FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 6, 2008
MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION CODIFYING THE OFFICE OF LONG-TERM PLANNING AND SUSTAINABILITY
Remarks by Mayor Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws
"The next bill before me is Introductory Number 395-A, sponsored by Council Members Gennaro, Brewer, Foster, Gonzalez, James, Koppell, Mendez, Nelson, Seabrook, Weprin, Mark-Viverito, Lappin, McMahon, Liu, White, Recchia, Vallone, Vacca, Martinez, Gioia, Garodnick, Rivera, Monserrate, Comrie, Eugene, Sears, Mealy and Ignizio. Introductory Number 395-A codifies into law our Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability.
"Since our Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability introduced PlaNYC on Earth Day 2007, the City has launched more than ninety percent of the 127 initiatives laid out in the plan to make our City a greener, greater New York. Approximately seventy percent of PlaNYC initiatives can be accomplished by actions taken solely by my Administration.
"Introductory Number 395-A will ensure that future mayors continue what we have started by requiring an Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability. The director of this office will have the power and duty to develop programs, policies and actions to further long term planning and sustainability citywide including the activities of public agencies and increasing public awareness and education regarding sustainability and sustainable practices.
"Establishing long-term planning and sustainability policy as a key mission of City government is an important part of ensuring that the goals and initiatives of PlaNYC endure beyond this Administration. Introductory Number 395-A will not only establish an Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability as a permanent feature of New York City government, but also ensure that future mayors not only report on the sustainability of the City and their progress on PlaNYC, but also that they issue regular updated long-term sustainability plans of their own.
"I would like to thank Jeff Kay, Director of the Mayor's Office of Operations, Rohit Aggarwala, Director of the Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, and the agency staff who worked on this bill.
Stu Loeser/Evelyn Erskine (212) 788-2958
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