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File #: Int 0889-2018    Version: * Name: Availability of automated teller machines in courthouses.
Type: Introduction Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Justice System
On agenda: 5/9/2018
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the availability of automated teller machines in courthouses
Sponsors: Rory I. Lancman, Rafael L. Espinal, Jr.
Council Member Sponsors: 2
Summary: Many criminal courthouses in New York City do not have ATMs or have ATMs that are not conveniently located for individuals who need to pay bail or are not accessible at all times that arraignments are taking place. This seriously limits the ability to pay bail. This bill would require the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) to make reasonable efforts to work with the New York State Office of Court Administration to secure the installation of ATMs in all courthouses in New York City where arraignments take place, to ensure that the ATMs are located and accessible at convenient places and times for individuals being arraigned and to ensure that there are signs posted near the ATMs that provide a phone number to call if the ATM ceases to work. In addition, MOCJ would be required to make an annual report on the availability of ATMs in courthouses, including their location and hours of accessibility, and MOCJ’s efforts in the prior year to secure installation of ATMs in criminal courthouses.
Indexes: Report Required
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 889, 2. Int. No. 889, 3. May 9, 2018 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files

Int. No. 889

 

By Council Members Lancman and Espinal

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the availability of automated teller machines in courthouses

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

Section 1. Section 9-301 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as amended by local law 23 for the year 2018, is amended by adding a new definition of “arraignment” in alphabetical order to read as follows:

Arraignment. The term “arraignment” means an arraignment conducted pursuant to title H of the criminal procedure law.

§ 2. Chapter 3 of title 9 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 9-307 to read as follows:

§ 9-307 Availability of automated teller machines in courthouses. a. The office shall make reasonable efforts to work with the office of court administration to secure installation of automated teller machines in all courthouses in the city of New York where arraignments are conducted and to ensure that:

1. Such automated teller machines are in close proximity to bail payment windows or the courtrooms where arraignments are conducted.

2. Such automated teller machines are accessible to the public at all times that arraignments are conducted.

3. There are signs conspicuously posted adjacent to such automated teller machines that provide a phone number to call if the automated teller machine ceases to work.

b. No later than March 31 of each calendar year, the office shall submit to the council, and post on its website, a report on the availability of automated teller machines in courthouses in the city of New York where arraignments are conducted. The report shall include:

1. The number of such courthouses that do and do not have automated teller machines.

2. In such courthouses that have automated teller machines, the proximity of such automated teller machines to bail payment windows and the courtrooms where arraignments are conducted, the days and times that such automated teller machines are accessible to the public and whether such days and times include all times that arraignments are conducted.

3. The presence or absence of signs adjacent to such automated teller machines that provide a phone number to call if the automated teller machine ceases to work.

4. The office’s efforts in the prior calendar year to work with the office of court administration to secure the installation of automated teller machines in all such courthouses.

§ 3. This local law takes effect 30 days after it becomes law.

 

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