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A01770 Summary:

BILL NOA01770
 
SAME ASSAME AS S02164
 
SPONSORDinowitz
 
COSPNSROrtiz, Benedetto, Simanowitz, Crespo, Richardson, Joyner, Mosley, Colton, Cook, Braunstein, Pichardo, Titone, DenDekker, Bichotte, Rivera, Blake, Hooper, Thiele
 
MLTSPNSRAbbate, Barnwell, Englebright, Hyndman, Sepulveda, Simon, Skartados
 
Amd 1266, Pub Auth L
 
Relates to a half fare rate program in the MTA for veterans.
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A01770 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A1770
 
SPONSOR: Dinowitz (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to a half fare rate program in the metropolitan transportation authority for veterans   PURPOSE: This bill would authorize the metropolitan transportation authority (MTA) and any of its subsidiary corporations to establish and implement a half fare rate for veterans.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one authorizes the MTA and its subsidiary corporations which include Metro-North and the Long Island Railroad to establish and imple- ment a half fare rate for veterans.   EXISTING LAW: Currently the MTA provides a half fare rate program for those with seri- ous mental illness.   JUSTIFICATION: Those who serve our country in the armed forces deserve not only our respect, but our gratitude for the sacrifices and risks that they are willing to take to preserve our freedoms. Veterans should be entitled to certain benefits that express that gratitude for their service. This bill would provide a half fare program for New York State residents who have served as a member of our armed forces. New York has one of highest veteran populations in the country with a strong concentration of residents in the MTA region. However, according to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, our state has lost almost between 30 and 35% of our veteran population between 2000-2015 which in part can be attributed to the state's high cost of living, particularly in the MTA region. By making the MTA region more affordable to live and travel in, we hope to keep veterans in our state. The MTA has established a half fare program for those with a serious mental illness and this would expand that program to those who should be recognized for their service to our country.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2015-16- A.7850A - Referred to Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions/S.5545A - Passed Senate   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Nominal fiscal implication to the MTA.   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
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A01770 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          1770
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 13, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M. of A. DINOWITZ, ORTIZ, BENEDETTO, SIMANOWITZ, CRESPO,
          RICHARDSON,  JOYNER,  MOSLEY,  COLTON,  COOK,  BRAUNSTEIN,   PICHARDO,
          TITONE,  DenDEKKER,  BICHOTTE, RIVERA, BLAKE, HOOPER, THIELE -- Multi-
          Sponsored by -- M. of  A.  ABBATE,  ENGLEBRIGHT,  HYNDMAN,  SEPULVEDA,
          SIMON,  SKARTADOS -- read once and referred to the Committee on Corpo-
          rations, Authorities and Commissions
 
        AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to a  half  fare
          rate program in the metropolitan transportation authority for veterans
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Subdivision 16 of section 1266 of  the  public  authorities
     2  law, as amended by chapter 25 of the laws of 2000, is amended to read as
     3  follows:
     4    16.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the authority and any
     5  of its subsidiary corporations shall establish and implement a half fare
     6  rate program for, (a) persons with serious mental illness who are eligi-
     7  ble to receive supplemental security income benefits as defined pursuant
     8  to title sixteen of the federal social  security  act  and  section  two
     9  hundred  nine of the social services law, and (b) veterans. For purposes
    10  of this subdivision "veteran" shall mean a member of the armed forces of
    11  the United States who served and was honorably  discharged  or  released
    12  under honorable circumstances from such service, and presents an author-
    13  ized  veteran  identification  card,  and who is a citizen of the United
    14  States or an alien lawfully admitted  for  permanent  residence  in  the
    15  United States and who is a resident of the state of New York at the time
    16  of application for the half fare rate program.
    17    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD03769-01-7
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