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Features - New York State Disaster & Terrorism Legislation for 2001

By Janice Henderson, Published on November 1, 2001

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Janice E. Henderson
Director of Professional Development & Library Services, Baker & McKenzie, New York, NY

Updated November 9, November 28, 2001, January 3, 2002

Editor's Note: This web page will be updated on a regular basis.

Press Release: (November 1, 2001) - Governor Pataki, Attorney General Spitzer Announce Comprehensive New Anti-Terrorism Legislation. Author's Comments: The current legislation in regards to this press release is S.5823.  The bill still resides in the Assembly.  It was referred to codes on 10/24/01.  At this time no other legislation has been introduced.

For copies of the following chapters, link to the New York State Legislature.

  • Chapter 244 (S357-C)
    Relates to placing a false bomb in a public place

  • Chapter 264 (S3297-A)
    Increases certain special accidental death benefits for surviving spouses and children of certain police and fire personnel
  • Chapter 296 (S5789-A)
    Makes appropriations for payments related to the attack on the World Trade Center

  • Chapter 297 (S5790)
    Authorizes the issuance of additional bonds of the New York City Transitional Finance Authority (to avoid shortfall should Federal funds be delayed)

  • Chapter 298 (S5791)
    Enacts the Emergency Primary Election Rescheduling Act of 2001

  • Chapter 299 (S70001)
    Enacts the Emergency Management Assistance Compact

  • Chapter 300 (S70002)
    Enacts the Anti-terrorism Act of 2001 (this had been proposed by Governor Pataki in June)

  • Chapter 301 (S70003)
    Enacts provisions relating to falsely reporting an incident and placing a false bomb and increases penalties therefore

  • Chapter 302 (S70004)
    Amends Chapter 301 to make certain technical corrections

  • Chapter 358 (A2709, S1518)
    Relates to providing paid leave for certain disaster relief volunteers 
  • Chapter 413 of 2000
    Estates, Powers and Trust Law section 2-1.7 relating to "Presumption of Death From Absence EPTL section 2-1.7 as amended in 2000, states in paragraph (b), "The fact that such person was exposed to a specific peril of death may be a sufficient basis for determining at any time after such exposure that he or she died less than three years after the date of his or her absence commenced.
New Bills

A.6409 - General Municipal Law
TITLE....Relates to providing paid leave for certain disaster relief volunteers. 

A.9464 - General Municipal Law
TITLE....Provides for benefits to public employees who died or suffered disabling injuries in the line of duty as a result of the attack on the World Trade Center. 

A.9468 - Tax Law
TITLE....Provides a personal income tax exemption to the victims of the attack on the World Trade Center. 

A.9471 - Real Property Tax Law
TITLE....Grants an additional school tax relief exemption to rescue workers at the World Trade Center disaster site.

A.9474 - Insurance Law
TITLE....Provides extraordinary continuation and conversion rights for certain employees or members, or dependents of such employees or members. 

A.9476 - New York City Administrative Code
TITLE....Relates to the authority of the commissioner of finance of New York City and the commissioner of taxation and finance to extend deadlines. 

A.9477 - Tax Law
TITLE....Allows certain tax exemptions for persons or entities who had premises located in the World Trade Center. 

A.9482 - Workers' Compensation Law
TITLE....Enacts the "workers' compensation act for World Trade Center volunteer rescue workers". 

A.9483 - Workers' Compensation Law
TITLE....Amends provisions which make employees ineligible for disability benefits for disabilities from act of war to exclude disabilities which result from WTC attack. 

A.9484 - Labor Law
TITLE....Provides that for purposes of contributions to unemployment insurance fund an employer's account shall not be charged for benefits for certain WTC claims. 

A.9485 - Workers' Compensation Law
TITLE....Provides for rebuttable presumption that employee killed or injured in the World Trade Center attack of 9/11 was an employee of the uninsured employer. 

A.9486 - Labor Law
TITLE....Makes the waiting period for unemployment insurance benefits inapplicable to certain claimants who were laid off as an economic consequence of the 9/11/01 WTC attack. 

A.9487 - Labor Law
TITLE....Waives the waiting period for unemployment insurance benefits for claims arising out of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. 

A.9489 - Executive Law
TITLE....Allows political subdivisions to make financial contributions to any other political subdivision to help with disaster relief efforts. 

A.9491 - New York City
TITLE....Requires the availability for reproduction and inspection of legal documents or materials destroyed in the World Trade Center disaster. 

A.9495 - Tax Law
TITLE....Creates the World Trade Center Relief Fund. 

A.9499 - Executive Law
TITLE....Requires the state emergency management office to offer a course in civil defense and disaster preparedness. 

A.9502 - Executive Law
TITLE....Requires the flag to be flown at half-staff on all public buildings on September eleventh to commemorate the terrorist attacks on the world trade center and pentagon. 

A.9503 - Executive Law
TITLE....Requires the flag to be flown at half-staff on all school buildings on September eleventh to commemorate the terrorist attacks on the world trade center and pentagon. 

A.9453 - Criminal Procedure Law
TITLE....Creates the crimes of criminal possession of a chemical weapon or biological weapon in the first and second degrees. 

S.2628A - Real Property Tax Law
TITLE....Authorizes tax assessor right to approve or deny applications for STAR tax exemptions. 

S.5797 - Civil Practice Law and Rules
TITLE....Requires the availability for reproduction and inspection of legal documents or materials destroyed in the World Trade Center disaster. 

S.5802 - Appropriations
TITLE....Creates the World Trade Center Memorial Commission; appropriation. 

S.5808 - Governor
TITLE....Relates to the prerequisites, time and scope of state and local deadlines following a state disaster emergency. 

S.5809 - Penal Law
TITLE....Creates the crime of dissemination of a false substance. 

S.5811 - Penal Law
TITLE....Creates the crime of biological terrorism. 

S.5823 - Criminal Procedure Law
TITLE....Creates crimes of relating to chemical and biological weapons (This bill passed the Senate on 10/24/01 and is now in the Assembly.) 

S.5834 - Vehicle and Traffic Law
TITLE....Relates to World Trade Center Remembrance license plates. 

S.5836 - Executive Law
TITLE....Allows political subdivisions to make financial contributions to any other political subdivision to help with disaster relief efforts.

S.5809 - Penal Law
TITLE....Creates the crime of dissemination of a false substance 

S.5811 - Penal Law
TITLE....Creates the crime of biological terrorism 

 Declaring a Disaster Emergency in the State of New York - Executive Order #113

Additional Documents

New York State Legislative Joint Resolution condemning the attack on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the United and American Airlines flights.

Procedure for Issuance of Death Certificates for Individuals Currently Missing at the World Trade Center.