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File #: Int 0687-2015    Version: * Name: Placement of newsracks near taxi stands.
Type: Introduction Status: Filed (End of Session)
Committee: Committee on Transportation
On agenda: 2/26/2015
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the placement of newsracks near taxi stands.
Sponsors: Karen Koslowitz, Peter A. Koo, Andrew Cohen, Helen K. Rosenthal, Ben Kallos
Council Member Sponsors: 5
Summary: The Administrative Code of the City of New York (the “Code”) defines a newsrack as “any self-service or coin-operated box, container or other dispenser installed, used or maintained for the display, sale or distribution of newspapers or other written matter to the general public.” Currently, the Code regulates where newsracks may be placed, installed, or maintained. Thus, the Code places restrictions in several locations in which the placement of newsracks would present safety concerns to persons and property. The proposed bill would prohibit the placement, installation, or maintenance of newsracks within three feet ahead or 25 feet to the rear of any designated taxi stand. Furthermore, it provides that the law would take effect 90 days after enactment into law, but authorizes the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation to take actions necessary to implement the law prior to its effective date.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 687, 2. February 26, 2015 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 3. Committee Report 6/23/16, 4. Hearing Testimony 6/23/16, 5. Hearing Transcript 6/23/16
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Int. No. 687

 

By Council Members Koslowitz, Koo, Cohen, Rosenthal and Kallos

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the placement of newsracks near taxi stands.

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1.  Paragraph 6 of subdivision b of section 19-128.1 of chapter 1 of title 19 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended to read as follows:

          6.   A newsrack shall not be placed, installed or maintained: (a) within fifteen feet of any fire hydrant; (b) in any driveway  or  within  close proximity  of  any  driveway; (c) in any curb cut designed to facilitate street access by disabled persons or within two feet of  any  such  curb cut;  (d)  within close proximity of the entrance or exit of any railway station or subway station;  (e)  within  any  bus  stop;  (f)  within  a crosswalk  area;  (g)  within  a  corner area or within five feet of any corner area; (h) on any surface where such installation  or  maintenance will  cause damage to or will interfere with the use of any pipes, vault areas, telephone or electrical cables or other similar locations; (i) on any cellar door, grating, utility maintenance  cover  or  other  similar locations;  (j)  on,  in  or  over any part of the roadway of any public street; (k) unless  eight  feet  of  sidewalk  width  is  preserved  for unobstructed  pedestrian  passage;  (l)  in  any park or on any sidewalk immediately contiguous to a park where such sidewalk is an integral part of  the  park  design, such as the sidewalks surrounding Central Park or Prospect Park; (m) on any area of lawn, flowers, shrubs, trees or  other landscaping  or  in  such  a manner that use of the newsrack would cause damage to such landscaping; (n) within three feet ahead or 25 feet to the rear of any designated taxi stand; or [(n)] (o) where such placement, installation or maintenance endangers the safety of persons or property. Any limitation on the placement or installation of newsracks pursuant to this paragraph shall be no  more  restrictive  than  necessary to ensure the safe and unobstructed flow of pedestrian and vehicular traffic, and otherwise  to assure the safety of persons and property.

                     § 2.  This local law shall take effect ninety days after it shall have become a law, except that the commissioner of the department of transportation may take all actions necessary, including the promulgation of rules, to implement this local law on or before the date upon which it shall take effect.

 

 

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