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PR- 423-10
October 6, 2010


Remarks by Mayor Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws

"The final five bills before me today - Introductory Numbers 267-A, 262-A, 266-A, 273-A, and 277-A - act upon recommendations of the Green Codes Task Force, which the Urban Green Council established in 2008 at the request of Speaker Christine Quinn and myself to make recommendations for code amendments that could improve the sustainability of the City's built environment.

"Introductory Number 267-A, sponsored by Council Members, Gennaro, Barron, Brewer, Chin, Gentile, Gonzalez, James, Lander, Recchia, Sanders, Mark-Viverito, Nelson, Arroyo, Van Bramer, Lappin, Williams, Garodnick, Weprin, Crowley, Greenfield, Koppell, Levin, Mealy, Reyna, Rose, Jackson and Fidler, adds the consideration of environmental concerns to the intent sections of the City's construction codes.

"Introductory Number 262-A, sponsored by Council Members Cabrera, Brewer, Foster, James, Lander, Palma, Reyna, Sanders, Mark-Viverito, Van Bramer, Recchia, Weprin, Gennaro, Jackson, Garodnick, Fidler, Williams, Chin, Crowley, Koppell, Lappin, Levin, Rodriguez and Rose, allows for the use of occupancy and light sensors to reduce artificial light in unoccupied or naturally lit hallways, lobbies and means of egress.

"Introductory Number 266-A, sponsored by Council Members Garodnick, Barron, Brewer, Gonzalez, James, Lander, Palma, Vann, Williams, Mark-Viverito, Lappin, Van Bramer, Recchia, Chin, Weprin, Gennaro, Jackson, Fidler, Crowley, Koppell, Levin, Reyna, Rodriguez and Rose, will require "Manual On/Automatic Off" light sensor systems in offices, which will reduce wasted energy expended to light unoccupied spaces

"Introductory Number 273-A, sponsored by Council Members Levin, Barron, Ferreras, Fidler, Gentile, Gonzalez, James, Lander, Nelson, Palma, Recchia, Van Bramer, Williams, Chin, Weprin, Gennaro, Jackson, Garodnick, Mark-Viverito, Crowley, Koppell, Reyna, Rodriguez and Rose, sets new lighting standards and allows the use of light sensors in order to reduce energy wasted from over-lighting scaffolding, sidewalk bridges, and temporary walkways at construction sites.

"Introductory Number 277-A, sponsored by Council Members Ulrich, Oddo, Brewer, James, Lander, Van Bramer, Williams, Lappin, Recchia, Chin, Weprin, Gennaro, Jackson, Garodnick, Fidler, Mark-Viverito, Crowley, Koppell, Levin, Reyna, Rodriguez and Rose, allows for the use of occupancy and light sensors for lighting hallways and lobbies in residential buildings.

"I would like to thank the Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability Director David Bragdon, Department of Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri, and their staff along with my Office of City Legislative Affairs for working with the Council on these bills.  I would also like to thank the Council for approving this legislation."


Stu Loeser/Evelyn Erskine   (212) 788-2958

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