Legalizes actions of the Rocky Point union free school district with respect to certain building aid contracts.
Ayes (18): Flanagan, Farley, Lanza, LaValle, Marcellino, Maziarz, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Saland, Seward, Oppenheimer, Addabbo, Avella, Breslin, Montgomery, Serrano, Stavisky, Huntley
TITLE OF BILL:
An act in relation to legalizing, validating, ratifying and confirming actions of the Rocky Point union free school district with respect to certain building aid contracts
To allow the Rocky Point Union Free School district to receive state aid for seven contracts that have been held up due to a ministerial filing error.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
The bill would allow the State Education Department to accept Final Cost Reports for seven projects in the Rocky Point UFSD and process the aid applications.
The contracts in question represent approximately 2.4 million dollars in aid to the school district. The sole impediment to obtaining the aid is the late filing of Final Cost Reports which occurred through a ministerial error. This bill allows SED to continue the claims process.
No additional funds to be appropriated.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011: S.3716, Passed Senate and Assembly, Veto No.74
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6143 IN SENATE January 5, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT in relation to legalizing, validating, ratifying and confirming actions of the Rocky Point union free school district with respect to certain building aid contracts THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby finds that the Rocky Point union free school district approved several capital improve- ment projects which were designated by the state education department as project numbers 001-006, 006-007, 006-010, 005-017, 005-011, 001-008 and 005-015. In addition, the projects were eligible for certain state aid. The legislature further finds that due to ministerial error, a required filing for eligibility for such aid was not made by the district in a timely manner making the district ineligible for certain aid. The legis- lature further finds that without such aid, the capital improvement projects will impose an additional, unanticipated hardship on district taxpayers. S 2. All the acts done and proceedings heretofore had and taken or caused to be had and taken by the Rocky Point union free school district and by all its officers or agents relating to or in connection with certain final cost reports to be filed with the state education depart- ment for projects 001-006, 006-007, 006-010, 005-017, 005-011, 001-008 and 005-015, and all acts incidental thereto are hereby legalized, vali- dated, ratified and confirmed, notwithstanding any failure to comply with the approval and filing provisions of the education law or any other law or any other statutory authority, rule or regulation, in relation to any omissions, error, defect, irregularity or illegality in such proceedings had and taken, and provided further that any amount due and payable to the Rocky Point union free school district for school years prior to the 2011--2012 school year as a result of this act shall be paid pursuant to the provisions of paragraph c of subdivision 5 of section 3604 of the education law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09107-01-1 S. 6143 2
S 3. The education department is hereby directed to consider the approved costs of the aforementioned projects as valid and proper obli- gations of the Rocky Point union free school district. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.