Reproduced below is the final chapter version (printed today, 9/10/19) of the 9/11 extender bill, which was signed into law by the governor on Friday, September 7, 2018.


                               LAWS OF NEW YORK, 2018

                                         CHAPTER 266

                            (See FISCAL NOTES at end of Chapter.)

  1       AN  ACT to amend the retirement and social security law and the workers'
  2         compensation law, in relation  to  participants  in  the  World  Trade
  3         Center rescue
  4
  5          Became a law September 7, 2018, with the approval of the Governor.
  6                Passed by a majority vote, three-fifths being present.
  7
  8         The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
  9       bly, do enact as follows:
10
11         Section 1.   Paragraph (a) of subdivision  36  of  section  2  of  the
12       retirement  and  social  security  law, as amended by chapter 326 of the
13       laws of 2016, is amended to read as follows:
14         (a) "Qualifying World Trade Center condition" shall mean a  qualifying
15       condition  or  impairment  of health resulting in disability to a member
16       who participated in World Trade Center rescue, recovery or cleanup oper-
17       ations for a qualifying  period,  as  those  terms  are  defined  below,
18       provided  the  following  conditions  have been met: (i) such member, or
19       eligible beneficiary in the case of the member's death, must have  filed
20       a  written  and sworn statement with the member's retirement system on a
21       form provided  by  such  system  indicating  the  underlying  dates  and
22       locations  of employment not later than September eleventh, two thousand
23       [eighteen] twenty-two, and (ii)  such  member  has  either  successfully
24       passed  a physical examination for entry into public service, or author-
25       ized release of all relevant medical records,  if  the  member  did  not
26       undergo  a physical examination for entry into public service; and (iii)
27       there is no evidence of the qualifying condition or impairment of health
28       that formed the basis for the disability in  such  physical  examination
29       for  entry into public service or in the relevant medical records, prior
30       to September eleventh, two thousand  one  except  for  such  member,  or
31       eligible  beneficiary  in  the  case  of  the member's death, of a local
32       retirement system of a city with a population of  one  million  or  more
33       that is covered by section 13-551 of the administrative code of the city
34       of  New  York,  or  by  section  twenty-five hundred seventy-five of the
35       education law and for such member who separated from service with vested
36       rights, or eligible  beneficiary  of  such  member  who  separated  from
37       service with vested rights in the case of the member's death, of a local
38       retirement system of a city with a population of one million or more who
39       are  covered by sections 13-168, 13-252.1 or 13-353.1 of the administra-
40       tive code of the city of New York or sections five hundred seven-c,  six
41       hundred five-b, six hundred five-c, or six hundred seven-b of this chap-
42       ter.  The  deadline for filing a written and sworn statement required by
43       subparagraph (i) of this paragraph  shall  be  September  eleventh,  two
44       thousand  [eighteen] twenty-two for such member, or eligible beneficiary
45       in the case of the member's death, of a local  retirement  system  of  a
46       city with a population of one million or more that is covered by section
47       13-551 of the administrative code of the city of New York, or by section
48
49       EXPLANATION--Matter in italics is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law
50                                    to be omitted.
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  3       twenty-five  hundred  seventy-five  of  the  education  law and for such
  4       member who separated from service with vested rights, or eligible  bene-
  5       ficiary  of such member who separated from service with vested rights in
  6       the  case  of the member's death, of a local retirement system of a city
  7       with a population of one million or more who  are  covered  by  sections
  8       13-168,  13-252.1  or 13-353.1 of the administrative code of the city of
  9       New York and sections five hundred  seven-c,  six  hundred  five-b,  six
10       hundred five-c, or six hundred seven-b of this chapter. Every retirement
11       system  shall  keep  a copy of every written and sworn statement that is
12       presented for filing not later than  September  eleventh,  two  thousand
13       [eighteen]  twenty-two,  including those that are rejected for filing as
14       untimely.
15         § 2. Section 162 of the workers' compensation law, as amended by chap-
16       ter 326 of the laws of 2016, is amended to read as follows:
17         § 162. Registration of participation in  World  Trade  Center  rescue,
18       recovery  and  clean-up  operations. In order for the claim of a partic-
19       ipant in World Trade Center rescue, recovery and clean-up operations  to
20       come  within the application of this article, such participant must file
21       a written and sworn statement with the board on a  form  promulgated  by
22       the  chair  indicating the dates and locations of such participation and
23       the name of such participant's employer during  the  period  of  partic-
24       ipation. Such statement must be filed not later than September eleventh,
25       two  thousand [eighteen] twenty-two.  The board shall transmit a copy of
26       such statement to the employer or carrier named therein. The  filing  of
27       such a statement shall not be considered the filing of a claim for bene-
28       fits under this chapter.
29         § 3. Section 168 of the workers' compensation law is amended by adding
30       a new subdivision 4 to read as follows:
31         4. A claim by a participant in the World Trade Center rescue, recovery
32       or cleanup operations whose disablement occurred between September elev-
33       enth,  two thousand fifteen, and September eleventh, two thousand seven-
34       teen, shall not be disallowed as barred by section eighteen  or  section
35       twenty-eight of this chapter if such claim is filed on or before Septem-
36       ber  eleventh,  two thousand twenty-two. Any such claim by a participant
37       in the World Trade Center rescue, recovery or cleanup  operations  whose
38       disablement  occurred  between September eleventh, two thousand fifteen,
39       and September eleventh, two thousand seventeen, and  was  disallowed  by
40       section  eighteen  or twenty-eight of this chapter shall be reconsidered
41       by the board.
42         § 4. Notwithstanding any other provision to the contrary, none of  the
43       provisions  of this act shall be subject to section 25 of the retirement
44       and social security law.
45         § 5. This act shall take effect immediately and  shall  be  deemed  to
46       have  been  in  full  force  and effect on and after September 11, 2001;
47       provided, however, that the amendments to sections 162 and  168  of  the
48       workers'  compensation  law  made by sections two and three of this act,
49       respectively, shall apply to all open and closed  claims  coming  within
50       its purview.
51       ------------------------------------------------------------------------
52         FISCAL NOTE.--Pursuant to Legislative Law, Section 50:
53         This  bill  would amend chapter 93 of the Laws of 2005 and chapter 445
54       of the Laws of 2006, which provided members of public retirement systems
55       who contract any form of disease or disability related  to  exposure  to
56       any  elements  in connection with the World Trade Center (WTC) attack of
57       September 11, 2001 to be presumptive evidence that such  disability,  or
58       death  as  a result of such disability was the result of an accident and
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  3       was sustained in the performance of duty. The  provisions  of  this  act
  4       will  not be subject to Section 25 of the Retirement and Social Security
  5       Law.
  6         Insofar as this bill would affect the New York State and Local Employ-
  7       ees' Retirement and the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retire-
  8       ment  System,  this  bill  would  extend  the deadline for filing notice
  9       regarding the eligibility for benefits for certain members  who  partic-
10       ipated  in  the World Trade Center rescue, recovery or cleanup operation
11       to September 11, 2022.
12         If this bill is enacted,  it  would  reclassify  certain  current  and
13       future  retirement benefits. The cost of the revised benefit will depend
14       upon the applicant's age, service, salary, plan, and benefit type other-
15       wise payable.
16       Benefit        None           Ordinary       In Performance Service
17       without                       Disability     of Duty
18       enactment:                                   Disability
19       Cost for WTC   9 times        5 times        2.5 times      2 times
20       benefit:       salary         salary         salary         salary
21         This bill would also lead to more deaths being  classified  as  "acci-
22       dental".  For  each death classified as accidental due to this bill, the
23       cost would depend on the age, service, salary, plan, and status at  time
24       of death. It is estimated that the cost for each ERS and PFRS individual
25       affected  would average approximately 3.5 times final average salary and
26       8 times final average salary, respectively.
27         These cost would be shared by the State of New York  and  the  partic-
28       ipating employers in the ERS and PFRS.
29         Summary of relevant resources:
30         The  membership  data  used  in  measuring  the impact of the proposed
31       change was the same as that used in the March 31, 2017  actuarial  valu-
32       ation.    Distributions  and  other  statistics can be found in the 2017
33       Report of the  Actuary  and  the  2017  Comprehensive  Annual  Financial
34       Report.
35         The  actuarial assumptions and methods used are described in the 2015,
36       2016, and 2017 Annual Report to the  Comptroller  on  Actuarial  Assump-
37       tions,  and  the  Codes  Rules and Regulations of the State of New York:
38       Audit and Control.
39         The Market Assets and GASB Disclosures are found in the March 31, 2017
40       New York State and Local  Retirement  System  Financial  Statements  and
41       Supplementary Information.
42         I am a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and meet the Quali-
43       fication Standards to render the actuarial opinion contained herein.
44         This estimate, dated February 8, 2018 and intended for use only during
45       the  2018  Legislative  Session, is Fiscal Note No. 2018-55, prepared by
46       the Actuary for the New York State and Local Retirement System.
47         FISCAL NOTE.--Pursuant to Legislative Law, Section 50:
48         This bill would amend Subdivision 36 of Section 2  of  the  Retirement
49       and Social Security Law to extend the deadline to September 11, 2022 for
50       filing  notice  of having participated in the World Trade Center rescue,
51       recover or cleanup operations during the qualifying period. Members  who
52       become  disabled  or die as a result of a "qualifying World Trade Center
53       condition" are assumed to have become disabled or died as a result of an
54       accidental or on-the-job disability or death. This act shall take effect
55       immediately and shall be deemed to have been in full force and effect on
56       and after September 11, 2001.
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  3         The annual cost to the employers of members  of  the  New  York  State
  4       Teachers'  Retirement  System is estimated to be negligible if this bill
  5       is enacted.
  6         Member  data  is  from  the  System's  most recent actuarial valuation
  7       files, consisting of data provided by the employers  to  the  Retirement
  8       System.   Data distributions and statistics can be found in the System's
  9       Comprehensive Annual Financial  Report  (CAFR).  System  assets  are  as
10       reported  in the System's financial statements, and can also be found in
11       the CAFR. Actuarial assumptions and methods are provided in the System's
12       Actuarial Valuation Report.
13         The source of this estimate is Fiscal Note 2018-12 dated March 9, 2018
14       prepared by the Actuary of  the  New  York  State  Teachers'  Retirement
15       System and is intended for use only during the 2018 Legislative Session.
16       I,  Richard  A.  Young,  am the Actuary for the New York State Teachers'
17       Retirement System. I am a member of the American  Academy  of  Actuaries
18       and  I meet the Qualification Standards of the American Academy of Actu-
19       aries to render the actuarial opinion contained herein.
20         FISCAL NOTE.--Pursuant to Legislative Law, Section 50:
21         SUMMARY OF BILL: With respect to the New York City Retirement  Systems
22       and  Pension Funds (NYCRS), the proposed legislation would amend Retire-
23       ment and Social Security Law (RSSL) Section 2, to  extend,  for  certain
24       members  who  participated in the Rescue, Recovery or Cleanup operations
25       related to the World Trade Center (WTC) attack  on  September  11,  2001
26       (Covered  Groups),  the  deadline  for  filing a Notice of Participation
27       under the WTC Disability Law.
28         The  NYCRS  include:  New  York  City  Employees'  Retirement   System
29       (NYCERS),  New  York City Teachers' Retirement System (NYCTRS), New York
30       City Board of Education Retirement System (BERS), New York  City  Police
31       Pension Fund (POLICE) and New York City Fire Pension Fund (FIRE).
32         The  proposed  legislation would also amend provisions of the Workers'
33       Compensation Law (WCL). However, because such provisions do not directly
34       impact the NYCRS, the financial impact of amendments to the WCL are  not
35       reflected in this fiscal note.
36         None of the provisions of the proposed legislation would be subject to
37       Retirement  and  Social  Security  Law  Section 25, and therefore, State
38       appropriation would not be required.
39         Effective Date for this  proposed  legislation:  Upon  enactment,  and
40       would,  as  it relates to the NYCERS, be deemed retroactive to September
41       11, 2001.
42         DEADLINES UNDER EXISTING PROVISIONS: Under current law, as enacted  by
43       Chapter  326  of  the  Laws  of  2016,  the deadline to file a Notice of
44       Participation for Covered Groups is September 11, 2018.
45         DEADLINES UNDER PROPOSED LEGISLATION: With respect to the  NYCRS,  the
46       proposed  legislation  would  extend the deadline for filing a Notice of
47       Participation under the WTC  Disability  Law  for  Covered  Groups  from
48       September 11, 2018 to September 11, 2022.
49         ADDITIONAL  EMPLOYER  CONTRIBUTIONS: The increase in employer contrib-
50       utions resulting from the  proposed  legislation  would  depend  on  the
51       number of additional members who timely file the required form, meet the
52       requirements of the WTC Disability Law, and ultimately benefit from such
53       Law.
54         Most members eligible for the benefits provided under the WTC Disabil-
55       ity  Law  have  already  filed the required form to register for partic-
56       ipation.  Therefore, for the purpose of this Fiscal  Note  it  has  been
57       assumed  that  only a minimal number of NYCRS members would benefit from
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  3       the proposed legislation and that the increase in employer contributions
  4       would likely be de minimis.
  5         ACTUARIAL  ASSUMPTIONS  AND  METHODS: The additional employer contrib-
  6       utions presented herein have been calculated based on the same actuarial
  7       assumptions and methods in effect for the June 30, 2016 (Lag)  actuarial
  8       valuations  used  to determine the Preliminary Fiscal Year 2018 employer
  9       contributions of NYCRS. Please note these assumptions  and  methods  are
10       subject  to  change  as this valuation is not considered final until the
11       end of the Fiscal Year 2018.
12         STATEMENT OF ACTUARIAL OPINION: I, Sherry S. Chan, am the Chief  Actu-
13       ary  for,  and  independent of, the New York City Retirement Systems and
14       Pension Funds. I am a Fellow of the Society of  Actuaries,  an  Enrolled
15       Actuary  under  the  Employee Retirement Income and Security Act of 1974
16       (ERISA), a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and a Fellow  of
17       the  Conference of Consulting Actuaries. I meet the Qualification Stand-
18       ards of the American Academy of Actuaries to render the actuarial  opin-
19       ion contained herein. To the best of my knowledge, the results contained
20       herein have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted actuari-
21       al  principles  and procedures and with the Actuarial Stand
22       tice issued by the Actuarial Standards Board.
23         FISCAL NOTE IDENTIFICATION: This Fiscal Note 2018-07  dated  March  9,
24       2018,  was  prepared  by  the Chief Actuary for New York City Employees'
25       Retirement System, the New York City Teachers'  Retirement  System,  the
26       New  York  City  Board of Education Retirement System, the New York City
27       Police Pension Fund, and the New York City Fire Pension Fund. This esti-
28       mate is intended for use only during the 2018 Legislative Session.
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30       The Legislature of the STATE OF NEW YORK ss:
31         Pursuant to the authority vested in us by section 70-b of  the  Public
32       Officers  Law,  we  hereby  jointly  certify that this slip copy of this
33       session law was printed under our direction and, in accordance with such
34       section, is entitled to be read into evidence.
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36          JOHN J. FLANAGAN                                   CARL E. HEASTIE
37       Temporary President of the Senate                Speaker of the Assembly