This chapter shall be known as the "economic development law".
Section 2. Definitions.
Whenever used in this chapter:
1. "Department" shall mean the state department of economic development.
2. "Commissioner" shall mean the commissioner of economic development.
3. The term "atomic energy" means all forms of energy released in the course of nuclear fission or nuclear fusion or other nuclear transformation.
4. The term "science oriented industry and applied research" means industrial or commercial activities and applied research in the fields of atomic energy, space development, marine sciences, ocean engineering and other science oriented or advanced technology industry.
5. "Telecommuting" shall mean the conservation of energy through the reduction of travel by employees of the department to and from their designated workplace through the use of telecommunication and computer technology in tasks including, but not limited to, information transfer and processing.
Article 2 Department of Economic Development
Section 10. Department of economic development; commissioner.
There shall be in the state government a department of economic development. The head of the department shall be the commissioner of economic development who shall be appointed by the governor, by and with the advice and consent of the senate, and hold office until the end of the term of the governor by whom he was appointed and until his successor is appointed and has qualified. The principal office of the department shall be in the city of Albany. Regional offices may be established and maintained by the department in such places as the commissioner may determine and for which appropriations are made by the legislature. The commissioner may, with the commissioners of general services, transportation and labor, develop and institute a procedure for the uniform collection of employment and economic data within the state for use in connection with the scheduling of public works projects.
Article 3 Organization of Department; Officers and Employees
Section 50. Organization of department; officers and employees.
The existing divisions and bureaus of the department are continued; provided, however, that the commissioner, with the approval of the governor, may establish additional divisions and bureaus, change the names of existing divisions or bureaus, or may consolidate divisions and bureaus as he may deem necessary or appropriate to carry out the functions of the department. The commissioner may appoint deputy commissioners and assistant deputy commissioners to serve during his pleasure and assign to each the work which shall be under his supervision. Each deputy commissioner and assistant deputy commissioner shall be a person qualified by training and experience for the performance of the duties assigned to him. Deputy commissioners and assistant deputy commissioners shall be deemed to occupy confidential positions to the commissioner, and may be appointed without competitive examination. Subject to the provisions of the civil service law and rules, the commissioner may appoint such other officers, employees, agents and consultants as may be necessary, prescribe their duties, fix their compensation and provide for payment of their reasonable expenses, all within amounts available therefor by appropriation. The commissioner may transfer officers or employees from their positions to other positions in the department, or abolish or consolidate such positions.
Article 4 General Powers of Department
Section 100. General powers of department.
The commissioner acting by and through the department of economic development shall have power and it shall be his duty:
1. to investigate, study and undertake ways and means of promoting and encouraging the prosperous development and protection of the legitimate interest and welfare of New York business, industry and commerce, within and outside the state;
2. to serve as a clearing house for industrial problems of the state;
3. to promote and encourage the expansion and development of markets for New York products;
4. to promote and encourage the location and development of new business in the state as well as the maintenance and expansion of existing business and for that purpose to cooperate with state and local agencies and individuals both within and outside the state;
5. to investigate and study conditions affecting New York business, industry and commerce, and to collect and disseminate information, and engage in technical studies, scientific investigations and statistical research and educational activities necessary or useful for the proper execution of the powers and duties of the department in promoting and developing New York business, industry and commerce both within and outside the state;
6. to plan and develop an effective business information service both for the direct assistance of industry of the state and for the encouragement of industries outside the state to use business facilities within the state;
7. to compile, collect and develop periodically, or otherwise make available, scientific indices and other information relating to current business conditions;
8. to encourage and develop commerce with other states and foreign countries, and to devise ways and means of removing trade barriers hampering the free flow of commerce between this state and other states, including such barriers as preferences and similar price distorting mechanisms and other forms of discrimination used in the procurement of goods and services by the public sector or influenced by the public sector;
9. to cooperate with interstate commissions engaged in formulating and promoting the adoption of interstate compacts and agreements helpful to business, industry and commerce;
10. to conduct or encourage research designed to further new and more extensive uses of the natural and other resources of the state, and designed to develop new products and industrial processes;
11. to study trends and developments in the industries of the state and to analyze the reasons underlying such trends; to study costs and other factors affecting successful operation of businesses within the state; and to make recommendations regarding circumstances promoting or hampering industrial development;
12. to compile periodically a census of business and industry in the state with the cooperation of other agencies; and to analyze and publish this information in such form as to be most valuable to the business and industry of the state;
13. to make to the governor and to the legislature, from time to time, recommendations for the study or improvement of any conditions, and for the elimination of any restrictions and burdens imposed by law, or otherwise existing, which adversely affect or retard the legitimate development and expansion of business, industry or commerce;
14. to publicize the material and economic advantages of the state which render it a desirable place for business and residence;
15. (a) to collect, compile and distribute information and literature as to the facilities, advantages and attractions of the state, the historical and scenic points and places of interest within the state and the transportation and highway facilities of the state;
(b) in the discharge of this power, the commissioner may enter into a contract for publication of a state travel guide to promote tourism. Such contract may provide for the sale of advertising by the contractor. A contract for publication of a state travel guide shall be awarded following consideration of factors which shall include, but not be limited to, the most favorable financial advantage for the state, the best representation of the state of New York and its services, and the greatest utility to the traveller. The commissioner shall promulgate regulations by the first day of November next succeeding the effective date of this paragraph to guide the preparation of bids and the deadlines for selection of a competent contractor and publication of the state travel guide. The regulations shall, at a minimum, limit advertising content to no more than thirty percent of the space available and establish responsibility for preparation and placement of appropriate editorial content and an equitable listing without charge or other consideration of attractions and activities available to the tourist in New York state. Such regulations shall provide for approval of the commissioner at critical stages of state travel guide development and advertising standards and rates. Furthermore, such regulations shall provide minimum financial terms and responsibilities of the state and the contractor, the allocation of any revenues derived from the production of the travel guide and securities which shall be required of the contractor.
16. to plan and conduct a program of information and publicity designed to attract tourists, visitors and other interested persons from outside the state to this state and also to encourage and coordinate the efforts of other public and private organizations or groups of citizens to publicize the facilities and attractions of the state for the same purposes;
16-a. to promote the growth of fruit growing, fruit processing, and winery businesses in cooperation with the commissioner of agriculture and markets and the urban development corporation. The commissioner in promoting such businesses may also help to promote tourist programs specified in subdivision sixteen of this section and encourage the retention of agricultural lands and preservation of open spaces.
17. to do all things necessary for the operation of the New York state data center established in the department in cooperation with the United States bureau of the census; to cooperate with other state agencies, universities, regional organizations, boards, commissions and other entities in the dissemination of socio-economic information and data through the New York state data center program for purposes of economic development; in relation to such information and data, to provide technical assistance to other state agencies, universities, regional organizations, boards, commissions and other entities as necessary for purposes of economic development; and to prepare estimates and the official projections of population, households and other characteristics of the state for use by all state agencies;
18. to encourage and cooperate with other public and private organizations or groups in publicizing the attractions and industrial advantages of the state;
18-a. to establish, in cooperation with the commissioner of agriculture and markets and the state liquor authority, procedures for proposing to the governor nominations for annual awards to be known as "New York state wine retailers awards". These non-monetary awards shall be given in recognition of unusual efforts made by restaurants, and/or retailers licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption, to inform consumers as to the availability, diversity and excellence of wines made in the state from grapes grown in the state, and to feature these wines. The governor shall, at his discretion, issue up to three awards annually.
18-b. to promote, in cooperation with the New York wine and grape foundation, state policies that will encourage the production and sale of New York labelled wines.
18-c. to establish, in cooperation with the commissioner of agriculture and markets, procedures for proposing nominations to the governor for three annual, non-monetary awards to be known as: (a) New York State Direct Farm Marketing Award; (b) New York State Agri-Tourism Award; and (c) New York State Specialty Food Product Award. These awards shall be given in recognition of unusual efforts by farmers, food processors and food retailers for the marketing of New York state grown agricultural commodities or foods processed from or primarily containing New York state agricultural commodities and for promoting New York state farms that are also tourist destinations.
18-d. To establish, in consultation with the New York state tourism advisory council, a New York hall of fame passport permitting admission to recognized halls of fame situated within the state.
18-e. to establish, in cooperation with the urban development corporation and the commissioner of agriculture and markets and other economic development agencies a program to promote the agriculture industry and other related industries in the state in a manner consistent with the provisions of article five-D of this chapter.
18-f. to establish procedures, guidelines or regulations related to implementation of the "NY-USA Proud" employer of distinction award. These non-monetary awards shall be given in recognition of companies that show exceptional support for military personnel including military reservists and national guard members. To promote and market such award, the commissioner may design an appropriate symbol that may be registered as a trademark in the office of the secretary of state. Any such trademark shall be registered by the secretary of state without the exaction of any fee therefor. The commissioner may in his or her discretion register any such mark with the United States government and any other state or foreign country.
18-g. to establish procedures, guidelines or regulations related to implementation of the "Patriot Support and Discount Program". This voluntary program shall recognize those merchants, businesses or companies that provide exceptional support to their employees who serve in the military, including military reservists and national guard members, or agree to provide reduced price discounts for merchandise and services for military personnel including military reservists and national guard members. At the discretion of the commissioner, participating merchants, businesses or companies may become eligible for inclusion in the "NY-USA Proud" program.
* 18-h. to include in the "NY-USA Proud" program those companies who provide accident prevention courses approved by the commissioner of motor vehicles at a reduced rate to the servicemen and women who have returned from a combat theater or combat zone of operations.
* NB Effective November 15, 2011
19. (a) to study changes in and to suggest policies for the economic development and conservation of the resources of the state and to develop an annual statewide economic development strategic plan. Such strategic plan, shall include but shall not be limited to, a statewide inventory of all industry associations and clusters; a list of industries that have a competitive advantage; and a list of industries that demonstrate the potential for growth. The department shall work in cooperation with the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation in creating the strategic plan. The annual statewide economic development strategic plan shall be submitted to the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the assembly on January first, two thousand eight and every year thereafter.
(b) to cause to be prepared program plans for the economic development financial assistance programs of the state, in cooperation with the agency or public benefit corporation or public authority, consistent with the legislative intent and statutory authorization for such programs. Program plans shall be derived from and shall be consistent with the annual economic development strategic plan and, accordingly, may be updated as necessary. Such plans shall be transmitted to the agency or public authority or public benefit corporation responsible for administering the program and to the speaker of the assembly and the temporary president of the senate within ninety days of the effective date of any statute authorizing such program. With respect to existing economic development financial assistance programs, the commissioner shall transmit program plans on or before July first, nineteen hundred eighty-eight.
Program plans shall describe the goals, objectives and priorities of each financial assistance program, shall guide the development of operating procedures and rules and regulations governing each financial assistance program, shall set forth the manner in which the financial assistance program shall be coordinated with other economic development programs and shall set forth a description of the operating relationships with relevant agencies and regional and local public and private organizations;
20. to cooperate with and assist other state departments, boards, commissions, agencies, public benefit corporations and public authorities in the preparation of policies for the economic development of the state and to assist in such entities' development of rules and regulations governing economic development financial assistance programs, and policies for the use and conservation of its resources;
21. to inquire into and report to the governor when requested by him, with respect to any program of public state improvements and the financing thereof; and to request and obtain information from the state department of transportation and other state departments or agencies such information and data as may be needed properly to report thereon;
22. to advise and cooperate with municipal, county, regional and other local agencies within the state for the purpose of promoting coordination between the state and the localities as to economic development;
23. to confer and cooperate with the authorities of the United States and neighboring states and of the counties and municipalities of such neighboring states, for the purpose of bringing about a coordination between the economic development of such neighboring states, counties and municipalities and the economic development of the state of New York;
24. to adopt such measures as may best be calculated to promote public interest in and understanding of the problems of economic development, and to that end may publish and distribute copies of any plan or any report and may employ such other means of publicity and education as shall give full effect to the provisions of this chapter;
25. To act as the agent of the state and its political subdivisions for the purpose of approving applicants for financial assistance from any federal agency for industrial development or redevelopment purposes, whenever the terms of any act of congress heretofore or hereafter enacted for such purposes require the state or any political subdivision thereof to approve applicants for such assistance, and to take any further action which may be required under the terms of such act.
26. To provide all necessary staff services, accounting, clerical and secretarial assistance, and office space and equipment requested by the New York job development authority.
27. To act as the agent of the state to administer, carry out and coordinate any federal law now or hereafter enacted by the congress to promote economic growth by supporting state and regional centers to place the findings of science usefully in the hands of American enterprise and, for such purposes, to receive federal funds for technical services programs and enter into any necessary contracts or compacts in connection therewith, to take any further action which may be required under the terms of any such federal act, including but not limited to the establishment and operation of state or regional technical information centers.
28. To provide all necessary staff services, accounting, clerical and secretarial assistance and office space and equipment requested by the New York state job incentive board.
29. to advise the governor, the legislature and other state agencies with regard to research and development and the establishment of state policies relating thereto, in connection with science oriented industry and applied research.
30. to cooperate with all private persons and governmental entities concerned with science oriented industry and applied research.
31. to sponsor, foster and support research and to sponsor or conduct studies relating to science oriented industry and applied research.
32. to review and evaluate the status and to encourage and promote the development of science oriented industry and applied research designed to further new and more extensive use of the resources and manpower of the state.
33. the department shall adopt, amend or rescind, in accordance with the state administrative procedure act, such rules, regulations and orders as may be necessary or convenient to the performance of its functions, powers and duties under this chapter. Such rules and regulations shall be consistent with any program plans required by subdivision nineteen of section one hundred of this chapter.
34. the department may enter into contracts with any person, firm, corporation or governmental agency, and do all things necessary or convenient to carry out the functions, powers and duties expressly set forth in this article.
35. to promote, publish, and disseminate the rules and regulations promulgated by the industrial commissioner pursuant to article twenty-six of the labor law.
36. (a) The commissioner shall solicit research firms to evaluate the promotional effectiveness and economic impact of the department's tourism advertising campaigns. The commissioner shall cause said research firms to submit to the department and the legislative fiscal committees, at least six weeks prior to the conducting of their research, a research design indicating the techniques planned to measure such promotional effectiveness and economic impact; provided, however, that no firm selected shall do both the promotional effectiveness and economic impact studies nor shall have participated in the development of marketing the tourism campaign.
(b) The commissioner shall submit all preliminary reports of such firms to the legislative fiscal committees within two weeks of receipt of such reports; the final reports shall be submitted by the commissioner to the legislative fiscal committees and the tourism advisory council no later than December first of each year.
37. to review and evaluate the economic impact of the downhill ski industry on the state's economy and to advise the governor, legislature, and other state agencies of the results of such review and evaluation.
37-a. The commissioner shall make an annual report to the governor and legislature on or before the fifteenth day of May for the preceding calendar year. It shall include a summary of all contacts received from business entities by the department, including the department's district offices. The report shall set forth the types of contacts, the purposes of such contacts and include a summary of the results of all such contacts by business entities. The report shall also indicate which contacts were made by small business concerns as defined by section one hundred thirty-five-a of the state finance law. No provision of this subdivision shall be deemed to require or authorize the disclosure of confidential information or trade secrets.
37-b. The requirements to report contained in the following provisions of this chapter shall be satisfied, notwithstanding any inconsistent provision appearing therein, by the commissioner who shall consolidate into one combined annual report all of the information required to be submitted in separate reports by the following provisions of this chapter. This consolidated annual report of the commissioner shall be submitted to the governor and the legislature on or before October first of each year and shall replace the requirements for separate reports contained in the following provisions of this chapter. In order to fulfill his or her responsibility under this subdivision, the commissioner may require the submission to him or her a sufficient period of time in advance of October first of each year by any advisory committee or other body required to submit a report pursuant to the following provisions of this chapter of all information which would otherwise be required to be included in the report of such advisory committee or other body. The following provisions of this chapter containing requirements to submit recurring reports shall be subject to the requirements of this subdivision:
(a) Section one hundred ninety-five, on the operation and accomplishments of the industrial effectiveness program.
(b) Paragraph (a) of subdivision seven of section two hundred two, regarding the current status of the skills development assistance program.
(c) Subdivision two of section two hundred thirteen, submitting the results of the annual evaluation of the entrepreneurial assistance programs established under article nine.
(d) Subdivision two of section two hundred twenty-three, reporting the results of the annual evaluation of the effectiveness of the export trade development projects and other technical assistance programs authorized under article ten.
(e) Paragraph (a) of subdivision three of section two hundred forty-one, submitting the annual findings and recommendations of the advisory council on economic information and research.
(f) Subdivision eight of section two hundred fifty, regarding the current status of the industrial infrastructure development program.
38. to contract for and to accept any gifts or grants or loans of funds or property of financial or other aid in any form from the federal government or any agency or instrumentality thereof, or from the state or any agency or instrumentality thereof, or from any other source, for any or all of the purposes specified in this chapter, with the terms and conditions thereof; and
39. (a) To assist the superintendent of banks to solicit, evaluate, develop and provide information to banking corporations, principally engaged in doing business within the state, about various methods used by banking corporations to provide financing for businesses engaged in the export of products and services to foreign countries.
(b) The commissioner shall evaluate such information as may be available to the department and help identify local regional banking corporations currently serving the state exporters and shall assist the superintendent of banks in determining the status of local and regional banking corporations in export financing so that in cooperation with the banking department, a program shall be developed by which new banking corporations may be brought into the export financing sector and potential and current state exporters may be given a wider choice of available financing sources for medium and small export transactions.
(c) The commissioner shall further inform the superintendent of banks of any changes which the department projects may occur in the international business community about which the commissioner may become aware so that the superintendent of banks may provide the most timely and accurate information to the state banking community.
(d) The commissioner shall promote, publish and disseminate information concerning the current export trade engaged in by corporations doing business in the state, in particularly identifying those areas, fields of endeavor and under-utilized industrial resources which could be exported in greater volume creating an increased need for financing by local and regional banks.
40. to assist the secretary of state to promote and make information available regarding technical and financial assistance for waterfront revitalization programs for economically distressed and severely economically distressed municipalities on inland waterways, as provided by section nine hundred fifteen-a of the executive law.
40-a. to develop a plan to maximize the use of telecommuting to conserve energy otherwise used by the personnel of the department in commuting to their assigned workplace. Within one year of the effective date of this subdivision, the department shall submit a report to the governor and the legislature on the impact of such plan to include, but not be limited to, energy conservation, air quality, workforce acceptance, office costs and potential cost savings.
* 41. To investigate innovative approaches to private sector work and employee compensation arrangements, such as flexible hours and job sharing, flexible compensation and benefit plans including employee assistance programs, employer-supported dependent care and family leave, which will benefit both employers and employees by improving productivity and morale, lowering rates of absenteeism, tardiness and turnover, and enhancing a company's image.
* NB There are 2 sb 41's
* 41. to administer and operate a linked deposit program pursuant to article fifteen of the state finance law.
* NB There are 2 sb 41's
42. To promote the advantages of such flexible work arrangements and benefit plans to business organizations and associations and to individual firms and to assist such groups or firms with instituting such arrangements and benefit plans.
43. To work with the New York job development authority, the New York state urban development corporation and other economic development agencies in promoting the inclusion of dependent care facilities as part of business expansion, industrial park, multi-tenant building or other projects assisted by the authority, the corporation or other agencies.
44. to foster and promote, and to enlist the New York job development authority, the New York urban development corporation and other public authorities, public benefit corporations and state agencies to foster and promote, the re-use and rehabilitation of existing buildings or sites, or both, as part of business expansion, industrial park, multi-tenant building or other projects assisted by a public authority, a public benefit corporation and/or a state agency.
45. to license, maintain and lease where appropriate an official brand, "I Love NY". Such brand shall be maintained, leased and applied pursuant to section one hundred fifty-two of this chapter.
46. to prepare an annual summary for the small business community of the key legislative, budgetary and regulatory changes impacting small businesses. Agencies shall cooperate with the department in developing the annual summary. The annual summary shall be written in plain language and shall provide specific contact information within the appropriate agency for inquiries regarding implementation and compliance. The annual summary shall be posted on the department website on or before September first of each year.
47. to exercise all other powers and functions necessary or appropriate to carry out the duties and purposes set forth in this chapter.
Section 101. Assistance of other departments, agencies and political subdivisions.
The commissioner may request from any department, division, office, commission or other agency of the state or any political subdivision thereof, and the same are authorized to provide, such assistance, services and data as may be required by the department in carrying out the purposes of this article, and such funding, including but not limited to charge backs for allocated costs, as the director of the budget may approve.
Section 102. Atomic energy council.
1. There shall be within the department, the atomic energy council (hereinafter sometimes referred to as the "council"), which shall consist of the commissioner and such other representatives of state departments, agencies and instrumentalities importantly concerned with atomic energy and such other persons as the governor may from time to time designate who shall serve at the pleasure of the governor.
2. Each member of the council may, by official order filed with the council, designate a deputy, who, in the case of a member who is an official of the state, any instrumentality, agency or subdivision thereof, shall be an officer of his department, commission or public benefit corporation, to perform his duties under this article. The designation of such deputy shall be deemed temporary only and shall not affect the civil service or retirement rights of any person so designated.
3. The members of the council and their respective deputies, if any, shall serve without compensation, but each of them shall be entitled to reimbursement for his actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of his official duties.
4. The commissioner shall serve as chairman of the council and may appoint such subordinates and employees as may be necessary to carry out the duties imposed upon the council by law. At any meeting or proceeding not attended by the chairman, the council shall elect an acting chairman. Legal, technical, scientific, engineering and other services for the council, other than those performed by employees of the council, shall be performed by personnel of the department, the state departments of health and labor, or other departments or agencies of the state.
Section 103. General functions, powers and duties of council.
The council shall have the following functions, powers and duties:
1. To advise the governor and the legislature with regard to programs for the regulation and control of atomic energy activities, and to make recommendations to the governor and the legislature designed to assure that the regulatory programs of the state, including its political subdivisions, affecting atomic energy activities encourage the development and use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes within the state, while fully protecting the interest, health and safety of the public.
2. To advise and assist the governor and the legislature in developing and implementing state policies and programs for the regulation and control of atomic energy activities.
3. To coordinate the regulatory programs of the agencies, and instrumentalities of the state and its political subdivisions and agencies of such subdivisions, affecting atomic energy activities, and to correlate such programs with the regulatory programs of the federal government and other states.
4. To develop a coordinated position with respect to regulatory programs of the federal government affecting atomic energy activities in the state, taking into account the interests of all agencies and instrumentalities of the state and its political subdivisions, and agencies of such subdivisions; to coordinate the participation of all such bodies in the regulatory processes of the federal government relating to such regulatory programs; and to coordinate the presentation of views concerning such regulatory programs of all such bodies for consideration by the federal government.
5. To consider, in cooperation and consultation with appropriate officials of other states, existing interstate compacts relating to regulation of atomic energy activities and adaptations, modifications or changes of such compacts and new compacts or other arrangements for cooperation, coordination or joint or mutual action by this state and other states, with respect to regulation of atomic energy activities, and to make such recommendations with respect thereto to the governor and the legislature as the council deems appropriate.
6. To carry out the obligations of the state to the New York state atomic and space development authority under any contract providing for the assumption of jurisdiction in the event of conditions specified in any such contract over land and facilities held or developed by such authority for the concentration and storage of radioactive byproducts; to enter into amendments to any such contract subject to the approval of the director of the budget; and, after any such assumption of jurisdiction by the council, pursuant to any such contract or amendments, to operate, develop and manage in the name of the state such land and facilities, and to care for, manage, use and dispose of any radioactive byproducts concentrated or stored at such land and facilities.
7. To review periodically the programs of the agencies and instrumentalities of the state and political subdivisions thereof, and agencies of such subdivisions, for responding, handling and providing assistance, in the event of an accident, fire or disaster believed to involve radioactive materials and to make such recommendations with respect to such programs as the council deems appropriate to such bodies.
Section 104. Assistance of other departments, agencies and political subdivisions; review of regulations.
1. All agencies and instrumentalities of the state, all political subdivisions thereof and all agencies of such subdivisions shall keep the council fully and currently informed as to their activities relating to atomic energy or ionizing radiation.
2. The council may request from any such agency, instrumentality or any such political subdivision or any agency of such subdivision, and the same are authorized to provide, such assistance, services and data as may be required by the council in carrying out its functions, powers and duties.
3. No rule, regulation or ordinance or amendment thereto or repeal thereof, primarily and directly relating to atomic energy or the use of atomic energy, which any agency, instrumentality of the state, any political subdivision thereof or agency of such subdivision may propose to issue or promulgate, shall become effective until ninety days after it has been submitted to the council, unless either the governor by order or the council by resolution waives such waiting period.
Section 104-A. Special powers and duties of the department with respect to employee ownership assistance.
With respect to employee ownership assistance loans provided for in subtitle six of title eight of article eight of the public authorities law, the department shall have the power and duty and in cooperation with the job development authority to:
1. Assist and counsel new employee-owned enterprises in their dealings with federal, state and local governments, including but not limited to providing ready access to information regarding government requirements which affect employee-owned enterprises;
2. Receive complaints and suggestions concerning policies and activities of federal, state and local governmental agencies which affect employee-owned enterprises, and develop, in cooperation with the agency involved, proposals for changes in policies or activities to alleviate any unnecessary adverse effects on employee-owned enterprises;
3. Conduct investigations, research, studies and analyses of matters affecting the interests of employee-owned enterprises;
4. Assist employee-owned enterprises in obtaining available managerial, technical, and financial assistance;
5. Initiate and encourage educational programs relating to employee-owned enterprises, including programs in cooperation with various public and private educational institutions;
6. Help new employee-owned enterprises in this state by simplifying and streamlining license and application procedures wherever possible;
7. Identify industrial and manufacturing businesses that are in danger of being permanently closed or relocated out of state, which results in the loss of jobs and increasing unemployment, and assist the businesses and employees of such businesses by distributing information about the provisions of this section. The department may impose fees, pursuant to rules and regulations, to defray departmental expenses incurred in providing the services set forth in this section.
Section 105. Radioactive byproducts special fund.
1. There is hereby continued in the custody of the state comptroller a special fund, known as the "radioactive byproducts special fund."
2. All moneys received by the council from making charges or administering, controlling, or disposing of radioactive byproducts or from otherwise operating, developing and managing facilities after assumption of jurisdiction thereof by the council pursuant to subdivision six of section one hundred four of this article, and all moneys received by the council in connection with such assumption of jurisdiction, shall be deposited directly in the radioactive byproducts special fund.
3. The moneys of the radioactive byproducts special fund, subject to segregation by the director of the budget, shall be available for payment of any and all costs and expenditures, including those incurred pursuant to contracts and arrangements entered into, in carrying out the purposes of subdivision six of section one hundred four of this article, and costs and expenditures incidental and appurtenant thereto. All payments from such fund shall be made on the audit and warrant of the state comptroller on vouchers approved by the executive director or any other person designated by the council.
4. In the event that the council shall determine by resolution that the purposes for which the radioactive byproducts special fund is established have ceased to exist, or that such fund contains money in excess of the amount of money required to accomplish such purposes, it shall deliver a copy of such resolution to the state comptroller, who thereupon shall pay forthwith all moneys in the radioactive byproducts special fund or such excess, as the case may be, into the state treasury to the credit of the general fund.
5. Subject to the provisions of subdivision four of this section, the state comptroller shall invest and keep invested the moneys of the radioactive byproducts special fund.