from Bill Magnarelli
Bill Combats
Absentee Landlords

Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli announced Assembly passage of legislation that would make limited liability companies more accountable to municipalities (A8948). Magnarelli’s legislation aids the City of Syracuse’s effort to combat absentee property owners on code violations, enforce ordinances and collect taxes and judgments levied against properties.

“There are numerous economic benefits from the limited liability law that must be preserved, but the law must be amended to address the serious concerns regarding properties owned by limited liability companies with absent owners,” Magnarelli said. “These owners are responsible to the City, community and their tenants to address any violations and judgments.”

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Many rental properties owned by limited liability companies are in violation of building and safety codes, in disrepair and create serious quality of life problems in Syracuse and Central New York. Some of these property owners have neglected to pay property taxes or other utility bills. In some cases, the City of Syracuse has been unable to locate the owners of these properties to enforce code violations or to collect on judgments. This legislation opens the door to the names of the individuals behind the limited liability companies, aiding the City in tracking them down.

Up until this legislation, the individuals affiliated with the limited liability companies were hidden behind their companies, ensuring complete anonymity. Prosecuting violating companies was challenging, at best. Magnarelli said that some limited liability companies with properties in Syracuse work tirelessly to maintain their properties. This bill only targets the absentee landlords with derelict properties.

“This problem is not unique to Central New York,” Magnarelli said. “This bill will help other New York cities combat similar issues, and ultimately, restore the quality of life for tenants and the surrounding communities.”


The New York Italian-American Conference of State Legislators 18th Annual weekend concluded on June 2 in Albany. As the 2007 – 2008 Conference President, Magnarelli and other Conference Executive Committee members honored B. Thomas Golisano and Peter Cardella with ‘Italian-American of Distinction’ Awards. In addition, the Conference awards college scholarships to New York State students for academic excellence and athletic prowess.

“The Annual Conference weekend is where we take time to reflect on what it means to be an Italian-American in the 21st century, celebrate our unique cultural identity and preserve our shared heritage,” Magnarelli said.

The Conference kicked off on Sunday, June 1 with presentations, plenary session and the awards ceremony, and ending the next day with the famous Festa Italiana.

Pictured on June 1, 2008. From left to right: Senator Serphin Maltese; Honoree B. Thomas Golisano; Honoree Peter Cardella; and Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli.



The Empire Zone program was originally designed to be an economic tool that would provide greater tax benefits and help spur job creation in struggling regions across the state. However, the program has not met its intended goals. Magnarelli, with other Assembly members, recently passed legislation to reform the Empire Zone Program. Under these new reforms, the State will have greater power to root out businesses that enrolled in the program, receive the benefits, and yet do not produce the promised results. Also, the legislation would prohibit non-qualifying businesses from entering the program.



With the rising cost of a college education, finding creative solutions to alleviate tuition costs has become a daunting task for many CNYers. Magnarelli supported a new law that improves the New York State College Choice Tuition Savings Program. The so-called “529 accounts” allow for tax-deductible contributions made by NYS residents with tax-free withdrawals for qualified higher education purposes. The new law allows anyone to deposit money directly into the account, not only the owner of the account.



Magnarelli supported changes to the law regarding net metering, opening the door for increased investment in renewable ‘green’ energy technology. The bill passed by the Assembly allows businesses, as well as presently allowed homeowners, to sell excess electricity back to the power company, while removing the cap on the amount of energy available for net metering.



The Assembly passed legislation that would immediately end the terms of the New York State Thruway Authority Board of Directors, allow Governor Paterson to appoint new directors, and provide for another transition whenever a new governor takes office.



Governor Paterson signed into law a measure that makes assaulting a person 65 or older a class D felony, if the perpetrator is more than 10 years younger than the victim. This measure will help curb predatory attacks by those who target the elderly.



A package of bills designed to address New York’s subprime lending crisis and assist homeowners struggling to pay their mortgages passed in the Assembly. This legislation will hold lenders accountable and assist New Yorkers who are in danger of losing their homes. The comprehensive plan will establish requirements on all home loans, provide information to all residential mortgage applicants and assist homeowners who are currently in default or foreclosure.

June 2008
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Assemblyman Magnarelli and Carol Ash, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation at Green Lakes State Park pictured outside the Bath House, where Commissioner Ash unveiled the new design of the new Bath House. Assemblyman Magnarelli also toured the Administration Building currently under renovation.

“Green Lakes is truly a Central New York gem, and I’m happy to see the renovations and historic preservation taking place,” Magnarelli said.

Pictured on May 22, 2008.


Every year the New York State Assembly hosts a Summer Reading Challenge, encouraging parents and children to read together.

To earn a New York State Assembly Excellence in Reading certificate, children must read with a parent for 15 minutes a day for at least 40 days during July and August.

For more information on participating schools and libraries, please contact 315-428-9651.



Above – Assemblyman Magnarelli pictured speaking with Master Sergeant Peter Terry of the 174th Fighter Wing at the Solvay – Geddes Memorial Day Service. We wish Master Sergeant Terry and his family good luck and best wishes, as he returns to Iraq in June.

Other photos represented the parades in Eastwood and Baldwinsville.

Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli

Assemblyman Magnarelli represents the 120th Assembly District, which includes the Northside, Westside, Eastwood and Valley areas of the City of Syracuse, as well as the towns of Geddes and Van Buren. He first won election in 1998 for an open Assembly seat.

During his four terms in office, Magnarelli has focused his efforts on bringing more jobs to Central New York, lowering taxes, providing our children a better education at every level, improving our healthcare and keeping our families safe.

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