2017 Legislative Updates

This page is your home for updates on CSEA’s legislative priorities that passed both houses of the legislature during the 2017 state legislative session. More information on other topics from 2017 can be found below:

State Budget and CSEA’s Budget Memos

2017 Legislative Memos


2017 Bills – Passed Both Houses

CSEA successfully advocated the passage of many good bills this year. These included:

Contract Bills

S.6818 – Amedore / A.8540 – Abbate
Chapter 165

This bill is enacting legislation for CSEA’s contract with New York State.

S.6561 – Bonacic / A.8102A – Weinstein
Chapter 164

This bill is enacting legislation for CSEA’s contract with the Unified Court System.

 

Retirees

S.4324 – Tedisco / A. 5210 – Abinanti
Veto #194
Support Memo
Letter to Governor

This legislation would require local governments to give retirees 45 days notice prior to changing health insurance benefits for retirees. Current law does not require any notice be given.

 

OPWDD/OMH

S.5681 – Ortt / A.7399A – Gunther
Chapter 491
Support Memo
Letter to Governor

This legislation would codify care pilots within the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). These programs offer community based care staffed by state employees. Codifying these programs will lead to more predictable funding and will expand available services to families in need.


S.2836 – Ortt / A.2229 – Gunther
Veto #218
Support Memo
Letter to Governor

This legislation would require that notices of closure of Office of Mental Health (OMH) facilities expire after one year and one month of being issued. Currently, the state can issue a one year notice of closure or downsizing and not close a facility during that year. The notice of closure then stays in effect in perpetuity, creating uncertainty for employees and patients.


S.4630 – Gallivan / A.6505 – Kearns
Veto #195
Support Memo

This legislation would stop the relocation of Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center.

 

OCFS, Social Services, and Child Care

S.4574A – Marchione / A.6903A – Brindisi
Veto #211
Support Memo
Letter to Governor

This legislation would require an annual study from the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to report on the ratio of non-administrative staff to residents at OCFS facilities, the total number of workers who are on workers’ compensation leave, and the number of staff involved in any incident involving the alleged misconduct of a resident.


S.3146 – Golden / A.4049 – Lupardo
Veto #220
Support Memo

This legislation would cap the number of cases that child protective services workers can have at any one time to 15 cases per month.

S.5929A – Avella / A.7726A – Jaffee
Chapter 493
Support Memo

This legislation would establish a Child Care Availability Taskforce to evaluate the cost, accessibility, availability, quality, and impact of childcare subsidies.

Corrections, Probation, and DMNA


S.1850 – Ortt / A.6277 – Abbate
Veto #172
Support Memo

This legislation would allow county correctional officers, or deputy sheriffs who are performing correction officer duties, to retire after 20 years with a fifty percent final average salary pension. This plan would be optional for counties to opt-in to.


A.473 – Paulin / S.2516 – Gallivan
Veto #185
Support Memo

This legislation would allow county probation officers the ability to receive 100% of their salary if they are unable to work due to an on the job injury. This plan would be optional for counties to opt-in to.


A.8326 – Abbate / S.6529 – Murphy
Veto #246
Support Memo

Letter to Governor

This legislation would grant firefighters employed by the Division of Military and Naval Affairs (DMNA) a performance of duty disability retirement.

Local Issues


S.6447 – Gallivan / A.8064 – Zebrowski

Chapter 97

This legislation would return overnight and weekend calls to Child Protective Services in Erie County rather than to a not-for-profit organization.

A.7135 – Abbate / S.7223 – Phillips
Veto #198
Support Memo

This legislation would allow for a performance of duty retirement for various ambulance medical technician titles within Nassau County

A.7891 – Hooper / S.6788 – Rules
Veto #243
Support Memo

Letter to Governor

This legislation would allow employees in Nassau County to receive a step increase if a wage freeze is ordered by the Nassau Interim Finance Authority.

A.7127 – Abbate / S.5705 – Phillips
Veto #199

This legislation would allow for a performance of duty retirement for various fire marshal titles within Nassau County who are injured in the line of duty


For bills that have been vetoed, CSEA will evaluate the bills and veto messages and determine how we can move forward on this legislation next year.