Relates to the leasing of real property by boards of cooperative educational services; requires disclosure of conflicts of interest by any member of the board of education, officer or employee of a board of cooperative educational services.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the leasing of real property by boards of cooperative educational services
This bill allows boards of cooperative educational services to enter into leases not to exceed twenty years.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Education Law Section 1950 is amended to allow boards of cooperative educational services to enter into leases not to exceed twenty years.
Section 2 sets forth an immediate effective date.
Boards of cooperative educational services are currently limited to leases with a maximum duration of ten years. By extending the duration of leases to a maximum of twenty years, boards of cooperative educational services will be able to better plan future projects, save costs associated with ending shorter term leases as well as entering into new leases, and will provide greater efficiencies to the overall operations of the board of cooperative educational services district.
2013: Passed Senate and Assembly; Vetoed by Governor (Veto #246) 2012: Passed Senate.
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7227 IN SENATE May 6, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. FLANAGAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the leasing of real property by boards of cooperative educational services THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subparagraph (a) of paragraph p of subdivision 4 of section 1950 of the education law, as amended by chapter 602 of the laws of 1994, is amended to read as follows: (a) To rent suitable land, classrooms, offices or buildings upon or in which to maintain and conduct such cooperative educational services and administrative offices for a period not to exceed
[ten]TWENTY years and to improve, alter, equip and furnish such land, classrooms, offices or buildings in a suitable manner for such purposes (1) before executing any lease, the board shall adopt a resolution determining that such agreement is in the best financial interests of the supervisory district and stating the basis of that determination; (2) the rental payment shall not be more than the fair market value as determined by the board; and (3) upon the consent of the commissioner, renewal of such lease may be made for a period of up to ten years. Nothing contained herein shall prevent the board from entering into a lease agreement which provides for the cancellation of the same by such board upon: (i) a substantial increase or decrease in pupil enrollment; or (ii) a substantial change in the needs and requirements of a board of cooperative educational services with respect to facilities; or (iii) any other change which substantially affects the needs or requirements of a board of cooper- ative educational services or the community in which it is located. No lease or other contract for the occupancy of such land, classrooms, offices or buildings shall be enforceable against the board of cooper- ative educational services unless and until the same shall have been approved in writing by the commissioner. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05665-01-3