“As most New Yorkers know, I believe strongly that holding public office
should be inextricably linked to the public holding you accountable for
delivering results. I speak out when Albany fails to address New York
City’s needs, but I have no less of an obligation to let the people I represent
know when those who run State government deliver critically important reforms
and improvements. Today is just such a day, because we’ve now closed a
legislative session that was one of the most productive for New York City of any
in recent memory.
“From a landmark infrastructure improvements agreement that will allow our
Solid Waste Management Plan to move forward, to tax abatements for green roofs,
to tough new penalties for impersonating a law enforcement official, to a
common-sense measure that will quickly expand access to flu shots and other
immunizations, to strengthening gun buyer background checks, to giving our
social workers the tools they need to prevent child abuse, to the State taking
over the City’s Off-Track Betting operations, our State leaders reached
agreements on reforms that in many cases we have been working on for years.
“On behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits the five boroughs, I want
to thank Governor Paterson, Senate Majority Leaders Bruno and Skelos, Assembly
Speaker Silver, the City’s delegations to the State Senate and Assembly,
legislators in both houses and on both sides of the aisle from across the State,
and the countless organizations that worked hard advocating for these bills.
While we don’t agree with everything, this was a remarkable session for the City
Highlights from this legislative session include:
- Gansevoort - A11773 Rules (Sweeney) / S8723
authorizes the construction of a marine transfer station for recyclable
materials on the Gansevoort Peninsula on Manhattan’s West side.
- OTB – A11635 Pretlow / S8549 Larkin
The legislation allows for
the creation of a new State entity to take over operations of Off-Track
Betting in New York City and for OTB to continue providing funding to the
- PlaNYC Bills:
- Block the Box - A10071 Kavanagh / S6811 Lanza
legislation changes the classification of obstruction of an intersection
from a moving violation to a parking violation allowing all levels of
Traffic Enforcement Agents the ability to issue the ticket. It also raises
the fine from $90 to $115.
- Green Roof Tax Abatement - A11226 R. Diaz / S7553
The legislation provides a four-year NYC property tax
abatement for green roof construction.
- Solar Energy - A11202 Farrell / S8145 Padavan
The legislation provides a four-year NYC property tax
abatement for installation of solar panels.
- Net Metering - A11582- Gordon / S8481 Sen.
The legislation allows residents with wind generating
systems to provide energy back into the utility grid and get a credit
against their own usage.
- ICIP Reform - A11586 Rules / S6366A
legislation reforms the former Industrial and Commercial Incentive Program
(ICIP) program and recreates as the Industrial and Commercial Abatement
Program (ICAP) program. This bill will transform ICIP from an
inefficient drain on the City’s budget to a program that creates significant
new economic activity at the lowest possible cost, saving City taxpayers
hundreds of millions of dollars.
- Gun Background Checks- A11758 Lentol / S8706
Skelos (Governor's Program Bill)
The bill mandates that State mental health
records be supplied to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System
to determine ineligible gun purchasers.
- ACS Access to the Criminal History Database - A4425A
Mayersohn / S2978A Robach
The bill provides child protective service units access
to the State’s criminal history database.
- Expanded Access to Family Court - A11707 Weinstein /
The bill expands access to Family Court to those in
intimate relationships for the purposes of orders of protection.
- Pharmacists as Immunizers - A2140D Paulin / S8673
The bill allows pharmacists to immunize adults for flu
- Subprime Mortgage - A10817A Towns / S8143A
Farley (Governor’s Program Bill)
The legislation requires lenders and
mortgage loan services to give borrowers with high-cost home loans or
higher-priced home loans notice before foreclosure proceedings are
commenced. It establishes the crime of residential mortgage fraud.
- Public Benefit Income Exemptions - A8527A Weinstein
The legislation protects people receiving public
benefits (social security, veterans benefits, etc.) from having those funds
frozen by third party creditors when they seek to enforce debt judgments.
- Criminal Impersonation – A1831A Gianaris / S3079A
The bill closes a loophole in the Penal Law by
expanding the definition of criminal impersonation in the first degree from
only police officers to include federal law enforcement officers.
- BIC Peace Officer Status – A10540 Brennan / S7608
bill gives full peace officer status to members of the City’s Business
- Expedited Partner Therapy - A8730C Schimel / S6210A
The bill authorizes a doctor who diagnosis Chlamydia in
a patient to provide antibiotic drugs to the patient's partner.
- Wicks Law Reform - S5807C / A9807C
raises the thresholds for triggering Wicks Law mandates, dating back to
1961, which require State and local governments to issue multiple
construction contracts for most public works projects, will be increased
from $50,000 to $3 million in New York City.
- Cigarette Tax Increase by $1.25 – A9807C / S6807C
- Canine Waste – A373 Pheffer / S3437 Padavan
legislation increases the maximum penalty on non-compliance of canine waste
removal to $250.