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2019 Benefit Sweetener Scorecard

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May 01, 2019

For the remaining seven weeks of the legislative session, members of the Assembly and Senate will devote their energies to moving bills through the legislative process, including proposals to enhance the benefits of State and local public employees and retirees. All of these bills should be rejected because they would increase taxpayers’ liabilities without improving services. Given the State’s recent revenue shortfalls and precarious financial outlook, legislating State or local employee benefit increases outside the budget process would be particularly imprudent. 

The 2019 edition of the Citizens Budget Commission Benefit Sweetener Scorecard identifies 130 such bills active this session, which could cost the State and local governments at least $399 million in the first year. The exact cost cannot be determined since two-thirds of the bills are not accompanied by the required fiscal impact statement, or the fiscal impact statement does not provide a cost estimate.

Bills to enhance pension benefits are most common. 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 certain proposals countermand recent hard fought compromises between the State and organized labor that decreased pension and health insurance costs in exchange for avoiding layoffs.

Last year 12 benefit sweeteners passed both houses of the legislature, and the Governor appropriately vetoed all 12 bills.  As the legislative session continues, CBC will update the scorecard to monitor the status of each proposal and add new bills as necessary. 

Impacted Benefit Bill Number and Sponsors Last actions Description Past Service + First Year Costs
($ Millions)
Fiscal Note
Death or Disability Benefits A255 (Cahill) Referred to Labor on 1/9/19 (A) Provides cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) of disability benefits for an employee with a permanent total disability. Minimal Notes that few workers in New York State are classified as having a total permanent disability.
Death or Disability Benefits A550 (Cahill) S3057 (Gaughran) Referred to Local Governments 1/9/2019 (A); Passed Senate 3/12/2019 (S) Requires volunteer firefighter and ambulance worker death benefits be paid within 90 days.  None No fiscal note provided.
Death or Disability Benefits A563 (Buchwald) Referred to Local Governments on 1/9/19 (A) 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 A1979 (Ortiz) Referred to Labor 1/18/2019 (A) Designates post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosed in first responders as having occurred on the job; will be eligible for medical benefits if diagnosed within three years of his/her last active date of employment. Subject to Appropriation No fiscal note provided.
Death or Disability Benefits A2232 (Paulin); S1929 (Gallivan) Referred to Ways and Means 3/19/2019 (A); Referred to Local Government 1/17/2019 (S) Provides optional disability coverage for county probation officers. None to the State No fiscal note provided.
Death or Disability Benefits A4079-A (Joyner); S3168-A (Gounardes) Print Number 4079A 2/7/2019 (A); Reported and Committed to Finance 2/26/2019 (S) Increases salary used in computation of the special accidental death benefit by 3% in cases where the date of death was before 2019. $0.547 Additional annual cost of approximately $547,000.
Death or Disability Benefits A4432 (Abbate); S3675 (Gounardes) Referred to Ways and Means 2/27/2019 (A); Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 2/12/2019 (S) Allows Tier 3, 4, 5, and 6 uniformed court officers and peace officers in the New York State Unified Court System to be eligible for accidental disability benefits for injuries sustained in the performance of duty as the result of a physical assault by an assailant, unless the contrary be proven by competent evidence; benefit for an accidental disability would be 75% of final average salary (FAS) less workers' compensation. TBD Cost will vary depending on members' ages, services, tiers, and salaries; estimated average per person cost will be approximately three times salary.
Death or Disability Benefits A4436 (Abbate); S3801 (Skoufis) Referred to Ways and Means 2/27/2019 (A); Reported and Committed to Finance 3/5/2019 (S) Provides disability pensions to airport firefighters and training and safety officers in New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs who sustain a disability related to heart disease, lung disease and certain forms of cancer. $0.820 Increase of approximately $95,000 in annual contributions and immediate past service cost of $725,000.
Death or Disability Benefits A5020 (Abbate); S3964 (Gounardes) Referred to Ways and Means 3/19/2019 (A); Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 2/22/2019 (S) Allows employers to elect to enhance accidental disability pensions to deputy sheriffs who are covered by the provisions of Article 14-B of the Retirement and Social Security Law. The benefit for an accidental disability would be three-quarters of FAS less workers' compensation. The current benefit is two-thirds of FAS less workers' compensation. TBD Increase in county contribution of 0.3% of deputy sheriff salary and 0.9% increase in past service cost.
Death or Disability Benefits A5021 (Abbate); S3946 (Gounardes) Referred to Governmental Employees 2/6/2019 (A); Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 2/21/2019 (S) Allows any Tier 3, 4, 5, or 6 sheriff, undersheriff, deputy sheriff, or correction officer employed by Nassau County to become eligible to receive performance of duty benefit due to the intentional or reckless act of a civilian visiting an institution under the jurisdiction of such county. The benefit will be 75% of FAS less workers' compensation. Currently, to be eligible for such improved benefit, it is required that such injuries be sustained as the result of an "act of an inmate." Such injuries must be sustained and documented after the enactment of this legislation. $1.500 Increase in Nassau County annual contributions of approximately $220,000 and past service cost of approximately $1.30 million.
Death or Disability Benefits A5075 (Jean-Pierre); S2061 (Savino) Referred to Labor 2/7/2019 (A); Referred to Labor 1/22/2019 (S) Provides that the death of an injured worker due to an opioid overdose is compensable under workers' compensation if such injured worker was prescribed opioids to treat a workplace injury. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Death or Disability Benefits A5301 (Abbate); S3841 (Gounardes) Referred to Governmental Employees 2/8/2019 (A); Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 2/19/2019 (S) Provides that heart-related disabilities experienced by State University of New York (SUNY) police officers are caused by work-related activities.  Negligible  Could lead to more disabilities  classified as "performance of duty." It is anticipated that few performance of duty disability retirements will be granted; thus, resulting costs will be negligible.
Death or Disability Benefits A5324 (Abbate) S5133 (Kaplan) Referred to Governmental Employees 2/8/2019 (A); Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 4/10/19 Grants 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 FAS. $2.090 Estimated increase of approximately $270,000 in Nassau County annual contributions and immediate past service cost of $1.82 million.
Death or Disability Benefits A5820 (Abbate); S3813 (Kaplan) Referred to Governmental Employees 2/19/2019 (A); Referred to Finance 4/30/2019 (S) Grants any Nassau County Tier 3, 4, 5, and 6 chief fire marshal, assistant chief fire marshal, division supervising fire marshal, supervising fire marshal, fire marshal, and fire marshal trainee an enhanced disability benefit for injuries sustained in the performance of duty. The benefit for a performance of duty disability would be 50% of FAS. $0.227 Increase of approximately $30,000 in Nassau County annual contributions and immediate past service cost of approximately $197,000.
Death or Disability Benefits A5895 (Magnarelli); S4631 (Gaughran) Referred to Local Governments 2/20/2019 (A); Referred to Local Government 3/18/2019 (S) Increases volunteer firefighter and ambulance worker total disability benefits from $600 to $650 per week. TBD May affect premiums of local districts that purchase policies in accordance with the Volunteer Firefighters’ Benefit Law (VFBL) or the Volunteer Ambulance Workers’ Benefit Law (VAWBL).
Death or Disability Benefits A5957 (Gunther); S4173 (Gaughran) Referred to Local Government 3/4/2019 (A); Referred to Local Government 3/4/2019 (S) Provides that a statement signed by fire department chief shall constitute sufficient documentation of eligibility for enhanced cancer disability benefits. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Death or Disability Benefits A6020 (Gunther); S3107 (Addabbo) Referred to Governmental Employees 2/26/2019 (A); Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 2/4/2019 (S) Establishes a task force to make final determination of whether or not disabled New York City Police Department and Fire Department of the City of New York retirees are entitled to receive Variable Supplement Fund (VSF) benefits. Minimal No fiscal note provided.
Death or Disability Benefits A6214 (Abbate); S3922 (Gounardes) Referred to Governmental Employees 3/4/2019 (A); Referred to Finance 4/30/2019 (S) Enhances accidental and performance of duty disability pensions for certain members or officers of the Division of Law Enforcement in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), forest rangers, regional state park police, and university police officers. Benefit for an accidental disability would be 75% of FAS minus workers' compensation. Benefit for a performance of duty disability would be 50% of FAS. $1.400 Increase of approximately $360,000 in annual contributions and immediate past service cost of approximately $1.04 million  borne by the State of New York.
Death or Disability Benefits A6237-A (Abbate) Amended and Recommitted to Ways and Means 4/8/2019 (A) Allows correction officers, correction supervisors, deputy sheriff patrol, or deputy sheriff patrol supervisors to receive an accidental disability benefit if the member is impaired due to a condition of the heart. Benefits would vary by tier. TBD Could lead to more disabilities classified as "accidental." Cost of revised benefit will depend upon applicant's characteristics However, costs expected to be negligible and would be paid by participating employers
Death or Disability Benefits A6241 (Abbate); S3977 (Gounardes) Referred to Governmental Employees 3/4/2019 (A); Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 2/22/2019 (S) Increases disability benefits for correction officers, correction supervisors, deputy sheriff patrol, or deputy sheriff patrol supervisors if the member is impaired due to lung disease. Benefits would vary by tier. TBD Could lead to more disabilities classified as "accidental." Cost of revised benefit will depend upon applicant's characteristics However, costs expected to be negligible.
Death or Disability Benefits A6242 (Abbate) Referred to Governmental Employees 3/4/2019 (A) Provides the assumption that methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus was contracted in the line of duty for correction officers, correction supervisors, deputy sheriff patrols, and deputy sheriff patrol supervisors and provides a 75% of final average salary (FAS) accidental disability benefit. TBD Would lead to more disabilities classified as "in performance of duty." Cost of revised benefit will depend upon applicant's age, service, salary, plan, and benefit type otherwise payable.
Death or Disability Benefits A6598 (Jones); S2926 (Ritchie) Referred to Governmental Employees 3/12/2019 (A); Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 1/30/2019 (S) Modifies in-service death benefit for Tiers 2 through 6 State correction officers. The in-service death benefit will be the value of the pension reserve as if the member had retired on their date of death. Provision would expire five years after enactment.  $13.100 One-time past service cost of $13.1 million. 
Death or Disability Benefits S1980 (Savino) Referred to Labor 1/18/2019 (S) Prohibits workers' compensation board from denying claims of extraordinary work-related stress upon a finding that the stress was not greater than usual. Currently, only applies to first responders.  Undetermined No fiscal note provided.
Death or Disability Benefits S1981 (Savino) Referred to Labor 1/18/2019 (S) Expands prohibition against New York State Workers' Compensation Board from denying claims of extraordinary work-related stress upon a finding that the stress was not greater than usual to uniformed corrections employees. Currently only applies to first responders.  Undetermined No fiscal note provided.
Death or Disability Benefits S3944 (Gounardes) Advanced to Third Reading 3/7/2019 (S) Provides a heart disease presumption for correction officers, correction supervisors, deputy sheriff patrol, or deputy sheriff patrol supervisors.  Undetermined Could lead to more disabilities classified as "accidental." Cost of revised benefit will depend upon applicant's characteristics However, costs expected to be negligible.
Death or Disability Benefits A6356 (Reyes) Referred to Governmental Employees 3/6/2019 (A) Sets guidelines for medical examinations of State employees when applying for disability benefits. None No fiscal note provided.
Death or Disability Benefits A7132 (Abbate) Referred to Governmental Employees 4/10/2019 (A) Allows retired public employees who participated in World Trade Center rescue, recovery, or cleanup operations to seek subsequent employment with the State or a municipal corporation without diminution of retirement benefits. Negligible  Final costs dependent on number of retirees who opted to continue working in the public sector after retiring.
Health Insurance A2252 (Perry) Referred to Labor 1/22/2019 (A) Provides employees with the opportunity to maintain health benefits through the employer during approved unpaid leave of absence, as long as the employee continues to pay the employee contribution share through the employer.  TBD No fiscal note provided.
Health Insurance A2652 (Crouch) Referred to Governmental Employees 1/24/2019 (A) Prohibits State, municipalities, school districts, and public authorities and commissions from diminishing health insurance benefits of public employee retirees and their dependents or reducing the employer's contributions for such insurance between May 1, 2008 and May 15, 2020; this would reverse already implemented changes to certain retiree health insurance benefits, including state retirees. None No fiscal note provided.
Health Insurance A3617 (Abbate); S2050 (Gounardes) Referred to Ways and Means 2/27/2019 (A); Reported and Committed to Finance 2/4/2019 (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 A3634 (Abbate); S2051 (Gounardes) Referred to Ways and Means 2/27/2019 (A); Reported and Committed to Finance 2/4/2019 (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 A4116 (Pretlow) Referred to Governmental Employees 2/1/2019 (A) Allows retired and current school board members who have served for 10 years to receive State health insurance benefits.  TBD School board members would pay the administrative costs of the plan.
Health Insurance A4203 (Weprin); S3854 (Lanza) Referred to Governmental Employees 2/1/2019 (A); Advanced to Third Reading 3/25/2019 (S) Prohibits diminution of health insurance benefits of public employee retirees and their dependents or reducing the employer's contributions for such insurance; defines employers to include the State, municipalities, school districts, and public authorities and commissions.  TBD No fiscal note provided.
Health Insurance S613 (Boyle) Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 1/9/2019 (S) Creates a two-person health insurance option for State employees. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Health Insurance S2284 (Sanders) Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 1/23/2019 (S) Prohibits diminution of health insurance benefits of public employee retirees and their dependents or reducing the employer's contributions for such insurance; applies to the State, municipalities, school districts, and public authorities and commissions.  Undetermined No fiscal note provided.
Health Insurance S2304 (Breslin) Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 1/23/2019 (S) Prohibits public employers from diminishing health insurance benefits to retired police officers and firefighters and their dependents. Undetermined No fiscal note provided.
Health Insurance A6833 (DenDekker); S4698 (Ramos) Referred to Governmental Employees 3/21/2019 (A); Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 3/21/2019 (S) Requires dental insurance coverage to be offered to State employees effective immediately upon the starting date of employment. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Health Insurance A6834 (DenDekker); S4697 (Ramos) Referred to Governmental Employees 3/21/2019 (A); Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 3/21/2019 (S) Requires State employee dental insurance plans to carry over automatically a portion of the enrollee's unused benefit amount of up to 25% of the total benefit amount for use in the succeeding year. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave A246 (Cahill) Referred to Labor on 1/9/19 (A) Grants retroactive leave for State employees who provided bone marrow or organ donation. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave A1093-A (Paulin) Amended and Recommitted to Governmental Operations 4/8/2019 (A) Authorizes local governments to provide paid leave to veterans with combat experience so that they may obtain health-related services related to duty in combat theater or combat zone of operations. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave A1214 (Glick) Referred to Labor 1/14/2019 (A) Allows public and private sector employees to utilize sick leave to care for family, household members, and domestic partners provided the employee works for an employer with 50 or more employees, and the medical situation is not covered by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave A1273 (Simon); S730 (Montgomery) Referred to Governmental Employees 1/14/2019 (A); Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 1/9/2019 (S) Allows certain employees who have suffered work-related injury to use accrued sick time, compensation time, or vacation time while awaiting workers' compensation benefits. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave A2195 (Kim); S4815 (Parker) Referred to Labor 1/22/2019 (A); Referred to Labor 3/16/2019 (S) Requires employers to grant employees up to 24 hours leave during any school year to attend school conferences or classroom activities related to the employee's child if the conference or activity cannot be scheduled during nonwork hours. None No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave A2318 (Solages); S2418 (Kaplan) Referred to Labor 1/22/2019 (A); Referred to Labor 1/22/2019 (S) Requires employers to grant an employee leave up to 16 hours during any school year to attend school conferences or classroom activities related to the employee's child that cannot be scheduled during nonwork hours. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave A3246 (Dinowitz MS) Referred to Ways and Means 3/19/2019 (A) Permits State employees to be excused from work without loss of compensation for up to four hours to donate blood. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave A3331 (Walker); S4430 (Parker) Referred to Government Operations 1/29/2019 (A); Referred to Judiciary 3/11/2019 (S) Designates Good Friday as a public holiday. Minimal No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave A3460 (Abinanti); S3152 (Addabbo) Referred to Ways and Means 3/19/2019 (A); Reported and Committed to Finance 3/5/2019 (S) Provides excused leave up to a maximum of eight hours on an annual basis to undertake a screening for cancer. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave A3738 (Ortiz) Referred to Governmental Operations 1/31/2019 (A) Increases the number of days that public officers and employees shall be paid salary while on military duty from 22 days to 44 days.  TBD No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave A4047 (Weprin) Referred to Governmental Employees 1/31/2019 (A) Provides uniformed members of the New York City Department of Correction and the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) the option of taking a monetary payment in lieu of terminal leave. Undetermined No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave A5364 (Lupardo) Referred to Governmental Employees 2/11/2019 (A) Extends paid leave to civil air patrol volunteers at a rate equal to full salary. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave A5595 (Manktelow) Referred to Governmental Employees 2/16/19 (A) Grants excused leave to civil service employees during states of emergency as declared by federal, State, or municipal government, when such employees are members of a volunteer fire department or a volunteer ambulance or rescue squad.  TBD No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave A5672 (Rozic) Referred to Governmental Operations 2/14/2019 (A) Extends paid absence periods for military duty from 22 working days or 30 calendar days to 40 working days or 60 calendar days. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave A5843 (Lalor) Referred to Governmental Operations 2/20/2019 (A) Requires the head official of a law enforcement department to enforce a special schedule on Memorial Day and Veterans' Day that allows law enforcement officers who are veterans entitled to paid leave to take such leave on such public holidays.  TBD No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave A5958 (Paulin) Referred to Labor 2/20/2019 (A) Entitles public and private employees 45 years of age or older to take one day off every 10 years to undergo a colonoscopy.  None No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave S217 (Benjamin) Referred to Labor 1/9/2019 (S) Entitles public and private sector employees 45 years of age or older to take one day off every ten years to obtain a colonoscopy; provides insurance coverage for colonoscopies for individuals above a specified age threshold based on risk factors.  None No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave S3378 (Gounardes) Reported and Committed to Finance 3/19/2019 (S) Provides 10-minute break for every four hours worked by New York City emergency medical technicians (EMTs). Undetermined No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave A6891 (Romeo); S4694 (Ramos) Referred to Labor 3/25/2019 (A); Referred to Labor 3/21/2019 (S) Authorizes paid family leave for bereavement beginning in 2021. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Paid or Unpaid Leave S4883 (Parker) Referred to Labor 3/28/2019 (S) Requires all employers to provide paid sick leave to all employees. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Pension Benefits A811 (Miller MG) Referred to Government Employees on 1/11/2019 (A) Awards pension credit to members of public retirement system called up for active duty military service since September 11, 2001, if in public employment during the time of service. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Pension Benefits A2220 (Paulin); S3455 (Biaggi) Referred to Governmental Employees 1/22/2019 (A); Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 2/7/2019 (S) Increases limits on annual earnings for retired police officers who work as school security officers from $30,000 to $50,000 without diminution of retirement benefits.  Minimal Few retirees expected to be affected however if large numbers of retirees are hired into such positions, additional annual costs would be shared by the State and other participating employers.
Pension Benefits A2462 (Fahy); S4079 (Gounardes) Referred to Governmental Employees 1/22/2019 (A); Reported and Committed to Finance 3/5/2019  Provides special payment to now retired management/confidential employee who had previous authorized raises withheld. $9.000 No fiscal note provided.
Pension Benefits A2858-A (McDonald MS); S1866-A (Breslin) Print Number 2858A 2/20/2019 (A); Print Number 1866A 2/28/2019 (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 Annual cost estimated to be negligible.
Pension Benefits A3445 (Zebrowski); S192 (Ortt) Referred to Governmental Employees 1/29/2019 (A); Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 1/9/2019 (S) Empowers the Comptroller to provide corrective remedy for any member of the retirement system, or any member otherwise entitled to membership, including accepting applications and changes of membership. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Pension Benefits A4154 (Montesano) Referred to Governmental Employees 2/1/2019 (A) Provides an employee retiring with an outstanding balance on his or her pension loan has his or her benefits reduced in an amount prescribed by the Comptroller only until such time as all outstanding principal and interest is repaid. None Effect on pension system is the same as current system.
Pension Benefits A4431 (Abbate); S5207 (Gounardes) Referred to Ways and Means 2/27/2019 (A);  Referred to to Finance 4/30/2019 (S) Establishes 20-year retirement plan for members or officers of law enforcement, includes every non-seasonally appointed sworn member or officer in DEC, the regional state park police, and university police officers.  $41.100 Will cost New York State $3.1 million annually; immediate past service cost of approximately $38.0 million. 
Pension Benefits A5062 (Abbate); S2094 (Akshar) Referred to Governmental Employees 2/7/2019 (A); Reported and Committed to Finance 2/26/2019 (S) Expands definition of creditable service under 20-year and 25-year plans (special plans) in PFRS to include service credit earned in the New York State and Local Employees' Retirement System (ERS) for former deputy sheriffs. This legislation will not become effective until the New York State & Local Retirement System obtains a favorable ruling from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) stating that these provisions would not harm the tax status of the System. TBD In addition to the costs of additional pension benefits, it is estimated that the costs to obtain an initial ruling from the IRS would be $28,000 for the services of the IRS, and $800 per hour for legal consultants. 
Pension Benefits A5368 (Fitzpatrick) Opinion referred to Judiciary 3/14/2019 (A) Amends the state constitution to provide that for members of a public pension or retirement system, accrued benefits shall not be diminished or impaired except as authorized and prescribed by the legislature.  TBD No fiscal note provided.
Pension Benefits A5372 (Miller B); S2095 (Akshar) Referred to Governmental Employees 2/11/2019 (A); Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 1/22/2019 (S) Provides up to three years of service credit for service rendered as a deputy sheriff, county correction, or state correction officer to be creditable to State Police Officers. TBD Past service cost will average approximately 19% of an affected officer's compensation for each year of additional service credit  purchased and will be borne entirely by the State. Fiscal note also recommends obtaining a ruling on plan qualification issues from the IRS at a cost of $28,000 and $800 per hour for legal consultants.
Pension Benefits A5856 (Lalor) Referred to Governmental Employees 2/20/2019 (A) Increases the amount of money a retired police officer may earn without a diminution of retirement benefits in a position of school safety officer from $30,000 to $32,500.  TBD No fiscal note provided.
Pension Benefits A5929 (Englebright) Referred to Governmental Employees 2/20/2019 (A) 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 A5940 (Abbate); S3659 (Gounardes) Referred to Governmental Employees 2/20/2019 (A); Reported and Committed to Finance 2/26/2019 (S) This bill will allow any Tier 6 uniformed court officers and peace officers 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. $2.760 There will be an increase of approximately $560,000 annually and an immediate past service cost of approximately $2.02 million borne by the state of New York.
Pension Benefits A6092 (Abbate) Referred to Ways and Means 3/19/2019 (A) Extends minimum retirement allowance and increases that allowance to some long retired teachers. $0.355 Annual cost to employers of members of the New York State Teachers' Retirement System (NYSTRS) is estimated to be $355,000 or 0.002% of payroll.
Pension Benefits A6378 (Gunther); S4134 (Skoufis) Referred to Governmental Employees 3/7/2019 (A); Passed Senate on 4/8/19 (S) Allows retired firefighters to earn in excess of $30,000 for providing training without diminution of retirement benefits. Negligible  Insofar as it will affect the PFRS, it is anticipated that few retirees to be affected. Additional annual costs will therefore be negligible.
Pension Benefits S795 (Lanza) Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 1/9/2019 (S) Increases the amount a retiree may earn in public service without diminution of pension from $30,000 to $50,000. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Pension Benefits S1385 (Ortt) Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 1/14/2019 (S) Allows teachers who served as graduate assistants or in similar positions to purchase and receive retirement credit. TBD Liabilities would increase between 10.7% and 13.6% of the member's salary per credited year of service, offset by appropriate member contributions.
Pension Benefits S1881 (O'Mara) Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 1/17/2019 (S) Allows retired State police officers to serve as police officers for local police departments without diminution of retirement benefits; empowers the superintendent of State police to approve such service.  Undetermined No fiscal note provided.
Pension Benefits S2052 (Gallivan) Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 1/22/2019 (S) Allows certain supervisory titles in the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to opt into the early retirement plan. $52.200 Immediate past service cost of approximately $52.2 million.
Pension Benefits S3649 (Gounardes) Reported Committed to Finance 3/5/2019 (S) Allows retired public employees who participated in World Trade Center rescue, recovery, or cleanup operations to earn uncapped income from public employment without diminution of retirement benefits. Negligible  Annual cost to the employers of members of the NYSTRS is estimated to be negligible.
Pension Benefits S3968 (Brooks) Referred to to Finance 4/30/2019 (S) Gives veterans who retired prior to May 31, 2017  supplemental pension equal to the first $15,000 of single life allowance together with any COLA multiplied by 3% per year for up to three years of such service credit for military service. Undetermined Exact number of retirees that could be affected cannot be readily determined.
Pension Benefits S4207 (Metzger) Referred to Local Government 3/4/2019 (S) Increases maximum contribution under defined contribution plan service award from $700 to $2,100.  Undetermined No fiscal note provided.
Pension Benefits A6978 (Montesano) Referred to Governmental Employees 3/29/2019 (A) Calculates FAS for elected or appointed justice or judge of NYS Unified Court System as last year's salary, instead of using the three-year average that applies to all other retirees.  $59.300 Annual increase of $1.9 million and immediate past service cost of approximately $52.2 million.
Pension Benefits A6990 (Solages) Referred to Governmental Employees 4/3/2019 (A) Establishes 20-year retirement plan for members or officers of regional state park police. $0.650 Increase in annual contributions of the State of New York of approximately $650,000 for fiscal year ending March 31, 2020.
Pension Benefits A7249 (Abbate) Referred to Governmental Employees 4/18/2019 (A) Increases wage levels for Tier 6 employee retirement system contribution calculations by 3% per year.  TBD No fiscal note provided.
Pension Benefits A7261 (Abbate); S4308 (Gounardes) Referred to Governmental Employees 4/18/2019 (A); Advanced to Third Reading 3/25/2019 (S) Allows former fire and police officers to work as faculty members at SUNY and City University of New York (CUNY) schools and earn in excess of $30,000 without diminution of retirement benefits. Negligible  Actual costs dependent on number of eligible retirees taking such positions.
Pension Benefits A7262 (Abbate) Referred to Governmental Employees 4/18/2019 (A) Increases Tier 6 pension benefits from 35% plus 2% for each year of service in excess of 20 years to 40% plus 2% for each year of service in excess of 20 years. $149.000 Annual costs will increase; immediate past service cost of $149 million.
Pension Benefits A7265 (Griffin) Referred to Governmental Employees 4/18/2019 (A) Provides additional pension credits of up to five years for PFRS retirees for service as a SUNY police officer or state park police officer. TBD Past service costs would average 15% of affected members' compensation for each year of additional service credit granted.
Pension Benefits A7273 (Abbate) Referred to Governmental Employees 4/18/2019 (A) Increases defined benefit COLA for New York State public retirement systems. Base benefit amount of $21,000 would increase annually by 50% of the consumer price index growth rate, not to exceed 3% or be less than 1%. $30.100 Present value of benefits would increase approximately $1.82 billion. First year costs would be $6.1 million for New York State and $24 million for participating employers.
Pension Benefits A7276 (Stern) Referred to Governmental Employees 4/18/2019 (A) Increases number of years of service a participant in defined contribution or defined benefit plan may receive a contribution from 40 years to 50 years. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Pension Benefits S4297 (Akshar) Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 3/6/2019 (S) Provides that waivers authorizing retirees to work as police, firefighters, or EMTs without diminution of retirement benefits shall increase from two years to five years. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Pension Benefits S4521 (Kaplan) Referred to Finance 4/30/2019 (S) Raises salary limit from $30,000 to $65,000 for former police officers employed by a school district as safety officers without diminution of retirement benefits.  Negligible  Negligible additional annual costs. However, if large numbers of retirees are hired into such positions, additional annual costs would be shared by the State of New York and all participating employers in PFRS.
Pension Benefits S4913 (Gounardes) Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 3/29/2019 (S) Requires New York State to pay past, present, and future New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation (NYCOTB) employer contributions, with applicable interest, to the New York City Employees' Retirement System (NYCERS) on behalf of former and retired NYCOTB employees. $30.312 Total potential present value cost to the State of approximately $289.9 million.
Pension Benefits S5038 (Harckham) Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 4/4/2019 (S) Allows members who retired on or before May 31, 2016 to apply to receive military service credit. Application must be made on or before December 31, 2020. If approved the retirement benefit will be recalculated as of the date of application and no retroactive benefits will be paid. TBD Past service cost will average approximately 10% of an affected ERS members' compensation for each year of additional service credit purchased and approximately 12% of an affected PFRS members' compensation for each year of additional service purchased. The exact number of retired members who could be affected cannot be readily determined.
Pension Benefits S5075 (Griffo) Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 4/8/2019 (S) Provides that a member of the NYSTRS or the New York City Teachers' Retirement System, and certain members of the ERS who are employed by teaching institutions, shall be entitled to obtain credit for up to five years of service rendered as a teacher employed by a private elementary or secondary school or by a private college in New York State. This legislation will not become effective until the New York State and Local Retirement System obtains a favorable ruling from the IRS stating that these provisions would not harm the tax status of the System. TBD It is estimated the costs to obtain an initial ruling would be $28,000 for the services of the IRS, and $800 per hour for legal consultants. 
Pension Benefits A7306 (Cusick)/S5251 (Gounardes) Referred to Governmental Employees 4/22/19 (A); Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 4/18/2019 (S) Establishes 25-year retirement program for members of the NYCERS employed as water supply police. $0.528 Increase in annual contributions of $528,000 and increase in present value of future benefits of $4.3 million.
Miscellaneous A467 (Paulin) S2434 (Robach) Referred to Local Governments 01/09/2019 (A); Referred to Local Government 1/24/2019 (S) Police chiefs would receive immediate increase to salary if  direct subordinate receives salary increase. Such increase in salary shall be in the same dollar amount received by the direct subordinate. None No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A616 (Bronson) Referred to Labor 1/9/19 (A) Repeals section of law which allows denial of unemployment insurance claims for nonprofessional employees of educational institutions if there is "reasonable assurance" they will be hired at a later date. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A946 (Crouch) Referred to Governmental Employees on 1/14/2019 (A) Provides that candidates who have provided firefighting service may deduct up to a maximum of six years from their age for purposes of meeting age requirements for Civil Service Exam for a police officer. None No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A1075 (Crouch) Referred to Governmental Employees 1/14/2019 (A) Removes maximum appointment age of 35 for any police officer serving in a police department that serves a population of 3,000 or less if the eligible list has been exhausted and there are no other candidates. None No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A1077 (Crouch); S548 (Akshar) Referred to Governmental Employees 1/14/2019 (A); Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 1/09/2019 (S) Requires State comptroller to make a payment to any employee determined to suffer a reduction in pay equal to a Public Employee Relations Board ruling requiring  reclassification from management confidential to professional, scientific, and technical services. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A1602 (Jones) S1942 (Little) Referred to Governmental Employees 1/3/18 (A), Referred to Civil Service and Pensions on 1/3/18 (S) Authorizes villages of Malone, Saranac Lake, and Tupper Lake, in the county of Franklin, to waive requirements for appointment and employ retired State troopers as part-time village police officers. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A1759 (Miller MG) Referred to Governmental Employees 1/17/2019 (A) Extends provisions of Public Servant Soldier Salary Act, allowing mobilized employees to receive the difference of their military and civilian pay while mobilized, to the employees of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. None No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A1963 (Zebrowski); S128 (Carlucci) Referred to Real Property Taxation 1/18/2019 (A); Referred to Local Government 1/9/2019 (S) Allows local governments in Rockland County to provide property tax exemption to active auxiliary police officers for primary residence. None No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A2602 (Crouch); S3911 (Jacobs) Referred to Labor 1/24/2019 (A); Referred to Labor 2/21/2019 (S) Prohibits an employer from terminating an employee who is a volunteer firefighter or volunteer ambulance service member and such employee misses or is late to work because of an emergency to which the employee was dispatched.  TBD No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A3284 (Bichotte); S5087 (Parker) Referred to Labor 1/29/2019 (A); Referred to Labor 4/8/2019 Includes public employer in labor laws that protect employees from wage theft.  None No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A4239 (Palmesano); S939 (O'Mara) Referred to Ways and Means 2/1/2019 (A); Referred to Investigations and Government Operations 1/9/19 (S) Enacts "Omnibus Emergency Services Volunteer Incentive Act" to provide benefits to volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers; increases personal income tax deduction after four or more years of service; exempts motor vehicles used in performance of such volunteers' duties from registration fees, use taxes, and special fees for volunteer license plates; authorizes provision of municipal health insurance coverage to such volunteers; establishes volunteer recruitment service loan forgiveness program.  TBD No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A4260 (DenDekker) Referred to Governmental Employees 2/1/2019 (A) Prohibits mandatory overtime for certain members of NYSLRS, PFRS, and NYSTRS.  TBD No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A4424 (DenDekker) Referred to Governmental Operations 2/4/2019 (A) Makes former military police officers eligible for appointment to State police, provided they are less than 55 years of age and apply within eight months of ending active duty. None No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A4600 (Colton MS); S3870 (Persaud) Referred to Labor 2/4/2019 (A); Referred to Labor 2/20/2019 (S) 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 A4730 (DenDekker) Referred to Governmental Employees 2/5/2019 (A) Allows retirees who are members of a not-for-profit organization representing New York State governmental employees to elect to have membership dues deducted from their retirement allowance. The election is filed with the Comptroller and remains valid until revoked. None No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A5263 (Abbate); S3921 (Gounardes) Referred to Governmental Employees 2/8/2019 (A); Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 2/21/2019 (S) Provides that vacancies in supervisory personnel of DSNY in titles of General Superintendent 2 and General Superintendent 3 and/or positions with equivalent duties and responsibilities, shall be filled by promotion from among employees holding competitive class positions in a lower grade in the department, and that such promotions shall be based on merit and fitness examination. None No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A5342 (Abbate); S1165 (Funke) Referred to Codes 3/19/2019 (A); Reported and Committed to Finance 2/4/2019 (S) Requires Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority,  Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority, Capital District Transportation Authority, and Central New York Regional Transportation Authority and their employees to submit all unresolvable contract negotiations to binding arbitration.  None No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A5386 (Abbate); S3918 (Gounardes) Passed Assembly on 3/28/2019 (A); Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 2/21/2019 (S) Provides the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority employee organization may opt into binding arbitration. None No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A5566 (Manktelow) Referred to Local Governments 2/13/2019 (A) Provides that DEC officer training adequate for appointment to other law enforcement organizations. None No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A5824 (Giglio) Referred to Governmental Employees 2/19/2019 (A) Eliminates maximum age for taking civil service examination for appointment as police officer or as environmental conservation officer.  None No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A5897 (Barclay) Referred to Governmental Employees 2/20/2019 (A) Waives civil service examination application fees for veterans.  TBD No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A5931 (Englebright) Referred to Governmental Employees 2/20/2019 (A) Prohibits any public or private employers from diminishing benefits of retirees. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A6091 (Abbate) Passed Assembly on 3/28/2019 (A) Clarifies that a permanent competitive employee holding a provisional or discretionary appointment in the titles of Emergency Medical Service Specialist Level II, Deputy Chief, Division Chief, Division Chief Commander, and positions with equivalent duties shall be given the opportunity to participate in a competitive promotional examination for the next higher title. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A6109 (Abbate) Referred to Governmental Employees 2/28/2019 (A) Preserves ability of firefighters and police officers to negotiate disciplinary procedures.  None No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A6239 (Magnarelli) Referred to Local Governments 3/4/2019 (A) Extends volunteer firefighters' exercise benefits to informal, but approved, activities. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A6712 (Stern); S1913 (Gaughran) Referred to Real Property Taxation 3/15/2019 (A); Passed Senate on 2/26/2019 (S) Authorizes municipalities to offer real property tax credits to certain volunteers who live in one municipality but who serve in neighboring municipalities.  None to the State No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous S892 (Young) Referred to Investigations and Government Operations 1/9/2019 (S) Provides tax credit to State employees who had raises withheld during the Great Recession and retired before those raises were reinstated.  $3.700 No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous S1442 (Sanders) Advanced to Third Reading 2/11/2019 (S) Requires all public employers to allow employees to transfer sick time to coworkers. Undetermined No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous S1444 (Sanders) Referred to Cities 1/14/2019 (S) Extends benefits of the VSF to all New York City police officers, firefighters, housing police, transit police, correction officers, and registered domestic partners. Undetermined No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous S1703 (Sepulveda) Referred to Labor 1/15/2019 (S) Requires public and private employers to provide paid overtime for work performed on certain federal holidays. Undetermined No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous S3566 (Serrano) Referred to Local Governments 2/8/2019 (S) Provides additional compensation to certain New York City employees who possess or make substantial use of foreign languages in performance of official duties. Undetermined No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous S4268 (Parker) Referred to Investigations and Government Operations 3/5/2019 (S) Authorizes New York City to adopt a residency requirement for police officers; also authorizes 5% salary increases for resident police officers and other benefits. Undetermined No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A6894 (Cook (MS)); S4439 (Parker) Referred to Governmental Employees 3/25/2019 (A); Referred to Local Government 3/11/2019 (S) Allows salary and civil service exam credits for police officers in certain cities, property tax credits for resident officers, and student loan forgiveness program for certain police officers. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous A7248 (Abbate) Referred to Governmental Employees 4/18/019 (A) Extends last hired, first fired provisions to labor class and noncompetitive titles.  TBD No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous S4527 (Parker) Referred to Investigations and Government Operations 3/14/2019 (S) Establishes COLA for members of the legislature, which provides a mechanism for increasing or decreasing the member's allowance at the same rate as increases or decreases in the median household income. TBD No fiscal note provided.
Miscellaneous S5007 (Parker) Referred to Labor 4/3/2019 (S) Prohibits employers from terminating or disciplining an employee for tardiness due to volunteer firefighter or ambulance responses. TBD No fiscal note provided.