This Week in Albany

Week ending January 3, 2020

Legislative Update

The following bills have been acted on by the Governor:

  • S.5445 – Skoufis / A.7476 – Magnarelli (Support): This bill would expand the oversight authority of the Office of the State Comptroller to include private organizations controlled by local government entities. This would increase transparency and accountability for entities like local development corporations (LDCs) that local governments are increasingly using to finance their day-to-day operations. Chapter 710
  • S.6293A – Comrie / A.7636B – Braunstein: This bill grants broad authority for seven New York City departments / authorities to use design-build contracts. Amendments to this legislation to expand design-build authority to additional State entities are expected to be included in the 2020-21 budget. As part of these negotiations, CSEA expects to secure the strongest employee protection language to date for design-build, including language to ensure that maintenance and operations duties on these projects continue to be performed by public employees. Chapter 749
  • A.4436 – Abbate / S.3801 – Skoufis (Support): This legislation would have granted firefighters employed by the Division of Military and Naval Affairs a 50% final average salary disability pension if they become physically or mentally incapacitated because of a disability that is sustained in the performance of duty. Veto #246
  • S.3813 – Kaplan / A.5820 – Abbate (Support): This bill would have established a performance of duty disability for Nassau County fire marshals. Veto #263
  • S.5133 – Kaplan / A.5324 – Abbate (Support): This bill would have established a performance of duty disability for Nassau County AMTs. Veto #274

For a summary of what happened with CSEA’s priority bills in 2019, visit our website.

At a Glance

The state legislature returns to Albany for its 2020 legislative session next week. The Senate and Assembly will be in session on Wednesday and Thursday. Governor Cuomo will hold his State of the State address on Wednesday at 1:30pm.

Census Fact of the Week

According to a recent analysis of data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, New York is one of 10 states expected to lose a Congressional seat after the next Census. Previous analyses have predicted the loss of two seats. An accurate count of New York’s population in 2020 is imperative to maintaining our state’s representation in Washington.