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A10570 Summary:

BILL NOA10570
 
SAME ASSAME AS S06033-A
 
SPONSORPichardo
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 467-b, RPT L
 
Relates to providing language access services to individuals relating to the tax abatement program for rent-controlled and rent-regulated property occupied by senior citizens or persons with disabilities.
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A10570 Actions:

BILL NOA10570
 
05/07/2018referred to aging
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A10570 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A10570
 
SPONSOR: Pichardo
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the real property tax law, in relation to providing language access services to individuals relating to the tax abatement program for rent-controlled and rent-regulated property occu- pied by senior citizens or persons with disabilities   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would require municipalities that have the senior citizen rent increase exemption (SCRIE) and disabled rent increase exemption (DRIE) program to ensure that individuals who have limited English proficiency or otherwise require communication assistance would have the same oppor- tunity to participate in the SCRIE/DRIE program as other individuals.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1. This bill would require municipalities that offer the SCRIE/DRIE program to develop and implement a plan to make sure that individuals who have limited English proficiency or otherwise require communication assistance have adequate access to the program. This plan would include: *Translation of necessary documents into the six most common non-English languages spoken in the municipality; *Provision of interpretive services upon request; and *Provision of assistive services upon, request or demonstrated need to individuals who require such assistance due to partial or total deaf- ness, blindness, speech impediment, or cognitive impairment. Section 2. Effective Date   JUSTIFICATION: New York City contains a vibrant array of cultures and ethnicities across the boroughs. All of these communities have senior citizens on fixed incomes that would benefit from participation in the SCRIE program. Many of these individuals speak languages other than English. It is unacceptable for seniors in need to be denied access to such an important program because they cannot understand the forms or cannot readily speak with agency staff. While some strides have been made to correct this disparity, with all of the services and technology available, the municipalities-can do more. Any senior who is eligible, regardless of their language or assistance needs, should have the opportunity to participate in the SCRIE program. It is vital that municipalities make this kind of inclusiveness a prior- ity.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013-2014: A 8978 - Referred to Aging/ Reported to Ways and Means/ Reported/ Passed Assembly/ Passed Senate/ Delivered to Governor! Vetoed 2011-2012: A 9213 - Referred to Real Property Taxation/ Referred to Aging/ Reported to Ways and Means/ Reported! Passed Assembly   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
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A10570 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          10570
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                       May 7, 2018
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. PICHARDO -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Aging
 
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  real property tax law, in relation to providing
          language access services to individuals relating to the tax  abatement
          program  for  rent-controlled  and rent-regulated property occupied by
          senior citizens or persons with disabilities

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Subdivision 3 of section 467-b of the real property tax law
     2  is amended by adding a new paragraph j to read as follows:
     3    j.  the entity responsible for the administration of the tax abatement
     4  program shall develop and implement a plan to ensure adequate access  to
     5  information  by  individuals  who  have  limited  English proficiency or
     6  otherwise require communication assistance.  Such entity shall:
     7    (1) translate necessary documents, including but not limited to, forms
     8  and instructions provided to or completed by the  program  beneficiaries
     9  or  participants,  into the six most common non-English languages spoken
    10  by individuals with limited-English proficiency in the municipality that
    11  offers this program pursuant to subdivision two of this section;
    12    (2) offer, upon request, interpretation services  between  the  entity
    13  administering  the  program  and  an  individual  in  his or her primary
    14  language with respect to the provision of services or benefits; and
    15    (3) offer, upon request or demonstrated need, services to an  individ-
    16  ual who requires additional assistance due to partial or total deafness,
    17  blindness, speech impediment, or cognitive impairment.
    18    §  2.  This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that
    19  the amendments to subdivision 3 of section 467-b of  the  real  property
    20  tax  law made by section one of this act shall not affect the expiration
    21  and reversion of such section and shall be deemed to expire therewith.
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD09016-05-8
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