[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Albany 5-7-1984. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Labor — See Ch. 62.
The purpose of this chapter is to establish a Merit Award Board pursuant to General Municipal Law § 88-a, to reward employees of the City of Albany, New York, for suggestions which result in a more efficient and economical operation of its government therefor.
There is hereby established in the City of Albany a Merit Award Board to consist of the Mayor, Corporation Counsel and the Chairman to the Finance Committee of the Common Council. The Director of Personnel shall serve as Executive Secretary of such Board.
The Board shall have the power, and it shall be its duty, to:
Formulate, establish and maintain a plan or plans to encourage and reward unusual and meritorious suggestions and accomplishments by City employees and suggestions of retired City employees promoting efficiency and economy in the performance of any function of City government.
Appoint from time to time, as needed, committees to analyze and review suggestions and accomplishments of City employees and suggestions of retired City employees submitted for consideration under such plan or plans and to make recommendations therefor to the Board.
Make and render to and for the benefit of City employees and retired City employees nominated to receive them in accordance with such plan or plans.
Adopt and promulgate rules and regulations governing the operation of any plan or plans established pursuant to this chapter, the eligibility and qualifications of City employees and retired City employees participating therein, the character and quality of suggestions and accomplishments submitted for consideration, the method of their submission and the procedure for their review, nominations for merit awards and the kind, character and value of such awards and such other rules and regulations as may be deemed necessary or appropriate for the proper administration of this chapter or for the accomplishment of the purposes thereof.
The Board may determine the nature and extent of the merit awards to be made under this chapter, which may include, but shall not be limited to, certificates, medals or other appropriate insignia or cash and/or United States savings bonds in such amounts as may be fixed by the Board.
This chapter shall take effect immediately.