On May 28, 2008, City Council Speaker
Christine C. Quinn, Deputy Mayor Carol Robles-Roman, Jeffrey A.
Kay, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations and Council Members James
Gennaro, Simcha Felder, David Yassky, Leroy Comrie and Thomas White announced
legislation to improve procedures and professionalism at the Environmental
Control Board (ECB), making it more accessible and more efficient. On August 12th, 2008,
Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed the legislation into law.
“This legislation consolidates ECB with OATH, so that ECB
benefits from OATH’s tribunal management expertise. OATH’s oversight will introduce best
practices in data reporting, customer service and public information, legal
recruitment and training, and technology,” said Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs and
Counsel to the Mayor Carol Robles-Roman. “Since 2006, we’ve worked with the
Council and an interagency team made up of the Administrative Justice
Coordinator, Operations, the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings and
the Criminal Justice Coordinator to restructure and modernize ECB and improve
efficiency and convenience.”
“Small businesses are the backbone of New York City, and we need
to do what we can on the local level to keep them at work, creating jobs and
fueling our economy,” said Council
Speaker Christine C. Quinn.
“By bringing the Environmental Control Board’s operations in the
21st Century and making the proceedings fairer and more efficient,
we’re helping ECB live up to its mission – improving quality of life conditions
for everyday New Yorkers.”
The legislation relocating ECB from the Department of
Environmental Protection to OATH reforms ECB’s adjournment and appeals
processes, and updates ECB’s use of technology to include electronic scheduling
and online hearings for some violations.
In addition, the legislation guarantees language assistance services to
parties appearing at ECB who have limited English proficiency. The legislation is the next step in the
Administration’s efforts to maximize ECB’s resources and to make it more
accessible to all the citizens of New
These reforms will make ECB a model tribunal in New York City and