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER, SHALL MAINTAIN A PUBLIC WEBSITE DEDICATED TO THE DISSEM- INATION AND TRANSPARENT ADMINISTRATION OF HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY FUND- ING. THE DIVISION SHALL MAKE AVAILABLE ON ITS WEBSITE QUARTERLY REPORTS ON HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY FUNDING REQUIRED PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH B OF THIS SUBDIVISION.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09946-02-3 S. 4666 2
(B) THE DIVISION SHALL PROVIDE A REPORT TO THE STATE LEGISLATURE CONCERNING THE RECEIPT, DISTRIBUTION, AND ADMINISTRATION OF HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY FUNDING, WHICH REPORT SHALL BE DUE ON THE FIRST BUSINESS DAY OF EACH CALENDAR QUARTER COMMENCING AFTER THE DATE THIS ARTICLE SHALL TAKE EFFECT. THE REPORT SHALL CONTAIN DETAILED INFORMATION CONCERNING: (I) THE AMOUNT OF HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY FUNDING THE STATE HAS RECEIVED; (II) THE MANNER IN WHICH HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY FUNDING IS RECEIVED; (III) THE PROCESSES BY WHICH HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY FUNDING IS DISTRIBUTED UPON INITIAL RECEIPT; (IV) STATE OPERATING PLANS FOR HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY FUNDING PROJECTS AND ADMINISTRATION; (V) THE AWARD OF STATE GRANTS OR STATE CONTRACTS USING HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY FUNDING; (VI) THE IDENTITY OF HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY FUNDING STATE GRANT AND CONTRACT RECIPIENTS; (VII) AN ANALYSIS OF WHETHER THE USE OF HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY FUND- ING IS ACCOMPLISHING ITS INTENDED PURPOSE; (VIII) THE NUMBER OF JOBS CREATED BY HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY FUNDING STATE ADMINISTERED PROJECTS; (IX) RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ENHANCED EFFICIENCY AND TRANSPARENCY IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY FUNDING, AND FOR ENHANCED COORDINATION IN HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY EFFORTS; AND (X) ANY OTHER INFORMATION THE DIVISION DEEMS RELEVANT TO THE TRANSPAR- ENT ADMINISTRATION OF HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY FUNDING. (C) IN ADDITION TO PUBLIC DISSEMINATION OF THE REPORT, THE DIVISION SHALL, TO THE EXTENT THE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE, PROVIDE ON ITS WEBSITE DETAILED INFORMATION ON: (I) THE DISTRIBUTION OF HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY FUNDING BY COUNTY AND MUNICIPALITY; (II) THE ISSUANCE OF EACH STATE CONTRACT ASSOCIATED WITH HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY FUNDING INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE PURPOSE OF THE CONTRACT, THE AMOUNT OF THE CONTRACT'S CONSIDERATION, WHETHER THE BID WAS SUBJECT TO PUBLIC BIDDING, AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE STATE CONTRACT RECIPIENT'S QUALIFICATION FOR RECEIPT OF THE STATE CONTRACT; (III) THE ISSUANCE OF EACH STATE GRANT ASSOCIATED WITH HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY FUNDING INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE PURPOSE OF THE GRANT, THE AMOUNT OF THE GRANT, WHETHER THE GRANT WAS SUBJECT TO A SELECTIVE AWARD PROCESS AND THE NATURE OF THAT PROCESS, AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE STATE GRANT RECIPIENT'S QUALIFICATION FOR RECEIPT OF THE STATE GRANT; AND (IV) ANY OTHER INFORMATION THE DIVISION DEEMS RELEVANT TO THE TRANS- PARENT ADMINISTRATION OF HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY FUNDING. (D) THE DIVISION SHALL UPDATE THE WEBSITE WITHIN TEN DAYS OF THE RECEIPT OF INFORMATION CONCERNING THE AWARD OF A STATE CONTRACT OR STATE GRANT OR DISTRIBUTION OF HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY FUNDING. 3. THE WEBSITE AND REPORTS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL NOT BE USED TO DISTRIBUTE INFORMATION WHICH IF DISCLOSED WOULD JEOPARDIZE COMPLIANCE WITH STATE OR FEDERAL LAW, THREATEN PUBLIC HEALTH, WELFARE, OR SAFETY, OR HARM THE COMPETITIVE ECONOMIC POSITION OF A PARTY. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.