2017 Legislative Memos

SUPPORTWorker Safety Issues

A.1532 – Gunther / S.3330 – Hannon: This bill would improve the quality of care in healthcare facilities by establishing basic staffing ratios for nurses and other direct care staff employed in acute care facilities, including all public and private hospitals, mental health facilities, nursing homes and correctional facilities.

S.1023 – Funke / A.1207 – Zebrowski: This bill would increase penalties for passing a stopped school bus.

Civil Service Bills

S.2516 – Gallivan / A.473 – Paulin: This bill would allow all counties the option of providing full pay and benefits for county probation officers who are injured on the job.

S.1850 – Ortt / A.6277 – Abbate: This bill would allow counties the option of providing employees who are engaged in correction officer duties a special 20 year retirement plan which would provide a benefit of one-half of final average salary upon retirement.  Counties could also elect to provide an additional benefit of one sixtieth of final average salary for each year of service in excess of 20 years, not to exceed 15 such years.

S.5593 – Golden / A.7602 – Abbate: This bill would eliminate the lifetime reduction of a pension payment when an outstanding loan is repaid in full.

State Workforce Bills

A.7396A – Gunther / S.5680 – Ortt: This bill would prohibit a state agency from decreasing full time equivalent (FTE) positions if more than 25% of their employees worked overtime the previous year.

Office of Mental Health (OMH) and
Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPDWD) Bills

S.4630 – Gallivan / A.6505 – Kearns: This bill would maintain the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center as a separate and distinct entity that cannot be collocated with another Office of Mental Health facility.

S.5681 – Ortt / A.7399A – Gunther: This bill would codify CSEA’s community-based care pilot programs that are operated by OPWDD.

A.2229 – Gunther / S.2836 – Ortt: This bill would limit the length of time that a notice of closure or significant service reduction is in effect. Currently law requires OMH to give 12 months notice, but there is no maximum amount of time that the notice can be in effect.

S.3027 – Ranzenhofer / A.3027 – Kearns: This bill would prohibit sex offenders from residing in a community residence operated or licensed by OMH or OPWDD.

Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Bills

S.4574 – Marchione / A.6309 – Brindisi: This legislation would require OCFS to annually report the ratio of non-administrative staff to facility residents. In addition, this report must detail the number of employees who are out of work on workers’ compensation.

S.2728 – Griffo / A.2136 – Brindisi: This bill would make the assault of an OCFS secure or limited secure residential facility a class D felony.

Health Care Bills

A.3126 – Gottfried / S.2546 – Hannon: This bill would ensure that SUNY hospitals continue to receive Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) funding.

S.4536 – Helming / A.6234 – Skartados: This bill would increase payments to critical access hospitals.

S.5661B – Little / A.7763 – Gottfried: This bill would create the enhanced safety-net hospital program.

A.934A – Glick / S.1596A – LaValle: This bill would clarify that the State University Health Science Centers are included in the SUNY maintenance of effort provision.

Social Service Bills

S.3146 – Golden / A.4049 – Lupardo: This bill would establish caseload standards for child protective services (CPS) workers.

Child Care Bills

A.7726A – Jaffee / S.5929 – Avella: This bill would establish a Child Care Availability Taskforce. This taskforce will evaluate the cost, accessibility, availability, quality, and impact of childcare subsidies.

Corrections Bills

S.2949A – Ritchie / A.4064B – Jones: This bill would require the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) to develop a staffing plan to ensure that all correctional facilities are adequately staffed.

Local Government Bills

S.3632 – Phillips / A.4117 – Lentol: This bill would grant peace officer status to Nassau County Police Department Ambulance Medical Technicians (AMTs).

S.5704 – Phillips / A.7135 – Abbate: This bill would provide for a performance of duty disability retirement benefit for ambulance medical technician supervisors, ambulance medical technician coordinators, and ambulance medical technicians (AMTs) employed by Nassau County.

S.5778 – Alcantara / A.7601 – Abbate: This bill would codify and streamline existing practices regarding membership in public sector labor unions.

Retiree Bills

S.4324 – Tedisco / A.5210 – Abinanti: This bill would require municipalities to notify retirees at least 45 days prior to changing their health benefits.

Education / Library Bills

S.3021 – Ritchie / A.5811 – Quart: This bill would enable public libraries to access Employment Preparation Education (EPE) funds to provide adult literacy instruction.

Veteran Bills

A.3198A – Paulin / S.2911A – Croci: This bill would authorize paid time off for state employees that are combat veterans in order to obtain health care services related to their military service.

A.6416A – Abbate / S.5877A – Golden: This bill would allow all honorably discharged veterans to be eligible for civil service credits for appointments and promotions. Current law provides that only veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty during specific times or in specific theatres of war may receive civil service credits for their service.

Other Bills

S.3990 – Ranzenhofer / A.1311 – Rosenthal: This bill would expand the scope of public authority contracts subject to State Comptroller approval.

S.3984 – DeFrancisco / A.6355 – Peoples-Stokes: This bill would improve transparency and accountability in the State’s procurement process.

S.4827 – Marchione / A.3047 – Magnarelli: This bill would grant the State Comptroller statutory authority to audit local development corporations (LDCs).

A.7427 – Schimminger: This legislation would restore and expand reporting requirements for the START-UP NY program.

A.4083 – Abinanti: This legislation would ensure that the meetings of the Design and Construction Corporation within the Dormitory Authority are subject to the open meetings law.

 


OPPOSE

OMH/OPWDD Bills

S.4736A – Lanza / A.6830 – Weprin: This bill would require all mandated reporters covered by the Justice Center to call 911, the local county district attorney’s office, and the Justice Center to report all reportable incidents. CSEA does not defend the current operations of the Justice Center but this legislation would only make a bad situation worse and could lead to diminished oversight and protections for those with a developmental disability.

A.745 – Gunther / S.2941 – Hamilton: This bill would require all OPWDD facilities to install cameras at each of their entrances and exits. This is an unfunded mandate and would undermine residents’ privacy protections under HIPAA.

Insurance Bills

S.3484 – Golden / A.4786 – Joyner: This bill would prohibit prescription benefit plans from requiring that certain prescriptions be filled by a network mail order pharmacy.

Other Bills

A.1656 – Mosley: This bill would prohibit smoking on SUNY property. CSEA opposes this bill because smoking bans are a mandatory subject of negotiation for public employees.

S.2308 – Brooks: This legislation would require that a state monitor be appointed in the Town of Oyster Bay that would be authorized to unilaterally reject the implementation of collective bargaining agreements.

    2016 Oppose Memos

    OPPOSE

    Worker Issues

    Triborough Legislation: These bills would repeal or weaken the Triborough Amendment to the Taylor Law that provides that provisions of an expired public employee contract remain in effect until a new contract is approved.

    Revenue Issues

    Education Tax Credit: This legislation would add to the ballooning list of damaging tax expenditures in New York State by creating a tax credit program for individuals and corporations to donate to public and private education-related entities.

    Privatization Issues

    S. 7448 – Amedore / A.9854 – Lopez: This bill calls for a commission to study the public ownership of outdoor recreation facilities.

     

     

      2016 Support Memos

      SUPPORT

      Child Protective Services Issues

      S. 3226 – Golden / A. 9295 – Fahy: This bill would grant non-supervisory child protective service employees five days of paid time off and counseling or psychological assistance immediately after a child suspected of being abused or maltreated dies.

      S. 2691 – Golden / A. 10506 – Lupardo: This bill would establish workload standards for child protective services (CPS) workers.

      Health Care Issues

      A. 9515 – Brennan / S. 7112 – Golden: This legislation would increase transparency and accountability within the Kings County Health Care Facility Demonstration Program.

      S. 6617 – Ritchie / A. 7111A – Skartados: This bill would increase payments to critical access hospitals.

      S.7947 – Hannon / A.10591 – Gottfried: This bill would ensure that SUNY hospitals continue to receive Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) funding.

      S.6948A – Hannon / A.9476 – Gottfried: This bill would increase payments to “enhanced safety-net hospitals.”

      Health Insurance Issues

      S.3320 – Lanza / A.3539 – Weprin: This bill would prohibit a public employer from diminishing the health insurance benefits of its retirees or their dependents, or reducing the contribution the employer makes for such coverage.

      A.9715 Abbate / S.7120 Golden: This legislation prevents the president of the New York State Civil Service Commission from denying or interfering with collectively bargained rights regarding health insurance buyouts.

      Veterans Issues

      S. 7160 – Larkin / A.9531 – Paulin: This bill would allow public employees to purchase up to three years of pension credit for military duty by removing all existing requirements that such military service be performed during certain war periods, during certain hostilities while in theater of operations or upon the receipt of an expeditionary medal. This bill was signed into law – Chapter 41 of the Laws of 2016. For more information on how to apply, visit the Office of the State Comptroller’s website.

      Worker Protection Issues

      A.8580 – Gunther: This bill would establish basic staffing ratios for nurses and other direct care staff employed in acute care facilities.

      S. 426B – Marcellino / A. 7763B – DenDekker: This bill would add vehicles operated by sanitation and recycling workers in the performance of their duties to the state’s “Move Over” law.

      S.1974A – Griffo / A.2401A – Brindisi: This bill would impose a Class D felony against anyone who assaults an employee of Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) secure and limited secure residential facilities in the performance of his or her duties.

      A.10614 – Abbate / S.8071 – Murphy: This bill would create a performance of duty disability retirement for airport firefighters employed by the Division of Military and Naval Affairs who contract various ailments of the heart, lung or cancer and can no longer perform their duty.

      Other Issues

      A.7243 – Abbate / S.5246 – Martins: This bill requires that the SUNY Research Foundation adhere to Civil Service Law and that all future employees be placed in appropriate civil service classifications.

      A.5935 – Pichardo / S.5215 – Savino: This would require state contractors to annually report the average weekly wage paid to employees. This legislation will increase transparency and accountability regarding wages paid to employees by state contractors.

      A.7056A – Magnarelli / S.5690A – Marchione: This bill amends the General Municipal Law to grant the State Comptroller statutory authority to audit local development corporations (LDCs). The failure to pass this legislation will allow LDCs to continue to be unaccountable to the taxpayers that fund their operations.


        2015 Oppose Memos

        OPPOSE

        Pension Forfeiture

        S.4611 – Budget / A.6722 – Buchwald: This legislation would subject public employees and elected officials to pension forfeiture if convicted of a felony relating to public office.

        Education Tax Credit

        Governor’s Program Bill #2: Would establish an education tax credit and tuition tax credit.

        A.2551 – Cusick and S.1976 – Golden: Would establish the education tax credit.

        Health Care Issues

        S.4790 – Hannon: Would allow up to ten for-profit business corporations to operate an unlimited number of hospitals in NY.

        Unemployment Insurance Issues

        S.4847 – Martins: Would exclude certain individuals from the definition of the term employment in the Unemployment Insurance Law when providing temporary services to the state or a political subdivision in connection with a recovery from a disaster emergency.

        Local Issues

        S.5306 – Kennedy / A.7574 – Peoples-Stokes: Would authorize the City of Buffalo to adopt a residential parking system.

         


          2015 Support Memos

          SUPPORT

          Worker Protection Issues

          S.1291 – Espaillat / A.4762 – Nolan: Provides farm workers with protections under New York State law.

          A.1548 – Gottfried / S.782 – Hannon: Establishes basic staffing ratios for nurses and other direct care staff.

          A.2480 – Brindisi / S.3913 – Griffo: Provides that a Class D felony would be imposed against anyone in an Article 10 secure treatment facility who assaults another person.

          S.1974 – Griffo / A.2401 – Brindisi: Provides that a Class D felony would be imposed against anyone who assaults an employee of OCFS secure and limited secure residential facilities in the performance of his or her duties.

          S.3621 – Funke / A.1034 – Gunther: Would include the assault of non-nursing direct care staff within the offense of assault in the second degree.

          A.7721 – Peoples-Stokes / S.5130 – Martins: Would require not-for-profit corporations who receive at least fifty percent of their budget from government sources to address the alarming problem of violence in the workplace.

          OMH and OPWDD Issues

          S.4094 – Libous / A.7332 – Lupardo: CSEA introduced this legislation to compel OPWDD to show a true commitment to individuals with developmental disabilities by requiring a list of options that must include state-operated services in all areas of the state.

          A. 3860 – Brennan / S.5272 – Ortt: This bill would require the commissioner of mental health to ensure the development of comprehensive plans, programs, and services to meet the mental health and treatment needs of children and adolescents in need of appropriate services.

          Healthcare Issues

          A.6390 – Simon / S.2472 – Parker: This legislation would require a study of the impact that the closure of a long-term care facility would have on the residents and their families.

          Transparency/Accountability Issues

          S.2054 – Flanagan / A.4729 – Colton: Forbids a public benefit corporation from establishing a subsidiary corporation without prior approval from the State Legislature.

          A.5935 – Pichardo / S,5215 – Savino: This legislation would require state contractors to annually report the average weekly wage paid to employees.

          A.7056 – Magnarelli / S.5690 – Marchione: Gives the State Comptroller statutory authority to audit local development corporations (LDCs).

          A.7915 – Magnarelli / S.5867 – Marchione: Allows for increased oversight and effectiveness of Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs) throughout the state.

          Child Care Issues

          A.6568 – Lupardo / S.5009 – Felder:  This legislation would require that local social services districts reimburse child care providers for at least 12 absences every six months for children in subsidized care.

          Child Protective Services Issues

          S.2691 – Golden / A.4613 – Clark: This legislation would require OCFS to promulgate regulations relating to workload standards for CPS workers.

          S.3226 – Golden / A.7459 – Persaud: This legislation would grant non-supervisory child protective service employees five days of paid time off and be offered counseling or psychological assistance immediately after a child suspected of being abused or maltreated dies.

          SUNY Issues

          S.5246 – Martins / A.7243 – Abbate: Would require that the SUNY Research Foundation adhere to Civil Service Law and that all future employees be placed in appropriate civil service classifications.

          Veteran/Military Issues

          A.8174 – Paulin / S.5937 – Larkin: Allows public employees to purchase up to three years of pension credit for military duty by removing all existing requirements that such military service be performed during certain war periods, during certain hostilities while in theater of operations, or upon the receipt of an expeditionary medal.

          A.6453 – Magnarelli / S.4546 Croci: Would allow public employees who are military veterans of the war in Afghanistan to buy up to three years of additional pension credit.

          A.7824 – Abbate / S.4852 – Croci: Would allow all members of the military who miss the application deadline for a scheduled competitive civil service examination to be eligible for a special military make-up examination.


            2014 Legislative Memos

            Memos in Support of Legislation (2014)

            SUPPORT


            Facility Closures

            S.5986-B Libous/A.8294-B Lupardo – Prohibits closures at OMH and OPWDD facilities until 2017.

            Worker Protections

            S. 1089A Maziarz / A. 1498A Gunther – Includes the assault of non-nursing direct-care staff within the offense of assault in the second degree.

            A.6085-A Ortiz / S.5281-A Carlucci – Restricts direct care staff in OMH and OPWDD from working more than sixty hours in any seven day work week except in cases of extraordinary emergency.

            Local Governments

            A. 3631A Brennan / S. 4240 Rules – Limits the ability of a Local Development Corporation (LDC) to finance a municipality’s operations.

            Health Care

            A. 6571 Gottfried / S. 3691A Hannon – Establishes basic staffing ratios for nurses and other direct care staff employed in acute care facilities, including all public and private hospitals, mental health facilities, nursing homes and correctional facilities.

            S.7291 Hannon – Requires the state to conduct a thorough study on public nursing homes. The elimination of residential services at public nursing homes would be prohibited until one year after the study is completed.

            Child Care

            A.8918 Peoples-Stokes / S.6806 Grisanti – Requires local social service districts to provide at least 60 days notice to OCFS prior to lowering financial eligibility levels for child care assistance.

            A.8926 Rosa – Requires local social service districts to reimburse child care providers for at least 12 absences every six months for children in subsidized care.

            Child Protective Services

            S. 7506 Golden – Grants non-supervisory local child protective service employees five days of paid time off and be offered counseling or psychological assistance immediately after a child suspected of being abused or maltreated dies.

            S. 7523 Golden – Requires the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to promulgate regulations relating to workload standards for child protective services (CPS) workers.

            S. 7524 Golden – Requires that all local social services districts submit an annual report detailing the average caseload for child protective services (CPS) workers and other related data.

            Taxpayer Empowerment / Economic Development

            A. 9716 Pichardo / S. 7201 Savino – Requires state contractors to annually report the average weekly wage paid to employees.

            A.2773 Wright – Requires that businesses awarded grant money under the JOBS Now program or from a local industrial development agency repay the grant money in full if the business leaves the state within five years after the money is distributed.

            S. 6870 Savino / A. 8203A Ryan – Reforms how economic development tax subsidies are granted and tracked in New York State.

            S. 7114 DeFrancisco / A. 9638 Farrell – Allows the state, local governments, and public authorities to cancel contracts for goods, work, or other services that exceed the original contract value by more than 10%.

            Veterans

            S.4714-A Larkin / A.6974-A Paulin – Allows all public employees who are veterans up to three years of pension credit for military duty by removing all existing requirements that such military service be performed during certain war periods, during certain hostilities, or upon the receipt of an expeditionary medal.

            A.7632-D Magnarelli / S.5745-B Ball– Allows public employees who are military veterans of the conflict in Afghanistan to buy up to three years of additional pension credit.

            Public Authorities

            S.1443 Flanagan / A.1599 Colton – Prohibits a public benefit corporation from establishing a subsidiary corporation without prior approval from the State Legislature.

            Executive Pay/Bonuses

            A.3388 Glick – Prohibits the state from giving economic development funds to companies who pay their executives exorbitant salaries.

            A.3590 Glick – Limits the annual salaries of certain hospital executives to $250,000.

            A.5587 Brennan / S.4945 Ranzenhofer – Forbids bonuses for board members of state and local authorities.


             

            Memos in Opposition to Legislation (2014)

            OPPOSE


            State Parks Issues

            A.7991 Markey / S.4358-A Little – Would privatize the maintenance and operation of certain buildings and recreational property at public state parks.

            S.1596 Grisanti / A.9635 Englebright – Allows municipalities to use volunteers to maintain municipally-owned parks.


              2013 Legislative Memos

              Memos in Support of Legislation (2013)

              SUPPORT


              Workforce Issues

              Government Authority Issues

              Child Care Issues

              Veteran Issues

              Elections Issues


              Memos in Opposition to Legislation (2013)

              OPPOSE


              Workforce Issues

              Local Government Issues

              Education Issues

              Healthcare Issues

              Infrastructure Issues

              Childcare Issues

              Elections Issues