Bill S638-2013

Relates to qualifications for certain appointed positions with the board of trustees for the state university and CUNY

Relates to qualifications for certain appointed positions with the board of trustees for the state university and CUNY; prohibits trustees from being employees of the appointing authority.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

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BILL NUMBER:S638

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to trustees of the state university and city university

PURPOSE: To ensure that the trustees of the Boards of Trustees of the state university and the city university serve with objectivity.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: (State University) Subdivision 1 of section 353 of the education law, as amended by chapter 268 of the laws of 2011, is amended as follows: Such board shall consist of eighteen members, fifteen of whom shall be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate, and one of whom shall be the president of the student assembly of the state university, ex-officio and voting, one of whom shall be the president of the university faculty senate, ex-officio and non-voting; provided that no such member, except the president of the student assembly of the state university or any classified civil service employee, shall be the employee of, or under the supervision of the governor.

(City University) Paragraph (a) of subdivision 2 of section 6204 of the education law as added by chapter 305 of the laws of 1979 is amended to read as follows: The board of trustees shall consist of seventeen trustees. Ten of the trustees shall be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate provided that no such trustee, except any classified civil service employee, shall be an employee of or under the supervision of the governor.

Five of the trustees shall be appointed by the mayor of New York City with the advice and consent of the senate provided that no such trustee, except any classified civil service employee of the city of New York, shall be an employee of or under the supervision of the mayor of the city of New York.

JUSTIFICATION: This bill hopes to ensure the objectivity of both the Board Members of the state university and the Trustees of the city university by limiting the appointments to those who are independent of the appointing authority.. The governing of the City and State University should be expedited without political motivation.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY Previously introduced.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately and shall apply to board members of the state university of New York and trustees of the city university of New York appointed on or after such effective date.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 638 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to trustees of the state university and city university THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 353 of the education law, as amended by chapter 268 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: 1. The state university shall be governed, and all of its corporate powers exercised, by a board of trustees. Such board shall consist of eighteen members, fifteen of whom shall be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate, one of whom shall be the president of the student assembly of the state university, ex-officio and voting, one of whom shall be the president of the university faculty senate, ex-officio and non-voting; PROVIDED THAT NO SUCH MEMBER, EXCEPT THE PRESIDENT OF THE STUDENT ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY OR ANY CLASSIFIED CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEE, SHALL BE THE EMPLOYEE OF, OR UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF, THE GOVERNOR, and one of whom shall be the president of the faculty council of community colleges, ex-officio and non-voting. Such ex-officio members shall be subject to every provision of any general, special, or local law, ordinance, charter, code, rule, or regu- lation applying to the voting members of such board with respect to the discharge of their duties, including, but not limited to, those provisions setting forth codes of ethics, disclosure requirements, and prohibiting business and professional activities. One member of the board shall be designated by the governor as chairperson and one as vice-chairperson. Of the members first appointed, two shall be appointed for a term which shall expire on June thirtieth, nineteen hundred fifty-two; one for a term which shall expire on June thirtieth, nineteen
hundred fifty-three; two for a term which shall expire on June thirti- eth, nineteen hundred fifty-four; one for a term which shall expire on June thirtieth, nineteen hundred fifty-five; two for a term which shall expire on June thirtieth, nineteen hundred fifty-six; one for a term which shall expire on June thirtieth, nineteen hundred fifty-seven; two for a term which shall expire on June thirtieth, nineteen hundred fifty-eight; one for a term which shall expire on June thirtieth, nine- teen hundred fifty-nine; two for a term which shall expire on June thir- tieth, nineteen hundred sixty; and one for a term which shall expire on June thirtieth, nineteen hundred sixty-one. Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as original appointments. The term of office of each trustee appointed on or after April first, nine- teen hundred eighty-six shall be seven years, except those of the student member and the faculty members. Trustees shall receive no compensation for their services but shall be reimbursed for their expenses actually and necessarily incurred by them in the performance of their duties under this article. S 2. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 2 of section 6204 of the education law, as added by chapter 305 of the laws of 1979, is amended to read as follows: (a) The board of trustees shall consist of seventeen trustees. Ten of the trustees shall be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate; PROVIDED THAT NO SUCH TRUSTEE, EXCEPT ANY CLASSI- FIED CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEE, SHALL BE AN EMPLOYEE OF, OR UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF, THE GOVERNOR. Five of the trustees shall be appointed by the mayor of the city of New York with the advice and consent of the senate; PROVIDED THAT NO SUCH TRUSTEE, EXCEPT ANY CLASSIFIED CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEE OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK, SHALL BE AN EMPLOYEE OF, OR UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF, THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK. One ex-of- ficio trustee shall be the chairperson of the university student senate. One ex-officio non-voting trustee shall be the chairperson of the university faculty senate. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to board members of the state university of New York and trustees of the city university of New York appointed on or after such effective date.

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