Bill S5987-2013

Establishes and administers a supplemental state disaster aid program

Establishes a supplemental state disaster aid program within the NYS emergency assistance program to aid municipalities, residents and businesses that have been otherwise denied assistance from the federal government.

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  • Jan 27, 2014: referred to governmental operations
  • Jan 27, 2014: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jan 27, 2014: PASSED SENATE
  • Jan 13, 2014: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.4
  • Jan 13, 2014: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • Nov 20, 2013: REFERRED TO RULES

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BILL NUMBER:S5987

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the state finance law and the executive law, in relation to the establishment of a New York state disaster recovery program

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would establish a New York State Disaster Recovery Program for prevention, response and recovery of natural and man made disasters, when federal assistance is unavailable.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section one of this bill would add a new subdivision 9 to the state finance law to provide for the expenditure of funds appropriated for the New York State Disaster Recovery Program by the division of homeland security and emergency services for natural and man-made disaster prevention, response and recovery pursuant such program's requirements.

Section two of the bill would establish the New York State Disaster Recovery Program, by extending the New York State Emergency Assistance Program to authorize the division of homeland security and emergency services to provide natural and man-made disaster prevention, response and recovery pursuant such program's requirements.

This expansion would specifically include the provision of assistance for damage to municipal buildings, facilities, and infrastructure, or to private residential or commercial property sustained by municipalities, residents or businesses as a result of the natural or man made disaster. Such assistance would be granted under this program, pursuant to its guidelines, if assistance from the federal government is denied to the municipality, resident or business which has sustained injury due to the natural or man-made disaster. Application for such assistance pursuant to this program would be made to the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

This bill would further provide for the establishment of a supplemental state disaster aid program, that shall be administered by the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services in consultation with the Department of Financial Services and the Empire State Development Corporation. This program shall be in addition to any funds provided pursuant to any federally sponsored program, and shall include individual assistance, public assistance and hazard mitigation, and shall be available to municipalities, residents and businesses.

Section three of the bill would provide for an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: New York is a state of significant geographic diversity and a large population Because of these factors it has always been, and will continue to be, subject to the onset of serious natural and manmade disasters.

Although the Federal Government has frequently been of enormous help in seeking to assist in the prevention, response and recovery to these disasters, because of New York's special circumstances, sometimes this valuable federal help may prove unavailable or insufficient. Accordingly, it is therefore incumbent upon the state government to provide the assistance necessary to provide the necessary resources to fully promote the full prevention, response and recovery that our state and its citizens need.

This bill would provide for the full establishment of such a state program, defining the mechanisms for its delivery and administration, while still offering the legal flexibility it will need to be successful.

Subject to budget appropriations, this bill would set up a much needed system to assure that the expenditure of state resources is successful and that the best means of prevention, response and recovery to the natural or man-made disaster is accomplished.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill

Fiscal Implications: This program would be subject to budgetary appropriations

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act would take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5987 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE November 20, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sens. GRIFFO, SEWARD, FARLEY, MAZIARZ, VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the state finance law and the executive law, establish- ing and administering a supplemental state disaster aid program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 9 of section 53 of the state finance law is renumbered subdivision 10 and a new subdivision 9 is added to read as follows: 9. IN ADDITION TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION, FUNDS SHALL BE EXPENDED BY THE DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY SERVICES FOR NATURAL AND MAN-MADE DISASTER PREVENTION, RESPONSE AND RECOVERY PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION TWENTY-NINE-E OF THE EXECUTIVE LAW. S 2. Section 29-e of the executive law, as added by chapter 603 of the laws of 1993, paragraph (e) of subdivision 1 as amended by section 8, paragraphs (a), (f) and (g) of subdivision 3 as amended by section 9 and paragraphs (a) and (b) of subdivision 4 as amended by section 10 of part B of chapter 56 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows: S 29-e. New York state emergency assistance program. 1. For purposes of this section the following terms shall have the following meanings: (a) "Infrastructure" shall mean and include publicly owned storm and sanitary sewers, water supply systems, drainage systems, transportation systems, roads and bridges. (b) "Municipality" shall mean any county, city, village, or town of the state. (c) "Public facilities" shall mean and include publicly owned build- ings, including traditional government buildings, such as courthouses, firehouses, police stations, parks, recreational facilities, and correc- tional facilities.
(d) "Fund" shall mean the state's contingency reserve fund established by law. (e) "The office of emergency management" shall mean the office within the division of homeland security and emergency services. 2. The governor may, upon a finding that a municipality in the state has suffered substantial damage by an unanticipated natural OR MAN-MADE disaster which has resulted in significant economic distress within such municipality, issue a declaration of significant economic distress in accordance with the provisions herein. In determining whether such significant economic distress exists, the governor shall consider wheth- er ANY OR ALL OF the following criteria have been met: (a) the municipality suffered a substantial loss of assessed value; (b) substantial damage has occurred to municipal buildings, facilities and infrastructure, OR TO PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL OR COMMERCIAL PROPERTY; (c) the cost incurred by the municipality for clean-up operations is significant; (d) businesses within the municipality have experienced significant economic loss due to the inability to conduct normal business due to the disaster; (e) a significant increase in unemployment claims filed by persons employed within the municipality has occurred; and (f) the county or the county within which the municipality is located has been declared eligible by the United States small business adminis- tration for physical disaster and economic injury disaster loans. In addition, the governor shall also consider the extent that other financial resources, including federal assistance and insurance, are available to assist the municipality, AND ITS RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES to repair damage caused by the disaster. 3. (a) Upon the issuance of a declaration of significant economic distress due to unanticipated natural OR MAN-MADE disaster by the gover- nor, a municipality recognized by the governor as being affected by such disaster which occurred on or after December first, nineteen hundred ninety-two, OR A RESIDENT OR BUSINESS ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY SUCH DISAS- TER, may apply to the division of homeland security and emergency services on a form prescribed by such office, for reimbursement from the state's contingency reserve fund, OR ANY OTHER DESIGNATED FUND EXPRESSLY ESTABLISHED FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR NATURAL AND/OR MAN-MADE DISASTERS, for reimbursement of extraordinary and unanticipated costs associated with the reconstruction or repair of [public] buildings, facilities or infrastructure. (b) Where the municipality applying for assistance authorized pursuant to this section is a city, and such application pertains to a county wholly contained within such city, such city may submit separate appli- cations for such assistance for each such county. (c) [Such] IF ASSISTANCE FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS DENIED TO A MUNICIPALITY, RESIDENT OR BUSINESS WHICH HAS SUSTAINED INJURY DUE TO A NATURAL OR MAN-MADE DISASTER, STATE ASSISTANCE SHALL BE GRANTED WITHIN THE GUIDELINES OF SUBDIVISION FOUR OF THIS SECTION. (D) A municipality shall be granted the assistance provided pursuant to this section, within the amounts made available by appropriation from [the] A fund SPECIFIED IN PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION, upon approval of [such] AN application SUBMITTED TO THE DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY SERVICES, provided that such municipality agrees to have a local disaster preparedness plan pursuant to section twenty- three of this article in effect by December thirty-first, nineteen hundred ninety-three. On or after December thirty-first, nineteen
hundred ninety-three, no municipality shall be eligible for reimburse- ment of such expenses unless such plan is in effect. [(d)] (E) Municipalities which have received assistance pursuant to this section shall, as soon thereafter as may be possible, amend their respective local disaster preparedness plans to include corrective meas- ures that must be taken in order to avoid, to the extent possible, simi- lar emergencies in the future. [(e)] (F) Municipalities, RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES applying for assistance pursuant to this section shall accurately describe the emer- gency conditions which necessitate the expenditure of funds for which reimbursement is being sought pursuant to this section. [(f)] (G) In providing assistance pursuant to this section, the divi- sion of homeland security and emergency services may give preference to applicants which demonstrate the greatest need or which document that such assistance will be utilized to bring the applicant into compliance with federal or state law. [(g)] (H) In the event that amounts appropriated are insufficient to provide for full reimbursement of all extraordinary and unanticipated costs incurred by such municipality, RESIDENT OR BUSINESS approved for reimbursement pursuant to this section, the division of homeland securi- ty and emergency services is authorized to provide a pro rata share of the appropriations, appropriated herein, to such municipality. 4. (A) THE DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY SERVICES, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES AND THE EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, SHALL ESTABLISH AND ADMINISTER BY REGU- LATION A SUPPLEMENTAL STATE DISASTER AID PROGRAM. SUCH PROGRAM SHALL BE IN ADDITION TO ANY FUNDS EXPENDED OR PROVIDED THROUGH THE DIVISION BY MEANS OF FUNDS PROVIDED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WITHIN THE SUPPLE- MENTAL DISASTER AID PROGRAM THERE SHALL BE THREE MAJOR CATEGORIES OF DISASTER AID. SUCH CATEGORIES SHALL INCLUDE INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE, PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND HAZARD MITIGATION, AND SHALL BE AVAILABLE TO MUNI- CIPALITIES, RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES THAT HAVE BEEN OTHERWISE DENIED ASSISTANCE FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. (B) PURSUANT TO THE SUPPLEMENTAL DISASTER AID PROGRAM, APPLICATIONS FOR STATE ASSISTANCE SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO POTENTIAL AID RECIPIENTS BY THE DIVISION. AFTER A COMPLETED APPLICATION IS RECEIVED BY THE DIVI- SION, THE DAMAGED PROPERTY SHALL BE INSPECTED TO VERIFY THE LOSS. IF AN APPLICATION FOR A GRANT IS APPROVED BY THE DIVISION, THE APPLICANT SHALL RECEIVE AID NOT MORE THAN THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE SUBMISSION OF THE APPLI- CATION. IF AN APPLICATION FOR A LOAN IS APPROVED BY THE DIVISION, THE APPLICANT SHALL RECEIVE AID NOT MORE THAN SIXTY DAYS AFTER THE SUBMISSION OF THE APPLICATION. (C) THE DIVISION SHALL COOPERATE WITH THE OFFICE OF THE STATE COMP- TROLLER TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROVISION OF PERIOD AUDITS OF THE SUPPLE- MENTAL DISASTER AID PROGRAM, TO ASSURE THAT ALL AID AND LOANS PROVIDED WERE GIVEN ONLY TO THOSE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE SUCH ASSISTANCE AND IN THE AMOUNTS SO REQUIRED, AND THAT SUCH DISASTER FUNDS AND LOANS WERE USED ONLY FOR THEIR INTENDED PURPOSES. FUNDS AND LOANS FOR THE SUPPLEMENTAL DISASTER AID PROGRAM SHALL NOT DUPLICATE ASSISTANCE PROVIDED BY OTHER SOURCES, INCLUDING THOSE PROVIDED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OR INSUR- ANCE. (D) AFTER A MAJOR DISASTER, THE DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY SERVICES SHALL ATTEMPT TO NOTIFY ALL DISASTER VICTIMS ABOUT THE AVAILABLE AID PROGRAMS OFFERED BY THE FEDERAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS, INCLUDING THE SUPPLEMENTAL DISASTER AID PROGRAM, AND URGE THEM TO APPLY.
(E) IN APPROPRIATE CIRCUMSTANCES, THE DIVISION SHALL AWARD ASSISTANCE TO INDIVIDUALS WHO SUSTAINED INJURY TO PERSON OR PROPERTY AS A RESULT OF A NATURAL AND/OR MAN-MADE DISASTER. APPLICATION FOR ASSISTANCE SHALL BE MADE AND DETERMINED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. THE DIVISION SHALL FOLLOW THE PRESCRIBED PROTOCOLS OF THIS PARAGRAPH IN PROVIDING INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE. IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE DECLARATION OF THE DISASTER, THE DIVISION SHALL FACILITATE THE ARRIVAL OF DISASTER WORKERS AT THE VICINITY OF THE DISASTER, AND SHALL SET UP AND ESTABLISH A CENTRAL FIELD OFFICE TO COORDINATE THE RECOVERY EFFORT. THE DIVISION SHALL FURTHER ESTABLISH AND PUBLICIZE A TOLL-FREE TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR USE BY AFFECTED RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS TO GAIN INFORMATION ON THE APPLICATION FOR ASSISTANCE. THE DIVISION SHALL FURTHER FACILITATE THE OPENING AND OPERATION OF DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS WHERE DISASTER VICTIMS CAN MEET WITH PROGRAM REPRESENTATIVES AND OBTAIN INFORMATION ABOUT AVAILABLE AID AND THE RECOVERY PROCESS. WHERE POSSIBLE, THE DIVI- SION SHALL INTEGRATE AND COORDINATE ITS EFFORTS TO FOLLOW THE PRESCRIBED PROTOCOLS OF THIS PARAGRAPH WITH FEDERAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT EFFORTS ALSO PROVIDING DISASTER AID OR SERVICES. DISASTER AID TO INDIVIDUALS SHALL BE PROVIDED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES: I. DISASTER HOUSING. THE DIVISION SHALL MAKE INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE AID AVAILABLE FOR DISASTER HOUSING FOR A PERIOD OF UP TO EIGHTEEN MONTHS FOR DISPLACED RESIDENTS OF THE MUNICIPALITY WHOSE RESIDENCES WERE HEAVILY DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. THE DIVISION SHALL ALSO MAKE AVAILABLE AID FOR HOUSING REPAIRS, AND FOR THE REPLACEMENT OR REPAIR OF DAMAGED ITEMS THAT WOULD MAKE SUCH DAMAGED OR DESTROYED RESIDENCES HABITABLE. II. DISASTER GRANTS. THE DIVISION SHALL MAKE INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE AID AVAILABLE TO HELP MEET OTHER SERIOUS DISASTER RELATED NEEDS AND NECES- SARY EXPENSES NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE AND OTHER AID PROGRAMS. SUCH SERIOUS DISASTER RELATED NEEDS AND NECESSARY EXPENSES MAY INCLUDE REPLACEMENT OF PERSONAL PROPERTY, AND TRANSPORTATION, MEDICAL, DENTAL AND FUNERAL EXPENSES. III. LOW INTEREST DISASTER LOANS. THE EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT CORPO- RATION SHALL MAKE INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE LOW INTEREST DISASTER LOANS AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES, TO COVER UNINSURED PROPERTY LOSS- ES. LOW INTEREST DISASTER LOANS SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT OF HOMES, AUTOMOBILES, CLOTHING OR OTHER DAMAGED PERSONAL PROPERTY. LOW INTEREST DISASTER LOANS SHALL ALSO BE MADE AVAILABLE TO BUSINESSES FOR PROPERTY LOSS AND ECONOMIC INJURY. APPLICATION FOR SUCH LOW INTEREST DISASTER LOANS SHALL BE MADE TO THE DIVISION, WITH APPROVAL OF SUCH APPLICATION REQUIRING BOTH THE APPROVAL OF THE DIVISION AND THE EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION. THE EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION SHALL BE AUTHORIZED TO ISSUE BONDS FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS SUBDIVISION. IV. PERSONAL SERVICE AID. THE DIVISION SHALL MAKE INDIVIDUAL ASSIST- ANCE AID AVAILABLE TO PROVIDE NECESSARY PERSONAL SERVICES TO DISASTER VICTIMS, INCLUDING CRISIS COUNSELING, DISASTER-RELATED UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE, LEGAL AID, INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE, SOCIAL SECURITY ASSISTANCE AND VETERAN'S BENEFIT ASSISTANCE. (F) THE DIVISION SHALL MAKE MUNICIPALITY ASSISTANCE AID AVAILABLE TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO PAY ALL OR PART OF THE COSTS OF REBUILDING A COMMU- NITY'S DAMAGED INFRASTRUCTURE. UNLESS SUCH COST IS LESS THAN TEN THOU- SAND DOLLARS, SUCH MUNICIPALITY ASSISTANCE AID SHALL PAY FOR NOT MORE THAN SEVENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE APPROVED PROJECT COSTS. THIS MUNICI- PALITY ASSISTANCE AID SHALL INCLUDE AID FOR DEBRIS REMOVAL, AID FOR EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE MEASURES, AID FOR PUBLIC SERVICES, AID FOR REPAIR
OF DAMAGED PUBLIC PROPERTY, AID FOR ESSENTIAL GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONS, AND INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. (G) THE DIVISION SHALL MAKE HAZARD MITIGATION ASSISTANCE AID AVAILABLE TO DISASTER VICTIMS AND PUBLIC ENTITIES TO AVOID THE LIFE AND PROPERTY RISKS OF FUTURE DISASTERS. HAZARD MITIGATION ASSISTANCE AID SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, AID FOR THE ELEVATION OR RELOCATION OF CHRONICALLY FLOOD-DAMAGED HOMES AWAY FROM FLOOD HAZARD AREAS, AID FOR THE RETROFITTING OF BUILDINGS TO MAKE THEM RESISTANT TO EARTHQUAKES OR STRONG WINDS, AND AID FOR THE ADOPTION AND ENFORCEMENT OF ADEQUATE CODES AND STANDARDS BY LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THE DIVISION SHALL SEEK TO COORDINATE HAZARD MITIGATION MEASURES WHEN REPAIRING DISASTER-DAMAGED STRUCTURES. IN ADDITION TO THE GRANTS PROVIDED PURSUANT TO APPROVED HAZARD MITIGATION ASSISTANCE AID, THE EMPIRE STATE DEVELOP- MENT CORPORATION SHALL MAKE HAZARD MITIGATION LOW INTEREST DISASTER LOANS AVAILABLE TO MUNICIPALITIES, RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES, TO PROVIDE FOR HAZARD MITIGATION. HAZARD MITIGATION LOW INTEREST DISASTER LOANS SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE UPON APPLICATION TO THE DIVISION, WITH APPROVAL OF SUCH APPLICATION REQUIRING BOTH THE APPROVAL OF THE DIVISION AND THE EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION. THE EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION SHALL BE AUTHORIZED TO ISSUE BONDS FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS SUBDIVISION. [4.] 5. (a) The commissioner of the division of homeland security and emergency services as defined in article twenty-six of this chapter with the advice and consent of the disaster preparedness commission created pursuant to this article, shall have the power to make such rules and regulations as may be necessary and proper to effectuate the purposes of this section. (b) The commissioner of the division of homeland security and emergen- cy services shall by March fifteenth of each year report to the governor and the legislature describing the activities and operation of the program authorized by this section. Such report shall set forth the number of reimbursement applications received and approved; the identi- ties of the counties, cities, towns and villages, AS WELL AS THE INDI- VIDUALS AND BUSINESSES receiving reimbursement, ASSISTANCE OR LOANS, together with the amount and purpose of the reimbursement, ASSISTANCE OR LOAN. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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