File #: Int 0977-2015    Version: * Name: Banning smoking in city-financed housing.
Type: Introduction Status: Laid Over in Committee
Committee: Committee on Health
On agenda: 10/29/2015
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to banning smoking in city-financed housing.
Sponsors: Donovan J. Richards, Margaret S. Chin, Andy L. King, Peter A. Koo, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Rafael Salamanca, Jr., Fernando Cabrera , Barry S. Grodenchik, James Vacca, Vincent J. Gentile
Council Member Sponsors: 10
Summary: This bill would ban smoking in multiple dwellings that are part of an affordable housing program and that receive financial assistance from the city.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 977, 2. October 29, 2015 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 3. Committee Report 4/27/17, 4. Hearing Testimony 4/27/17, 5. Hearing Transcript 4/27/17
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10/29/2015*Donovan J. Richards City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
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Int. No. 977

 

By Council Members Richards, Chin, King, Koo, Rodriguez, Salamanca, Cabrera, Grodenchik, Vacca and Gentile

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to banning smoking in city-financed housing.

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

                     Section 1.  Section 17-502 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding new subdivisions oo and pp to read as follows:

                     oo. “City-financed housing” means a multiple dwelling being rehabilitated or constructed after the effective date of this local law, in conjunction with a state, federal or local program to produce affordable housing, which has received or is expected to receive financial assistance. 

                     pp. “Financial assistance” means assistance, whether discretionary, or as of right, to create or maintain affordable housing, including but not limited to loans, grants, tax credits, tax exemptions, tax abatements, subsidies, mortgages, debt forgiveness, land conveyances for less than appraised value, land value, or other thing of value allocated, conveyed or expended by the city.   

                     §2. Section 17-503 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new subdivision e to read as follows:

                     e. Smoking is prohibited in all areas of multiple dwellings owned and operated by the New York city housing authority and in all areas of city-financed housing. 

                     §3. Subdivision b of section 17-505 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended to read as follows:

                     b. Private residences, except any area of a private residence where a child day care center or health care facility is operated (i) during the times of operation or (ii) during the times when employees are working in such child day care center or health care facility areas; provided, however, that a common area of a multiple dwelling containing ten or more dwelling units and all areas of multiple dwellings owned and operated by the New York city housing authority and in all areas of city-financed housing shall be subject to smoking restrictions.

                     §4. Subdivision c of section 17-507 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended to read as follows:

                     c. With respect to a public place or place of employment, the operator or employer shall inform, or shall designate an agent who shall be responsible for informing, individuals smoking in restricted areas that they are in violation of this local law; provided, however, that the obligations under this subdivision with respect to an operator of a multiple dwelling containing ten or more dwelling units, of the New York city housing authority multiple dwellings or of city-financed housing shall be limited to (i) those multiple dwellings where an agent is on duty and (ii) designating such agent to be responsible for informing individuals smoking in restricted common indoor areas where such agent is on duty, during the times such agent is on duty, that such individuals are in violation of this local law.

                     §5. Subdivision a of section 17-508 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended to read as follows:

                     a. It shall be unlawful for any person who owns, manages, operates or otherwise controls the use of premises in which smoking is prohibited or restricted pursuant to this chapter, or the designated agent thereof, to (i) provide a room designated for smoking including, but not limited to, a separate smoking room or an enclosed room, which fails to comply with the provisions of this chapter; provided, however, that the obligations of an owner or building manager of a building (where such owner or building manager of a building in which a public place is located is not the operator or employer of such public place) with respect to such a room shall be limited to work authorized by any permits necessary to perform construction obtained by the owner or his agent; (ii) fail to post the signs required by section 17-506; (iii) fail to remove ashtrays as required by subdivision d of section 17-506; or (iv) fail to make a good faith effort to comply with subdivisions c, d and e of section 17-507. In actions brought for violations of this subdivision, the following shall be affirmative defenses: (i) that during the relevant time period actual control of the premises was not exercised by the respondent or a person under the control of the respondent, but rather by a lessee, sublessee or any other person; provided, however, that after receiving the notice of violation, the respondent submits to the department within five business days, by certified mail, a sworn affidavit and other such proof as may be necessary, indicating that he or she has not exercised actual control during the relevant time periods; (ii) that a person smoking in any area where smoking is prohibited pursuant to section 17-503 was informed by a person who owns, manages, operates or otherwise controls the use of such premises, or the designated agent thereof, that such person smoking is in violation of this local law and that such person who owns, manages, operates or otherwise controls the use of such premises has complied with all applicable provisions of this chapter during the relevant time period; provided, however, that after receiving notice of violation, the respondent submits to the department within five business days, by certified mail, a sworn affidavit and other such proof as may be necessary, indicating that respondent informed the person smoking in any area where smoking is prohibited pursuant to section 17-503 that such person was in violation of this local law and that respondent has complied with all applicable provisions of this chapter during the relevant time period; or (iii) that a person smoking in any restricted common indoor area where smoking is prohibited pursuant to section 17-503 was not informed by the owner or building manager of the premises (where such owner or building manager of a building in which a public place or place of employment is located is not the operator or employer of such public place or place of employment) or by the operator of a multiple dwelling containing ten or more dwelling units, of the New York city housing authority multiple dwellings, or of city-financed housing that such person smoking is in violation of this local law because such owner, building manager or operator did not have a designated agent on duty when such person was smoking and that such owner or building manager has, where applicable, complied with the mailing of a notice required pursuant to subdivision e of section 17-507; provided, however, that after receiving notice of violation, the respondent submits to the department within five business days, by certified mail, a sworn affidavit and other such proof as may be necessary, indicating that a person smoking in any restricted common indoor area where smoking is prohibited pursuant to section 17-503 was not informed by the respondent that such person smoking is in violation of this local law because the respondent did not have a designated agent on duty when such person was smoking and that the respondent has, where applicable, mailed the notice required pursuant to subdivision e of section 17-507.

                     §6.  This local law shall take effect one hundred and eighty days after its enactment into law.

 

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