This Week in Albany

Week ending December 14, 2018

Legislative Update

The legislature delivered several CSEA-supported bills to the Governor for final action. The bills include:

A.9563A – Gunther / S.7207 – Ortt: This bill would limit the length of time that a notice of closure or significant service reduction in the Office of Mental Health is in effect to twenty-four months.

S.8200 – Marcellino / A.10442 – Gunther: This bill would prohibit the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities from privatizing any existing state-operated Individualized Residential Alternative.

S.6464A – Addabbo / A.4933B – Weprin: This bill would require state agencies to develop action plans to reduce the occurrence of workforce injuries.

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

S.8284 – Phillips / A.10721 – 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 employed by Nassau County.

The Governor has until December 24 to act on these bills.

2019 Legislative Session

The State Legislature released its session calendar for 2019. They are expected to begin meeting on January 9 and leave Albany on June 19. In total, they will meet 61 times from January to June.

In addition, the incoming Democratic majority in the State Senate released committee chairs for the coming term. In regards to committees of significance to CSEA, newly elected Senator Andrew Gounardes will chair the Civil Service and Pensions Committee and current Senator David Carlucci will chair the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee. A full list of committee chairs can be viewed here.

The Assembly has yet to release committee assignments for next year.

Inauguration, State of the State, and Budget Address

Governor Cuomo has announced that he will hold his New Year’s Day inaugural speech on Ellis Island. In addition, sources have said that the Governor has decided to merge his State of the State and budget presentation into one address rather than deliver them separately as is tradition.