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PR- 439-11
December 14, 2011


Remarks by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws

"The final two bills before me today relate to interagency coordination and reporting on major transportation projects installed by the Department of Transportation. 

"The first bill, Introductory Number 626-A, is sponsored by Council Members Vacca, Chin, Comrie, Ferreras, Fidler, Gentile, James, Van Bramer, Nelson, Mendez, Koo, Ignizio, Jackson, Rodriguez, Rose, Dickens, Lappin, Vallone, Levin, Barron, Eugene and Gennaro.  This bill requires the Department of Transportation to notify the Police and Fire Departments, as well as the Department of Small Business Services and the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities prior to implementing a major transportation project, and also notify any local community boards that this contact took place.  Coordination between agencies is crucial to our Administration's success, and this legislation will ensure that future Administrations continue to work together in advancing our transportation network.

"The second bill, Introductory Number 671-A, is sponsored by Council Members Vacca, Brewer, Comrie, Fidler, James, Koslowitz, Nelson, Rose, Seabrook, Williams, Koo, Ignizio, Ulrich, Jackson, Rodriguez, Van Bramer, Lappin, Vallone, Levin, Dromm, Barron, Chin, Eugene, Gennaro and Gentile.  This bill requires the Department of Transportation to post on its web site data relating to traffic and safety in a certain area prior to and after a major transportation project has been installed.  The Department of Transportation produces the Sustainable Streets Index, which provides similar information on a number of altered locations throughout the City.  Introductory Number 671-A will ensure that specific transportation projects over a certain size and scope are included in this report.

"With this data accessible to the public, New Yorkers will be able to track the safety improvements made to their neighborhoods and witness our City's streets getting safer.  Over the past few years, the City has taken great strides to provide safe transportation options for New Yorkers in all five boroughs - and our efforts have paid off.  Under the leadership of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, New York City's roads are safer than ever - for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists alike.  Now, evidence of this success won't just be visible on our streets; it'll also be online.

"I would like to thank Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and her staff for their work on this bill along with my Office of City Legislative Affairs.  I would also like to thank the Council for approving this legislation."


Stu Loeser/Evelyn Erskine   (212) 788-2958


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