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File #: Int 0264-2006    Version: Name: Use of air conditioning systems.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Environmental Protection
On agenda: 4/26/2006
Enactment date: 9/3/2008 Law number: 2008/038
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the use of air conditioning systems.
Sponsors: Gale A. Brewer, Sara M. Gonzalez, G. Oliver Koppell, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Miguel Martinez, Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., Peter F. Vallone, Jr., David I. Weprin, Daniel R. Garodnick, Michael E. McMahon, Michael C. Nelson, Jessica S. Lappin, Eric N. Gioia, John C. Liu, Hiram Monserrate, Rosie Mendez, James Vacca, Thomas White, Jr., Tony Avella, James F. Gennaro, Helen Sears
Council Member Sponsors: 21
Attachments: 1. Int. No. 264 - 4/26/08, 2. Committee Report 3/2/08, 3. Hearing Trancript 3/2/08, 4. Committee Report 8/14/08, 5. Hearing Transcript 8/14/08, 6. Hearing Testimony 8/14/08, 7. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 8/14/08, 8. Press Release, 9. Fiscal Impact Statement, 10. Local Law
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
9/3/2008AGale A. Brewer City Council Recved from Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/3/2008AGale A. Brewer Mayor Signed Into Law by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/3/2008AGale A. Brewer Mayor Hearing Held by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/14/2008AGale A. Brewer City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/14/2008AGale A. Brewer City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
8/14/2008*Gale A. Brewer Committee on Environmental Protection Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/14/2008*Gale A. Brewer Committee on Environmental Protection Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/14/2008*Gale A. Brewer Committee on Environmental Protection Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/14/2008AGale A. Brewer Committee on Environmental Protection Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
3/2/2007*Gale A. Brewer Committee on Consumer Affairs Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/2/2007*Gale A. Brewer Committee on Consumer Affairs Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/2/2007*Gale A. Brewer Committee on Environmental Protection Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/2/2007*Gale A. Brewer Committee on Environmental Protection Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/26/2006*Gale A. Brewer City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/26/2006*Gale A. Brewer City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Int. No. 264-A
 
By Council Members Brewer, Gonzalez, Koppell, Mark-Viverito, Martinez, Recchia Jr., Vallone Jr., Weprin, Garodnick, McMahon, Nelson, Lappin, Gioia, Liu, Monserrate, Mendez, Vacca, White Jr., Avella, Gennaro and Sears
 
 
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the use of air conditioning systems.
 
 
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. Legislative findings and intent. The Council finds that it is the public policy of the City of New York to conserve energy, reduce peak power demands during hot weather periods and limit environmental pollution and local contributions to global warming. Prohibiting commercial establishments from leaving their doors ajar while air conditioners or central cooling systems are on is a sensible energy conservation measure. According to the Long Island Power Authority, the practice of leaving open doors while air conditioners or central cooling systems are operating can increase the amount of electricity used by establishments by 20 to 25 percent. The Council finds that such practices increase power plant related pollution and place heightened energy demands on local utilities during hot summer months, when excessive energy consumption can lead to power shortages.
§2. Title 20 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new chapter 7 to read as follows:
CHAPTER 7
ENERGY
§20-910 Air conditioning prohibitions. a. For the purposes of this section, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
1. "Chain of stores" shall mean five or more stores located within the city of New York that are engaged in the same general field of business and conduct business under the same business name or operate under common ownership or management or pursuant to a franchise agreement with the same franchisor.
2. "Commercial building or structure" shall mean an building or structure classified in accordance with section BC 302 of the New York city building code in occupancy group B or M, except that such term shall not include a small store.
3. "Door" shall mean any door used to close off any exterior entrance to a commercial building or structure and that when open allows for the co-mingling of indoor and outdoor air, but shall not include doors that (i) adjoin indoor seating areas where food or beverages are served and link such areas to outdoor space or outdoor seating areas, or (ii) allow for direct table service of food or beverages to outdoor seating areas during times when servers are actively engaged in serving such areas.
4. "Person" shall mean (i) with respect to the portion of a commercial building or structure that is a retail or wholesale establishment that sells goods or provides services to consumers, the owner or lessee of such establishment; and (ii) with respect to any other portion of a commercial building or structure, the record owner or lessee of such building or structure.  
5. "Small store" shall mean a retail or wholesale establishment that sells goods or provides services to consumers and occupies under four thousand square feet of retail or wholesale space, excluding storage space, and is not one of a chain of stores.
b. Except as provided in subdivision c of this section, it shall be unlawful to keep open any exterior door of a commercial building or structure while an air conditioner or central cooling system is operating that cools the area adjacent to such door, except as needed to permit the ingress and egress of people and the delivery and shipping of goods.
c. The provisions of this section shall not apply when an emergency situation exists that requires an exterior door to be kept open.
      d. The department shall have the authority to enforce the provisions of subdivision b of this section. A proceeding to recover any civil penalty prescribed by subdivision e of this section shall be commenced by the service of a notice of violation, which shall be returnable to the environmental control board. The environmental control board shall have the power to impose any civil penalty prescribed by subdivision e of this section.  
      e. Any person who violates this section shall receive a written warning for the first violation, and shall be liable for a civil penalty in the amount of two hundred dollars for each open door for a second violation within an eighteen month period and four hundred dollars for each open door for any third and subsequent violation within an eighteen month period.  
§3.  This local law shall take effect ninety days after enactment, except that the commissioner of consumer affairs shall take such actions as are necessary for its implementation, including the promulgation of rules, prior to such effective date.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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