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2018 Benefit Sweetener Scorecard

May 18, 2018

UPDATED: 06/26/18

The 147 active bills identified on the Citizens Budget Commission’s 2018 Benefit Sweetener Scorecard this session could cost the State and local governments at least $497 million. The exact cost cannot be determined since two-thirds of the bills do not provide a cost estimate.

Most of the bills enhance pension benefits; other costly bills would increase disability benefits, enhance death benefits, grant additional paid leave, or expand eligibility or limit changes to health insurance benefits. Some bills apply to public and private employers, and others would reverse recent agreements between the State and organized labor that decreased pension and health insurance costs in exchange for avoiding layoffs. All of these bills should be rejected as they would increase taxpayers’ liabilities without improving services.

Highlighted below are some of the other egregious examples of costly bills moving through the legislative process.

A7250 (Englebright), first introduced in 2006, would prohibit public and private employers from decreasing retiree health or disability benefits. Regardless of the fiscal predicament of an employer, or changes to the overall social safety net that may offset the need for such benefits, the employer would be required to provide the same level of benefits that were provided when the individual retired. Although not completely clear, it appears this bill applies retroactively; if this is the case, it would cause State and other employers to restore benefits to retirees that have long been changed, at an untold cost.1

A6319 (Montesano) increases the calculation of final average salary of justices and judges in the New York State Unified Court System for the purpose of calculating pensions. Instead of calculating final average salary based on the average of the final three years of earnings as is typically done, a justice’s or a judge’s final year salary would count as the final average salary.  This would provide a significant benefit increase that would cost almost $50 million retroactively and an additional $2 million annually thereafter.  There is no reason to provide an additional benefit to individuals who are already among the highest paid public servants in the state.
 

A7599 (Abbate) S5731 (Parker) would provide a special benefit to Tier 6 New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) employees who are enrolled in the program allowing for early retirement at age 55 with 25 years of service. This bill would exempt them from the cap on overtime in calculation of their pensions. Per current law, all Tier 6 plan enrollees are subject to a cap on how much overtime can be included in the calculation of final average salary – Employees Retirement System members are subject to a $15,000 per year cap (adjusted for inflation) and Police and Fire Retirement System members are subject to a cap equal to 15 percent of salary. The cap on overtime inclusion was one of the major cost savings achieved by Tier 6. Exempting one group from the cap would likely cause other groups to demand similar treatment.  Allowing an exemption for this targeted group would increase costs for NYCTA by $4.7 million in the first year, rising by almost $1 million per year over the following four years.

A8021 (Abbate) S6381 (Alcantara) would also provide a benefit to Tier 6 NYCTA members enrolled in the 55-25 program by decreasing the employee contribution rate from a graded rate that goes as high as 6 percent to a flat 2 percent and increase NYCTA costs by $28.1 million annually.  Like A7599/S5731, this bill would increase employee compensation costs for NYCTA at a time when it faces tremendous financial pressure. If adopted, this special benefit to one subset of public employees is likely to result in other employee groups demanding the same.

The four bills described, along with the other 135 bills in our scorecard should be rejected. See the chart below for the most up-to-date benefit sweetener scorecard.

Impacted Benefit Bill and Sponsors Last Actions Description Past Service + First Year Costs (dollars in millions) Fiscal Notes
Death or Disability Benefits A10015 (Jenne) S7525 (Ritchie) Passed Assembly 6/20/18 (A), Passed Senate on 6/4/18 (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.  $13.2 One-time past service cost of $13.2 million. 
Death or Disability Benefits A1451 (Cahill) S1195 (Avella) Referred to Local Governments 1/3/18 (A), Committed to Rules on 6/20/18 (S) Requires that volunteer firefighter and ambulance worker death benefits be paid within 90 days.  None No fiscal note provided.
Death or Disability Benefits A4093 (Hooper) Passed Assembly on 6/20/18 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 A4331 (Abbate) S5699 (Croci) Referred to Governmental Employees on 1/3/18 (A), Referred to Civil Service and Pensions on 1/3/18 (S) Increases disability benefits for certain correction employees in Suffolk County who are injured by a civilian visitor. $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 A6367 (Magnarelli) S3904 (Griffo) Passed Assembly on 3/20/18 (A), Reported to Finance 5/1/18 (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 A6413-A (Abbate) S4634-A (Funke) Passed Assembly on 5/8/18 (A), Passed Senate on 4/23/18 (S) Includes SUNY police officers for purposes of presumption of work-related disease regarding impairment caused by heart disease. Minimal 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) Referred to Ways and Means on 1/3/18 (A), Passed Senate on 6/4/18 (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 A6784 (Buchwald) Referred to Local Governments on 1/3/18  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. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Death or Disability Benefits A6991 (Abbate) S6274 (Lanza) Passed Assembly on 3/21/18 (A),Passed Senate on 6/14/18 (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 A7120 (Jenne) Referred to Local Governments on 1/3/18  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. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Death or Disability Benefits A7600-C (Abbate) S5594-C (Golden) Passed Assembly on 6/12/18 (A), Passed Senate on 5/1/18 (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. $2.42 Increased annual contributions of $350,000 and an immediate past service cost of $2.17 million.
Death or Disability Benefits A7837 (Abbate) Referred to Ways and Means on 4/24/18 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 A8115A (Abbate) S6550 (Golden) Referred to Governmental Employees 1/3/18 (A), Referred to Civil Service and Pensions on 1/3/18 (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 A8164-b (Brindisi) S3770-b (Akshar) Passed Assembly on 6/14/18 (A), Passed Senate on 6/18/18 (S) Creates a presumption for police officers and fire-fighters that staph/MRSA infections are work-related. Minimal 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 A8650 (Mayer) S2305 (Murphy) Enacting Clause Stricken 4/30/18 (A), Referred to Labor of 1/3/18 (S) Would continue death benefits to a surviving spouse regardless of remarriage, impacting public and private employees. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Death or Disability Benefits A8769-a (Cusick) S9027 Amended on 6/13/18 (A), Referred to Rules on 6/14/18 (S) Extends performance of duty disability retirement to NYCTA employees. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Death or Disability Benefits A9010 (Abbate) S7140 (Golden) Passed Assembly on 6/14/18 (A), Passed Senate on 5/1/18 (S) Allows any sheriff,  undersheriff,  deputy  sheriff,  or correction  officer  employed  by  Nassau  County  to be eligible for a performance of duty benefit due to the act of a civilian at an institution under the jurisdiction of such county. Current law only applies to injuries caused by an inmate. $1.43 $210,000 annual cost and $1.22 million past service costs
Death or Disability Benefits A9667 (Paulin) S7554 (Gallivan) Passed Assembly on 5/31/18 (A), Passed Senate on 6/12/18 Extends optional disability coverage for probation officers to all counties, currently only applies in Nassau County. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Death or Disability Benefits A9909 (Abbate) S7705 (Golden) Passed Assembly on 6/12/18 (A), Passed Senate on 6/13/18 (S) Allow Tier 3, 4, 5 and 6 uniformed court officers and peace officers in the unified court system to be eligible for  an  accidental  disability. The benefit for an  accidental disability  would  be  75% of final average salary less worker's compensation. TBD Fiscal note does not provide a specific figure.
Death or Disability Benefits A993 (Simon) S3726 (Montgomery) Third reading on 5/17/18 (A), Referred to Civil Service and Pensions on 1/3/18 (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 S5410 (Flanagan) Referred to Civil Service and Pensions on 1/3/18  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 S6135-a (Golden) Amended on 6/14/18 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 1/3/18 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* A10415(Abbate) S8066 (Golden) Passed Assembly on 6/13/18 (A), Passed Senate on 6/6/18 (S) Allows employers to increase accidental disability benefits from 2/3 of final average salary to 3/4 of  final  average  salary minus worker's compensation. TBD Participating counties would have to make a retrospective payment of 1% of impacted salaries and annual contributions thereafter would increase by 0.3% of impacted salaries.
Death or Disability Benefits* A10485 (Montesano) Referred to Governmental Employees Requires that any sheriff, deputy sheriff, undersherrif or correction officer injured on the job will receive a 75% disability benefit. This  bill would remove the requirement that such disability be  the result of an act of an inmate. TBD Fiscal note does not provide a specific fiscal impact.
Death or Disability Benefits* A10695 (Abbate), S8293 (Phillips) Passed Assembly 6/20/18 (A), Passed Senate on 6/14/18 (S) This  bill would grant any Nassau County Tier 3, 4, 5 or 6 fire  marshal an enhanced  disability benefit for injuries sustained in the  performance  of  duty equal to 50% of final average salary. $0.233 There would be an annual increase of approximately $34,000 plus a one-time retroactive cost of $199,000
Death or Disability Benefits* A10721 (Abbate) S8284 (Phillips) Passed Assembly on 6/20/18 (A), Passed Senate on 6/14/18 (S) This  bill  would  grant  Nassau  County  Tier 3, 4, 5 and 6 ambulance medical technician supervisors, ambulance medical technician  coordinators,  and  ambulance  medical technicians an enhanced disability benefit  for injuries sustained in the performance of duty.  The  benefit  for  a  performance of duty disability would be 50% of final average salary. $2.04 An annual increase of $300,000 per year with a one-time retroactive cost of $1.74 million
Death or Disability Benefits* A10723 (Abbate) S8782 (Murphy) Referred to Governmental Employees on 5/15/18 (A), Referred to Civil Service and Pensions on 5/16/18 (S) This bill would increase disability pensions to airport firefighters and training and safety officers in the New York State division of military and naval affairs who sustain a disability in the performance of their duties equal to 50% of FAS, or 75% of FAS less worker's compensation when such disability is related to heart disease, lung disease, or certain forms of cancer, unless the contrary be proven by competent evidence. Currently, affected members are entitled to a disability benefit of approximately 1/3 of FAS.  $0.717 There would be an annual increase of approximately $85,000 plus a one-time retroactive cost of $632,000
Death or Disability Benefits* S8361 (Golden) Referred to Civil Service and Pensions on 5/3/18 Would grant a presumption of work-related disability to New York City alarm dispatchers with post-traumatic stress disorder. TBD The fiscal note does not provide a specific fiscal impact.
Death or Disability Benefits* S8622 (Golden) Referred to Civil Service and Pensions on 5/10/18 Provides that the families of retirement-eligible Suffolk County corrections officers who die before retiring, should receive a lump-sum pension reserve equal what they would have received had the corrections officer retired on the date of their death. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Health Insurance A1444 (Crouch) Held in Ways and Means for Consideration on 5/15/18 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) Referred to Ways and Means 1/3/18 (A), Referred to Finance 1/16/18 (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-a (Abbate) S1862-a (Golden) Amended on 5/30/18 (A), Amended on 6/14/18 (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-A (Weprin) S8220 (Lanza) Amended on 4/23/18 (A), Referred to Civil Service and Pensions on 4/19/18 (S) 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 1/3/18 Prohibits any public or private employers from diminishing benefits of retirees. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Health Insurance A804 (Pretlow) Referred to Government Employees on 1/3/18 Permits school board members who have served ten years to elect to receive state health insurance. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Health Insurance S2688 (Breslin) Referred to Civil Service and Pensions on 1/3/18 Prohibits the diminution of health insurance benefits of public employee retirees, between May 15, 2017 and May 15, 2018,  unless similar changes are made for active employees. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Health Insurance S4637 (Sanders) Referred to Civil Service and Pensions on 1/3/18  Prohibits public employers from diminishing health insurance benefits to retired police officers and fire fighters, and their dependents. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A1932 (Peoples-Stokes) Referred to Government Employees on 1/3/18 Allows regional transit officers who were laid off to transfer to municipal police departments. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A2668 (DenDekker) S1899 (Comrie) Referred to Governmental Employees on 1/3/18 (A), Referred to Labor on 1/3/18 (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 1/3/18 Extends salary supplementation for mobilized military New York City employees to the Health and Hospitals Corporation. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A291 (Paulin) S3825 (Robach) Referred to Local Governments on 1/3/18 (A), Referred to Local Government on 1/3/18 (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* A3514  (Sepulveda) S8436 (Sepulveda) Enacted clause stricken 4/30/18 (A), Referred to Labor 5/7/18 (S) Requires employers, public and private, to pay holiday premium pay on certain federal holidays. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A4421 (Colton) Referred to Labor on 1/3/18 Provides pay and leave benefits to state employees who are transferred to another state agency after elimination of their prior job. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A4986-A (Weprin) S5483-A (Golden) Referred to Governmental Employees on 2/12/18 (A), Committed to rules on 6/20/18 (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 1/3/18 (A), Referred to Civil Service and Pensions on 1/3/18 (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) Third Reading on 5/3/18 (A), Committed to Rules on 6/20/18 (S) Requires various public transit authorities and their employees to submit all unresolvable contract negotiations to binding arbitration. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A693 (Magnarelli) Referred to Governmental Employees on 1/3/18 Extends volunteer firefighters exercise benefits to informal, but approved, activities. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A7548-a (Abbate) S5866-a (Golden) Amended on 4/27/18 (A), Committed to Rules on 6/20/18 (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 A7760 (Abbate) S2329 (Alcantara) Advanced to Third Reading on 3/22/18 (A), Referred to Civil Service and Pensions on 1/3/18 (S) Provides state and local government labor class positions with bump and retreat rights. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A7783 (Abbate) Referred to Governmental Employees on 1/3/18 Requires regional pay differentials for state employees equivalent to Federal differentials. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A8006 (Abbate) S5815 (Golden) Passed Assembly on 3/26/18 (A), Passed Senate on 6/6/18 (S) Provides that the Triborough bridge and tunnel authority employee organization may opt into binding arbitration. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A8585-a (Lentol) S6823-a (Lanza) Amended on 4/23/18 (A), Amended on 4/19/18 (S) Extends the benefits of the variable supplements fund to New York city transit police from those who retired after July 1, 1987 to those who retired after October 1, 1968. $37.8 Since there are no active employees, the entire $37.8 million cost would be due immediately.
Miscellaneous A907 (Perry) Referred to Government Employees on 1/3/18 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 S4096 (Sanders) Referred to Cities on 1/3/18  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 S4097 (Sanders) Committed to Finance 4/30/18 Requires all public employers to allow employees to transfer sick time to co-workers. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous S6097B (Golden) Committed to Rules on 6/20/18 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 Fiscal note does not provide a specific figure.
Miscellaneous A10670 (Hooper) S8805 Rules Passed Assembly on 6/20/18 (A), Passed Senate on 6/7/18 Provides that if Nassau County Interim Finance Authority approves the County Budget and financial plan, steps and increments must be paid. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A10735 (Abbate) S7933 (Benjamin) Passed Assembly on 6/18/18 (A), Passed Senate on 6/18/18 (S) Restores sick leave balance for former state employees employed by a community college for purposes of calculating retiree health insurance contributions. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous S8436 Referred to Labor on 5/7/18 Requires public and prive employers to provide paid overtime for work performed  on certain federal holidays TBD No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave A11 (Cahill) Referred to Labor on 1/3/18 Grants retroactive leave for State employees who provided bone marrow or organ donation. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave A1797-A (Kim) S3749-a (Parker) Referred to Labor 1/3/18 (A), Referred to Labor 1/3/18 (S) Requires public and private employers to grant up to 24 hours of unpaid leave per 12 month period for parental involvement. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave A2024 (Fahy) S5574 (Golden) Referred to Government Employees on 1/3/18 (A), Referred to Children and Families 1/3/18 (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.
Paid or Unpaid Leave A2462 (Dinowitz) Referred to Ways and Means on 1/3/18 Permits excused absences of state employees for the purposes of donating blood. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave A3983 (Solages) Referred to Labor on 1/3/18  Requires public and private employers to grant leave for parenting. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave A4147 (Rosenthal) S5669 (Carlucci) Referred to Ways and Means on 1/3/18 (A), Referred to Civil Service and Pensions on 1/3/18 (S) Grants excused leave to public officers and employees to undertake screening for cervical cancer. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave A4947  (Simotas) Referred to Labor on 1/3/18 Requires public and private employers to provide an additional 12 weeks of leave for the birth or adoption of a child, in addition to leave provided by the Family and Medical Leave Act. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave A7779 (Crouch) Held in Governmental Employees on 6/5/18 Provides state employees 4 hours of additional leave for ovarian and cervical cancer screenings. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave A820 (Crouch) Held in Ways and Means for Consideration on 5/15/18 Extends paid leave to civil air patrol volunteers at a rate equal to their full salary. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave A8616 (Abinati) S3684 (Addabbo) Referred to Governmental Employees on 1/3/18 (A), Referred to Civil Service & Pensions on 1/3/18 (S)  Provides excused leave for any cancer screening and doubles the number of paid-leave hours to 8. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave S8432 (Golden) Referred to Civil Service and Pensions on 5/7/18 Would provide a 10 minute break for every four hours worked by NYC emergency medical technicians TBD No fiscal note provided.
Pension A10909 (Fahy) S7771-a (Young) Referred to Governmental Employees on 5/29/18 (A), Committed to Rules on 6/20/18 Provides special payment to now retired management/confidential employees whohad previously authorized raises withheld. $9 $9 million per sponsors’ memo; however, no fiscal note provided.
Pension† A10875 (Ortiz) S6056-B (Golden) Referred to Governmental Employees on 5/25/18 (A), Committed to Rules on 6/20/18 (S) Establishes a 25-Year Retirement Program for Tier 4 and Tier 6 New York City Probation Officers  $7.7 NYC costs will increase by approximately $7.7 million each year, beginning in Fiscal Year 2021.
Pension* A10726 (Abbate) S8789 (Akshar) Referred to Ways and Means on 6/5/18 (A), Committed to Rules on 6/20/18 (S) Expands the definition of credible service under 20-year  and 25-year plans in the NYSL PFRS to include service  credit  earned  in the  NYSLERS for  those individuals previously employed in the title of Deputy Sheriff. TBD This legislation will not become  effective  until  NYLSRS  obtains  a favorable  ruling  from  the IRS stating that these provisions would not harm the qualification status of the System. Costs  to  obtain  an initial ruling  would  be $28,000 for the services of the IRS, and $800 per hour for legal consultants.
Pension‡ A11066 Rules (Abbate) S8859 (Golden) Referred to Governmental Employees (S), Passed Senate on 6/19/18 Provides that NYC civil servents in the following physically taxing titles should not be required to pay higher contribution rates associated with the 25-year, aged 57-years if they will not reach 25 years of age prior to turning 57.  $0.526  Annual employer contributions will increase by approximately  $526,000, and net APV will increase by $3.4 million
Pension Benefits A10093 (Fahy) Held in Governmental Employees on 5/15/18 Provides a special payment to now retired Management/Confidential employees that had previously authorized raises withheld. $9 $9 million per sponsors memo, however there was no fiscal note.
Pension Benefits A10119 (Zebrowski) S7667 (Stavisky) Referred to Governmental Employees on 3/16/18 (A), Passed Senate on 6/13/18 (S) Allows retired police and firefighters to work at public colleges as faculty of a criminal justice program or director of public safety without loss, suspension, or diminution of retirement allowance. TBD Fiscal note does not provide a specific figure.
Pension Benefits A2068 (Montesano) Held in Ways and Means for Consideration on 5/15/18 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 Government Employees on 1/3/18 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 A2979A (Brindisi) S2926A (Golden) Amended on 1/23/18 (A), Amended on 1/8/18 (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-B (Abbate) S2910-B (Golden) Amended on 6/12/18 (A), Amended on 5/15/18 (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-C (McDonald)  S3576-B (Tedesco) Passed Assembly on 6/4/18 (A), Amended on 4/24/18 (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 1/3/18 Increases from $30,000 to $32,500 the amount of money a retired police officer may earn as a school safety officer without a reduction in their pension.  TBD No fiscal note provided.
Pension Benefits A3459 (Ra) Held in Ways and Means for Consideration on 5/15/18 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 1/3/18 Removes the income earning limitations for police officers employed as school safety officers. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Pension Benefits A3965A (Abbate) S3552A (Golden) Referred to Governmental Employees on 1/3/18 (A), Passed Senate on 6/18/18 (S) Provides that public employee retirees seeking to be hired as a firefighter, police officer, or EMT, are eligible for a five-year waiver from the $30,000 cap on wages. Current law provides that all waivers are limited to two years. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Pension Benefits A4292-A (Thiele) S4050-A (Lavalle) Referred to Codes on 2/22/18 (A), Referred to Local Government on 2/22/18 (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 A6029 (Gunther) S4479 (Larkin) Referred to Governmental Employees on 1/3/18 (A), Committed to Rules on 6/20/18 (S) Removes the earnings limitation for retired firefighters employed as fire science instructors by career and technical education centers. Minimal Note expects few retirees to be affected with negligible additional annual costs.
Pension Benefits A6045-A (Steck)  Referred to Governmental Employees on 1/3/18 Provides that the cost-of-living adjustment for members of New York retirement systems should be based on a higher base benefit. $2.94 First year cost of $2.94 million to state, and $12.3 million to participating employers in PFRS. Increases present value of benefits by $927 million.  
Pension Benefits A6319 (Montesano) Referred to Governmental Employees on 1/3/18 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 1/3/18 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-A (Thiele) S5134-A (Lavalle) Held for consideration in Ways and Means on 6/5/18 (A), Amended on 2/5/18 (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-A (Brindisi) S5329-A (Tedisco) Referred to Ways and Means 4/24/18 (A), Committed to Rules on 6/20/18 (S) Extends the minimum retirement allowance and increases that allowance to some long retired teachers. $0.448 Annual cost is $448,000.
Pension Benefits A6785 (Kolb) Held for consideration in Ways and Means on 5/15/18 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 1/3/18 (A), Referred to Civil Service and Pensions on 1/3/18 (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 1/3/18 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-a (Ramos) S5640-a (Croci) Amended on 6/14/18 (A), Committed to Rules on 6/20/18 (S) Provides a temporary retirement incentive to members of the Teachers' Retirement System, 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 1/3/18 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-A (Abbate) S5618-A (Ortt) Passed Assembly on 6/11/18 (A), Committed to Rules on 6/20/18 (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-A (Abbate) S5731-A (Parker) Passed Assembly on 6/19/18 (A), Passed Senate on 6/18/18 (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 $4.7 Annual costs would increase each year by approximately $850,000
Pension Benefits A7602-a (Abbate) S5593-a (Golden) Passed Assembly on 6/12/18 (A), Passed Senate on 5/14/18 (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.
Pension Benefits A7706-a (Abbate) S4277-a (Gallivan) Amended on 5/9/18 (A), Amended on 4/27/18 (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 A7735-A (Abbate) S6098-B (Golden) Amended on 2/21/18 (A), Committed to Rules on 6/20/18 (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. $1.4 There would be an increase in employer contributions of $1.4 million annually
Pension Benefits A7762 (Walker) Referred to Governmental Employees on 1/3/18 Allows certain New York City Transit Authority employees participating in 25-year, age 55 retirement program to purchase furlough time as service credit. $0.16 Annual increase in costs of $160,000.
Pension Benefits S6140A (Golden) Amended on 6/15/18  Allows certain New York City Transit Authority employees participating in 25-year, age 55 retirement program to include prior city service $22.3 Annual increase in costs of $22.3 million.
Pension Benefits A7872-A (Titone) S5725-A (Lanza) Amended on 1/30/18 (A), Amended on 1/26/18 (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 A7900-a (Abbate) S3651-b (Felder) Amended on 5/19/18 (A), Committed to Rules on 6/20/18 (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 she shall be treated as a sergeant.  $16.8 Costs grow to $19 million in 2022.
Pension Benefits A8017-A (Abbate) S4540-A (Young) Referred to Ways and Means on 3/20/18 (A), Reported to Finance on 4/16/18 (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 A8021-a (Abbate)  Amended on 5/22/18 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. $25.5 Costs would increase to $53.3 million in FY 2023.
Pension Benefits S6381-a (Alcantara) Amended on 5/22/18 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. $28.1 Costs would increase by $28.1 million annually.
Pension Benefits A8109-B (Abbate) S6571-B (Golden) Referred to Ways and Means on 2/5/18 (A), Amended on 2/1/18 (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.
Pension Benefits A8269-A (Cusick) S6573-A (Golden) Amended on 3/28/18 (A), Committed to Rules on 6/20/18 (S) Establishes a twenty-five year retirement program for New York City water supply police. $0.259 Annual costs to New York City would increase by $259,000 per year
Pension Benefits A8327 (Gunther) S2946 (Boyle) Referred to Governmental Employees on 1/3/18 (A), Referred to Civil Service and Pensions on 1/3/18 (S) Removes the earnings limitation for retired police officers while employed as school resource officers, school safety officers, or other substantially similar positions. Minimal Expects few retirees to be affected with negligible additional annual costs.
Pension Benefits A8365-a (Abate)  Referred to Governmental Operations on 1/3/18 Creates 25-year early retirement option for fire inspectors and associate fire inspectors in the City of New York. $0.385 Increase  annual  employer contributions by approximately $385,000 per year
Pension Benefits S6102-b (Golden) Amended on 6/13/18 Creates 25-year early retirement option for fire inspectors and associate fire inspectors in the City of New York. $0.342 Increase  annual  employer contributions by approximately $342,000 per year
Pension Benefits A8375-A (Abbate) S6683-A (Golden) Passed Assembly on 6/14/18 (A), Passed Senate on 6/6/18 Authorizes Counties to Include time spent in NYPD basic training in the calculation of the optional 20 or 25 year retirement plan. - Fiscal impact should be minimal
Pension Benefits A8402-b (Abbate) S6435-b (Flanagan) Passed Assembly on 6/14/18 (A), Passed Senate on 6/19/18 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 A9776 (Abbate) S6059-A (Golden Referred to Governmental Employees on 2/7/18 (A), Committed to Rules on 6/20/18 (S) Provides that a New York City Police Lieutenant who has been a Lieutenant for at least 15 years would have the same pension rights as a lieutenant commander detective squad  or  lieutenant special assignment. $0.175 Actuarial present value would increase by $1.5 million, with annual costs of $175,000 beginning in FY 2021.
Pension Benefits A9910 (Abbate) S7704 (Golden) Passed Assembly on 6/12/18 (A), Passed Senate on 6/13/18 (S)  This  bill will allow any Tier 6 member who is a uniformed court officer or peace officer employed by the  unified  court  system  to  retire without  early  age  reduction  upon  attaining  30  years of creditable service and age 55. It would also reduce the normal retirement age  from 63  to  62,  and  lessen the reductions in benefits for those who retire prior to normal retirement age. $1.5 Annual costs of $363,000 and one-time retroactive cost of $1.12 million.
Pension Benefits S1457 (Avella) Referred to Civil Service and Pensions on 1/3/18 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 S2945 (Boyle) Referred to Civil Service and Pensions on 1/3/18 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 S3306-B (Ritchie) Amended on 2/28/18 Increases the cost-of-living adjustment for members of New York's public retirement systems. $3.3 First year cost of $3.3 million to state, and $13.6 million to participating employers in PFRS. Increases present value of benefits by $1.03 billion.  
Pension Benefits S3576 (Tedisco) Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 1/3/18  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 S5446A (Griffo) Referred to Civil Service and Pensions on 1/3/18 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 A10817 (Abbate) S6100-A (Golden) Referred to Govenmental Employees on 5/21/18, Committed to Rules on 6/20/18 (S) Exempts uniformed NYC Corrections disability retirees from the cap on private sector wages once they reach minimum retirement age. TBD Fiscal note does not provide a specific figure.
Pension Benefits S6133 (Golden) Amended on 6/25/18 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 S6139 (Golden) Referred to Civil Service and Pensions on 1/3/18 (S) Allows former NYC Correction officers to withdraw their pension contributions if they have less than 15 years of service.  TBD No fiscal note provided.
Pension Benefits A10416 (Abbate) S6234-A (Akshar) Referred to Ways and Means on 5/15/18 (A), Amended on 3/14/18 (S) 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. $40.3 Annual increase in costs of $2.9 million; past-service cost of $37.4 million
Pension Benefits S6267 (Robach) Referred to Civil Service and Pensions on 1/3/18 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 A10324-A (DenDekker) S6505-B (Larkin) Amended on 5/7/18 (A), Committed to Rules on 6/20/18 (S) 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. $23.1 New York State would be responsible for a one-time cost of $23.1 million
Pension Benefits S663 (Boyle) Committed to Rules on S663 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 A10950 (Abbate) S7134 (Ortt) Passed Assembly on 6/20/18 (A), Passed Senate on 6/12/18 (S) Creates a county-option early retirement plan for  corrections officers and Deputy Sheriffs. TBD Fiscal impact would be dependent on local participation
Pension Benefits A10884 (Hawley) S7791 (Gallivan) Referred to Governmental Employees on 5/25/18 (A), Passed Senate on 3/5/18 Increases post-retirement salary limit for retired police officers serving as a school resources officer from $30,000 to $50,000. TBD Fiscal note does not provide a specific figure.
Pension Benefits S7979-a (Sanders) Amended on 6/1/18 Grants members of the city's police force eligibility for retirement and pension based on previous service as traffic enforcement agents. $6.3 Increase in annual contributions of $6.3 million
Pension Benefits S8142 (Phillips) Referred to Civil Service and Pensions on 4/6/18 Allows retirees to opt-out of the pop-up pension benefit, subject to certain requirements. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Pension Benefits* A10350 (Abbate) S6048-C (Golden) Amended on 6/25/18 Increases New York State and Local Retirement System and the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement system surviving  spouse cost of living adjustment benefits from 50% to 100% of the benefit that  the  pensioner would have received. $13.6 First year cost of $2.6 million to state, and $11 million to participating employers in PFRS. Increases present value of benefits by $1.1 billion.  
Pension Benefits* A10351 (Abbate) S6049-A (Golden) Referred to Governmental Employees on 4/16/18 (A), Amended on 3/19/18 (S) Reduces the age requirement from 62 to 55 to receive a cost of living adjustment for New York State and Local Retirement System and the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement retirees . $9.3 First year cost of $1.8 million to state, and $7.5 million to participating employers in PFRS. Increases present value of benefits by $77 million.  
Pension Benefits S6047-C (Golden) Committed to Rules on 6/20/18 Increases New York State and Local Retirement System and the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement system cost of living adjustment for members who retired between 1961 and 1972. $0.13 First  year  cost would be approximately $25,600 to the State of New York and  $105,000 to the participating employers in the PFRS.
Pensions* A10352 (Abbate) Referred to Governmental Employees on 4/16/18 Increases New York State and Local Retirement System and the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement system cost of living adjustment for members who retired between 1961 and 1972. $0.13 First  year  cost would be approximately $25,600 to the State of New York and  $105,000 to the participating employers in the PFRS.
Pension Benefits* A10715-a (Abbate) S8486-a (Golden) Amended on 6/4/18 (A), Referred to Rules on 6/20/18 (S) Allows member of the New York state and local police and fire retirement system who became a member on or after July 1, 2009 and before January 10, 2010 to elect to be covered by article 22 of the retirement and social security law.  This allows members to join the Tier V system, instead of only Tier III. $19 $19 million cost in FY 2019, rising to $40 million in FY 2023
Pension Benefits* A10716-b (Abbate) S8485-b (Golden) Amended on 6/13/18 (A), Committed to Rules on 6/20/18 (S) Allows member of the New York state and local police and fire retirement system who became a member on or after July 1, 2009 and before January 10, 2010 to elect to be covered by article 22 of the retirement and social security law.  This means members can elect to join the Tier V system, instead of only Tier III $24.3 $34.2 million cost in FY 2019, rising to $48.6 million in FY 2023
Pension Benefits A10726 (Abbate) Referred to Governmental Employees on 5/15/18  This bill will expand the definition of credible service under special plans in the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) to include service credit earned in the New York State and Local Employees' Retirement System (ERS) for Deputy Sheriffs.  This legislation will not become effective until NYLSRS obtains a favorable ruling from the IRS stating that these provisions would not harm the tax status of the System. TBD It is estimated that the costs to obtain an initial ruling would be $28,000 for the services of the IRS, and $800 per hour for legal consultants. There would be no costs from implementation of the bill.
Pension Benefits S8452 (Croci) Referred to Civil Service and Pensions on 5/8/18 Increases the earnings limitation for retired corrections officers while employed as school resource officers or other substantially similar positions from $30,000 to $50,000. TBD The fiscal note does not provide a specific fiscal impact.
Pension Benefits* S8655-a (Golden) Amended on 6/25/18 Provides a tiered system for when NYC automotive members will receive benefits based on years of service and grants a life annuity. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Pension Benefits* S8765 (Seward) Referred to Civil Service and Pensions on 5/15/18 Allows town and village justices to  receive a minimum of 1/2 year of service credit  per  fiscal  year  that they  serve in such title regardless of the number of hours worked. TBD The fiscal note does not provide a specific fiscal impact.
Pension Benefits‡ A11101 (rules - Palumbo) Referred to Governmental Employees on 6-5-18 Would provide that the $30,000 cap on post-retirement public sector wages would not apply to World Trade Center first responders TBD No fiscal note provided
Pension Benefits S8950 (O'Mara) Referred to Rules on 6-7-18 Increases the ability of retired state police officers to earn more than $30,000 annually as  local police officers without a dimunation of pension benefits. TBD No fiscal note provided

* Denotes bill added on 5/18/2018

† Denotes bill added on 6/1/2018

‡ Denotes bill added on 6/14/18

         

Footnotes

  1. The bill text says “an employer shall not diminish the benefits granted a participant…. as such plan was in existence at the time of the retirement of such participant, and which applied to such participant. Any reduction in such plan or benefits to such participant is hereby declared null and void….”