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 2017-2018:
- The New York State Procurement Integrity Act – A.6355 (Peoples-Stokes)/S.3984 (DeFrancisco) - Enhances the integrity, transparency and accountability of the State’s procurement process by restoring the state comptroller’s independent contract oversight, requiring public authorities to comply with the state finance law relating to procurements, prohibiting certain third party contracts, authorizing the state comptroller to oversee certain contracts of the Research Foundation of the State University of New York, prohibiting conflicts of interest by state officers and employees in state procurements, prohibiting conflicts of interest by state authority board members, officers and employees in authority procurements, requiring certification by state officers and employees of no undue influence, requiring certification by state authority board members, officers and employees of no undue influence, and establishing a state contractor and state authority contractor code of business ethics and conduct.
- Constitutional Amendment on Debt - A.7288 (Farrell) - CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY proposing amendments to article 7 of the constitution, in relation to authorization of debt to respond to acts of terrorism, a limit on the total amount of state-funded debt, and the refunding of state debts.
- New York State Fiscal Reform and Accountability Act - A.7287 (Farrell) - Enacts the New York State Fiscal Reform and Accountability act; to amend the state finance law and the public authorities law, in relation to contents of the state budget and the capital financing and program plan; to repeal section 49 of the state finance law, relating to the segregation of lump sum appropriations; and to amend the state finance law, in relation to the rainy day reserve fund (Part A); to amend the state finance law, in relation to establishing the New York state capital asset/infrastructure council (Part B); to amend the state finance law, in relation to limitations on state-funded debt; to repeal sections 67-a and 67-b of the state finance law, relating to limitations on state-supported debt; and providing for the repeal of certain provisions upon expiration thereof (Part C).
- Comptroller Authority to Audit Local Development Corporations (LDCs) – A.3047 (Magnarelli)/S.4827 (Marchione) - Relates to audits by the State Comptroller of certain organizations controlled by municipal corporations and certain other government entities.
- Local Government Ethics - A.7317 (Magnarelli) - Strengthens the current conflict of interest and ethics laws covering local governments in a number of ways including, but not limited to, prohibiting municipal officers and employees from acting in relation to certain matters in which they or a relative have an interest and expanding the issues required to be addressed in local codes of ethics to include nepotism.
- Fire Protection Contracts - A.7089 (Magnarelli) - Increases transparency relating to the contract negotiation process for fire protection contracts between incorporated fire companies and fire districts, towns or villages.
- Employer Graded Rate Contribution Calculation – A.2384 (Abbate)/S.4759 (Golden) - Provides employers with a tailored graded contribution rate when amortizing a portion of their contributions to the retirement system.
- Abandoned Property; Technical Cleanup Proposal – A.1881 (Farrell) - Makes a variety of technical amendments to the abandoned property law.
- Natural Gas Damage Compensation Fund – A.2972 (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.
- Direct Deposit for New State Employees – A.3136 (Abbate)/S.4760 (Golden) - Requires the payment of salaries by direct deposit for state employees hired after January 1, 2018.
- Placement Agent Ban – A.3137 (Abbate)/S.4761 (Golden) - 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.
- Pre-Audit - State Insurance Fund S.4725 (Seward) - Relates to the pre-audit of expenditures from the state insurance fund by the state comptroller; repealer.