Bill Text: NY A05042 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Changes the structure of the metropolitan transportation authority's voting members and requires a two-thirds vote for such authority to take on any new obligations; and repeals certain provisions of such law relating thereto.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-1)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-06 - referred to corporations, authorities and commissions [A05042 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A05042-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
                                          5042
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 6, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced by M. of A. BARNWELL -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions
        AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to the metropol-
          itan  transportation  authority's  voting  members  and  requires such
          authority to approve new financial obligations by a  two-thirds  vote;
          and to repeal certain provisions of such law relating thereto
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision  1  of  section  1263  of  the
     2  public  authorities  law is REPEALED and a new paragraph (a) is added to
     3  read as follows:
     4    (a)(1)  There  is  hereby  created  the  "metropolitan  transportation
     5  authority."  The authority shall be a body corporate and politic consti-
     6  tuting a public benefit corporation.  The authority shall consist  of  a
     7  chairman,  eight other voting members or collectives, and two non-voting
     8  and four alternate non-voting members, as described in subparagraph  two
     9  of  this  paragraph appointed by the governor by and with the advice and
    10  consent of the senate. Any member appointed to a term commencing  on  or
    11  after  June thirtieth, two thousand nine shall have experience in one or
    12  more of the following areas:    transportation,  public  administration,
    13  business  management,  finance,  accounting, law, engineering, land use,
    14  urban and regional planning, management of large capital projects, labor
    15  relations, or have experience in some other area of activity central  to
    16  the mission of the authority. Two of the eight voting members or collec-
    17  tives  other than the chairman shall be members appointed on the written
    18  recommendation of the mayor of the city of New York upon the advice  and
    19  consent  of  the  New York City council; two of the voting members other
    20  than the chairman shall be members appointed by the  governor  upon  the
    21  advice  and  consent of the senate; one of the voting members other than
    22  the chairman shall be the comptroller for New  York  City;  one  of  the
    23  voting  members  other  than the chairman shall be the state comptroller
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD07858-02-9

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     1  except where such member has a conflict of  interest  where  the  deputy
     2  state  comptroller  shall  be  a  voting member of the board; one of the
     3  collectives, which shall hold one collective vote, shall be made  up  of
     4  the county executives for Orange county, Putnam county, Rockland county,
     5  Dutchess county, and Westchester county; and the other collective, which
     6  shall  hold  one  collective vote, shall be made up of the Nassau county
     7  comptroller and the Suffolk county comptroller. The  chairman  shall  be
     8  appointed  by  the  governor and confirmed by the state senate and shall
     9  not vote unless there is a tie in the number of votes between the  other
    10  eight  voting  members and collectives. Of the two voting members, other
    11  than the chairman, appointed by the governor, one shall be, at the  time
    12  of  appointment, a resident of the city of New York and one shall be, at
    13  the time of appointment, a resident of such city or of any of the afore-
    14  mentioned counties in the metropolitan commuter transportation district.
    15  The chairman and each of the appointed members shall be appointed for  a
    16  term  of four years, provided however, that thirty days after the effec-
    17  tive date of this subparagraph, the term of the chairman  shall  expire;
    18  provided,  further,  that  such  chairman  may continue to discharge the
    19  duties of his or her office until the position of chairman is filled  by
    20  appointment  by  the  governor upon the advice and consent of the senate
    21  and the term of such new chairman shall terminate  June  thirtieth,  two
    22  thousand  twenty-three. The two non-voting and four alternate non-voting
    23  members shall serve until January first, two thousand twenty-three.
    24    (2)(i) There shall be two non-voting members and four  alternate  non-
    25  voting  members  of the authority, as referred to in subparagraph one of
    26  this paragraph.
    27    (ii) The first non-voting member shall be a regular mass transit  user
    28  of the facilities of the authority and be recommended to the governor by
    29  the  New  York city transit authority advisory council. The first alter-
    30  nate non-voting member shall be a  regular  mass  transit  user  of  the
    31  facilities  of  the  authority and be recommended to the governor by the
    32  Metro-North commuter council.   The second alternate  non-voting  member
    33  shall  be a regular mass transit user of the facilities of the authority
    34  and be recommended  to  the  governor  by  the  Long  Island  Rail  Road
    35  commuter's council.
    36    (iii)  The second non-voting member shall be recommended to the gover-
    37  nor by the labor organization representing the majority of employees  of
    38  the  Long  Island Rail Road. The third alternate non-voting member shall
    39  be recommended to the governor by the  labor  organization  representing
    40  the  majority  of  employees of the New York city transit authority. The
    41  fourth alternate non-voting member shall be recommended to the  governor
    42  by  the labor organization representing the majority of employees of the
    43  Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company. The chairman of the authority, at
    44  his direction, may exclude such non-voting member or alternate  non-vot-
    45  ing  member  from attending any portion of a meeting of the authority or
    46  of any committee established pursuant to paragraph  (b)  of  subdivision
    47  four  of  this  section  held for the purpose of discussing negotiations
    48  with labor organizations.
    49    (iv) The non-voting member and the two  alternate  non-voting  members
    50  representing  the New York York city transit authority advisory council,
    51  the  Metro-North  commuter  council,  and  the  Long  Island  Rail  Road
    52  commuter's  council  shall  serve  eighteen  month rotating terms, after
    53  which time an alternate non-voting member shall  become  the  non-voting
    54  member  and  the rotation shall continue until each alternate member has
    55  served at least one eighteen month term as a  non-voting  member.    The
    56  other  non-voting  member  and alternate non-voting members representing

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     1  the New York  city  transit  authority,  Metro-North  Commuter  Railroad
     2  Company,  and  the Long Island Rail Road labor organizations shall serve
     3  eighteen month rotating terms, after which time an alternate  non-voting
     4  member shall become the non-voting member and the rotation shall contin-
     5  ue  until  each  alternate member has served at least one eighteen month
     6  term as a non-voting member. The  transit  authority  and  the  commuter
     7  railroads  shall  not  be represented concurrently by the two non-voting
     8  members during any such eighteen month period.
     9    § 2. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 3 of  section  1263  of  the  public
    10  authorities  law,  as  amended  by  chapter  929 of the laws of 1986, is
    11  amended to read as follows:
    12    (a) A majority of the whole number of members of the authority then in
    13  office shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of any business  or
    14  the  exercise  of any power of the authority. Except as otherwise speci-
    15  fied in this title, for the transaction of any business or the  exercise
    16  of  any power of the authority, the authority shall have power to act by
    17  a majority vote of the members present at any meeting at which a  quorum
    18  is  in  attendance  and except further, [that in the event of a tie vote
    19  the chairman shall cast one additional vote] that  all  votes  involving
    20  the  authority  taking on any new financial obligation must be by a two-
    21  thirds vote of its member then in office.
    22    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
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