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File #: Int 1936-2020    Version: Name: COVID-19 Relief Package - Amending the definition of harassment to include threats based on a person having been impacted by COVID-19.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Housing and Buildings
On agenda: 4/22/2020
Enactment date: 5/26/2020 Law number: 2020/056
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to amending the definition of harassment to include threats based on a person having been impacted by COVID-19
Sponsors: Ritchie J. Torres, Corey D. Johnson, Ben Kallos, James G. Van Bramer, Margaret S. Chin, Keith Powers , Carlina Rivera , Farah N. Louis, Helen K. Rosenthal, Paul A. Vallone, Rory I. Lancman, Costa G. Constantinides, Carlos Menchaca
Council Member Sponsors: 13
Summary: The bill would amend the definition of harassment in the Housing Maintenance Code to include threats against an individual based on their status as a COVID-19 impacted person, their status as an essential employee, or their receipt of a rental concession or forbearance. Harassment would be punishable by a civil penalty of $2,000 to $10,000.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No.1936-A, 2. Summary of Int. No. 1936, 3. Int. No. 1936, 4. April 22, 2020 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 5. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 4-22-20, 6. Committee Report 4/28/20, 7. Hearing Testimony 4/28/20, 8. Hearing Testimony 4/28/20 (Con't), 9. Hearing Transcript 4/28/20, 10. Proposed Int. No. 1936-A - 5/12/20, 11. Committee Report 5/13/20, 12. Hearing Transcript 5/13/20, 13. Committee Report - Stated Meeting, 14. May 13, 2020 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 15. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 5-13-20, 16. Int. No. 1936-A (FINAL), 17. Fiscal Impact Statement, 18. Mayor's Letter, 19. Local Law 56, 20. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - April 22, 2020, 21. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - May 13, 2020
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5/26/2020ARitchie J. Torres City Council Recved from Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/26/2020ARitchie J. Torres Mayor Signed Into Law by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/26/2020ARitchie J. Torres Mayor Hearing Held by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/13/2020ARitchie J. Torres City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/13/2020ARitchie J. Torres City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
5/13/2020*Ritchie J. Torres Committee on Housing and Buildings Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/13/2020*Ritchie J. Torres Committee on Housing and Buildings Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/13/2020*Ritchie J. Torres Committee on Housing and Buildings Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/13/2020ARitchie J. Torres Committee on Housing and Buildings Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
4/28/2020*Ritchie J. Torres Committee on Consumer Affairs and Business Licensing Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/28/2020*Ritchie J. Torres Committee on Consumer Affairs and Business Licensing Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/28/2020*Ritchie J. Torres Committee on Housing and Buildings Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/28/2020*Ritchie J. Torres Committee on Housing and Buildings Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/22/2020*Ritchie J. Torres City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/22/2020*Ritchie J. Torres City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 1936-A

 

By Council Members Torres, the Speaker (Council Member Johnson), Kallos, Van Bramer, Chin, Powers, Rivera, Louis, Rosenthal, Vallone, Lancman, Constantinides and Menchaca

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to amending the definition of harassment to include threats based on a person having been impacted by COVID-19

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Subparagraph f-4 of paragraph 48 of subdivision a of section 27-2004 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law number 163 for the year 2017, is amended to read as follows:

f-4. repeatedly contacting or visiting any person lawfully entitled to occupancy of such unit (i) on Saturdays, Sundays or legal holidays, (ii) at times other than the hours between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or (iii) in such a manner as can reasonably be expected to abuse or harass such person, provided that if such person has notified such owner in writing that such person consents to being contacted or visited at specified hours or in a specified manner, such owner may also contact or visit such person during such specified hours and in such specified manner, and provided further that an owner may contact or visit such person for reasons specifically authorized or mandated by law or rule; [or]

§ 2. Subparagraph f-6 of paragraph 48 of subdivision a of section 27-2004 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law number 48 for the year 2018, is amended to read as follows:

f-6. requesting identifying documentation for any person lawfully entitled to occupancy of such dwelling unit that would disclose the citizenship status of such person, when such person has provided the owner with a current form of government-issued personal identification, as such term is defined in section 21-908, unless such documentation is otherwise required by law or is requested for a specific and limited purpose not inconsistent with this paragraph[.]; or

§ 3. Paragraph 48 of subdivision a of section 27-2004 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new subparagraph f-7 to read as follows:

f-7. threatening any person lawfully entitled to occupancy of such dwelling unit based on such person’s actual or perceived status as an essential employee, status as a person impacted by COVID-19, or receipt of a rent concession or forbearance for any rent owed during the COVID-19 period; provided that for the purposes of this subparagraph:

(1) the term “COVID-19” means the 2019 novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV;

(2) the term “COVID-19 period” means March 7, 2020 through the later of (i) the end of the first month that commences after the expiration of the moratorium on enforcement of evictions of any tenant residential or commercial set forth in executive order number 202.8, as issued by the governor on March 20, 2020 and extended thereafter or (ii) September 30, 2020, inclusive;

(3) the term “essential employee” means a person employed by or permitted to work at or for a business classified as an essential business by the New York state department of economic development in accordance with executive order number 202.6, as issued by the governor on March 18, 2020 and extended thereafter; and

(4) the term “person impacted by COVID-19” means a person who has experienced one or more of the following:

(i) such person was diagnosed with COVID-19 or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis;

(ii) a member of such person’s household was diagnosed with COVID-19;

(iii) such person was providing care for a family member or a member of such person’s household who was diagnosed with COVID-19;

(iv) such person became unemployed, partially unemployed, or could not commence employment as a direct result of COVID-19 or the state disaster emergency declared in executive order number 202, as issued by the governor on March 7, 2020; or

(v) such person became primarily responsible for providing financial support for the household of such person because the previous head of the household died as a direct result of COVID-19;

§ 4. This local law takes effect immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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