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File #: Int 0740-2011    Version: Name: Discharges in certain designated bodies of water.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Waterfronts
On agenda: 12/19/2011
Enactment date: 7/14/2012 Law number: 2012/040
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to discharges in certain designated bodies of water.
Sponsors: Michael C. Nelson, Gale A. Brewer, Mathieu Eugene, Lewis A. Fidler, Letitia James, Brad S. Lander, Larry B. Seabrook, Jumaane D. Williams, Sara M. Gonzalez, Peter A. Koo, Peter F. Vallone, Jr., Inez E. Dickens, Albert Vann, Jessica S. Lappin, Karen Koslowitz, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Daniel R. Garodnick, Joel Rivera, G. Oliver Koppell, Melissa Mark-Viverito, David G. Greenfield, James Vacca, Margaret S. Chin, Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, Daniel Dromm , Charles Barron, James F. Gennaro, Robert Jackson, Eric A. Ulrich, Daniel J. Halloran III
Council Member Sponsors: 30
Attachments: 1. Int. No. 740 - 12/19/11, 2. Committee Report 1/26/12, 3. Hearing Testimony 1/26/12, 4. Hearing Transcript 1/26/12, 5. Committee Report 6/12/12, 6. Hearing Transcript 6/12/12, 7. Committee Report - Stated Meeting 6/13/12, 8. Fiscal Impact Statement, 9. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 6-13-12, 10. Letter to Mayor, 11. Local Law
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
7/14/2012AMichael C. Nelson City Council City Charter Rule Adopted  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/13/2012AMichael C. Nelson City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/13/2012AMichael C. Nelson City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
6/12/2012*Michael C. Nelson Committee on Waterfronts Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/12/2012*Michael C. Nelson Committee on Waterfronts Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/12/2012*Michael C. Nelson Committee on Waterfronts Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/12/2012AMichael C. Nelson Committee on Waterfronts Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
1/26/2012*Michael C. Nelson Committee on Waterfronts Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/26/2012*Michael C. Nelson Committee on Waterfronts Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/19/2011*Michael C. Nelson City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/19/2011*Michael C. Nelson City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Int. No. 740-A
 
By Council Members Nelson, Brewer, Eugene, Fidler, James, Lander, Seabrook, Williams, Gonzalez, Koo, Vallone, Dickens, Vann, Lappin, Koslowitz, Rodriguez, Garodnick, Rivera, Koppell, Mark-Viverito, Greenfield, Vacca, Chin, Arroyo, Dromm, Barron, Gennaro, Jackson, Ulrich, and Halloran
 
 
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to discharges in certain designated bodies of water.
 
 
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
 
Section 1. Section 22-101 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new subdivision c to read as follows:
c. "No-discharge zone" shall mean those bodies of water designated as vessel waste no-discharge zones pursuant to subdivision one of section thirty-three-e of the New York state navigation law.
§ 2. Section 22-112 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as amended by local law number 4 for the year 2010, is amended to read as follows:
§ 22-112 Navigable waters; fouling; obstructing. a. It shall be unlawful: 1. To place, discharge or deposit, by any process or in any manner, offal, piles, lumber, timber, driftwood, dirt, ashes, cinders, mud, sand, dredging, sludge, acid, or any other refuse matters floatable or otherwise in the port of New York, except under the supervision of the United States supervisor of the harbor, provided, however, that it shall not be a violation of this section to feed fish or waterfowl in the port of New York.
2. To discharge, or cause or permit to be discharged, into the port of New York, from any ship, steamer or other vessel, any oil, oil refuse, or other inflammable matter.
3. To discharge, or cause or permit to be discharged, any vessel waste from any ship, steamer, or other vessel into the waters of any no-discharge zone within the city of New York, or adjacent to the city of New York within a distance of one thousand five hundred feet from shore. For the purposes of this section, "vessel waste" shall mean sewage, whether treated or untreated, from marine toilets.
b. Any person violating [any provision of this section] paragraph one or two of subdivision a of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction therefor shall be punished by a fine of not more than two hundred fifty dollars nor less than five dollars, or imprisonment for not more than six months nor less than ten days, one-half of such fine to be paid to the person giving information which shall lead to the conviction of the offender.
c. Any person violating [any provision of this section] paragraph one or two of subdivision a of this section, which is not concurrently a violation of section 16-119 of this code, shall be liable for a civil penalty of not less than one thousand five hundred dollars nor more than ten thousand dollars for [the] a first violation, and not less than five thousand dollars nor more than twenty thousand dollars for each subsequent violation of either paragraph. Such penalties may be recovered in a civil action brought in the name of the commissioner or in a proceeding before the environmental control board.
d. The owner or operator of a ship, steamer, or vessel operating for commercial purposes, carrying passengers for hire, or serving primarily as a residence that violates paragraph three of subdivision a of this section shall be liable for a civil penalty of not less than five hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars for a first violation, and not less than one thousand five hundred dollars nor more than five thousand dollars for each subsequent violation. The owner or operator of any other vessel that violates paragraph three of subdivision a of this section shall be liable for a civil penalty of not more than five hundred dollars for a first violation, and not less than five hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars for each subsequent violation. All penalties set forth in this subdivision may be recovered in a civil action brought in the name of the commissioner or in a proceeding before the environmental control board.
e. The provisions of this section may also be enforced by the commissioner of sanitation and the commissioner of environmental protection.
§ 3. This local law shall take effect ninety days after its enactment.