Bill S867A-2009

Authorizes the city of Oneonta, in the county of Otsego, to offer an optional twenty year retirement plan to fire chief Robert S. Barnes

Authorizes the city of Oneonta, in the county of Otsego, to offer an optional twenty year retirement plan and additional pension benefits to fire chief Robert S. Barnes.

Details

Actions

  • Jul 16, 2009: SUBSTITUTED BY A3078A
  • Jul 15, 2009: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.729
  • Jul 15, 2009: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • May 19, 2009: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Apr 14, 2009: PRINT NUMBER 867A
  • Apr 14, 2009: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS
  • Jan 21, 2009: REFERRED TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Rules - Jul 15, 2009
Ayes (22): Smith, Espada, Stachowski, Montgomery, Duane, Hassell-Thompson, Krueger, Serrano, Stewart-Cousins, Dilan, Klein, Valesky, Monserrate, Skelos, Padavan, Volker, Farley, LaValle, Seward, Hannon, Larkin, Saland
Nays (1): Parker
Excused (1): Johnson O

Memo

 BILL NUMBER:  S867A

TITLE OF BILL :

An act to authorize the city of Oneonta, in the county of Otsego, to offer an optional twenty year retirement plan to fire chief Robert S. Barnes

PURPOSE :

To make the benefits of plan 384-d of the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement System available to fire chief Robert Barnes who, for reasons not ascribable to his own negligence, failed to make a timely application to participate in such retirement plan.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :

Section 1 allows the City of Oneonta to elect to reopen the optional twenty year retirement plan (section 384-d) for fire chief Robert Barnes.

Section 2 requires any past service cost associated with this election to be paid by the City of Oneonta as a one-time payment.

Section 3 contains the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION :

This legislation is necessary to allow the City of Oneonta to reopen the enrollment period for plan 384-d of the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement System for fire chief Robert Barnes.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :

S.8768 of 2008.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :

The cost for any past service associated with this election shall be paid by the City of Oneonta as a one-time payment.

EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect immediately.

Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 867--A 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 21, 2009 ___________
Introduced by Sen. SEWARD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Civil Service and Pensions -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to authorize the city of Oneonta, in the county of Otsego, to offer an optional twenty year retirement plan to fire chief Robert S. Barnes 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 to the contra- ry, the city of Oneonta, in the county of Otsego, a participating employer in the New York state and local police and fire retirement system, which previously elected to offer the optional twenty year retirement plan, established pursuant to section 384-d of the retirement and social security law, and the additional pension benefits to members of such plan, established pursuant to section 384-e of the retirement and social security law, to firefighters employed by such city, is here- by authorized to make participation in such plan available to Robert S. Barnes, fire chief of the Oneonta fire department, employed by the city of Oneonta, who, for reasons not ascribable to his own negligence failed to make a timely application to participate in such optional twenty year retirement plan and the additional pension benefits therefor. The city of Oneonta may so elect by filing with the state comptroller, on or before December 31, 2009, a resolution of its governing body together with certification that such firefighter did not bar himself from participation in such retirement plan as a result of his own negligence. Thereafter, such firefighter may elect to be covered by the provisions of sections 384-d and 384-e of the retirement and social security law, and shall be entitled to the full rights and benefits associated with coverage under such sections, by filing a request to that effect with the state comptroller on or before June 30, 2010.
S 2. All employer costs associated with implementing the provisions of this act shall be borne by the city of Oneonta. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately. FISCAL NOTE.--Pursuant to Legislative Law, Section 50: This bill will allow the City of Oneonta to elect to reopen the provisions of Section 384-d together with Section 384-e of the Retire- ment and Social Security Law for Fire Chief Robert Barnes. If this bill is enacted and Fire Chief Robert Barnes becomes covered under Section 384-d, we anticipate that there will be an increase of approximately $1,600 in the annual contributions of the City of Oneonta for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010. There will be no past service cost. This estimate, dated December 1, 2008, and intended for use only during the 2009 Legislative Session, is Fiscal Note No. 2009-44, prepared by the Actuary for the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement System.

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