June 6, 2022

Update: New York Passes Bill to Allow Engineering, Architecture, and Land Survey Firms to Be Majority ESOP-Owned

NCEO founder and senior staff member

Following a 63-0 vote in the New York Senate, the New York State Assembly passed S. 5261 with a 146-1 vote. The bill would allow majority-owned ESOPs to qualify under New York corporate practice rules for engineering, architectural, landscape architectural, or land survey firms if 75% or more of the company’s voting trustees or ESOP plan committee (often the board of directors) are members of the profession. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk for signature.