This Week in Albany

Week ending August 3, 2018

Legislative Update

Governor Cuomo acted on 65 bills this week, including some of interest to CSEA members. These bills include:

  • Buffalo parking 3 yr. extender (A.10298A) – Chapter 157. This law extends for three years the residential parking permit system in the Fruit Belt area of Buffalo. This area is around several hospitals, including Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center where CSEA represents workers. The original bill print called for a six-year extender. The length of the extension was reduced at CSEA’s request.
  • Design-build for Utica sports facility (S.9090) – Chapter 187. This law allows the Upper Mohawk Valley Memorial Auditorium Authority to use design-build for the construction of a multi-use sports complex in the City of Utica. The original version of this bill would have authorized the authority to use design-build for any project in the entire county, and did not include any protection language for public employees. CSEA worked closely with the legislature on amendments to the bill to narrow its scope and protect public employees.
  • Albany County hotel/motel tax extender (A.9622) – Chapter 134
  • Herkimer County mortgage recording tax extender (A.9791) – Chapter 141
  • Wyoming County mortgage recording tax extender (A.9792) – Chapter 142
  • New Rochelle hotel/motel tax extender (A.10385) – Chapter 162
  • City of Rye hotel/motel tax extender (A.10516) – Chapter 166

Extending the authority of municipalities to collect various taxes is routine, but extremely important to local governments.

In other local tax news, a report from Comptroller DiNapoli this week reported that local sales tax collections had their largest growth since 2010 during the first half of 2018. This is a sign of a good economy and is good news for local governments and the services they provide.

Never Quit Fact of the Week

Roughly 80% of CSEA members are registered to vote.

If you are one of the 20% who isn’t, you can register online through the DMV.