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A00957 Summary:

BILL NOA00957
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORGantt
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 878, Pub Auth L
 
Authorizes compensation for members of the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority and establishes such compensation as a $150 stipend for each board meeting attended in order to attract and maintain quality representation on such board.
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A00957 Actions:

BILL NOA00957
 
01/10/2017referred to corporations, authorities and commissions
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A00957 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A957
 
SPONSOR: Gantt
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to authorizing and establishing compensation for members of the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would provide a per meeting stipend for members of the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority in order to attract and maintain quali- ty representation on the board.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill amends subdivision 4 of section 878 of the Public Authorities Law, creating the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority, to provide that each member of the board shall receive one hundred fifty dollars for each board meeting attended.   JUSTIFICATION: The Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority was created pursuant to Chapter 420 of the Laws of 1951. The Authority was created to own and maintain adequate regional market facilities for the buying and selling of agriculture products and to conduct associated business activities. The Board is composed of members from each of the counties within the Authority's jurisdiction, including Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Wayne, Genesee, Orleans, Steuben, Wyoming and Yates. All of the Board members are either farmers or represent farm related activities. The members meet a minimum of four days per year and, due to the geographical spread of the Authority's jurisdiction, must often take a full day from their regular work schedules without direct compensation, other than travel mileage reimbursement. Several of these meetings take place during the planting and harvesting seasons, therefore, creating an extreme hardship on these farmers. Because of this, the Authority has had more and more difficulty in attracting and maintaining qualified representatives. The reimbursement will provide additional membership incentive so that the positive work of the Authority may continue. It should be noted that the Authority itself is one of the few authorities in the state that has repaid all of its bonds, owes no debt to the State of New York, and actually operates in the black. All reimbursement shall come from the Authority's funds and shall have no effect on state funds.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2007-2008:A.699 2009-2010:A.2291 2011-2012:A.724 2013-2014:A.49 2015-2016:A.505   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately upon enactment.
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A00957 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                           957
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 10, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. GANTT -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions
 
        AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation  to  authorizing
          and  establishing  compensation  for  members  of  the  Genesee Valley
          Regional Market Authority

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 878 of the public authorities law,
     2  as  amended  by  chapter  55  of the laws of 1992, is amended to read as
     3  follows:
     4    4. A member of the board shall continue in office during the  pleasure
     5  of  the  body  appointing  him  or her.   Any vacancy which may occur by
     6  reason of the death,  disqualification,  resignation  or  removal  of  a
     7  member  shall  be  filled by the body which appointed such member.  Each
     8  member of the board shall, before entering upon the  duties  of  office,
     9  take  the  constitutional oath of office and file the same in the office
    10  of the secretary of state.  Any member may be removed  by  the  governor
    11  for inefficiency, neglect of duty or misconduct in office, after a hear-
    12  ing  upon charges and an opportunity to be heard in person or by counsel
    13  upon not less than ten days' notice. The  members  of  the  board  shall
    14  [not]  receive  [a  salary or other compensation, but] one hundred fifty
    15  dollars for each board  meeting  attended,  and  shall  be  paid  actual
    16  expenses  incurred  in  attending  meetings  of  the board and executive
    17  committee and in performing committee  work  assigned  to  them  by  the
    18  board,  and shall be reimbursed for travel expenses at the per mile rate
    19  allowed state employees for use of personal vehicles. The powers of  the
    20  authority  shall  be  vested  in  and  exercised  by  the  board and the
    21  provisions of section forty-one of the general  construction  law  shall
    22  apply;  provided  that  the  board  may  delegate  to one or more of its
    23  members or to its officers, agents and employees such powers and  duties
    24  as it may deem proper.
    25    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD01424-01-7
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