Establishes an amnesty and fine discount program for small businesses who were forced to shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic because of the inability to pay a fine or summons for a violation from certain departments or offices.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2021-2022 Regular Sessions
July 7, 2021
Introduced by M. of A. WEPRIN -- read once and referred to the Committee
on Small Business
AN ACT to establish an amnesty and fine discount program for small busi-
nesses who were forced to shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic
because of the inability to pay a fine or summons for a violation from
certain departments or offices
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary,
2 there shall be established an amnesty and fine discount program for
3 small business owners in the state who have received a summons or
4 violation resulting in a fine during the COVID-19 state disaster emer-
5 gency declared by executive order 202 that began on March 7, 2020. Such
6 program shall provide relief for small business owners who have received
7 a fine during the COVID-19 state disaster emergency and who, as a result
8 of not being able to pay such fine, have defaulted or have been forced
9 to permanently close his or her small business.
10 § 2. Such amnesty and fine discount program shall be administered by
11 the department of taxation and finance and shall cover fines received
12 for violations from the department of transportation, the office of
13 parks, recreation and historic preservation, the department of state,
14 the department of health, the department of mental hygiene and the state
15 fire prevention and building code council. The department of taxation
16 and finance, in consultation with the department or office who has
17 issued the original fine or summons, shall determine on an individual
18 basis whether a small business shall qualify for the amnesty and fine
19 discount program as established pursuant to this act.
20 § 3. If a small business is determined to qualify for the amnesty and
21 fine discount program pursuant to section two of this act, such small
22 business shall be amnestied from any extra fees and interest arising
23 from penalties received during the COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
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1 such small business defaulting or permanently closing, as well as a
2 twenty-five percent reduction of the original fine that was issued. Such
3 small business shall then have three months to pay the reduced fine
4 amount. If such small business does not pay the reduced fine amount
5 within the three-month time period, the original fine amount plus the
6 fees and interest shall be added back and become due immediately.
7 § 4. For purposes of this act, "small business" shall mean a business
8 which is resident in the state, independently owned and operated, not
9 dominant in its field and employs one hundred or less persons.
10 § 5. The department of taxation and finance shall promulgate rules and
11 regulations as necessary to implement the amnesty and fine discount
12 program pursuant to this act.
13 § 6. This act shall take effect immediately.