Authorizes the New York city water board to grant a 10 percent discount on NYC water bills to senior citizens.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to providing a discount for senior citizens in the city of New York for such persons' water bills
PURPOSE: To provide a 10% discount for every New York City senior citizens water bill.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one amends section 1045-j of the public authorities law by adding a new subdivision 3-a to establish a 10% discount for all senior citizens water bill.
JUSTIFICATION: Double digit water rate increases are hurting people's budgets, especially our senior citizens who are living on fixed incomes and struggling to make ends meet in these tough economic times. In the last two years alone the New York City's Water Board raised water rates by 14.5% in 2008. In 2009 the Water Board met again and raised water rates another 14%. Senior citizens cannot afford these double digit increases especially when the cost of living is on the rise. This bill, by providing a 10% discount would give some relief to seniors who should be enjoying their lives instead of worrying about how they are going to pay their next City water bill.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2010: S.4575 - Reported to Finance/A.8369 - Referred to Cities. 2009: S.4575 - Reported to Finance/A.8369 - Referred to Cities.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.
EFFECTIVE DATE: 180 days after enactment.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4688 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 14, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. LANZA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to providing a discount for senior citizens in the city of New York for such persons' water bills THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 1045-j of the public authorities law is amended by adding a new subdivision 3-a to read as follows: 3-A. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER LAW, THE WATER BOARD MAY PROVIDE A TEN PERCENT DISCOUNT FOR ALL SENIOR CITIZENS FROM THE FEE, RATE, RENT OR OTHER CHARGE ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, "SENIOR CITIZEN" SHALL MEAN A RESIDENT OF THE CITY WHO IS AGE SIXTY-FIVE OR OLDER. THE WATER BOARD MAY PROMULGATE RULES AND REGU- LATIONS NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT THE PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04607-01-1