A08978 Summary:

BILL NO    A08978 

SAME AS    SAME AS S07054

SPONSOR    Brook-Krasny

COSPNSR    Cymbrowitz, Mosley, Colton, Millman, Gottfried, Jacobs, DenDekker,
           Sepulveda, Wright, Weinstein, Davila, Hooper

MLTSPNSR   Camara, Perry, Rivera, Robinson

Amd S467-b, RPT L

Relates to providing language access services to individuals relating to the
tax abatement program for rent-controlled and rent-regulated property occupied
by senior citizens or persons with disabilities.
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A08978 Actions:

BILL NO    A08978 

03/06/2014 referred to aging
05/28/2014 reported referred to ways and means
05/29/2014 reported 
05/30/2014 advanced to third reading cal.839
06/12/2014 passed assembly
06/12/2014 delivered to senate
06/12/2014 REFERRED TO AGING
06/18/2014 SUBSTITUTED FOR S7054
06/18/2014 3RD READING CAL.640
06/18/2014 PASSED SENATE
06/18/2014 RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY
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A08978 Votes:

A08978 06/12/2014 127/7
AbbateYCorwinYGlickYLavineYNolanYRozicYTitusY
AbinantYCrespoYGoldfedYLentolYOaksYRussellYWalterY
ArroyoYCrouchYGoodellNOLiftonYO'DonneYRyanYWeinsteY
AubryYCurranYGottfriYLopezYOrtizYSaladinYWeisenbER
BarclayYCusickYGrafYLupardoYOtisYSantabaYWeprinY
BarrettYCymbrowYGuntherYLupinacYPalmesaYScarborYWrightY
BenedetYDavilaYHawleyYMageeYPalumboYSchimelYZebrowsY
BlankenYDenDekkYHeastieYMagnareYPaulinYSchimmiYMr SpkrY
BorelliNODinowitYHennessYMalliotYPeoplesYSepulveY
BraunstYDiPietrNOHevesiYMarkeyYPerryYSimanowY
BrennanYDupreyYHikindERMayerYPichardYSimotasY
BrindisYEnglebrYHooperYMcDonalYPretlowYSkartadY
BronsonYFahyYJacobsYMcDonouYQuartYSkoufisY
Brook-KYFarrellYJaffeeYMcKevitYRaYSolagesY
BuchwalYFinchYJohnsYMcLaughNORaiaYStecY
ButlerYFitzpatYKatzERMillerYRamosYSteckY
CahillYFriendNOKavanagYMillmanYRiveraYStirpeY
CamaraYGalefYKearnsYMontesaNORobertsYSweeneyY
CerettoYGanttYKellnerABMorelleYRobinsoYTediscoY
ClarkYGarbariYKimYMosleyYRodriguYTenneyER
ColtonYGiglioYKolbYMoyaYRosaYThieleY
CookYGjonajYLalorNONojayERRosenthYTitoneY

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A08978 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A8978

TITLE OF BILL:  An act to amend the real property tax law, in relation
to providing language access services to individuals relating to the
tax abatement program for rent-controlled and rent-regulated property
occupied by senior citizens or persons with disabilities

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

This bill would require municipalities that have the senior citizen
rent increase exemption (SCRIE) and disabled rent increase exemption
(DRIE) program to ensure that individuals who have difficulty speaking
or understanding English would have the same opportunity to
participate in the SCRIE/DRIE program as other individuals.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1. This bill would require municipalities that offer the
SCRIE/DRIE program to develop and implement a plan to make sure that
individuals who have trouble speaking or understanding English have
adequate access to the program. This plan would include:

*Translation of necessary documents into the six most common
non-English languages spoken in the municipality;

*Provision of interpretive services upon request; and

*Provision of assistive services upon request or demonstrated need to
individuals who require such assistance due to partial or total
deafness, blindness, speech impediment, or cognitive impairment.

Section 2. Effective Date

JUSTIFICATION:

New York City contains a vibrant array of cultures and ethnicities
across the boroughs. All of these communities have senior citizens on
fixed incomes that would benefit from participation in the SCRIE
program. Many of these individuals speak languages other than English.
It is unacceptable for seniors in need to be denied access to such an
important program because they cannot understand the forms or cannot
readily speak with agency staff.

While some strides have been made to correct this disparity, with all
of the services and technology available, the municipalities can do
more. Any senior who is eligible, regardless of their language or
assistance needs, should have the opportunity to participate in the
SCRIE program. It is vital that municipalities make this kind of
inclusiveness a priority.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

A9213 of 2011/2012; Passed Assembly.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.


EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.
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A08978 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
       ________________________________________________________________________

                                         8978

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                     March 6, 2014
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by  M.  of  A. BROOK-KRASNY -- read once and referred to the
         Committee on Aging

       AN ACT to amend the real property tax  law,  in  relation  to  providing
         language  access services to individuals relating to the tax abatement
         program for rent-controlled and rent-regulated  property  occupied  by
         senior citizens or persons with disabilities

         THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

    1    Section 1. Subdivision 3 of section 467-b of the real property tax law
    2  is amended by adding a new paragraph i to read as follows:
    3    I. THE ENTITY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE TAX  ABATEMENT
    4  PROGRAM  SHALL DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PLAN TO ENSURE ADEQUATE ACCESS TO
    5  INFORMATION BY INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE DIFFICULTIES SPEAKING OR UNDERSTAND-
    6  ING ENGLISH. SUCH ENTITY SHALL:
    7    (1) TRANSLATE NECESSARY DOCUMENTS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, FORMS
    8  AND INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED TO OR COMPLETED BY THE  PROGRAM  BENEFICIARIES
    9  OR  PARTICIPANTS,  INTO THE SIX MOST COMMON NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGES SPOKEN
   10  BY INDIVIDUALS WITH LIMITED-ENGLISH PROFICIENCY IN THE MUNICIPALITY THAT
   11  OFFERS THIS PROGRAM PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION;
   12    (2) OFFER, UPON REQUEST, INTERPRETATION SERVICES  BETWEEN  THE  ENTITY
   13  ADMINISTERING  THE  PROGRAM  AND  AN  INDIVIDUAL  IN  HIS OR HER PRIMARY
   14  LANGUAGE WITH RESPECT TO THE PROVISION OF SERVICES OR BENEFITS; AND
   15    (3) OFFER, UPON REQUEST OR DEMONSTRATED NEED, SERVICES TO AN  INDIVID-
   16  UAL WHO REQUIRES ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE DUE TO PARTIAL OR TOTAL DEAFNESS,
   17  BLINDNESS, SPEECH IMPEDIMENT, OR COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT.
   18    S  2.  This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that
   19  the amendments to subdivision 3 of section 467-b of  the  real  property
   20  tax  law made by section one of this act shall not affect the expiration
   21  and reversion of such section and shall be deemed to expire therewith.


        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD07971-01-3
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