On August 12, 2008, Mayor Bloomberg signed legislation into law consolidating the Environmental Control Board (ECB) under the jurisdiction of OATH.
The City Council had previously passed the legislation by a vote of 45 to 0 on July 23, 2008. The law designates the OATH Chief Judge to chair ECB.
This legislation makes OATH among the largest central tribunals serving a municipality. ECB is the City's second largest tribunal and hears cases involving pubic health and safety violations issued by 12 different City agencies.
Each year, some 700,000 violations are filed with ECB and result in more than 160,000 hearings and decisions. ECB was previously part of the Department of Environmental Protection, one of the enforcement agencies that appear before the tribunal.
By moving ECB under OATH's management, ECB will no longer be part of an agency that issues violations and will benefit from OATH's experience in tribunal administration.