By Tom Precious
ALBANY -– Bill drop day at the Capitol.
The Legislature -– yes, that body that has not been in town since June -– on Wednesday sent Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo 31 bills for his consideration.
They include a bill to encourage development of larger historic rehabilitation projects in city and urban centers. But that bill’s timing is not good. For one thing, it was sponsored by Sen. Mark Grisanti, a Buffalo Republican who has been close to Cuomo. Observers believe if Cuomo was going to sign the bill he would have done so before the November elections as a campaign present to Grisanti, who was criticized by his Democratic challenger during the race for not pushing Cuomo harder to sign the bill.
The legislation also will cost the state an unknown amount of money at a time when the deficit is growing. The bill would raise the existing cap on available state tax credits for certain historic rehabilitation projects from $5 million to $12 million.
The batch of bills sent Wednesday leaves only one piece of legislation passed by both houses but not yet delivered to Cuomo: A5565A, which “authorizes certain wholesalers authorized to sell beer at retail for off-premises consumption to also sell certain grocery items.’’ What that means is certain beer wholesalers would also be able to sell “picnic, snack and pantry items,’’ as well as to operate ATM machines.
For you bill watchers, here are the 30 other pieces of legislation sent to Cuomo Wednesday, which begins the 10-day clock for him to veto or sign them:
A948B Peoples-Stokes (MS) -- Relates to persons designated as peace officers
A1346C Gantt -- Authorizes the commissioner of motor vehicles to issue a certificate of title free of liens upon submission of proof by dealer of payment of debt on a vehicle
A7301B Pretlow -- Extends the Catskill region to include the five counties comprising the city of New York; repealer
A8657 Miller M -- Designates U.S. Veterans Affairs police officers as peace officers
A9569A Jaffee -- Creates the Orangetown public library district; repealer
A9663A Brindisi (MS) -- Provides that the Urban Development Corporation shall establish a Cyber Research Institute to perform research and development in cyber security
A9666A Bronson -- Designates security services officers of the University of Rochester as peace officers
A9845B Morelle -- Relates to unclaimed life insurance benefits
A9869 Abbate -- Directs the state to reimburse the city of New York for the health care benefits of the retirees of the New York city off-track betting corporation; appropriation
A10090B Morelle -- Relates to uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage for corporate and business entities, volunteer fire departments and volunteer ambulance services
A10116 Amedore -- Relates to including members of the fire investigation unit in the city of Schenectady as peace officers
A10519 Rules (Sweeney) -- Requires that unredeemed container deposits shall be credited to the environmental protection fund
A10583A Rules (Sweeney) -- Extends crossbow hunting provisions through 2014; repealer
A10731 Rules (Boyle) -- Grants uniformed members of the bureau of fire prevention of the town of Islip peace officer status
A10784 Rules (Morelle) -- Relates to limits on certain supplementary insurance
S1998A FUSCHILLO -- Changes the penalty for practicing or appearing as an attorney-at-law without being admitted and registered to a felony
S2542 DEFRANCISCO -- Includes the examination of tinted or shaded windows in the periodic inspection of motor vehicles
S3445B LIBOUS -- Exempts food and beverages sold from vending machines for one dollar and fifty cents or less from the sales and use tax
S5671A DEFRANCISCO -- Relates to the allowable amount of a letter of credit used as guarantee of performance of a state procurement contract
S6171A NOZZOLIO -- Relates to designating certain employees of the Seneca county sheriff's office as peace officers
S6202 YOUNG -- Authorizes non-residents of the county of Allegany to be appointed as peace officers for the society for the prevention of cruelty to animals for such county
S6319 LARKIN -- Designates as peace officers, the uniformed court officers of the town court of the town of New Windsor
S6320 LARKIN -- Designates court attendants in the town of Highlands as peace officers
S6463 LIBOUS -- Requires wireless communications equipment vendors offering insurance on such equipment to disclose whether they pay a commission to the equipment retailer
S6469 DEFRANCISCO -- Establishes that not-for-profit organizations shall be entitled to all prompt contracting interest due from a state agency at the time of the first payment
S6996 FLANAGAN -- Designates uniformed officers of the fire marshal's office of the town of Huntington as peace officers
S7475A MCDONALD -- Extends certain provisions of Jonathan's law
S7485A O'MARA -- Relates to residency requirements for peace officers employed by Cornell University
S7641B MARTINS -- Enacts the "uniform notice of claim act"
S7749 MCDONALD -- Enacts the "protection of people with special needs act"; repealer