County of Chautauqua
Industrial Development Agency (“CCIDA”)
Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation (“CREDC”)
Capital Resource Corporation (“CRC”)
Investment and Deposit Policy
Section 2925 of the Public Authorities Law requires the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (the “Agency”) and its affiliates to adopt by resolution comprehensive investment guidelines which detail its operative policy and instructions to officers and staff regarding the investing, monitoring and reporting of funds of the Agency.
In addition to the requirements set forth in Section 2925 of the Public Authorities Law, the Agency is subject to the deposit and investment restrictions contained in Sections 10 and 11 of the General Municipal Law, which govern the deposit and investment of funds for the Agency’s own use and account.
This investment and deposit policy (“Investment Policy”) is adopted by the Agency pursuant to the foregoing provisions of the Public Authorities Law and General Municipal Law and shall apply to all moneys and other financial resources available for investment on the Agency’s own behalf or, where applicable, on behalf of any other entity or individual.
This Investment Policy shall be applicable to the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency and all of its affiliates, including: Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation (“CREDC”); Chautauqua County Capital Resource Corporation (“CRC”) and such other affiliates as may hereafter be established and which are determined to be subject to the requirements of Section 2925 of the Public Authorities Law (a “CCIDA Affiliate”) (hereinafter collectively referred to as the “Agency”) upon approval by the respective Boards of each corporation. Unless otherwise indicated, all references to the “Agency” herein shall also include the CCIDA Affiliates.
This Investment Policy is not intended to restrict the normal business activities of the Agency, which include the making of loans to, equity investments in, and/or project expenditures in private companies in furtherance of the corporate purposes of the forgoing entities.
A. Investment Objectives.
The primary objectives of the Agency’s investment policy are, in order of priority, as follows: (i) to conform with all applicable federal, state and local laws and legal requirements; (ii) to adequately safeguard principal; (iii) to provide sufficient liquidity to meet all operating requirements of the Agency; and (iv) to obtain a reasonable rate of return.
As the Agency is subject to the deposit and investment restrictions set forth in Sections 10 and 11 of the General Municipal Law, the opportunity to diversify among types of investments is limited. Subject to these legal restraints, however, the policy of the Agency is to diversify by investment instrument, by maturity and where practicable by financial institution.
C. Internal Controls.
1. All funds received by an officer or employee of the Agency shall be promptly deposited with the depositories designated by the Agency (pursuant to Article III.A of this Investment Policy) for the receipt of such funds.
2. Pursuant to Section 11(7) of the General Municipal Law, the Treasurer or Chief Financial Officer of the Agency shall maintain or cause to be maintained a proper record of all books, notes, securities or other evidence of indebtedness held by the Agency for investment and deposit purposes. Such record shall identify the security, the fund for which it is held, the place where kept, the date of sale or other disposition, and the amount received from such sale or other disposition.
3. The Agency is responsible for establishing and maintaining an internal control structure to provide reasonable, but not absolute, assurance that deposits and investments are safeguarded against loss from unauthorized use or disposition, that transactions are executed in accordance with management’s authorization and recorded properly, and are managed in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
D. Authorized Financial Institutions and Dealers.
The Agency shall maintain a list of financial institutions and dealers approved for investment purposes and establish appropriate limits to the amount of investments that may be outstanding with each financial institution or dealer. All financial institutions with which the Agency conducts business must be creditworthy as determined by criteria established by the Treasurer or Chief Financial Officer of the Agency. All banks with which the Agency does business shall provide their most recent Consolidated Report of Condition (Call Report) at the request of the Agency. Security dealers not affiliated with a bank shall be required to be classified as reporting dealers affiliated with the New York Federal Reserve Bank, as primary dealers.
E. Purchase of Investments.
The Agency may contract for the purchase of investments directly, including through a repurchase agreement, from an authorized trading partner. All purchased obligations, unless registered or inscribed in the name of the Agency, shall be purchased through, delivered to, and held in the custody of a bank or trust company. Such obligations shall be purchased, sold or presented for redemption or payment by such bank or trust company only in accordance with prior written authorization from the officer authorized to make the investment. All such transactions shall be confirmed in writing to the Agency by the bank or trust company shall be held pursuant to a written custodial agreement as described in Article IV.C.2 of this Policy.
F. Repurchase Agreements.
The Agency may enter into repurchase agreements subject to the following restrictions:
1. All repurchase agreements must be entered into subject to a Master Repurchase Agreement.
2. Trading partners are limited to commercial banks or trust companies authorized to do business in New York State and primary reporting dealers.
3. Obligations shall be limited to obligations of the United States of America and obligations guaranteed by agencies of the United States of America.
4. No substitution of securities will be allowed.
5. Obligations purchased pursuant to a repurchase agreement shall be held by a custodian other than the trading partner, pursuant to a written custodial agreement that complies the terms of Article IV.C.2 of this Policy.
A. General Policy.
It is the general policy of the Agency that funds not required for immediate expenditure shall be invested as described in Article III.B below. Investments shall be made with judgment and care, under circumstances then prevailing, which persons of prudence, discretion and intelligence exercise in the management of their own affairs, not for speculation, but for investment, considering the safety of the principal as well as the probable income, net of fees, to be derived.
B. Permitted Investments.
The Treasurer or Chief Financial Officer are authorized to invest funds not required for immediate expenditure in the following investments permitted under Section 11 of the General Municipal Law:
1. Special time deposit accounts in, or certificates of deposit issued by any commercial bank or trust company that is located in and authorized to do business in New York State, provided that such deposit account or certificate of deposit is secured in the same manner as provided in Article IV.B of this Investment Policy and is payable within such time as the proceeds shall be needed to meet expenditures for which the funds were obtained;
2. Obligations of the United States of America;
3. Obligations guaranteed by agencies of the United States of America where the payment of principal and interest are guaranteed by the United States of America;
4. Obligations of the State of New York; and
5. Such other obligations as may be permitted under Section 11 of the General Municipal Law.
All investments as provided in Sections B(2) through B(5) of this Article shall be payable or redeemable at the option of the Agency within such times as the proceeds will be needed to meet expenditures for purposes for which the moneys were provided and, in the case of obligations purchased with the proceeds of bonds or notes, shall be payable or redeemable at the option of the Agency within two years of the date of purchase, and comply with such other requirements as set forth in Section 11 of the General Municipal Law.
A. Designation of Depositories.
The Agency shall, by resolution, designate one or more commercial banks or trust companies for the deposit of Agency funds received by the Agency. Such resolution shall specify the maximum amount that may be kept on deposit at any time with each bank or trust company. Such designations and amounts may be changed at any time by further resolution of the Agency.
B. Collateralization of Deposits.
In accordance with Section 10 of the General Municipal Law, all deposits of the Agency (including certificates of deposit and special time deposits) in excess of the amount insured under the provisions of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act shall be secured as follows:
1. By a pledge of “eligible securities” with an aggregate “market value” as defined by Section 10 of the General Municipal Law, at least equal to the aggregate amount of deposits. A list of eligible securities is attached hereto as Schedule A.
2. By an irrevocable letter of credit issued by a qualified bank (other than the bank with which the money is being deposited or invested) in favor of the Agency for a term not to exceed ninety (90) days with an aggregate value equal to 140% of the aggregate amount of deposits and the agreed upon interest, if any. A qualified bank is one whose commercial paper and other unsecured short-term debt obligations are rated in one of the three highest rating categories by at least one nationally recognized statistical rating organization or by a bank that is in compliance with applicable minimum risk-based capital requirements.
3. By an eligible surety bond payable to the Agency for an amount at least equal to 100% of the aggregate amount of deposits and the agreed upon interest, if any, executed by an insurance company authorized to do business in New York State, whose claims-paying ability is rated in the highest rating category by at least two nationally recognized statistical rating organizations. The terms and conditions of any eligible surety bond shall be subject to Agency Board approval.
4. By a pledge of a pro rata portion of a pool of eligible securities, having in the aggregate a market value at least equal to the amount of deposits from all such officers within the State at such bank or trust company, together with a security agreement from the bank or trust company.
5. By an irrevocable letter of credit issued in favor of the Agency by a federal home loan bank whose commercial paper and other unsecured short-term debt obligations are rated in the highest rating category by at least one nationally recognized statistical rating organization, as security for the payment of 100% of the aggregate amount of the deposits and the agreed upon interest, if any.
C. Safekeeping and Collateralization.
Eligible securities used for collateralizing deposits shall be held by the depository and/or third party bank or trust company subject to security and custodial agreements as described below.
1. Security Agreement Requirements. The security agreement shall provide that eligible securities are being pledged to secure Agency deposits together with agreed upon interest, if any, and any costs or expenses arising out of the collection of such deposits upon default. It shall also provide the conditions under which the securities may be sold, presented for payment, substituted or released and the events which will enable the Agency to exercise its rights against the pledged securities. In the event that the securities are not registered or inscribed in the name of the Agency, such securities shall be delivered in a form suitable for transfer or with an assignment in blank to the depository or its custodial bank.
2. Custodial Agreement Requirements. The custodial agreement shall provide that securities held by the bank or trust company, as agent of and custodian for the Agency, will be kept separate and apart from the general assets of the custodial bank or trust company and will not, in any circumstances, be commingled with or become part of the backing for any other deposit or other liabilities. The custodial agreement should also describe that the custodian shall confirm the receipt, substitution or release of the securities. The custodial agreement shall provide for the frequency of revaluation of eligible securities and for the substitution of securities when a change in the rating of a security may cause ineligibility. Such agreement shall include all provisions necessary to provide the Agency a perfected interest in the securities and may include such other terms as the Agency Board deems necessary.
Monitoring and Reporting Obligations
The following monitoring and reporting procedures shall be applicable in connection with the deposit and investment of funds subject to this Investment Policy:
A. Monthly Monitoring.
Each cash and investment account statement will be reviewed and reconciled on a monthly basis. The Treasurer or Chief Financial Officer will review each account reconciliation for accuracy and will investigate any unusual items noted.
B. Monitoring and Reporting.
Pursuant to Section 2925(5) of the Public Authorities Law, the Treasurer, or Chief Financial Officer of the Agency shall present a report at each meeting of the Agency Board of Directors which will include the following information: (i) the cash and investment balances of the Agency; (ii) identification of any new investments since the last report; (iii) information concerning the selection of investment bankers, brokers, agents dealers or auditors since the last report; and (iv) the names of the financial institutions holding Agency deposits;.
C. Annual Monitoring and Reporting.
1. On an annual basis, the Agency will obtain an independent audit of its financial statements, which shall include an audit of its cash and investments and the Agency’s compliance with this Investment Policy. The results of the independent audit shall be made available to the Agency Board at the time of its annual review of this Investment Policy.
2. Pursuant to Section 2925(6) of the Public Authorities Law, Agency staff shall, on an annual basis, prepare and submit for Agency Board approval an investment report which shall include this Investment Policy, amendments to the Investment Policy since the last investment report, an explanation of the Investment Policy and any amendments, the results of the annual independent audit, the investment income record of the Agency and a list of the total fees, commissions or other charges paid to each investment banker, broker, agent, dealer and advisor rendering investment associated services to the Agency since the last investment report. The investment report will be distributed to those individuals identified in Section 2925(7)(b) of the Public Authorities Law. The Agency shall make available to the public copies of its investment report upon reasonable request therefor.
This Investment Policy shall be reviewed and approved by the Agency Board of Directors on an annual basis.
Nothing contained in Section 2925 of the Public Authorities Law shall be deemed to alter, affect the validity of, modify the terms of or impair any contract, agreement or investment of funds made or entered into by the Agency in violation of, or without compliance with the provisions of Section 2925 of the Public Authorities Law.
Reviewed and Adopted this 26th day of September, 2023 by the respective Boards of each corporation referenced above.
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Obligations issued by the United States of America, an agency thereof or a United States government sponsored corporation or obligations fully insured or guaranteed as to the payment of principal and interest by the United States of America, an agency thereof or a United States government sponsored corporation.
Obligations issued or fully guaranteed by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the African Development Bank.
Obligations partially insured or guaranteed by any agency of the United States of America, at a proportion of the Market Value of the obligation that represents the amount of the insurance or guaranty.
Obligations issued or fully insured or guaranteed by the State of New York, obligations issued by a municipal corporation, school district or district corporation or such State or obligations of any public benefit corporation which under a specific State statute may be accepted as security for deposit of public moneys.
Obligations issued by states (other than the State of New York) of the United States rated in one of the three highest rating categories by at least one nationally recognized statistical rating organization.
Obligations of Puerto Rico rated in one of the three highest rating categories by at least one nationally recognized statistical rating organization.
Obligations of counties, cities and other governmental entities of another state having the power to levy taxes that are backed by the full faith and credit of such governmental entity and rated in one of the three highest categories by at least one nationally recognized statistical rating organization.
Obligations of domestic corporations rated one of the two highest rating categories by at least one nationally recognized statistical rating organization.
Any mortgage related securities, as defined in the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which may be purchased by banks under the limitations established by bank regulatory agencies.
Commercial paper and bankers’ acceptances issued by a bank (other than the bank with which the money is being deposited or invested), rated in the highest short term category by at least one nationally recognized statistical rating organization and having maturities of not longer than sixty days from the date they are pledged.
Zero Coupon obligations of the United States government marketed as “Treasury STRIPS”.