Relates to payments of grants to farm operations by NYSERDA; provides that payment of such grants shall be made no later than ninety days after notification.
Ayes (61): Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, 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-Cousins, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to payments of grants to farm operations by NYSERDA
PURPOSE: To ensure that the payment of grants by NYSERDA to farm operations is made no later than 90 days after the notification of such funding award.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends subdivision 14 of section 1854 of the Public Authorities Law to state that the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) can make payments of grants to farm operations as defined in the Agriculture and Markets Law. This section also requires that the payment of such grants administered by NYSERDA to farm operations shall be made no later than 90 days after the notification of such funding award.
Section 2 provides that this act shall take effect immediately.
JUSTIFICATION: This bill ensures that farm operations, as defined in subdivision 11 of section 301 of the Agriculture and Markets Law, are able to receive grants from NYSERDA and that the payment of such grants is made no later than 90 days after the notification of such funding award.
Currently, farm operations receive grants from NYSERDA but the payment of such grants has been severely delayed. This delay causes a shortfall in the budget of many farms. Hardworking farmers continue to wait for many months, even years, for the payment of grants they have been promised by NYSERDA. Such long delays are unacceptable and unbearable for a business to endure as they wait for the payment of grants which have been promised to them. Therefore, this legislation seeks to remedy the problem by requiring NYSERDA to make the payment of such grants no later than 90 days after the notification of such funding award.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6224 IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 8, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sens. RITCHIE, GALLIVAN, SEWARD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Energy and Telecommunications AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to payments of grants to farm operations by NYSERDA THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 14 of section 1854 of the public authorities law, as added by chapter 83 of the laws of 1995, is amended to read as follows: 14. (A) To apply for and to administer federal research and develop- ment grants and other monies for the benefit of consumers. (B) TO MAKE PAYMENTS TO FARM OPERATIONS, AS DEFINED BY SUBDIVISION ELEVEN OF SECTION THREE HUNDRED ONE OF THE AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS LAW, FOR GRANTS ADMINISTERED BY THE AUTHORITY. PAYMENT OF SUCH GRANTS SHALL BE MADE NO LATER THAN NINETY DAYS AFTER NOTIFICATION OF SUCH FUNDING AWARD. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13200-02-3