FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2011
MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION TASKING THE MAYOR'S OFFICE OF LONG-TERM PLANNING AND SUSTAINABILITY WITH THE CREATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A CLEAN WATERFRONT PLAN
Remarks by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws
"The final bill before me today is Introductory Number 53-A, sponsored by Council Members Nelson, Brewer, Chin, Fidler, Gennaro, Gentile, James, Koppell, Lander, Palma, Recchia, Sanders, Williams, Vallone, Foster, Dromm, Vacca, Van Bramer, Garodnick, Crowley, Gonzalez, Weprin, Ulrich, Jackson, Arroyo, Eugene, Barron, Rodriguez, and Mark-Viverito.
"Introductory Number 53-A requires the Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability to coordinate the efforts of its sister agencies in drafting and implementing a clean waterfront plan.
"Together with the Departments of Sanitation, Small Business Services, and Environmental Protection, as well as the Police Department and the heads of other agencies as appropriate, the Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability will perform a survey of our City's shoreline, coordinating the Administration's efforts to keep this invaluable resource in pristine condition. The plan they issue will set forth the City's strategy for enforcing dumping and littering laws on the waterfront, a protocol for working with other jurisdictions, and a single source for information on this issue.
"Taken together, these efforts will go a long way toward improving the conditions of our waterfronts; harmonizing the work of City, State, and Federal organizations that perform this work; and engaging the public in an open dialogue about how to make New York City's shoreline as clean as possible.
"I would like to thank Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability Director David Bragdon, Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty, Small Business Services Commissioner Rob Walsh, Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and all of their staff for their work on this bill, along with my Office of City Legislative Affairs. I would also like to thank the City Council for approving this legislation."
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