Bill S7471-2013

Grants past service credit in the New York state teachers' retirement system to Robin Levine

Grants past service credit in the New York state teachers' retirement system to Robin Levine.

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  • May 15, 2014: REFERRED TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS

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BILL NUMBER:S7471

TITLE OF BILL: An act granting post service credit in the New York state teachers' retirement system to Robin Levine

PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is provide retroactive credit for a person who was inadvertently left out of the teachers retirement system and would now like to receive that credit.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, Robin Levine, a member of the New York state teachers' retirement system, who started working for the Greenburgh-North Castle Union Free School District on September 1, 1988, and who, for reasons not ascribable to her own negligence, did not file a membership application in such system at such time may be deemed to have become a member of the New York state teachers' retirement system on September 1, 1988 if on or before December 31, 2014 she shall file with the head of the New York state teachers' retirement system a written request to that effect. Upon granting of such retroactive membership, Robin Levine shall not be granted a refund of any employee contribution made by her to the New York state teachers' retirement system.

ยง 2. Any costs incurred in implementing the provisions of this act hall be borne by the employers of members of the New York state teachers' retirement system.

ยง 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

JUSTIFICATION: The Greenburgh-North Castle Union Free School District is requesting Dr. Robin Levine receive credit for prior service. Dr. Levine should have been placed in the Teachers Retirement System but instead was treated as an independent contractor by St Christopher's. From the beginning on September 1, 1988 and continuing through 1994, Dr. Levine was the fulltime school psychologist for Greenburgh North Castle Union Free School District. From 1994 through August 13, 2001, Dr. Levine served as Chairperson of the Committee on Special Education for students of GNC UFSD. From 1998 forward Dr. Levine 's office was housed in the District. The students she serviced were all district students and she worked under immediate supervision and direction of district administration. Dr. Levine did not perform duties for St. Christopher's Inc and they did not hold any control or supervision over Dr. Levine . Dr. Levine provided direct services to the students of Greenburgh North Castle Union Free School District. After reviewing Dr. Levine's employment history, the GNC UFSD is convinced that for the entire period beginning September 1998 and continuing to Date, Dr. Levine has always been an employee of the district. The district therefore believes she should have received the teachers retirement system credit for this service and requests that the TRS grant her retroactive membership for the period beginning September 1998 through the present.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7471 IN SENATE May 15, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. LATIMER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Civil Service and Pensions AN ACT granting post service credit in the New York state teachers' retirement system to Robin Levine THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, Robin Levine, a member of the New York state teachers' retirement system, who started working for the Greenburgh-North Castle Union Free School District on September 1, 1988, and who, for reasons not ascribable to her own negli- gence, did not file a membership application in such system at such time may be deemed to have become a member of the New York state teachers' retirement system on September 1, 1988 if on or before December 31, 2014 she shall file with the head of the New York state teachers' retirement system a written request to that effect. Upon granting of such retroac- tive membership, Robin Levine shall not be granted a refund of any employee contribution made by her to the New York state teachers' retirement system. S 2. Any costs incurred in implementing the provisions of this act shall be borne by the employers of members of the New York state teach- ers' retirement system. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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