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File #: Int 1592-2017    Version: * Name: Requests for trees.
Type: Introduction Status: Filed (End of Session)
Committee: Committee on Parks and Recreation
On agenda: 5/10/2017
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requests for trees
Sponsors: Daniel Dromm , Costa G. Constantinides
Council Member Sponsors: 2
Summary: This bill would require the Department of Parks and Recreation to collect and publish data related to its rejection of street tree work permits.
Indexes: Oversight, Report Required
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1592, 2. Int. No. 1592, 3. May 10, 2017 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files

Int. No. 1592

 

By Council Members Dromm and Constantinides

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requests for trees

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Chapter 1 of title 18 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 18-106.1 to read as follows:

§ 18-106.1 Report on requests for trees. a. By no later than December 1 of each year, the commissioner shall submit to the mayor and the council, and publicly post on its website, a report on requests to have trees planted on streets which were received by the department during the previous fiscal year. Such report shall include, but not be limited to:

1. The number of such requests, disaggregated by whether the site requested was an existing empty tree bed or a paved sidewalk;

2. The number of trees planted during the previous fiscal year in response to such requests;

3. The number of such requests, which were not approved, disaggregated by the reason for such non-approval;

4. An analysis of whether any requests which were not approved, could be approved for a different type of tree; and

5. The number of existing empty tree beds.

b. Such report shall also include recommendations for increasing the number of trees planted in response to requests for street trees.

§ 2. Title 23 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new chapter 9 to read as follows:

CHAPTER 9

DASHBOARDS

§ 23-901 Definitions. As used in this chapter, the following terms have the following meanings:

Dashboard. The term “dashboard” means a data visualization tool publicly available on the internet that includes a customizable interface and uses current data from one or more sources.

Department. The term “department” means the department of information technology and telecommunications or any successor agency.

§ 23-902 Requests for trees. Within one year of the effective date of the local law that added this section, the department of parks and recreation shall, in conjunction with the department, create a dashboard consisting, at a minimum, of data on requests to have trees planted on streets which were received by the department of parks and recreation. Such data  shall include, but not be limited to:

(i) the number of such requests;

(ii) the number of such requests which have been added to the list of trees to be planted; and

(iii) the number of trees planted in response to such requests

(iv) the number of such requests which were denied disaggregated by the reason for such denial.

§ 3. This local law takes effect 90 days after it becomes law.

 

 

 

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