FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 28, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION REQUIRING CITY AGENCIES TO NOTIFY LOCAL REPRESENTATION BEFORE MAJOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
Remarks by Mayor Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws
"The next bill before me is Introductory Number 1063-A, sponsored by Council Members Gerson, Gentile, Vacca, Comrie, Foster, Gonzalez, James, Lappin, Nelson, Liu, White, Arroyo, Garodnick, Jackson, Mealy, Weprin and Yassky. Introductory Number 1063-A requires the Department of Transportation and other agencies to notify affected Council Members and Community Boards before they begin a major construction project.
"After receiving this notification, the affected Community Boards can request a briefing on the project, which would also be shared with the affected Council Members. They then have ten days to offer comments, and after that period has expired, the Department of Transportation must share their final plan fourteen days before breaking ground. Over the past eight years, the Department of Transportation has made terrific improvements to our transportation network - all with extensive outreach - and this legislation will ensure for posterity that community input is a critical component of the Department's work.
"I would like to thank Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and her staff for their work on this bill. I would also like to thank the Council for approving this legislation."
Stu Loeser/Evelyn Erskine (212) 788-2958
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