Transportation, Economic Development and Environmental Conservation
|Deter Parkway Bridge Strikes
||This bill would increase the fines for over-height vehicles violating restrictions and for operating a commercial vehicle illegally on a state parkway, enhance commercial vehicle owner responsibility to avoid such incidents and prohibit the use of general consumer global positioning systems (GPS) for the routing of commercial vehicles, instead requiring the use of commercial GPS specifically designed for commercial and over-height vehicles.
|Address Safety of Transportation Workers, Pedestrians and the Public
||This bill would enhance the safety of transportation workers, pedestrians, bicyclists and the traveling public by increasing fines and penalties for violations and by clarifying responsibility and authority relating to accident clearance.
|Clarify Legal Authority for Electronic Bidding on Thruway Construction Contracts
||This bill would clarify that construction-related bids submitted to the Thruway Authority include those submitted electronically as permitted by the Thruway Authority.
|Increase the Monetary Threshold for Thruway Authority Procurement Contracts Subject to Procurement Guidelines
||This bill would increase the monetary threshold for Thruway Authority procurement contracts that are subject to certain guidelines.
||This bill would ensure the fair collection of tolls owed to public authorities such as MTA Bridges and Tunnels and others with toll facilities in New York State.
|MTA Procurement Reform
||This bill would reform the MTA and NYCTA bidding processes, eliminate redundant approvals for design-build contracts, alter advertisement procedures for bids, permit the use of existing contracts awarded by governments, allow for a once-yearly review of the Qualified Products Lists and make permanent certain existing procurement provisions.
|MTA Utility Relocation
||This bill would allow MTA construction projects to move forward on schedule by requiring that public utility companies, as well as the city of New York, relocate their pipes, mains, conduits and other infrastructure within time frames set by the MTA after consultation with the utility or the city.
|MTA Subway Accessibility
||This bill would clarify that subway accessibility projects—even when undertaken indirectly by private developers related to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority or New York City Transit Authority—are MTA transportation facilities. Clarifying that such projects are to remain so designated entitles the MTA to occupy portions of the streets of the city, in consultation with the city’s Department of Transportation, to ensure that such projects proceed expeditiously.
|MTA Worker Assault and Harassment
||This bill would add transit employee titles to Penal Law that makes it a felony to attack and physically injure transit workers and increases the safety of MTA employees by creating the new crime of aggravated harassment of a transit worker in the second degree for on-duty, public-facing transit workers.
|Extend Empire State Development Corporation Loan Powers
||This bill would extend for three years the loan issuance powers of the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC).
|Extend the Economic Development Fund
||This bill would extend for three years the Empire State Development Corporation’s (ESDC) ability to implement the Economic Development Fund.
|Repurpose Underutilized Commercial Space for Housing
||This bill would authorize flexibility in zoning to address high commercial vacancy rates and underutilized hotel properties located within specified areas in New York City, particularly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
|Continue the Empire State Development Corporation’s Authority to Administer Agricultural and Dairy Marketing Orders
||This bill would permanently authorize the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) to administer agricultural and dairy product marketing orders. The ESDC’s authority to administer these marketing orders, which was transferred from the Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM) in 2019, currently expires on July 31, 2021.
||This bill would make permanent provisions of law permitting the Secretary of State to charge increased fees from the expedited handling of documents issued by or requested from the department’s Division of Corporations. The increased fees for expedited handling are necessary to reimburse the Department of State for increased administrative costs associated with this service.
|Electronic Notice of Service Processes
||This proposal would amend Business Corporation Law, General Business Law, Limited Liability Company Law, Not-for-Profit Corporation Law, Partnership Law and Real Property Law to allow processes to be served on the Secretary of State through an electronic system operated by the Department of State. This bill would authorize the Secretary of State to forward notice of service processes to entities by email and then make copies of processes available to such entities.
||This bill would amend various provisions of Executive Law to permit notaries to rely on approved technologies to verify identity and to notarize documents remotely.
|Technical Changes to the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act
||This bill would exclude siting permits issued by the Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES) from the requirements of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), close a loophole by making the definition of the term “alternative energy production facility” consistent and allow application fees to be used for ORES operations.
|Deduct Renewable Energy Credits in New York City
||This bill would authorize building owners to deduct certain types of renewable energy credits from annual building emission limits prescribed under New York City Administrative Code.
|Permitting Powers of the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation
||This bill would grant the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation (CCOC) the ability to act as a construction-permitting agency authorized to permit for the Javits Center.
|Restructure LIPA Debt
||This bill would permit the issuance by the Utility Debt Securitization Authority (UDSA) of additional securitized restructuring and/or refunding to fund costs of improvements to the Long Island Power Authority’s (LIPA) transmission and distribution system.
|Increase Recharge New York Cap to Benefit Nonprofits and Small Businesses
||This bill would raise the statutory cap on the amount of Recharge New York (RNY) power that may be allocated to eligible nonprofit corporations and small businesses from 100 megawatts (MW) to 150 MW.
|NYPA Captive Insurance
||This bill would authorize the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to create a captive insurance company to manage risk and provide NYPA with related tax exemptions.
|Continue to Authorize the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Special Assessment
||This bill would extend the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) authorization to collect a special assessment on gas and electric corporations to support certain programs.
||This bill would modernize and improve hunting opportunities in New York State.
|Clarify the State’s Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags
||This bill would make technical corrections to clarify the intent of the existing law with respect to at-store film plastic recycling, the definition of a reusable bag and the exemptions to the plastic bag ban.
|Bay Park Alienation Amendments
||This bill would revise the boundaries of temporary and permanent easements in order to construct a sewer main beneath certain parklands owned by Nassau County, the Village of East Rockaway and the Village of Rockville Centre. These revisions are necessary in order to complete the Bay Park Conveyance Project, which will convey treated effluent from the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant to the Cedar Creek Water Pollution Control Plant’s ocean outfall.
|Extend Brownfield Credits
||This bill would allow certain developers within the brownfield cleanup program adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic additional time to complete redevelopment of these sites.
|Allegheny County Land Easement
||This bill would authorize the granting of easements to Alle-Catt Wind Energy LLC on a proportion of real property within Farmersville State Forest, Swift Hill State Forest and Lost Nation State Forest in Allegany County.
|Extend Local Bottle Bill Enforcement
||This bill would ensure that New York City, Nassau County and Suffolk County could continue to retain part of certain fines or penalties associated with enforcement of the “bottle bill.”
|Rail Advantaged Housing Act
||This bill would establish the Rail Advantaged Housing Act to develop standard criteria and an accelerated review process for assessing the impact of proposed zoning for new housing opportunities with minimal environmental impact along commuter rail transit corridors.
|NYSERDA Build-Ready Authorization
||This bill would authorize NYSERDA to create single-purpose project holding entities to acquire, sell and transfer rights and other interests under the Clean Energy Resources Development and Incentives Program, commonly referred to as the Build-Ready Program.
|Extend Surcharge Extender
||This bill would extend for two years the mandatory surcharge and crime victim assistance fees associated with traffic violations.
|Autonomous Vehicle Extender
||This bill would extend for five years the required submission of a report on the demonstrations and tests of motor vehicles equipped with autonomous vehicle technology.
|DMV Convenience Fee
||This bill would establish a $1 convenience fee on all license and registration transactions.
|DASNY Design and Construction Services Extender for the DEC and OPRHP
||This bill would extend for three years DASNY’s authorization to provide design and construction services for the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP).
||This bill would amend for a period not exceeding three years Insurance Law to grant the Superintendent of Financial Services (Superintendent) greater authority to prohibit a provider of health services from demanding or requesting payment for health services rendered under Insurance Law Article 51 (the no-fault insurance law), other than health services rendered in the emergency department of a general hospital, if the Superintendent determines that the provider has engaged in certain activities.
|Consolidate the Centers of Excellence Into the Centers for Advanced Technology Program
||This bill would eliminate the Centers of Excellence (COE) program, effective April 1, 2023. This bill would also, for a period of two years, designate currently funded COEs as temporary Centers for Advanced Technology (CATs), with the opportunity to become full CATs through the normal application process. This change would allow for administrative efficiencies through a full merger of these two nearly identical programs.
||This legislation would extend the covered period for residential mortgage relief through at least December 31, 2021, or until the executive orders issued during the pandemic are no longer in effect. During the extended covered period, mortgagors who are able to demonstrate financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 will be entitled to up to 360 days of forbearance on their mortgage payments, and state-regulated lenders would continue to be prohibited from foreclosing on the related properties. Currently, the mortgage forbearance period related to COVID-19 hardship will lapse when the executive orders issued during the pandemic are no longer in effect.
|COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention for Tenants and Owners of Commercial Real Property Act of 2021
||This proposal would create the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention for Tenants and Owners of Commercial Real Property Act of 2021 to codify the Governor’s executive order prohibiting commercial eviction and foreclosures for nonpayment of rent or a mortgage due to financial hardship suffered because of COVID-19.
|Increase the Statutory Cap for the Electric Generation Facility Cessation Mitigation Fund
||This bill would increase the statutory cap of the Electric Generation Facility Cessation Mitigation Fund from $69 million to $140 million.
|Moratorium on the Termination of Utility Services
||This bill would prevent the termination of utility services to residential and small-business customers by private and public utility providers in the event of a state disaster emergency declared pursuant to an executive order issued in response to a state, national or global event that may result in a significant negative and long-term impact on the state’s economic future.
|Discontinuance of LIBOR
||This bill would establish provisions for the discontinuance of LIBOR.
|Make Broadband Services Affordable for All New Yorkers
||This bill would ensure that affordable broadband services are available to all New York citizens.
|Expand DASNY’s Design and Construction and Loan Services to Not-for-Profits and School Districts
||This bill would make not-for-profits and school districts eligible to utilize DASNY’s loan, design and construction services for capital projects over $5 million. This bill would further extend DASNY’s loan services for working capital to not-for-profits and school districts for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
|Increase the Bond Cap for Medical Facility Improvements
||This bill would increase DASNY’s authorization to issue bonds for construction projects related to health care facilities from $16.6 billion to $17.4 billion.
|Enact the Pandemic Recovery and Restart Program
||This bill would establish the Pandemic Recovery and Restart Program, which would provide critical assistance in getting workers in the severely impacted food service and entertainment industries back to work.