Comptroller DiNapoli's Legislative Program
Since taking office in 2007, Comptroller DiNapoli has proposed legislation to increase accountability and transparency of New York state and local government. These efforts have focused on reforming not only the investment practices of the Common Retirement Fund, the New York State and Local Employees’ Retirement System, the New York Police and Fire Retirement System, but also the State budget process, state procurement practices and school accountability. Comptroller DiNapoli is committed to strengthening New York’s laws to:
- Ensure accountability, transparency and appropriate spending of taxpayer dollars,
- Stop fraud and abuse,
- Improve the effectiveness of government programs, and
- Protect the interests of New York’s citizens.
Legislative Session 2015-2016:
- Equal Access to Justice Reporting - A.6079 (Simon) - Properly shifts the responsibility for creating an annual report pursuant to the New York State Equal Access to Justice Act from the State Comptroller’s Office to the Attorney General's Office.
- Omnibus Abandoned Property - A.6080 (Farrell) - Makes a variety of technical amendments to the abandoned property law.
- Ethical Standards for State Agency Contractors Act – Submitted to the Legislature - Establishes ethical standards for certain state agency contractors performing inherently governmental and mission-critical functions or rendering a service or services pursuant to an information-risk contract.
- Local Government Ethics – Submitted to the Legislature - Relates to conflicts of interest of municipal officers and employers; codes of ethics and boards of ethics; repealer.
- Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) – A.5525 (Abbate) - To provide the State and certain local governments with the authority to establish trusts in which to accumulate assets for other post-employment benefits (OPEB) and to establish an OPEB investment fund in the sole custody of the State Comptroller for the investment of OPEB assets of the State and participating eligible local governments and other public corporations.
- Enhanced Penalties for Abuse of Public Trust Crimes – A.5053 (Abbate) - Imposes a mandatory fine upon certain public officers convicted of a designated felony offense related to their official duties; relates to the crime of official misconduct and to abuse of public trust crimes.
- Natural Gas Damage Compensation Fund – A.5895 (Englebright) - Establishes the natural gas production contamination response and compensation program; and creates the New York natural gas production contamination damage recovery and remediation fund.
- Payment of Retirement Benefits – A.5055 (Abbate) - Requires the payment of retirement benefits by the New York State and Local Retirement System by direct deposit or debit card, with the transition to the new method of payment being made incrementally.
- Public Authorities Reform Act Cleanup – A.5415 (Brennan) - Makes necessary changes to the Public Authorities Reform Act of 2009.
- Pre-Audit - State Insurance Fund – Submitted to the Legislature - Relates to the pre-audit of expenditures from the state insurance fund by the state comptroller; repealer.
- Placement Agent Ban – A. 5054 (Abbate) - Codifies the current OSC policy which bans the use of placement agents, paid intermediaries and registered lobbyists in obtaining investments with the Common Retirement Fund.
- Employer Contribution Calculation – Submitted to the Legislature - Provides for the calculation of employer contributions for the funding of the New York state and local employees’ retirement system and the New York state and local police and fire retirement system (the Retirement System or System) on the basis of rates determined on known salaries from the prior fiscal year rather than on an estimate of salaries from the incomplete current fiscal year.
- Short Term Interest Pool (STIP) Increase – Submitted to the Legislature - Allows for an increase in the dollar amount the Comptroller is permitted to hold in indebtedness of certain agencies, corporations and bank or trust companies.
- Prompt Payment –Submitted to the Legislature - To meet the intent of the prompt contracting law, allows the accrual of interest for a period of time a payment is delayed due to the fund or sub-fund from which the payment is to be made having insufficient cash.
- Direct Deposit for New State Employees – A.5526 (Abbate) - Requires the payment of salaries by direct deposit for state employees hired after January 1, 2016.
- Notice of Assessment on State Lands – Submitted to the Legislature - Conforms statutory language with operational procedures relating to assessments on state lands.