STATE OF NEW YORK
March 28, 2018
Introduced by Sen. O'MARA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Civil Service and Pensions
AN ACT to authorize the county of Yates to offer an optional twenty year
retirement plan to Megan Morehouse, a deputy sheriff employed by such
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 the county of Yates, a participating employer in the New York state and
3 local employees' retirement system, which previously elected to offer
4 the optional twenty year retirement plan established pursuant to section
5 552 of the retirement and social security law, to deputy sheriffs
6 employed by such county, is hereby authorized to make participation in
7 such plan available to Megan Morehouse, a deputy sheriff employed by the
8 county of Yates, who, for reasons not ascribable to her own negligence
9 failed to make timely application to participate in such twenty year
10 retirement plan. The county of Yates may so elect by filing with the
11 state comptroller within three months of the effective date of this act,
12 a resolution of the Yates county legislature together with certification
13 that such deputy sheriff did not bar herself from participation in such
14 retirement plan as a result of her own negligence. Thereafter, such
15 deputy sheriff may elect to be covered by the provisions of section 552
16 of the retirement and social security law, and shall be entitled to the
17 full rights and benefits associated with coverage under such section, by
18 filing a request to that effect with the state comptroller on or before
19 June 30, 2019.
20 § 2. All past service costs associated with the implementation of this
21 act shall be borne by Yates county.
22 § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
This bill will allow Yates County to elect to reopen the provisions of
Section 552 of the Retirement and Social Security Law for deputy sheriff
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
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If this bill is enacted during the 2018 legislative session and Megan
Morehouse becomes covered under the provisions of Section 552, we antic-
ipate that there will be an increase of approximately $5,000 in the
annual contributions of Yates County for the fiscal year ending March
31, 2019. In future years, this cost will vary as the billing rates and
salary of Megan Morehouse change.
There is no past service cost.
Summary of relevant resources:
The membership data used in measuring the impact of the proposed
change was the same as that used in the March 31, 2017 actuarial valu-
ation. Distributions and other statistics can be found in the 2017
Report of the Actuary and the 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial
The actuarial assumptions and methods used are described in the 2015,
2016, and 2017 Annual Report to the Comptroller on Actuarial Assump-
tions, and the Codes Rules and Regulations of the State of New York:
Audit and Control.
The Market Assets and GASB Disclosures are found in the March 31, 2017
New York State and Local Retirement System Financial Statements and
I am a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and meet the Quali-
fication Standards to render the actuarial opinion contained herein.
This estimate, dated March 1, 2018, and intended for use only during
the 2018 Legislative Session, is Fiscal Note No. 2018-67, prepared by
the Actuary for the New York State and Local Retirement System.