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File #: Int 0501-2007    Version: Name: Domestic Partnerships
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on General Welfare
On agenda: 2/1/2007
Enactment date: 3/28/2007 Law number: 2007/011
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to domestic partnerships.
Sponsors: Maria Baez, Christine C. Quinn, Rosie Mendez, Bill De Blasio, Tony Avella, Gale A. Brewer, Inez E. Dickens, Letitia James, Melinda R. Katz, G. Oliver Koppell, Jessica S. Lappin, John C. Liu, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Annabel Palma, David I. Weprin, Alan J. Gerson, Daniel R. Garodnick, Sara M. Gonzalez, Thomas White, Jr., Helen Sears, Hiram Monserrate, Betsy Gotbaum
Council Member Sponsors: 22
Attachments: 1. Int. No. 501 - 2/1/07, 2. Committee Report 3/1/07, 3. Hearing Transcript 3/1/07, 4. Committee Report 3/14/07, 5. Hearing Transcript 3/14/07, 6. Fiscal Impact Statement, 7. Local Law, 8. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 3/14/07
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
3/28/2007AMaria Baez City Council Recved from Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/28/2007AMaria Baez Mayor Hearing Held by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/28/2007AMaria Baez Mayor Signed Into Law by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/14/2007AMaria Baez City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/14/2007AMaria Baez City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
3/14/2007*Maria Baez Committee on General Welfare Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/14/2007*Maria Baez Committee on General Welfare Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/14/2007*Maria Baez Committee on General Welfare Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/14/2007AMaria Baez Committee on General Welfare Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
3/1/2007*Maria Baez Committee on General Welfare Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/1/2007*Maria Baez Committee on General Welfare Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/1/2007*Maria Baez City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/1/2007*Maria Baez City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Int. No. 501-A
By Council Members Baez, the Speaker (Council Member Quinn), Mendez, de Blasio, Avella, Brewer, Dickens, James, Katz, Koppell, Lappin, Liu, Mark-Viverito, Palma, Weprin, Gerson, Garodnick, Gonzalez, White, Jr., Sears, Monserrate and The Public Advocate (Ms. Gotbaum)
 
 
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to domestic partnerships.
 
 
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. Chapter 2 of title 3 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended to add a new section 3-244 to read as follows:
§3-244  Certificate of domestic partnership registration.
 
      a. Issuance of certificate of domestic partnership registration. The city clerk shall issue a certificate of domestic partnership registration to persons who have registered pursuant to this subchapter.  Such a certificate shall constitute notice of a registered domestic partnership when persons apply for rights or benefits available to domestic partners, including but not limited to:
      [a.] 1.  Bereavement leave and child care leave of absence for city employees;
      [b.] 2. Visitation in city correctional and juvenile detention facilities;
      [c.] 3. Visitation in facilities operated by the New York City health and hospitals corporation;
      [d.] 4.  Eligibility to qualify as a family member to be added by the New York City housing authority to an existing tenancy as a permanent resident;
      [e.] 5.  Eligibility to qualify as a family member entitled to succeed to the tenancy or occupancy rights of a tenant or cooperator in buildings supervised by or under the jurisdiction of the department of housing preservation and development;
      [f.] 6.  Health benefits provided by the city to city employees and retirees and eligible members of their families, pursuant to stipulation or collective bargaining;
      [g.] 7.  Such other rights or benefits as may be established pursuant to applicable law.  
b.  Access to city benefits and services.  
1.  To the extent permitted by state and federal law, any benefit or service directly provided by the city of New York to persons based on spousal relationship shall be available to persons who are domestic partners pursuant to section 3-244 of the administrative code or in a relationship recognized as a domestic partnership pursuant to section 3-245 of the administrative code.  For any person applying for such benefits or services, a certificate of domestic partnership registration or its equivalent as recognized pursuant to section 3-245 of the administrative code constitutes sufficient proof of domestic partnership.
2.  Within 90 days of the effective date of the local law that added this subdivision, the administration shall furnish a report to the council that sets forth any benefit or service provided directly by the city that is available to persons based on spousal relationship and is not available to domestic partners on the same basis, and the reasons for why such benefits or services are not provided to such persons.
§ 2.  If any subdivision, sentence, clause, phrase or other portion of the local law that added this subdivision is, for any reason, declared unconstitutional or invalid, in whole or in part, by any court of competent jurisdiction, such portion shall be deemed severable and such unconstitutionality or invalidity shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of the local law that added this subdivision, which remaining portions shall remain in full force and effect.
§ 3.  This local law shall take effect thirty days after its enactment.   
 
 
L.S.1827
M.R.M.
3/6/07