Bill Text: NY A10070 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Provides accidental disability retirement benefits equal to three-quarters of the final average salary for deputy sheriffs in Suffolk county.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2020-03-06 - referred to governmental employees [A10070 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A10070-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK


                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                      March 6, 2020

        Introduced  by M. of A. STERN -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Governmental Employees

        AN ACT to amend the retirement and social security law, in  relation  to
          providing  accidental  disability retirement benefits for deputy sher-
          iffs in Suffolk county

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. The retirement and social security law is amended by adding
     2  a new section 605-f to read as follows:
     3    §  605-f.  Accidental  disability  retirement  for  deputy sheriffs in
     4  Suffolk county. a. A member employed as  a  deputy  sheriff  in  Suffolk
     5  county  shall  be entitled to an accidental disability retirement allow-
     6  ance if, at the time application thereof is filed, such member is:
     7    1. Physically or mentally incapacitated for performance of duty as the
     8  natural and proximate result of an  accident,  unless  the  contrary  be
     9  proved  by  competent  evidence,  not  caused  by his or her own willful
    10  negligence, sustained in such service and while actually a member of the
    11  retirement system; and
    12    2. Actually in service upon which his  or  her  membership  is  based.
    13  However,  in  a  case where a member is discontinued from service subse-
    14  quent to the accident, either voluntarily or involuntarily, and provided
    15  that the member meets the requirements of paragraph one of this subdivi-
    16  sion, application may be made not later than two years after the  member
    17  is first discontinued from service.
    18    b.  Application  for an accidental disability retirement allowance for
    19  such a member may be made by:
    20    1. Such member; or
    21    2. The head of the department in which member is employed; or
    22    3. Any person acting on behalf of and authorized by such member.
    23    c. 1. After the filing of such an application, such  member  shall  be
    24  given  one  or  more  medical examinations. No such application shall be
    25  approved, however, unless the member or some other person on his or  her
    26  behalf  shall have filed written notice in the office of the comptroller
    27  within ninety days after the accident, setting forth:

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

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     1    (a) The time when and the place where such accident occurred; and
     2    (b) The particulars thereof; and
     3    (c) The nature and extent of the member's injuries; and
     4    (d) His or her alleged incapacity.
     5    2. The notice herein required need not be given:
     6    (a)  If  the notice of such accident shall be filed in accordance with
     7  the provisions of the workers' compensation  law  of  any  state  within
     8  which  a participating employer in Suffolk county shall have its employ-
     9  ees located or performing functions and duties within the  normal  scope
    10  of their employment; or
    11    (b)  If  the application for accidental disability retirement is filed
    12  within one year after the date of such accident; or
    13    (c) If a failure to file notice has been excused for good cause  shown
    14  as provided by rules and regulations promulgated by the comptroller.
    15    d.  If  the  comptroller  determines  that the member is physically or
    16  mentally incapacitated for the performance  of  duty  and  ought  to  be
    17  retired for accidental disability, such member shall be so retired. Such
    18  retirement shall be effective as of a date approved by the comptroller.
    19    e.  The annual retirement allowance payable upon accidental disability
    20  retirement shall be a pension of three-quarters  of  his  or  her  final
    21  average  salary.  The  payment  of  such pension shall be subject to the
    22  provisions of section sixty-four of this chapter.
    23    f. If the member, at the time of the filing of  an  application  under
    24  the  provisions  of  subdivision  b  of  this section, is eligible for a
    25  service retirement benefit, then and in that event, he or she may simul-
    26  taneously file an application for service retirement in accordance  with
    27  the  provisions  of  section  seventy of this chapter, provided that the
    28  member indicates on the application for  service  retirement  that  such
    29  application is filed without prejudice to the application for accidental
    30  disability retirement.
    31    g.  Notwithstanding  any  other  provision  of law, this section shall
    32  apply to deputy sheriffs in Suffolk county who were hired  on  or  after
    33  July twenty-seventh, nineteen hundred seventy-six.
    34    § 2. All costs associated with implementing the provisions of this act
    35  shall be borne by Suffolk county.
    36    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
          FISCAL NOTE.--Pursuant to Legislative Law, Section 50:
          This  bill  would  establish an improved accidental disability benefit
        for eligible Tiers 3 through 6 members of the New York State  and  Local
        Employees' Retirement System who are employed by Suffolk County as depu-
        ty  sheriffs. The improved disability benefit would be three-quarters of
        final average salary minus workers' compensation. The current disability
        benefit is two-thirds of final average  salary  minus  workers'  compen-
          If this legislation is enacted during the 2020 legislative session, we
        anticipate that there will be an increase in the annual contributions of
        Suffolk  County  of  approximately  $150,000  for the fiscal year ending
        March 31, 2021. In the future, this cost will vary as the billing  rates
        and salaries of those affected change.
          In addition to the annual contributions discussed above, there will be
        an  immediate  past service cost of approximately $409,000 which will be
        borne by Suffolk County as a one-time payment. This estimate is based on
        the assumption that payment will be made on February 1, 2021.
          These estimated costs are based on 263 affected  members  employed  by
        Suffolk  County,  with  annual salary of approximately $45 million as of
        March 31, 2019.

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          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, 2019  actuarial  valu-
        ation.    Distributions  and  other  statistics can be found in the 2019
        Report of the  Actuary  and  the  2019  Comprehensive  Annual  Financial
          The  actuarial assumptions and methods used are described in the 2015,
        2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Annual Report to the Comptroller on Actuarial
        Assumptions, 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, 2019
        New  York  State  and  Local  Retirement System Financial Statements and
        Supplementary Information.
          I am a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and meet the Quali-
        fication Standards to render the actuarial opinion contained herein.
          This fiscal note does not constitute a legal opinion on the  viability
        of  the  proposed change nor is it intended to serve as a substitute for
        the professional judgment of an attorney.
          This estimate, dated February 20, 2020,  and  intended  for  use  only
        during  the  2020  Legislative  Session,  is  Fiscal  Note  No. 2020-58,
        prepared by the Actuary for the New  York  State  and  Local  Retirement