N.Y. Public Authorities Law Section 1331
General powers of the authority

A. Except as otherwise limited by this title, the authority shall have power:


To sue and be sued;


To have a seal and alter the same at pleasure;


To borrow money and issue negotiable notes, bonds or other obligations and to provide for the rights of the holders thereof;


To invest any funds held in reserve or sinking funds, or any monies not required for immediate use or disbursement, at the discretion of the authority, in obligations of the state or the United States government or obligations the principal and interest of which are guaranteed by the state or the United States government, or in certificates of deposit or other interest bearing depository accounts in banks or trust companies in this state if the certificate or account is secured by obligations of the United States or of the state of a market value equal at all times to the amount of the deposit;


To make and alter by-laws for its organization and internal management, and rules and regulations governing the exercise of its powers and fulfillment of its purposes under this title;


To enter into contracts and leases and to execute all instruments necessary or convenient;


To acquire, hold and dispose of real or personal property in the exercise of its powers;


To appoint a general manager, who shall serve at the pleasure of the authority, and such officers and employees as the authority may require for the performance of its duties, and to fix and determine their qualifications, duties, and compensation and to retain or employ counsel, auditors, engineers, and private consultants on a contract basis or otherwise for rendering professional, management or technical services and advice; such general manager, counsel, auditors, engineers, and private consultants, officers and employees may not be a member of the authority;


(a) Notwithstanding Retirement & Social Security Law § 113 (Creation or modification of local retirement systems prohibited)section one hundred thirteen of the retirement and social security law or any other general or special law, the authority and any of its subsidiary corporations may continue or provide to its affected officers and employees any retirement, disability, death or other benefits provided or required for railroad personnel pursuant to federal or state law. Notwithstanding any provisions of the civil service law, no officer or employee of a subsidiary corporation, of the authority, other than a public benefit subsidiary corporation, shall be a public officer or a public employee;


The authority and any of its public benefit subsidiary corporations may be a “participating employer” in the New York state employees’ retirement system with respect to one or more classes of officers and employees of such authority or any such public benefit subsidiary corporation, as may be provided by resolution of such authority or any such public benefit subsidiary corporation, as the case may be, or any subsequent amendment thereof, filed with the comptroller and accepted by him pursuant to Retirement & Social Security Law § 31 (Participation by public or quasi-public organizations)section thirty-one of the retirement and social security law. In taking any action pursuant to this paragraph (b), the authority and any of its public benefit subsidiary corporations shall consider the coverages and benefits continued or provided pursuant to paragraph (a) of this subdivision;


To make plans, surveys, and studies necessary, convenient or desirable to the effectuation of the purposes and powers of the authority and to prepare recommendations in regard thereto;


To enter upon such lands, waters or premises as in the judgment of the authority may be necessary, convenient or desirable for the purpose of making surveys, soundings, borings and examinations to accomplish any purpose authorized by this title, the authority being liable for actual damage done;


The authority may conduct investigations and hearings in the furtherance of its general purposes, and in aid thereof have access to any books, records or papers relevant thereto; and if any person whose testimony shall be required for the proper performance of the duties of the authority shall fail or refuse to aid or assist the authority in the conduct of any investigation or hearing, or to produce any relevant books, records or other papers, the authority is authorized to apply for process of subpoena, to issue out of any court of general original jurisdiction whose process can reach such person, upon due cause shown;


To do all things necessary, convenient or desirable to carry out its purposes and for the exercise of the powers granted in this title;


To enter into collective bargaining agreements with labor representatives duly elected by the employees of the authority;


To insure or provide for the insurance of the authority’s property or operations as required by law and also against such other risks as the authority may deem advisable. B. The authority shall prepare and file with the commissioner and each county of the transportation district an annual budget consisting of projected operating revenues and expenditures for the next fiscal year. C. The authority shall file in the office of the commissioner annual reports, after the close of each of the authority’s fiscal years, which shall be open to public inspection. Such reports shall include, in addition to any information which the commissioner may require, a statement with respect to its operation including the following data:


Cost breakdown of real property acquired for each system or facility acquired or operated by the authority;


Cost breakdown in appropriate units of facilities acquired for each facility acquired or operated by the authority;


Operating revenues for each facility acquired or operated by the authority;


Operating expenses for each facility acquired or operated by the authority. The authority shall also file copies of such reports with the legislative body or bodies of the city of Syracuse and all counties where such authority operates. In addition, the commissioner may request the authority to file interim reports with him containing such information which he may require and the authority shall file such reports.

Source: Section 1331 — General powers of the authority, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/PBA/1331 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Jun. 15, 2024).

Jun. 15, 2024

Last modified:
Sep. 22, 2014

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