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File #: Int 0834-2012    Version: Name: NYC panel on climate change and the NYC climate change adaptation task force.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Environmental Protection
On agenda: 4/18/2012
Enactment date: 9/22/2012 Law number: 2012/042
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the New York city panel on climate change and the New York city climate change adaptation task force.
Sponsors: James F. Gennaro, Gale A. Brewer, Lewis A. Fidler, Sara M. Gonzalez, Letitia James, G. Oliver Koppell, Karen Koslowitz, Brad S. Lander, Stephen T. Levin, Annabel Palma, Deborah L. Rose, Ruben Wills, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Daniel Dromm , Jessica S. Lappin, Robert Jackson, Jumaane D. Williams, Margaret S. Chin, David G. Greenfield, James Sanders, Jr., James Vacca
Council Member Sponsors: 21
Attachments: 1. Int. No. 834 - 4/18/12, 2. Committee Report 4/25/12, 3. Hearing Testimony 4/25/12, 4. Hearing Testimony 4/25/12 (Con't), 5. Hearing Transcript 4/25/12, 6. Committee Report 8/21/12, 7. Hearing Testimony 8/21/12, 8. Hearing Transcript 8/21/12, 9. Fiscal Impact Statement, 10. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 8-22-12, 11. Letter to Mayor, 12. Local Law
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
9/22/2012AJames F. Gennaro Administration City Charter Rule Adopted  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/22/2012AJames F. Gennaro City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/22/2012AJames F. Gennaro City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
8/21/2012*James F. Gennaro Committee on Environmental Protection Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/21/2012*James F. Gennaro Committee on Environmental Protection Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/21/2012*James F. Gennaro Committee on Environmental Protection Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/21/2012AJames F. Gennaro Committee on Environmental Protection Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
4/25/2012*James F. Gennaro Committee on Environmental Protection Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/25/2012*James F. Gennaro Committee on Environmental Protection Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/18/2012*James F. Gennaro City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/18/2012*James F. Gennaro City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Int. No. 834-A
 
By Council Members Gennaro, Brewer, Fidler, Gonzalez, James, Koppell, Koslowitz, Lander, Levin, Palma, Rose, Wills, Rodriguez, Dromm, Lappin, Jackson, Williams, Chin, Greenfield, Sanders Jr. and Vacca
 
 
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the New York city panel on climate change and the New York city climate change adaptation task force.
 
 
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
 
      Section 1. Legislative findings and intent. The Council finds that, in order prepare for and mitigate the expected impact of climate change on New York City's communities, vulnerable populations, public health, natural systems, critical infrastructure, buildings and the economy, to help fulfill the goals of PlaNYC 2030, and to augment the New York City Climate Protection Act, Local Law No. 22 for the year 2008, the New York City Panel on Climate Change and the New York City Climate Change Adaptation Task Force should be institutionalized. The Council also finds that climate scientists project that temperatures, sea levels and some extreme weather events will increase dramatically in the coming decades. The Council further finds that many of these variables could have a significant effect on New York City's future and that identifying and gauging these variables could help the City prepare an intelligent response to climate change. Therefore, the Council finds that it is in the best interests of the City to institutionalize and regularly convene the New York City Panel on Climate Change and the New York City Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, for the purpose of advising the City on climate change projections and adaptation.
§2. Subchapter 2 of chapter 1 of title 3 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding new sections 3-122 and 3-123 to read as follows:
§3-122 New York city panel on climate change. a. For the purposes of this section and section 3-123 of this subchapter, the following terms shall mean:
1. "Vulnerable populations" means persons or communities at increased risk of harm as a direct or indirect consequence of climate change based on one or more of the following risk factors: (i) proximity to disproportionally impacted areas; (ii) age, including senior citizen or minor status; (iii) income level; (iv) disability; (v) chronic or mental illness; and (vi) language.
2. "Public health" means impacts on physical health, mental health and social well-being and public or private services that treat and prevent disease, prolong life and promote health.
3. "Natural systems" means ecosystems and assets that provide ecologic benefits, including but not limited to waterbodies, trees, wetlands and parks.
4. "Critical infrastructure" means systems and assets, with the exception of residential and commercial buildings, that support vital city activities and for which the diminished functioning or destruction of such systems and assets would have a debilitating impact on public safety and/or economic security.
b. There shall be a New York city panel on climate change whose members shall serve without compensation from the city. Members shall include, but not be limited to, climate change and climate impact scientists who shall be appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the mayor.
c. 1. The panel shall meet at least twice a year for the purpose of (i) reviewing the most recent scientific data related to climate change and its potential impacts on the city's communities, vulnerable populations, public health, natural systems, critical infrastructure, buildings and economy; and (ii) advising the office of long-term planning and sustainability and the New York city climate change adaptation task force established pursuant to section 3-123 of this subchapter.
2. The panel shall make recommendations regarding (i) the near-, intermediate  and long-term quantitative and qualitative climate change projections for the city of New York within one year of the release of an assessment report by the intergovernmental panel on climate change, but not less than once every three years; and (ii) a framework for stakeholders to incorporate climate change projections into their planning processes.
d. The panel shall advise the office of long-term planning and sustainability on the development of a community- or borough-level communications strategy intended to ensure that the public is informed about the findings of the panel, including the creation of a summary of the climate change projections for dissemination to city residents.
§3-123 New York city climate change adaptation task force. a. There shall be a New York city climate change adaptation task force consisting of city, state and federal agencies and private organizations and entities responsible for developing, maintaining, operating or overseeing the city's public health, natural systems, critical infrastructure, buildings and economy. The task force shall be chaired by the office of long-term planning and sustainability, and shall include, but need not be limited to, representatives from the department of buildings, the department of design and construction, department of city planning, the department of environmental protection, the department of parks and recreation, the department of sanitation, the department of transportation, the economic development corporation, the office of emergency management, the office of management and budget, the department for the aging and the department of health and mental hygiene. Public members shall include, but need not be limited to, representatives from organizations in the health care, communications, energy and transportation fields, who shall be appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the mayor without compensation from the city. The mayor shall invite the appropriate federal, state and local agencies and authorities to participate.
b. 1. The task force shall meet at least twice a year for the purposes of reviewing the climate change projections as recommended by the New York city panel on climate change pursuant to section 3-122 of this subchapter; evaluating the potential impacts to public health and the delivery of public health services to the city's communities and vulnerable populations and how such delivery may be affected by climate change; evaluating the potential impacts to the city's natural systems, critical infrastructure and buildings and how services provided by such systems, infrastructure and buildings may be affected by climate change; identifying the rules, policies and regulations governing public health, natural systems, critical infrastructure, buildings and economy that may be affected by climate change; and formulating and updating coordinated strategies to address the potential impact of climate change on the city's communities, vulnerable populations, public health, natural systems, critical infrastructure, buildings and economy.
2. Within one year of the development of recommended climate change projections pursuant to section 3-122 of this subchapter, the task force shall create an inventory of potential risks due to climate change to the city's communities, vulnerable populations, public health, natural systems, critical infrastructure, buildings and economy; develop adaptation strategies to address such risks that may include design guidelines for new infrastructure; and identify issues for further study. A report with recommendations shall be issued based on this information and submitted to the mayor and the city council and shall be made available to the public.
c. The office of long-term planning and sustainability shall develop a community- or borough-level communications strategy intended to ensure that the public is informed about the findings of the task force, including the creation of a summary of the report for dissemination to city residents. In developing such communications strategy, the director shall consult with non-governmental and community-based organizations.
§3. This local law shall take effect one hundred eighty days after enactment, except that that the mayor shall take all actions necessary for its implementation, including the appointment of panel and task force members, prior to such effective date.
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