N.Y. General Municipal Law Section 6-N
Insurance reserve fund


1.

a. “Municipal corporation,” as used in this section, shall mean a municipal corporation, as defined in § 2 (Definitions)section two of this chapter, school district, except a school district in a city with a population of one hundred twenty-five thousand or more, board of cooperative educational services, fire district, a district corporation and a special improvement district governed by a separate board of commissioners.

b.

“Judgments”, “actions” and “claims”, as used in this section, shall mean those judgments, actions and claims against the municipal corporation that arise out of those kinds of risks for which expenditures may be made pursuant to subdivision two of this section.

2.

(a) The governing board of any municipal corporation may establish a reserve fund to be known as the insurance reserve fund. Upon the creation of the fund, the municipality may make expenditures from the fund for any loss, claim, action or judgment for which the municipal corporation is authorized or required to purchase or maintain insurance, except those kinds of risks for which insurance is authorized pursuant to paragraph one, two, three, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, twenty-two or twenty-three of subsection (a) of Insurance Law § 1113 (Kinds of insurance authorized)section one thousand one hundred thirteen of the insurance law, or for payments in lieu of contributions under article eighteen of the labor law; provided however, that no municipality shall make an expenditure from such fund for any loss, claim, action or judgment for which the municipal corporation has established a reserve fund under any other provision of law; provided, further that the Scarsdale union free school district, the Mamaroneck union free school district, the Minisink Valley central school district, the Vernon Verona Sherrill central school district, the Ithaca city school district, the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda union free school district, the Bedford central school district, the Grand Island central school district, the Tonawanda city school district, the enlarged city school district of Middletown, the Frontier central school district, the Owego Apalachin central school district, the Maine-Endwell central school district, the Binghamton city school district, the Candor central school district, the Cleveland Hill union free school district, the Depew union free school district, the Liverpool central school district, the Auburn enlarged city school district, the Carmel central school district, and the Canastota central school district may establish insurance reserve funds in compliance with this section and article seventy-four of the education law and such school districts may make expenditures in compliance with this section and article seventy-four of the education law from such reserve fund for any loss, claim, action or judgment for which the school districts are authorized or required to purchase or maintain insurance for the kinds of risks for which insurance is authorized pursuant to paragraph three of subsection (a) of Insurance Law § 1113 (Kinds of insurance authorized)section one thousand one hundred thirteen of the insurance law.

(b)

Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, where a municipal corporation has previously established a reserve fund under another provision of law for a type of risk for which expenditures may be made under paragraph (a) of this subdivision, the municipal corporation may, by resolution, discontinue such other reserve fund and transfer any unexpended balance to the reserve fund established under this section; provided, however, that to the extent such unexpended balance is subject to any liabilities incurred or accrued against the other reserve fund, any unexpended balances so transferred shall only be used for such incurred or accrued liabilities including expenses in connection therewith. Prior to the discontinuance of the other reserve fund, the fiscal and legal officers of the municipal corporation shall certify to the governing board thereof the amount that may be necessary to satisfy all liabilities incurred or accrued against it.

3.

There may be paid into such fund:

a.

Such amounts as may be provided by budgetary appropriations;

b.

Amounts from any other fund authorized by this chapter by resolution subject to permissive referendum; and

c.

Such other funds as may be legally appropriated.

4.

The amount paid into such fund during any fiscal year shall not exceed the greater of thirty-three thousand dollars or five per centum of the total budget for such fiscal year.

5.

The moneys in such fund shall be deposited and secured in the manner provided by § 10 (Deposits of public money)section ten of this article. The governing board, or the chief fiscal officer of such municipal corporation, if the governing board shall delegate such duty to him, may invest the moneys in such fund in the manner provided by § 11 (Temporary investments)section eleven of this article. Any interest earned or capital gain realized on the money so deposited or invested shall accrue to and become part of such fund.

6.

The chief fiscal officer shall account for this fund separate and apart from all other funds of the municipal corporation. Such accounting shall show: the source, date and amount of each sum paid into the fund; the interest earned by such fund; capital gains or losses resulting from the sale of investments of this fund; the order, purpose thereof, date and amount of each payment from this fund; the assets of the fund, indicating cash balance and a schedule of investments. The chief fiscal officer, within sixty days of the end of each fiscal year, shall furnish a detailed report of the operation and condition of this fund to the governing board. The chief fiscal officer shall also keep a separate account for each kind of risk funded pursuant to subdivision two of this section.

7.

Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, municipal corporations shall not have the power to enter into agreements, among themselves or one for the other, to pool their reserve fund established pursuant to subdivision two of this section for the payment of judgments, actions and claims.

8.

Any action or claim shall be compromised or settled by the governing board, officer or employee of the municipal corporation authorized to settle or compromise actions or claims on behalf of the municipal corporation.

9.

An expenditure may be made from this fund for the payment of all or part of the cost, including interest, of:

a.

Judgments;

b.

Actions that have been compromised or settled and that have been approved by the court in which the action or proceeding is pending;

c.

Claims that have been settled or compromised and that have been approved by a justice of the supreme court of the judicial district in which the municipal corporation is located;

d.

The uninsured portion of any loss to property owned by the municipal corporation if such loss arises out of a kind of risk described in subdivision two of this section.

e.

Expert or professional services rendered in connection with the investigation, adjustment or settlement of claims, actions or judgments.

10.

The order of the court or the justice approving such settlement or compromise may be granted upon motion of the body, officer or employee of the municipal corporation authorized to do so, supported by an affidavit setting forth the cause of action or claim against the municipal corporation and also such other information which, in its or his opinion, will enable the court or justice to arrive at a determination that such compromise or settlement is just, reasonable and to the interest of the municipal corporation. Such body, officer or employee may also present the affidavit of other persons in support of such motion. The court or the justice, in order to arrive at such a determination, may require such body, officer or employee to present additional information by a supplementary affidavit or affidavits or may require other persons to present additional information by their affidavits.

11.

Notwithstanding subdivisions eight and nine of this section or any other provision of law to the contrary, the governing body of any municipal corporation may, without judicial approval, compromise or settle any action or claim and make an expenditure from this fund where the amount of such settlement or compromise does not exceed twenty-five thousand dollars.

12.

The members of the governing board shall be guilty of a misdemeanor if they:

a.

Authorize a withdrawal from this fund for any purpose except as provided in this section; or

b.

Expend any money withdrawn from this fund for a purpose other than as provided in this section.

13.

If, after the establishment of such fund, the municipality determines that such fund is no longer needed, the moneys remaining in such fund may be transferred to any other reserve fund of the municipal corporation authorized by this chapter that is comprised of moneys which were raised on the same tax base as the moneys in the reserve fund established under this section or section thirty-six hundred fifty-one of the education law, only to the extent that the moneys in this fund shall exceed the sum sufficient to pay all liabilities incurred or accrued against it. Prior to the discontinuance of such fund, the fiscal and legal officers of such municipal corporation shall certify to the governing board thereof the amount that may be necessary to retain in such fund to satisfy all liabilities incurred or accrued against it and such sum shall be retained in the fund for payment of such amounts or until later certified that such funds are no longer needed.

Source: Section 6-N — Insurance reserve fund, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/GMU/6-N (updated Oct. 27, 2023; accessed Jun. 15, 2024).

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Rate of interest on judgments and accrued claims against municipal corporations
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Limit upon real property tax levies by local governments
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Investigation of expenditures of towns and villages
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Payment of fines, civil penalties, rent, rates, taxes, fees, charges and other amounts by credit card
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Electronic or wire transfers
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Payment of municipal bonds
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Application of revenues of a public improvement or part thereof, or service
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Use of tax moneys raised outside constitutional tax limit
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Inter-fund advances
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Deposits of public money
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Temporary investments
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Deposits of public authorities, public benefit corporations and other corporations
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Special population census: population data
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Cancellation of unpaid checks or drafts
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Claims against fire insurance proceeds
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Accessed:
Jun. 15, 2024

Last modified:
Oct. 27, 2023

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