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2017 Benefit Sweetener Scorecard

June 22, 2017

With more than 130 benefit sweeteners introduced, both houses of the State Legislature passed 26 bills that will cost state and local governments at least $34 million. However, the fiscal impacts will likely be greater since 7 bills did not include a fiscal note estimating the financial impact on state and local governments.  The adopted bills will enhance disability and death benefits, increase pensions benefits, or expand paid leave benefits, without providing enhanced services to taxpayers or off-setting savings.  Once sent to the Governor in the coming months, these bills should be vetoed. 

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Benefit Scorecard 2017

Passed Bills

Impacted Benefits Bill Number and Sponsors Last Actions Description Past Service + First Year Costs
($ in millions)
Fiscal Note
Death or Disability Benefits A7134 (Abbate) S5130 (Golden) Passed Assembly on 06/15 (A) Passed Senate on 06/13 (S) Provides additional disability benefits for sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, under sheriffs, and correction officers in Nassau County. $1.35 There will be an increase in the annual contribution of Nassau County of $200,000, and an immediate past service cost of $1.15 million borne as a one time payment.  
Death or Disability Benefits A7127 (Abbate) S5705 (Parker) Passed Assembly on 06/15 (A) Passed Senate on 06/14 (S) Provides performance of duty retirement for various fire marshal titles within Nassau County who are injured in the line of duty. 0.236 Increase in the annual contributions of Nassau County of $35,000, immediate past service cost which can be a one time payment of $201,000  
Death or Disability Benefits A7511A (Pretlow) S3991 (Murphy) Passed Assembly on 06/15 (A) Passed Senate on 06/15 (S) Grants county assistant wardens eligibility for performance of duty disability benefits. TBD The cost will vary as billing rates of certain plans vary.  There would be a one time past service cost of 12.6% of the affected wardens' annual billing salaries.  
Death or Disability Benefits A1644 (Skoufis) S407 (Robach) Passed Assembly on 06/15 (A) Passed Senate on 06/20 (S) Makes provisions for payment to certain parole officers employed by department of corrections and community supervision for salary and medical expenses while subject to job-related injury or sickness. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Death or Disability Benefits A473 (Paulin) S2516 (Gallivan) Passed Assembly on 06/19 (A) Passed Senate on 06/07 (S) Increase disability coverage to equal full salary for county probation officers. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Death or Disability Benefits A711B (Gunther) S1411 (Griffo) Passed Assembly on 06/20 (A) Passed Senate on 01/24 (S) Creates presumption that certain types of cancer are attributable to volunteer firefighter activity, depending on length of service (5 years for lymphatic or hematological cancers, 10 years for melanoma and cancers effecting digestive, urinary, prostate, neurological, breast or reproductive systems); provides local opt-out, expires June 30, 2021. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Death or Disability Benefits A6403 (Abbate) S4622 (Golden) Passed Assembly on 06/20 (A) Passed Senate on 05/09 (S) Extends the filing deadline from 2 to 5 years for firefighters to file application for disability benefits due to certain cancers. TBD Cost would depend on age, service, salary, and plan of the affected firefighters.  For the one person known to be affected, there will be a one-time cost of approximately $256,000.  
Death or Disability Benefits A3503 (Abbate) S3671 (Golden) Passed Assembly on 06/20 (A) Passed Senate on 06/05 (S) Allows uniformed court employees who are injured as a result of a physical assault to receive accidental disability retirement benefits. TBD The benefit for an accidental disability would be 75% of the final average salary less worker's compensation.  It is estimated that the average cost per person will be 3 times salary.  Very few members would be affected.
Death or Disability Benefits A7135 (Abbate) S5704 (Phillips) Passed Assembly on 06/20 (A) Passed Senate on 06/13 (S) Increases disability benefit for various ambulance medical technician titles within Nassau County. 2.05 Annual contributions of Nassau County would increase $300,000, and there is an immediate past service cost of $1.75 million.
Death or Disability Benefits A8326 (Abbate) S6529 (Murphy) Passed Assembly on 06/20 (A) Passed Senate on 06/15 (S) Increases disability benefits for airport firefighters and training and safety officers in the NYS Division of Military and Naval Affairs with heart, lung, or certain cancer-related disabilities from approximately 1/3 of final average salary (FAS) to 75% of FAS less workers compensation. 0.226 First year costs include $202,000 in past service costs and $24,000 in annual costs.  
Death or Disability Benefits A7185A (DenDekker) S5484A (Golden) Passed Assembly on 06/20 (A) Passed Senate on 06/19 (S) Clarifies  eligible beneficiaries of New York City sanitation workers pension benefits, and provides a special accidental death benefit to spouses who remarry after the eligible member's death. 15.7 Increase in annual contributions of $6.8 million per year beginning in City Fiscal Year 2018, immediate past service cost of $8.9 million  
Death or Disability Benefits A7603 (Abbate) S5706 (Golden) Passed Assembly on 06/20 (A) Passed Senate on 06/20 (S) Adds EMTs and advanced EMTs to list of New York City employees for which a killed in service payment is authorized.  TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Death or Disability Benefits A8115A (Abbate) S6550 (Golden) Passed Assembly on 06/21 (A) Passed Senate on 06/14 (S) Allows Tier 3 members of Police and Fire Retirement System to file for accidental disability benefit regardless of whether he or she is eligible for a  normal service retirement benefit. The bill would also allow retirees who are receiving an accidental disability pension to continue to do so despite being disapproved from receiving a federal social security disability pension. Minimal Applies only to approximately 100 individuals.  
Death or Disability Benefits A5133A (Jenne) S4077 (Ritchie) Passed Assembly on 06/21 (A) Passed Senate on 06/19 (S) Enhances in-service death benefit for State correction officers who are retirement eligible and die while in service. The death benefit for Tiers 2 through 6 will be the same as if those individuals had retired on the day of their death.  The beneficiaries can decide whether they want to receive this in-service death benefit as a lump sum payment.  Expires five years after enactment.  13.7 One-time past service cost of $13.7 million.   
Health Insurance A5210 (Abinanti) S4324 (Tedisco) Passed Assembly on 06/08 (A) Passed Senate on 06/07 (S) Provides notice to retirees affected by proposed changes in a health insurance plan before the changes are adopted. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Pension Benefits A6604 (Abbate) S5135A (Savino) Passed Assembly on 05/24 (A) Passed Senate on 06/08 (S) Eliminate restrictions on transferring for members of the New York state teachers' retirement system. 0 Annual cost is negligible.  
Pension Benefits A7642 (Abbate) S6594 (Lanza) Passed Assembly on 06/15 (A) Passed Senate on 06/21 (S) Authorizes a reduced retirement age for certain Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority employees, subject to a formula. 0.3 Increases employer contribution by $300,000 per year.  
Pension Benefits A6277 (Abbate) S1850 (Ortt) Passed Assembly on 06/19 (A) Passed Senate on 02/14 (S) Provides county correction officers with a special optional twenty year retirement plan. TBD For FY 2018 the additional annual cost will be 4.8% of the affected officers' salaries for those currently covered by a 25 year plan, and 7.2% of the affected correction officer's salaries currently covered by an age 55 plan.  
Pension Benefits A3332 (Abbate) S3670 (Golden) Passed Assembly on 06/19 (A) Passed Senate on 05/22 (S) Allows uniformed court officers and peace officers of the unified court system to retire early without a diminution in benefits after attaining age 55 and 30 years of service. 0.534 The anticipated increase in the annual contribution is about $140,000.  Additionally the immediate past service cost is $394,000  
Pension Benefits A7818 (Cahill) S5948 (Akshar) Passed Assembly on 06/20 (A) Passed Senate on 06/15 (S) Allows state police pension credit for up to 5 years of service as a SUNY police officer. 0 Retirees would receive an additional sixtieth of their final average salary for each additional year of service.  
Pension Benefits A7193C (Perry) S5634 (Savino) Passed Assembly on 06/21 (A) Passed Senate on 06/21 (S) Automatically enrolls all pension eligible employees into the State Retirement systems, absent an affirmative opt-out by the employee. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Pension Benefits A8320 (Walker) S6591 (Dilan) Passed Assembly on 6/20 (A) Passed Senate on 6/15 (S) Would allow NYC Transit  employees enrolled in the 25/55 early retirement plan to purchase furlough time for service credit. 0.16 Annual costs of $160,000 per year for the New York City Transit Authority  
Miscellaneous A6988 (Abbate) S3377 (Griffo) Passed Assembly on 06/19 (A) Passed Senate on 06/15 (S) Requires NYS power authority and its employees to submit all unresolvable contract negotiations to binding arbitration. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A2830B (Dinowitz) S5925 (Hannon) Passed Assembly on 06/20 (A) Passed Senate on 06/15 (S) Expands excused leave to all types of cancer screenings. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Miscellaneous A8389 (Ra) S6654 (Hannon) Passed Assembly on 6/21 (A) Passed Senate on 6/20 (S) Repeals requirement that members of the village of Garden City police department separate from service upon attaining the age of 60 0 No fiscal impact.  
Miscellaneous A6873 (Thiele) S899 (Croci) Passed Assembly on 6/20 (A) Passed Senate on 6/20 (S) Would allow localities to increase benefits under the volunteer ambulance service awards. TBD No fiscal impact.  

 

Pending Bills

Impacted Benefits Bill Number and Sponsors Last Actions Description Past Service + First Year Costs Fiscal Note
Death or Disability Benefits A473 (Paulin) S2516 (Gallivan) Reported Referred To Rules on 06/15 (A) Passed Senate on 06/07 (S) Increase disability coverage to equal full salary for county probation officers. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Death or Disability Benefits A993 (Simon) S3726 (Montgomery) Referred To Governmental Employees on 01/10 (A) Referred To Civil Service And Pensions on 01/26 (S) Allows workers to use accrued sick time, compensation time, or vacation time if an injury is not yet covered under worker's compensation. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Death or Disability Benefits A1644 (Skoufis) S407 (Robach) Passed Assembly on 06/15 (A) Referred To Finance on 01/04 (S) Makes provisions for payment to certain parole officers employed by department of corrections and community supervision for salary and medical expenses while subject to job-related injury or sickness. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Death or Disability Benefits A4331 (Abbate) S5699 (Croci) Referred To Governmental Employees on 02/02 (A) Referred To Civil Service And Pensions on 04/26 (S) Allows disability benefits for certain correction employees in Suffolk County $1.48 The benefit would be 75% the final average salary less workers compensation. Increase in the annual contributions of the county by $220,000. Past service cost of $1.26 million.  
Death or Disability Benefits A6381 (Graf) Referred To Governmental Employees on 03/06 Increases disability payable to any sheriff, deputy sheriff, undersheriff or correction officer injured on the job. Removes requirement that injury is the result of an act of an inmate. TBD Increase in annual contributions depend on retirement plan coverage of affected members. Immediate one-time past service cost not yet determined.  
Death or Disability Benefits A6413 (Abbate) S4634 (Funke) Reported Referred To Ways And Means on 03/22 (A) Passed Senate on 05/02 (S) Includes SUNY police officers for purposes of presumption of work-related disease regarding impairment caused by heart disease. $0 Bill may lead to more disabilities being classified as "performance of duty," but anticipates that few performance of duty disability retirements will be granted rendering costs negligible.  
Death or Disability Benefits A6501 (Abbate) S4564 (Golden) Reported Referred To Ways And Means on 06/06 (A) Advanced To Third Reading on 05/15 (S) Provides that all cancers experienced by a firefighter were incurred in the performance of duty. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Death or Disability Benefits A6991 (Abbate) S6274 (Lanza) Passed Assembly on 06/15 (A) Referred To Corporations, Authorities And Commissions on 05/11 (S) Provides paid time off, medical bills, and light-duty determination for Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police officers who become ill or injured in the performance of their duties. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Death or Disability Benefits A7511A (Pretlow) S3991 (Murphy) Passed Assembly on 06/15 (A) Passed Senate on 06/15 (S) Grants county assistant wardens eligibility for performance of duty disability benefits. TBD The cost will vary as billing rates of certain plans vary. There would be a one time past service cost of 12.6% of the affected wardens' annual billing salaries.  
Death or Disability Benefits A7600A (Abbate) S5594A (Golden) Print Number 7600A on 06/05 (A) Print Number 5594A on 05/30 (S) Allows members of the division of law enforcement in the department of environmental conservation, forest rangers, university police officers, and regional state park police, who are injured in the performance of their duty and can no longer perform their duty due to such injury to receive three quarters accidental disability retirement. $3.17 Increased annual contributions of $640,000 and an immediate past service cost of $2.53 million.  
Death or Disability Benefits A8164 () S3770 (Akshar) Referred To Governmental Employees on 06/01 (A) Passed Senate on 06/14 (S) Creates a presumption for police officers and fire-fighters that staph/MRSA infections are work-related. $0 May lead to more disabilities being classified as accidental, however few retirements are anticipated to be granted and the costs are expected to be negligible.  
Death or Disability Benefits S5410 (Flanagan) Referred To Civil Service And Pensions on 03/24 Expands eligibility for enhanced disability benefits for certain members of the New York City police department. $13.5 Cost to NYC $13.5 million for FY 2018  
Death or Disability Benefits A1451 (Cahill) S1195 (Avella) Referred To Local Governments on 01/12 (A) Passed Senate on 01/24 (S) Requires that volunteer firefighter and ambulance worker death benefits be paid within 90 days. None No fiscal note provided.  
Death or Disability Benefits A3653 (Graf) Referred To Local Governments on 01/30 Provides that all cancers and related disabilities of volunteer firefighters are caused by their activities as a volunteer firefighter, currently only diseases of the lungs are covered. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Death or Disability Benefits A4093 (Hooper) Referred To Local Governments on 02/01 Adds Bay Constables in the Town of Hempstead to the list of individuals entitled to their full salary if they become disabled as a result of their duties. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Death or Disability Benefits A6367 (Magnarelli) S3904 (Griffo) Passed Assembly on 05/24 (A) Reported And Committed To Rules on 06/06 (S) Increases volunteer firefighter and ambulance worker total disability benefits from $600 to $650 per week. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Death or Disability Benefits A7120 (Jenne) Referred To Local Governments on 04/10 Makes permanent the presumption that lung disabilities incurred by volunteer firefighters are caused by firefighting activities; originally adopted in 2006, set to expire in 2020. None No fiscal note provided.  
Death or Disability Benefits A7837 (Abbate) Referred To Governmental Employees on 05/16 Requires state to pay for the salary, wages, medical, and hospital expenses of injured Revocation Specialists, Revenue Crime Specialists, and Investigators. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Death or Disability Benefits S6135 (Golden) Referred To Civil Service And Pensions on 05/11 Waives requirement for 10 years of service for uniformed NYC Correction employees to apply for disability retirement. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Death or Disability Benefits S6261 (Amedore) Referred To Civil Service And Pensions on 05/11 Provides accidental disability retirement benefit for fire protection specialists injured in the course of performing their duties. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Death or Disability Benefits S6378 (Krueger) Referred To Civil Service And Pensions on 05/11 Establishes optional plan for all NYC uniformed employees in Tiers 3 and 6 that calculates disability benefits using final average salary of sixth-year salary; eliminates Social Security Disability Allowance (SSDA) Offset, and restores prior COLA. Employees qualifying for SSDA receive enhanced 75% Final Average Salary benefit. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Health Insurance A804 (Pretlow) Referred To Governmental Employees on 01/09 Permits school board members who have served ten years to elect to receive state health insurance. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Health Insurance A1444 (Crouch) Referred To Governmental Employees on 01/12 Prohibits the diminution of health insurance benefits of public employee retirees, retroactive to May 1, 2008. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Health Insurance A2000 (Abbate) S1612 (Golden) Reported Referred To Ways And Means on 06/06 (A) Passed Senate on 06/12 (S) Provides that State retirees be reimbursed by the State for both Medicare premiums and any other Medicare charges. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Health Insurance A2823 (Abbate) S1862 (Golden) Referred To Governmental Employees on 01/23 (A) Reported And Committed To Finance on 02/28 (S) Establishes State health insurance contribution rates and eliminates authority of President of Civil Service Commission to establish rates for retirees; sets retiree contribution rates at those in effect on last day of employment for employees retiring on or after January 1, 2012 for state workers only. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Health Insurance A5455 (Weprin) Referred To Governmental Employees on 02/09 Prohibits state and local employers from diminishing health insurance benefits and employer contributions made toward such benefits for retirees below the level of benefits that are in place 30 days after this act shall become law. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Health Insurance A7250 (Englebright) Referred To Governmental Employees on 04/12 Prohibits any public or private employers from diminishing benefits of retirees. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Health Insurance S2688 (Breslin) Referred To Civil Service And Pensions on 01/17 Prohibits the diminution of health insurance benefits of public employee retirees unless similar changes are made for active employees. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Health Insurance S4637 (Sanders) Referred To Civil Service And Pensions on 02/23 Prohibits the diminution of health insurance benefits to certain retired firefighters, police officers, and their dependents. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Health Insurance S598 (Boyle) Referred To Civil Service And Pensions on 01/04 Creates a two-person health insurance enrollment option for New York State employees, currently only options are individual and family. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Pension Benefits A4292 (Thiele) S4050 (Lavalle) Referred To Codes on 02/02 (A) Referred To Local Government on 02/02 (S) Increases the $30,000 cap on public employment salaries to an amount calculated as the individual's final average salary less their pension for retired police officers working as school security guards. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Pension Benefits A7762 (Abbate) S6140A (Golden) Reported Referred To Ways And Means on 06/06 (A) Reported And Committed To Rules on 06/06 (S) Grants members of the NYPD with 15 years of service as a 3rd grade detective the same pension benefits as a 3rd grade detective detailed to act as a 2nd grade detective; grants 10-year 2nd grade detectives the same pension benefits as a 2nd grade detective detailed to act as a 1st grade detective. $0.8 Annual increase in costs of $800,000.  
Pension Benefits S6059 (Golden) Referred To Cities on 05/10 Permits members in Tier 4 or Tier 6 of 25-Year and Age 55 Retirement Program for New York City Transit Authority Members (Transit 25/55 Plan) to purchase certain furlough time for Allowable Service credit. $0.16 Increase in annual contributions of approximately $160,000.  
Pension Benefits A7735 () S6098A (Golden) Referred To Governmental Employees on 05/11 (A) Print Number 6098A on 05/17 (S) Grants members of the NYPD with 15 years of service as lieutenant the same pension benefits as a lieutenant commander detective squad or lieutenant special assignment. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Pension Benefits S6100 (Golden) Referred To Civil Service And Pensions on 05/11 Exempts uniformed NYC Corrections disability retirees from the cap on private sector wages once they reach minimum retirement age. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Pension Benefits A8365 (Abate) S6102A (Golden) Referred To Governmental Employees on 06/12 (A) Print Number 6102A on 06/05 (S) Creates 25-year early retirement option for fire inspectors and associate fire inspectors in the City of New York. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Pension Benefits S6133 (Golden) Referred To Civil Service And Pensions on 05/11 Allows NYC Correctional Officers enrolled in the 25-year retirement plan to earn pensions in excess of 50 percent of final average salary if they serve more than 25 years. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Pension Benefits A7762 (Walker) S6140A (Golden) Reported Referred To Ways And Means on 06/06 (A) Reported And Committed To Rules on 06/06 (S) Allows transfer of service credit for prior work under NYCERS for New York City Transit Authority employees participating in 25-year, age 55 retirement program. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Pension Benefits S6234 (Akshar) Referred To Civil Service And Pensions on 05/11 Allows Department of Environmental Conservation officers and forest rangers, regional state park police officers, and university police officers to be eligible for a special 20-year retirement plan, which provides a benefit of one-half of final average salary, and an additional benefit of one-sixtieth of final average salary for each year of creditable service in excess of 20 years. $36.5 Annual increase in costs of $2.7 million; past-service cost of $33.8 million  
Pension Benefits S6267 (Robach) Referred To Civil Service And Pensions on 05/11 Authorizes Monroe County to offer 25-year retirement plan for sheriff, undersheriffs, deputy sheriffs, deputy sheriff-civil, and correction officers. $0.086 Past service credit of $75,300 and annual cost of $11,000.  
Pension Benefits A8021 () S6381A (Alcantara) Referred To Governmental Employees on 05/25 (A) Print Number 6381A on 06/07 (S) Modifies member contribution rate for Tier 6 Transit Authority members who participate in the Transit 25-Year/Age 55 Retirement Plan from the current graded schedule of 3% to 6% based on members' wages to a flat 2% of wages. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Pension Benefits A2068 (Montesano) Referred To Governmental Employees on 01/17 Alters the method of repayment of outstanding loans against an individuals retirement benefits following retirement. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Pension Benefits A2454 (Miller MG) Referred To Governmental Employees on 01/20 Awards pension credit to members of public retirement system called up for active duty military service since September 11, 2001, if they were in public employment during the time of service. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Pension Benefits A2979 (Brindisi) S2926 (Golden) Reported Referred To Ways And Means on 05/23 (A) Reported And Committed To Finance on 02/06 (S) Increases the survivors benefit of a retired state employee by $500 $1.9 $1.9 million annual costs. For employees retired before April 1, 1970 benefit increases from $2,000 to $2,500, and for employees retired after from $3,000 to $3,500.  
Pension Benefits A2983 (Abbate) S2910 (Golden) Referred To Governmental Employees on 01/23 (A) Advanced To Third Reading on 03/22 (S) Allows retired police and fire officers to work at community colleges as faculty of a criminal justice program without loss, suspension, or diminution of retirement allowance. Minimal Minimal  
Pension Benefits A3327 (McDonald) S3576 (Tedisco) Referred To Governmental Employees on 01/27 (A) Passed Senate on 06/06 (S) Increases the amount of money a retiree may earn in a position of public service from $30,000 to $35,000 without a diminution of retirement benefits. Minimal The increase over the current limit is less than the increase of the consumer price index over the time that the current limit has been in place. Due to this, retirement patterns would be unaffected rendering the annual cost negligible.
Pension Benefits A3380 (Lalor) Referred To Governmental Employees on 01/27 Increases the amount of money a retired police officer may earn as a school safety officer without a reduction in their pension to $32,500 TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Pension Benefits A3459 (Ra) Referred To Governmental Employees on 01/27 Removes the income earning limitations for retired New York police and fire pensioners employed full-time as teaching faculty in specific fields. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Pension Benefits A3466 (Lalor) Referred To Governmental Employees on 01/27 Removes the income earning limitations for police officers employed as school safety officers. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Pension Benefits A3965A (Abbate) S3552A (Golden) Print Number 3965A on 06/13 (A) Amended On Third Reading 3552A on 06/13 (S) Removes the two year restriction on retirees seeking to be hired as a firefighter, police officer, or EMT TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Pension Benefits A6029 (Gunther) S4479 (Larkin) Referred To Governmental Employees on 02/21 (A) Passed Senate on 06/07 (S) Removes the earnings limitation for retired firefighters employed as fire science instructors by career and technical education centers. $0 Note expects few retirees to be affected with negligible additional annual costs.  
Pension Benefits A6319 (Montesano) Referred To Governmental Employees on 03/02 Increases the calculation of the final average salary of justices and judges within the NYS unified court system. $48.9 Increases the annual contribution by the state by $1.9 million for FY 2018. In the future costs will vary as the rates and salaries of affected members change. The past service cost will be $47 million.  
Pension Benefits A6321 (Weprin) Referred To Governmental Employees on 03/02 Provides equal retirement benefits for persons who have been appointed to the title of superintendent in the department of corrections and community supervision. $2.93 Immediate past service cost is $2.93 in addition to future costs that depend on the affected members, whose salaries total $2.8 million for FY 2016.  
Pension Benefits A6548 (Thiele) S5134 (Lavalle) Referred To Governmental Employees on 03/09 (A) Referred To Civil Service And Pensions on 03/09 (S) Allows additional libraries to participate in the State retirement system. TBD Depends on age, service, salary, tier status and plan of affected employees.  
Pension Benefits A6603 (Brindisi) S5329 (Tedisco) Reported Referred To Ways And Means on 05/23 (A) Advanced To Third Reading on 04/26 (S) Extends the minimum retirement allowance and increases that allowance to some long retired teachers. $0.606 Annual cost is $606,000.  
Pension Benefits A6785 (Kolb) Referred To Governmental Employees on 03/17 Allows SUNY campus public safety officers to transfer to the NYS Local police and fire retirement system to participate in a special plan with a 25 year half pay retirement benefit. $1.065 Annual contributions increase $210,000 and immediate past service cost of $855,000.  
Pension Benefits A7223 (Zebrowski) S5453 (Ortt) Referred To Governmental Employees on 04/12 (A) Referred To Civil Service And Pensions on 03/29 (S) Empowers the comptroller to provide corrective remedy for any member of the retirement system, or any member who would otherwise be entitled to membership. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Pension Benefits A7248 (Englebright) Referred To Governmental Employees on 04/12 Revives cause of action for denial of retroactive membership by public retirement systems for members who would have qualified for such relief under section 803. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Pension Benefits A7354 (Ramos) S5640 (Croci) Referred To Governmental Employees on 04/24 (A) Referred To Civil Service And Pensions on 04/24 (S) Provides a temporary retirement incentive, by waiving the early retirement reduction for enrollees with 25 years of service who are 55 years old or older. $29 $29 million annual cost going forward as well  
Pension Benefits A7452 (Abbate) Referred To Governmental Employees on 04/26 Allows school district employees to obtain service credit for up to 10 years of service for the Federal government, provided such service was not provided credit in another retirement system. TBD Total amount cannot be determined, however, costs would increase $22,200 per year of service credited for tiers 1 through 5, and $17,300 per year for tier 6 enrollees.  
Pension Benefits A7598 (Abbate) S5618 (Ortt) Referred To Governmental Employees on 05/03 (A) Advanced To Third Reading on 06/05 (S) Credits teachers who served as graduate assistants or in similar positions ability to purchase and receive retirement credit. TBD It is not possible to estimate the amount of retirement credit that would be claimed under this bill.  
Pension Benefits A7599 (Abbate) S5731 (Parker) Referred To Governmental Employees on 05/03 (A) Reported And Committed To Finance on 05/23 (S) Removes limit on inclusion of overtime pay for purposes of calculating final average salary for tier 6 New York City Transit Authority employees enrolled in an early retirement plan $2.3 Increase each year by approximately $750,000  
Pension Benefits A7706 (Abbate) S4277 (Gallivan) Reported Referred To Ways And Means on 05/23 (A) Referred To Civil Service And Pensions on 02/08 (S) Allows certain supervisory titles in the department of corrections and community supervision to opt into the early retirement plan. $54.5 Immediate past service cost of $54.5 million borne as a one time payment, with future costs dependent on age, service, salary, and tier of affected members. Currently there are 613 members with a total annual salary of $67 million
Pension Benefits A7872 (Titone) S5725 (Lanza) Referred To Governmental Employees on 05/18 (A) Advanced To Third Reading on 06/05 (S) Increases the amount a retiree may earn in public service without diminution of their pension from $30,000 to $50,000 TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Pension Benefits A6045A (Steck) S3306A (Ritchie) Print Number 6045A on 05/16 (A) Print Number 3306A on 05/10 (S) Provides a cost-of-living adjustment for members of retirement systems. $7.25 First year cost of $7.25 million to state, and $30.4 million to participating employers in PFRS. Increases present value of benefits by $2.2 billion.  
Pension Benefits S2945 (Boyle) Referred To Civil Service And Pensions on 01/18 Requires that waivers from $30,000 maximum public sector salaries for public retirees be granted for the period of time requested by the prospective employer. $0 No additional costs.  
Pension Benefits A8327 (Gunther) S2946 (Boyle) Referred To Governmental Employees on 06/08 (A) Passed Senate on 06/15 (S) Removes the earnings limitation for retired police officers while employed as school resource officers, school safety officers, or other substantially similar positions. $0 Expects few retirees to be affected with negligible additional annual costs.  
Pension Benefits S5128 (Ortt) Referred To Transportation on 03/09 Allows active members of the Teachers Retirement System with a date of membership prior to July 1, 1992 who served as a graduate assistant, teacher assistant, or teaching assistant during the period of July 1, 1982 and September 30, 1991 for a state operated institution or community college to purchase and receive retirement credit. $0 Total amount cannot be determined, however, costs would increase $22,200 per year of service credited for tiers 1 through 5, and $17,300 per year for tier 6 enrollees.  
Pension Benefits S663 (Boyle) Referred To Civil Service And Pensions on 01/04 Authorizes the commissioner of the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to waive the $30,000 limit on post-retirement wages. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Pension Benefits S1457 (Avella) Referred To Civil Service And Pensions on 01/09 Alters Tier V and Tier VI pension provisions in relation to including all mandatory overtime pay in a members final average salary calculation. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Pension Benefits A8017 () S4540 (Young) Referred To Governmental Employees on 05/25 (A) Passed Senate on 05/22 (S) Authorizes participating employers in the New York State and local police and fire retirement system offering 20 year retirement plans to offer such plans on a non-contributory basis. TBD No past service cost. Additional annual costs are borne by the employers who elect to provide this benefit.  
Pension Benefits S5446A (Griffo) Print Number 5446A on 06/15 Allows school district employees to obtain service credit for up to 5 years of service rendered as a teacher in a private elementary or secondary school or a private college in New York state. TBD States that cost cannot yet be determined.  
Pension Benefits A7900 (Abbate) S3651A (Felder) Referred To Governmental Employees on 05/18 (A) Amended On Third Reading 3651A on 05/23 (S) Provides that if an NYPD officer achieves 25 years of service, his or her pension should be calculated as if they were a detective of the third grade who served in that position for 2 years at the highest rate of pay. If the officer has more than 30 years of service, he or sh shall be treated as a sergeant. $16.8 Costs grow to $19 million in 2022.  
Pension Benefits A8021 (Abbate) S6381A (Savino) Referred To Governmental Employees on 05/25 (A) Print Number 6381A on 06/07 (S) Modifies member contribution rate on a prospective basis for Tier 6 Transit Authority members who participate in the Transit 25-Year/Age 55 Retirement Plan from current graded schedule of 3% to 6% based on the member's wages to a flat 2% of wages. $28.1 Costs would increase by $28.1 million per year.  
Pension Benefits A8402 (Abbate) S6435A (Flanagan) Referred To Governmental Employees on 06/13 (A) Print Number 6435A on 06/01 (S) Allows any SUNY registered nurse in the Professional, Scientific, and Technical bargaining unit, who first became employed by SUNY Stony Brook Hospital between January 1, 1996 and December 31, 1999, and who enrolled in the Optional Retirement Program, to terminate membership in the Optional Retirement Program and to be deemed a member of the NY State and Local Employees' Retirement System (NYSLERS). Affected members would have to pay the entire past service cost. TBD Cost of 16% of salary for each person who joins NYSLRS; substantive retroactive costs.  
Pension Benefits S6505 (Larkin) Referred To Civil Service And Pensions on 05/26 Gives veterans who retired prior to May 21, 2016 a supplemental pension equal to the first $15,000 of single life allowance together with any cost of living adjustment, multiplied by 3% per year for up to three (3) years of such service credit for military service. TBD Cost per recipient is expected to be $12,400; however, number of recipients is unknown.  
Miscellaneous A8109 (Abbate) S6571 () Referred To Governmental Employees on 05/30 (A) Referred To Rules on 06/05 (S) Allows NYS Retirement System and NY State and Local Retirement System member who files for service retirement after being eligible to retire for 5 or more years to be eligible to receive a partial lump sum of up to 35% of his or her reserve in exchange for a reduction in annual retirement allowance of up to 35% thereafter. None Lump sum payments would be actuarially determined to have no net cost.  
Miscellaneous A291 (Paulin) S3825 (Robach) Referred To Local Governments on 01/05 (A) Referred To Local Government on 01/27 (S) Increases salary of a police chief by the same amount received by the highest ranking subordinate subject to a collective bargaining agreement; only applies in departments with less than 575 sworn officers. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Miscellaneous A693 (Magnarelli) Referred To Local Governments on 01/09 Extends volunteer firefighters exercise benefits to informal, but approved, activities. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Miscellaneous A820 (Crouch) Referred To Governmental Employees on 01/09 Extends paid leave to civil air patrol volunteers at a rate equal to their full salary. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Miscellaneous A907 (Perry) Referred To Governmental Employees on 01/09 Requires courts granting injunctive relief to employers during a strike to also order temporary cost of living salary increases. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Miscellaneous A1273 (Crouch) Referred To Governmental Employees on 01/11 Waives age requirement for permanent appointments for police officers serving less than three thousand people, if there are no other eligible candidates. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Miscellaneous A1870 (Crouch) Referred To Governmental Employees on 01/13 Provides that candidates who have provided volunteer firefighting service may deduct up to six years from their age for the purposes of meeting police officer civil service age requirements. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Miscellaneous A1932 (Peoples-Stokes) Referred To Governmental Employees on 01/17 Allows regional transit officers who were laid off to transfer to municipal police departments. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Miscellaneous A2024 (Fahy) S5574 (Golden) Referred To Governmental Employees on 01/17 (A) Referred To Children And Families on 04/17 (S) Requires the provision of 5 days of paid leave and counseling to child protective services employees investigating child abuse or maltreatment when the child dies from such abuse or maltreatment. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Miscellaneous A2462 (Dinowitz) Reported Referred To Ways And Means on 03/22 Permits excused absences of state employees for the purposes of donating blood. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Miscellaneous A2668 (DenDekker) S1899 (Comrie) Referred To Governmental Employees on 01/20 (A) Referred To Labor on 01/11 (S) Prohibits mandatory overtime for individuals who have reached the cap on overtime included in the calculation of their final average salary. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Miscellaneous A2717 (Miller MG) Referred To Governmental Employees on 01/23 Extends salary supplementation for mobilized military New York City employees to the Health and Hospitals Corporation TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Miscellaneous A4147 (Rosenthal) S5669 (Carlucci) Reported Referred To Ways And Means on 03/22 (A) Referred To Civil Service And Pensions on 04/24 (S) Grants excused leave to public officers and employees to undertake screening for cervical cancer. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Miscellaneous A4729 (Giglio) S526 (Young) Referred To Governmental Employees on 02/03 (A) Referred To Civil Service And Pensions on 01/04 (S) Eliminates the maximum age for taking the civil service examination for appointment as a police officer or as an environmental conservation officer. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Miscellaneous A4986 (Weprin) S5483 (Golden) Referred To Governmental Employees on 02/06 (A) Advanced To Third Reading on 05/08 (S) Affords uniformed personnel of the NYC department of correction and NYC department of sanitation the option of taking a monetary payment in lieu of terminal leave. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Miscellaneous A5806 (Jones) S752 (Little) Referred To Governmental Employees on 02/15 (A) Passed Senate on 06/15 (S) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, authorizes the villages of Malone, Saranac Lake, and Tupper Lake, in the county of Franklin, to employ retired state troopers as part-time village police officers. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Miscellaneous A6233 (Abbate) S698 (Funke) Ordered To Third Reading Rules Cal.61 on 04/24 (A) Advanced To Third Reading on 06/05 (S) Requires various public transit authorities and their employees to submit all unresolvable contract negotiations to binding arbitration. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Miscellaneous A6784 (Buchwald) Referred To Local Governments on 03/17 Makes permanent the presumption that heart-related disabilities experienced by firefighters are caused by firefighting activities, unless proved otherwise; originally adopted in 1977, set to expire in 2020. None No fiscal note provided.  
Miscellaneous A7548 (Abbate) S5866 (Golden) Reported Referred To Ways And Means on 05/23 (A) Advanced To Third Reading on 06/05 (S) Removes requirement that paraprofessionals register for the New York City Teachers Retirement System. Instead, enrollment would be automatic. $14.7 Annual recurring costs would be $8 million, with $6.7 million additional cost in the first year to account for accelerated enrollment.  
Miscellaneous A7564 (Ra) S5591 (Hannon) Referred To Governmental Employees on 05/02 (A) Advanced To Third Reading on 06/05 (S) Repeals requirement that members of the Village of Garden City Police Department separate from service upon attaining the age of 60. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Miscellaneous A7602 (Abbate) S5593 (Golden) Reported Referred To Ways And Means on 06/06 (A) Passed Senate on 06/14 (S) Permits retiree members of NYS and Local Employees Retirement System to repay outstanding balance of a loan at any time. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Miscellaneous A7779 (Crouch) Referred To Governmental Employees on 05/15 Provides state employees 4 hours of additional leave for ovarian and cervical cancer screenings. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Miscellaneous S5205 (Gallivan) Advanced To Third Reading on 05/10 Lifts mandatory hiring and retirement ages for municipal police. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Miscellaneous S3684 (Addabbo) Referred To Civil Service And Pensions on 01/25 Provides excused leave for any cancer screening and doubles the number of paid-leave hours to 8. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Miscellaneous S4097 (Sanders) Reported And Committed To Finance on 02/28 Allows public employees to transfer sick time to each other. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Miscellaneous S4987 (Diaz) Referred To Civil Service And Pensions on 03/03 Increases compensation paid to persons employed in positions requiring foreign language skills. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Miscellaneous S4096 (Sanders) Referred To Cities on 02/03 Makes all New York City police officers, firefighters, housing police, transit police, correction officers, and all surviving spouses eligible for variable supplements fund, regardless of number of years of service. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Miscellaneous S6097A (Golden) Print Number 6097A on 05/24 Allows Correctional Officers to be paid for unused vacation time, accruing up to 1 week of vacation per year for such purposes, paid at the rate of pay applicable when leaving service. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Miscellaneous S6139 (Golden) Referred To Civil Service And Pensions on 05/11 Allows former NYC Correction officers to withdraw their pension contributions regardless of length of service as long as they are not retiring or vested. TBD No fiscal note provided.  
Miscellaneous S6394 (Hannon) Passed Senate on 06/05 Increases mandatory retirement age from 62 to 65 for members of the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement System. $0 Notes there would likely be no costs.