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File #: Int 1592-2019    Version: * Name: Department of environmental protection and Rikers Island.
Type: Introduction Status: Laid Over in Committee
Committee: Committee on Environmental Protection
On agenda: 6/13/2019
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the New York city charter, in relation to the department of environmental protection and Rikers Island.
Sponsors: Costa G. Constantinides, Helen K. Rosenthal, Justin L. Brannan, Karen Koslowitz, Ben Kallos, Diana Ayala , Stephen T. Levin, Brad S. Lander, Margaret S. Chin, Carlos Menchaca, Donovan J. Richards
Council Member Sponsors: 11
Summary: This local law requires jurisdiction over Rikers Island to be transferred to the Department of Environmental Protection for renewable energy generation or other environmental purposes at the appropriate point when the population of detainees subsides. In the interim, the Department of Environmental Protection would be authorized to begin developing plans for renewable energy generation, wastewater treatment or other beneficial environmental purposes at said island.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1592, 2. Int. No. 1592, 3. June 13, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 6-13-19, 5. Minutes of the Recessed Meeting of May 29, 2019 Held on June 13, 2019, 6. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - June 13, 2019, 7. Committee Report 1/29/20, 8. Hearing Testimony 1/29/20, 9. Hearing Transcript 1/29/20
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
1/29/2020*Costa G. Constantinides Committee on Environmental Protection Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/29/2020*Costa G. Constantinides Committee on Environmental Protection Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/13/2019*Costa G. Constantinides City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/13/2019*Costa G. Constantinides City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 1592

 

By Council Members Constantinides, Rosenthal, Brannan, Koslowitz, Kallos, Ayala, Levin, Lander, Chin, Menchaca and Richards

 

A Local Law to amend the New York city charter, in relation to the department of environmental protection and Rikers Island.

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Section 1403 of the New York city charter is amended by adding a new subdivision b-2 to read as follows:

b-2.  Rikers Island.

(1) The commissioner shall have charge and control over the location currently known as Rikers Island, including all areas, structures and property used or formerly used as a city prison for inmate detention and all facilities used by the department of corrections located on such island.

(2) The commissioner shall have the authority and discretion to plan and coordinate the actions of city agencies with respect to future uses of Rikers Island for renewable energy generation or for other environmental purposes, including but not limited to wastewater treatment, which shall include whether the use of existing structures would best contribute to such environmental purposes or sustainability.

(3) When the population of Rikers Island is less than 5,000 inmates, any structures on Rikers Island that are not suitable for renewable energy generation or wastewater treatment purposes may be reevaluated every three years for suitability for renewable energy generation options or for demolition.

(4) Any such structures still needed for use by the commissioner of correction for the retention of inmates shall be maintained for a period of five years from the date of the enactment of the law that added this section during which time such commissioner of correction shall retain sole power and authority concerning the care, custody and control of such inmates or persons pursuant to section 623 of the charter.

(5) The commissioner shall have the authority to take such actions, including the promulgation of rules to ensure the development and coordination of infrastructure to support renewable energy generation, wastewater treatment and such other environmental purpose conducted at Rikers Island.

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

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LS # 10154

5/31/19