Albany Update - February 3, 2017

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Governor's Corner

This week, Governor Cuomo announced a $19.5 million Community Health Care Revolving Capital Fund. The Fund will deliver low-cost loans to health care providers across the state for capital projects that will broaden access to primary care services. The public-private partnership is designed to improve access to capital for clinics and other organizations that have limited resources. More information on the Fund can be found here.

Veronique Hakim will serve as the interim Executive Director of the MTA while a search committee conducts a replacement for MTA Chairman and CEO Tom Prendergast. Mr. Prendergast retired as Chairman and CEO of the MTA on January 31. Mrs. Hakim has worked for the MTA for over 24 years.

Governor Cuomo announced that he is proposing a constitutional amendment that would codify Roe V. Wade into the state constitution. The amendment would ensure that a woman’s right to choose remains protected in New York in the event Roe V. Wade is overturned or altered by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Governor also announced that he is advancing new legislation that would include airport workers in the category of transit employees. The legislation would ensure that airport workers have the same protections that currently apply to other transit workers throughout New York State. The legislation comes after a reported attack on a Muslim employee at JFK International Airport last week. The legislation would consider an assault against an airport worker to be a class D felony which is punishable by a maximum of seven years in prison. 

Legislative Update

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced the second passage of legislation that would amend the New York State Constitution, allowing the state to reduce or revoke the pension of a public officer that has been convicted of a felony related to his or her official duties. In 2011, the Public Integrity Reform Act subjected any public official who joined the retirement system on or after November 13, 2011 to pension forfeiture if convicted of certain felonies related to their public office. The legislation passed this week, would apply that same pension forfeiture to those officials who joined the retirement system before November 13, 2011. The legislation must pass both houses of the Legislature in two consecutive legislative sessions. With the passage in both houses last year, the measure will appear on the ballot in November for voter approval in order to amend the state constitution. 

Additionally, the Senate and Assembly passed a joint resolution stating any member of the Legislature earning more than $5,000 in income through outside employment must submit a written request for an advisory opinion to the Legislative Ethics Commission to ensure the employment is consistent with the New York State Public Officers Law.

Republican Assemblymember Joseph Saladino resigned from the Assembly this week and was sworn in as Oyster Bay Town supervisor. His Long Island seat will remain vacant until Governor Cuomo calls for a special election to fill the seat.  

Additional Information

The legislature is scheduled to be in session next week on Monday, February 6th and Tuesday, February 7th.

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Albany Update - January 27, 2017

 

Welcome to the Albany Update.
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Governor's Corner

Governor Cuomo announced a number of regulatory actions that will ensure women have continued access to reproductive health services in New York. Through regulatory actions, the State will ensure the following:

More information on the regulatory actions can be found here and here.

Governor Cuomo announced a series of economic development initiatives this week. Announcements include the following:

Legislative Update

Queens Democratic Senator Jose Peralta announced that he will be leaving the mainline Democratic conference and will join the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference (IDC). The move brings the total number of IDC members in the chamber to eight.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Ways and Means Chair Herman Farrell announced a progressive tax proposal this week. The proposal includes new tax brackets for millionaires and multi-millionaires in the state. The proposed tax rates would generate an estimated $5.6 billion in additional revenue and affect roughly 66,134 taxpayers. The additional revenue would be used to address income inequality and ensure the continued funding for critical services throughout the state.

Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair of the Senate Health Committee, released a 2015-16 Health Committee Report this week. The report provides details on health legislation and budget actions from the 2015-16 sessions. The report is available here.

Both the Senate and the Assembly released analysis and summaries of Governor Cuomo’s 2017-18 Executive Budget. The Assembly’s Yellow Bookand the Senate’s White Book will be used during budget negotiations in the coming weeks. 

Additional Information

The legislature is scheduled to be in session next week on Monday, January 30th and Tuesday, January 31st.

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