July 25, 2012

Legislative Update - July 25, 2012

New NY Commission on Education

Legislative Retirments

Financial Aid Shopping Sheet

2012 Legislation of Interest


New NY Commission on Education-

On April 30th, Governor Cuomo established the New York Education Reform Commission designed to recommend reforms to the state's education system in order to improve overall student performance.  Specifically, the Commission is charged to examine all aspects of the state's education system including teacher recruitment and performance, student achievement, education funding and costs, parent and family engagement, problems facing high-need districts, and the best use of technology in the classroom. The seven key objectives that the Commission is charged to review are outlined in detail in the “objectives” link below.

Chancellor Zimpher serves as a member of the Commission (the membership list is contained in the Governor’s press release).  As one of the few representatives from higher education on the Commission, Chancellor Zimpher emphasizes the continuum nature of the education system in New York and SUNY’s unique role in that continuum as we train the teachers who teach the students in the classroom.

Essential to the success of the Commission are the numerous regional meetings/public hearings the Commission is conducting.  To date, meetings have been held in the Capital District and Western NY.  This Thursday a regional meeting will be hosted at CUNY Hostos Community College in the Bronx.  Future regional meetings are scheduled for the Southern Tier, Central NY, North Country, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley, Long Island and the Finger Lakes.  The dates for these meeting in contained in the regional meeting schedule link below. 

Governor Press Release

Commission Objectives

Chancellor Zimpher Statement

Commission Regional Meeting Schedule


Legislative Retirements

To date, several members of the Senate and Assembly are not seeking re-election to their respective chamber this fall either due to retirements, defeat in a primary or seeking an alternative elected position:

Senator Owen Johnson (SD 4)- retirement
Senator James Alesi (SD 55) – retirement
Senator Tom Duane (SD 29) – retirement
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (SD 37) – retirement
Assemblyman Jack McEneny (AD 104) – retirement
Assemblyman Bob Reilly (AD 109) – retirement
Assemblyman Ron Canestrari (AD 106) – retirement
Assemblywoman Nancy Calhoun (AD 96) – retirement
Assemblywoman Grace Meng (AD 22) – seeking 6th Congressional district
Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (AD 57) – seeking 8th Congressional district
Assemblyman George Latimer (AD 91) – seeking 29th Senate district
Assemblyman Sean Hanna (AD 130) – seeking 55th Senate district
Assemblyman Rory Lancman (AD 25) – lost primary for 6th Congressional district
Assemblyman Guillermo Linares (AD 72) – seeking 31st Senate district
Assemblyman Lou Tobacco (62 AD) – retirement
Assemblyman Jim Conte (10 AD) – retirement
Assemblyman Joel Miller (105 AD) – retirement
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (113 AD) – retirement
Assemblyman Dan Burling (147 AD) - retirement
Assemblyman Phil Boyle (8 AD) – seeking 4th Senate district


Financial Aid Shopping Sheet

Yesterday, President Obama and the Department of Education released a model Financial Aid Shopping Sheet, which is designed to make it easier for prospective students and their families to compare information on the true costs of college, including:

Chancellor Zimpher stated, “President Obama and his administration have got it right, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in championing financial aid transparency for students across the country. As college and university administrators, we owe it to our prospective students and their families to provide a standardized, easy-to-use method of comparing the costs of one college to another, and the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet will do just that.”

Secretary Duncan’s Letter

Chancellor Zimpher’s Statement

Chancellor Zimpher Op-Ed

Sample Shopping Sheet 


2012 Legislation of Interest –

Below is a listing of significant higher education legislation approved by both the Senate & Assembly during the 2012 Session.  This list will be updated periodically. 

Chapter Laws of 2012

Chapter 15 – SUNY Police Contract

S.6610 Robach

A.9459 Abbate

Relates to compensation, benefits and other terms and conditions of employment of members of the agency police services unit which included the SUNY police officers.

Chapter 18 - Tier VI

S.6735 Rules

A.9558 Rules

Establishes a Tier VI retirement benefit for new employees of the State and local governments.

Chapter 37 - PEF Contract

S.6960 Robach-

A.9831 Abbate

Relates to compensation, benefits and other terms and conditions of employment of certain state officers and employees who are members of the public employee’s federation.

Chapter 48 - Physician Assistants

S.4376-B Hannon

A.7355-B Gottfried

Clarifies the statutes governing the practice of physician assistants and specialist assistants.

Chapter 50 – State Operations Budget

A.9050-D Budget

S.6250-D Budget

Enacts the state operations budget which includes state support for SUNY’s state-operated campuses.

Chapter 53 – Aid to Localities Budget

A.9053-E Budget

S.6253-E Budget

Enacts the aid to localities budget which includes state support for community colleges.

Chapter 45 – Capital Projects Budget

Enacts the capital projects budget which includes the SUNY Construction Fund.

Chapter 57 – Education Budget Article VII

A.9057-D Budget

S.6257-E Budget

Enacts major components of legislation which are necessary to implement the education, labor and family assistance budget including directing the board of  trustees of SUNY and CUNY to conduct a study on  student  remediation and strategies and programs to promote transition to college readiness, expansion of the SUNY Challenge Grant Program, clarification of the non-resident tuition of students of the SUNY university centers and a study in  relation to community college charges for non-residence students.

Chapter 70 – CUNY Tuition Waiver

A.9167 Lentol

S.6373 Golden

Extends certain provisions of law relating to tuition waivers for police officer students of the city university of New York.

Chapter 106 - Iranian Divestment Act

A.9224 Silver

S.6462 Skelos

Provides for the application of the Iranian energy sector divestment act to public authorities and SUNY and CUNY; prohibits certain contracts.

Chapter 128 - Banking Deposits

A.8971 Magnarelli

S.5135 Martins

Authorizes the state, local governments and public authorities to arrange for redeposit of moneys through a deposit placement program through a bank or trust company that serves as custodian with respect to the moneys and arranges for the redeposit of the moneys in one or more banking institutions.

Chapter 136 - Trocaire College Aid

A9391 Peoples-Stokes --

Same as S 6424 GRISANTI

Ensures that Bundy Aid allocations for Trocaire College is maintained at its current level based on associate degrees awarded.

Chapter 214 - Camp Health Services

S.6466-B Bonacic

A.9794-A Paulin

Authorizes a physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse or emergency medical technician to act as a designated camp health director or to provide health services at a children's overnight, summer day, or traveling summer day camp with a permit.

Chapter 246 - Student Health Insurance

S.7314-A Seward

A.10577 Morelle

Permits certain private colleges and universities to self-insure for their students' health insurance.

Delivered to the Governor for Final Action

Physical Therapy Practice Plans

A.10002 Brennan

S.6980 Ranzenhofer

Extends the current list of professions authorized to organize or cause to be organized a university faculty practice corporation to include persons who are authorized to practice physical therapy and who are members of the faculty of the same accredited college or university with an accredited doctor of physical therapy program.

Status:  Delivered to the Governor – July 20, 2012

Occupational Therapy Assistants

A.10118 Canestrari

S.7175 LaValle

Allows an individual seeking to become an occupational therapy assistant to receive a limited permit to practice while attempting to pass the licensure exam.

Status:  Delivered to the Governor – July 20, 2012

Gun Safety Course

A.10204 Lifton

S.7436 O'Mara

Allows Cornell University students over the age of 21 to take the Introduction to Handgun Safety and Marksmanship course,

Status:  Delivered to the Governor – July 20, 2012

ESF Property Swap

S.6642-A DeFrancisco

A.9531-A Magnarelli

Authorizes the exchange of property between SUNY ESF and Syracuse University.

Status:  Delivered to the Governor – July 20, 2012

Pending Delivery to Governor for Final Action

Agency Reports

A.7822-A Magnarelli

S.2899-A DeFrancisco

Requires state agency reports to be posted on line and provides for a letter or notice to be sent to members of the legislature indicating the website address and the name of the person at such state agency to whom a legislator may request a printed copy of such report.

Central Service Technicians

A.8620-C Bronson

S.5155-D Grisanti

Requires individuals employed in the supply of central services to hospitals to be certified and undergo continuing education.

Agency Advertising

A.9034-B Englebright

S.6285-A Lanza

Prohibits a state agency from entering into contracts for advertising mailings for products and services of entities which relate directly to the authority of such agency.

Surgical Technology

A.9303A Cahill

S.6511-A Savino

Requires individuals employed as surgical technologists in hospitals to be certified and sets forth the requirements for such certification.

Cyber Research Institute

A.9663-A Brindisi

S.6762-A Griffo

Provides that the Urban Development Corporation shall establish a Cyber Research Institute to perform research and development in cyber security and work with the Air Force Research Lab in Rome, New York.

University of Rochester Peace Officers

A.9666-A Bronson

S.6249-B Alesi

Designates security services officers of the University of Rochester as peace officers.

Telemedicine Services

A.9834 Gunther

S.6970 Young

Provides for the credentialing of health care providers providing telemedicine services.

Deductions From Wages

A.10785 Morelle

S.7790 Young

Establishes additional categories of permissible wage deductions that may be taken by employers with the consent of employees.

Occupational Therapy Continuing Education

S.2935-B LaValle

A. 4519-B Canestrari

Establishes requirements for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants to complete continuing competency courses as part of their triennial license renewal; also provides for a mandatory continuing competency fee to be paid at the time of license renewal and which will be in addition to the triennial registration fee.

Perfusionist Licensure

S.4640-C DeFrancisco

A.4153-C Magnarelli

Permits perfusionists to directly perform laboratory tests necessary to their job of running machines essential to procedures such as open heart surgery and organ transplants.

Nurse Anesthetist Certification

S.5356-D Young

A.8392-C Paulin

Provides for the certification by the education department of certified registered nurse anesthetists.

NFP Prompt Payment

S.6469 DeFrancisco

A.9342 Englebright

Establishes that not-for-profit organizations shall be entitled to all prompt contracting interest due from a state agency at the time of the first payment made to any such organization.

Terminated State Employees

S.6584 McDonald

A.9372 Abbate

Permits employees who were terminated between January 1, 2009 and April 1, 2014 due to a reduction in the state workforce, to appear or practice before their former agency or receive compensation for rendering services on a matter before their former agency, avoiding the current two year ban.

Cornell Peace Officers

S.7485-A O'Mara

A.10400-A Lifton

Permits Cornell University to hire campus police officers that are assigned to the Ithaca campus who live outside of Tompkins County.

Consultant Contracts

S.7782 Robach

A.10781 Bronson

Relates to the cost effectiveness of consultant contracts by state agencies.


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