Relates to the compensation of presidents of the state university of New York and city university of New York; may not exceed the annual compensation provided to the chancellor of such university; such compensation limit shall not apply to the presidents of certain university centers or medical centers.
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A9209
SPONSOR: Morelle (MS)
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to the
compensation of presidents of the state university of New York and city
university of New York
This bill would provide that no president of any SUNY or CUNY college
shall receive compensation exceeding that of the chancellor of their
respective university system. This would not apply to presidents of SUNY
university centers or medical centers, as identified in Section 352 of
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
This legislation amends subdivision of 3 of section 169 of the executive
law to provide that no president of any SUNY or CUNY university shall
receive annual compensation from any state agency, including the SUNY
Research Foundation, which, in the aggregate, exceeds the annual compen-
sation provided to the chancellor of their respective university system.
This compensation limit, however, shall not apply to the presidents of
SUNY university centers or medical centers.
As we work towards providing all New Yorkers with access to quality and
affordable higher education, we must ensure that both SUNY and CUNY
continue to control costs at all levels. SUNY and CUNY are, respective-
ly, the 1st and 3" largest university systems in the nation. This legis-
lation recognizes the immense responsibilities placed on both chancel-
lors, and ensures that with limited exception, their compensation is not
exceeded by the campus presidents each oversees.
To be determined.
This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have
STATE OF NEW YORK
February 4, 2016
Introduced by M. of A. MORELLE, COOK, MAGNARELLI, COLTON, MILLER,
LINARES, HARRIS, GUNTHER, GALEF -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A.
HEVESI, HIKIND, THIELE, TITONE -- read once and referred to the
Committee on Higher Education
AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to the compensation of
presidents of the state university of New York and city university of
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 169 of the executive law, as added
2 by chapter 263 of the laws of 1987, is amended to read as follows:
3 3.(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section or any other
4 provision of law, the boards of trustees of the state university of New
5 York and the city university of New York shall each establish and imple-
6 ment salary plans for the chancellors, presidents and senior staffs of
7 such state and city universities, respectively. The board of regents
8 shall establish and implement a separate salary plan for the president
9 of the university of the state of New York, setting forth the compen-
10 sation to be received by the president for performing the duties of that
11 office assigned by the rules of the regents or statute, which shall be
12 in addition to the compensation received by such person pursuant to the
13 provisions of subdivisions one and two of this section. Such salary
14 plans shall be developed after consultation with the governor's office
15 of employee relations and the division of the budget. Any increase in
16 compensation for the positions set forth in this subdivision, not other-
17 wise funded from any appropriation, shall be funded from reallocations
18 of funds within the appropriations specifically identified by the afore-
19 mentioned boards. Each board of trustees and the board of regents shall
20 file a proposed salary plan report with the chairs of the senate finance
21 committee and the assembly ways and means committee and the director of
22 the budget at least sixty days prior to the effective date of such sala-
23 ry plan. Each salary plan report shall set forth the salary schedule,
24 the dollar value of additional public compensation and other employment
25 benefits that such positions would receive, the specific sources of
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
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1 funding to be reallocated for salary increases, the amount of increase
2 to be provided to each position, the comparison salary data on which the
3 plan is based, and such other information as the boards of trustees and
4 the board of regents deem appropriate.
5 (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section or any other
6 provision of law to the contrary, no president of any state university
7 of New York or city university of New York shall receive annual compen-
8 sation from any state agency or agencies, in aggregate, that exceeds the
9 annual compensation provided to the chancellor of such university.
10 Provided, however, such compensation limit shall not apply to the presi-
11 dents of the university centers or the medical centers listed in subdi-
12 vision three of section three hundred fifty-two of the education law.
13 For purposes of this paragraph, the term "state agency" shall have the
14 same meaning as in section fifty-three-a of the state finance law.
15 § 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
16 have become a law.