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A00190 Summary:

BILL NOA00190
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORCahill
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
 
Directs the NYS Thruway Authority and NYS Bridge Authority to jointly study and report on methods to share services and combine functions and on feasibility of merging as a single entity; requires reports to be issued to the governor and legislature.
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A00190 Actions:

BILL NOA00190
 
01/09/2019referred to corporations, authorities and commissions
01/08/2020referred to corporations, authorities and commissions
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A00190 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A190
 
SPONSOR: Cahill
  TITLE OF BILL: An act in relation to directing the New York State Thruway Authority and the New York State Bridge Authority to jointly study and report on methods that can be implemented to share services and combine functions, and on the feasibility of merging into a single entity   PURPOSE: This legislation directs the NYS Thruway Authority and the NYS Bridge Authority to conduct a joint study to explore the sharing and consol- idation of services and functions in order to reduce each Authority's overall administrative, operational, and/or capital costs. Furthermore, these Authorities shall also conduct a study to explore the feasibility of a merger of the authorities into a single entity.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 sets forth the intent of the legislation and parameters for such study and report. Section 2 provides the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: This legislation comes after the NYS Thruway Authority announced their 2015-16 budget, which included a $36 million deficit. Additionally, it has been reported that this budget deficit could grow to an astonishing $305 million by 2018. This proposal will direct both the NYS Thruway Authority and the NYS Bridge Authority to conduct a study to explore the sharing and consolidation of services and functions in order to reduce each Authority's overall administrative, operational, and/or capital costs to avoid future budget deficits.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2017-2018: A.41 - Referred to Corporations, Authorities and Commissions 2015-2016: A.4197 - Referred to Corporations, Authorities and Commis- sions   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A00190 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                           190
 
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                       (Prefiled)
 
                                     January 9, 2019
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. CAHILL -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions
 
        AN ACT in relation to directing the New York State Thruway Authority and
          the  New  York  State  Bridge Authority to jointly study and report on
          methods that can be implemented to share services  and  combine  func-
          tions, and on the feasibility of merging into a single entity
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. 1. The New York state thruway authority and  the  New  York
     2  state  bridge  authority  shall  jointly  conduct a study to explore the
     3  sharing and consolidation of services and functions in order  to  reduce
     4  each  authority's  overall  administrative,  operational  and/or capital
     5  costs. Such authorities shall additionally conduct a  study  to  explore
     6  the  feasibility  of  a  merger of the authorities into a single entity.
     7  Such authorities may employ  the  use  of  outside  consultants  in  the
     8  conducting of either study, subject to competitive bidding requirements.
     9    a.  Sharing  and  consolidation  of services study. The joint study to
    10  explore the sharing and consolidation of services and  functions  should
    11  be designed with the ultimate goal of streamlining the functions of each
    12  authority  in  order  to reduce overall costs and increase efficiencies,
    13  and shall include, at a minimum, an examination of methods that  can  be
    14  implemented by each authority in order to:
    15    (i)  consolidate central administrative functions, such as purchasing,
    16  personnel management, hiring and employee benefits administration;
    17    (ii) consolidate or share optional  functions,  such  as  maintenance,
    18  security services, toll collections and payment processing; and
    19    (iii)  develop  and  implement  a joint capital plan whereby long term
    20  capital projects at each individual authority are jointly  designed  and
    21  constructed.

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD00067-01-9

        A. 190                              2
 
     1    b. Merger study. The joint study to explore the feasibility of a merg-
     2  er of the New York state thruway authority and the New York state bridge
     3  authority  into  a single entity may, at the discretion of each authori-
     4  ty's board of directors, be conducted in conjunction with or apart  from
     5  the  sharing  and  consolidation of services study and shall explore any
     6  and all aspects of a full  merger of the two individual authorities into
     7  a single entity.
     8    2. Reports. a. Within six months of the effective date  of  this  act,
     9  the  New  York  state  thruway  authority  and the New York state bridge
    10  authority shall jointly issue a report of the findings  of  sharing  and
    11  consolidation of services study to the governor, the temporary president
    12  of  the  senate  and  the  speaker  of  the  assembly. Such report shall
    13  include, but not be limited to, the following:
    14    (i) actions that can be implemented by each authority  immediately,  a
    15  plan  of  action  for  such  implementation,  and  the estimated cost of
    16  savings to be achieved;
    17    (ii) actions that require regulatory action by either or both authori-
    18  ties in order to be implemented, a plan of action for implementing  such
    19  actions, and the estimated cost savings to be achieved; and
    20    (iii)  actions  that  require  statutory changes in order to be imple-
    21  mented and the estimated cost savings to be achieved.
    22    b. Within one year of the effective date of this  act,  the  New  York
    23  state  thruway  authority  and the New York state bridge authority shall
    24  jointly issue a report of the findings of the merger  feasibility  study
    25  to  the  governor, the temporary president of the senate and the speaker
    26  of the assembly. Such report shall include a  full  examination  of  all
    27  aspects  of merging the two authorities into a single entity, a proposed
    28  plan of action for such merger, and the estimated  cost  savings  to  be
    29  achieved.
    30    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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