File #: Int 0145-2022    Version: Name: Requiring the department of sanitation to remove fallen tree limbs, branches, and vegetation that obstruct streets and sidewalks as a result of severe weather.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management
On agenda: 4/14/2022
Enactment date: 1/20/2024 Law number: 2024/018
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the department of sanitation to remove fallen tree limbs, branches, and vegetation that obstruct streets and sidewalks as a result of severe weather
Sponsors: Justin L. Brannan, Kalman Yeger , Shahana K. Hanif, Sandy Nurse, Shaun Abreu, Erik D. Bottcher, Nantasha M. Williams, Pierina Ana Sanchez, Farah N. Louis, Robert F. Holden, Kevin C. Riley, Marjorie Velázquez, Crystal Hudson, Tiffany Cabán, Julie Won, James F. Gennaro, Eric Dinowitz, Carlina Rivera , Joseph C. Borelli, Ari Kagan
Council Member Sponsors: 20
Summary: After severe weather events, broken tree limbs, branches and small vegetation are scattered in public spaces. To clear the streets and sidewalks faster, this bill requires the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) to assist the Department of Parks and Recreation with the removal of such fallen tree debris after inclement weather. DSNY’s assistance would be required within 10 days after receiving notice of fallen tree debris unless directed otherwise by a state of emergency declared by the Mayor, Governor or President.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 145-A, 2. Summary of Int. No. 145, 3. Int. No. 145, 4. April 14, 2022 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 5. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 4-14-22, 6. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - April 14, 2022, 7. Committee Report 10/20/22, 8. Hearing Testimony 10/20/22, 9. Hearing Transcript 10/20/22, 10. Proposed Int. No. 145-A - 12/13/23, 11. Committee Report 12/20/23, 12. Hearing Transcript 12/20/23, 13. December 20, 2023 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 14. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 12-20-23, 15. Int. No. 145-A (FINAL), 16. Fiscal Impact Statement, 17. Legislative Documents - Letter to the Mayor
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1/20/2024AJustin L. Brannan Administration City Charter Rule Adopted  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/19/2024AJustin L. Brannan City Council Returned Unsigned by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/20/2023AJustin L. Brannan City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/20/2023AJustin L. Brannan City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
12/20/2023*Justin L. Brannan Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/20/2023*Justin L. Brannan Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/20/2023*Justin L. Brannan Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/20/2023AJustin L. Brannan Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
10/20/2022*Justin L. Brannan Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/20/2022*Justin L. Brannan Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/14/2022*Justin L. Brannan City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/14/2022*Justin L. Brannan City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 145-A

 

By Council Members Brannan, Yeger, Hanif, Nurse, Abreu, Bottcher, Williams, Sanchez, Louis, Holden, Riley, Velázquez, Hudson, Cabán, Won, Gennaro, Dinowitz, Rivera, Borelli and Kagan

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the department of sanitation to remove fallen tree limbs, branches, and vegetation that obstruct streets and sidewalks as a result of severe weather

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Chapter 1 of title 16 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 16-145 to read as follows:

                     § 16-145 Removal of fallen tree limbs, branches, and vegetation after severe weather. a. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

Severe weather. The term “severe weather” includes but is not limited to rain, sleet, ice, snow, and wind, or any combination thereof that causes widespread tree damage.

Street. The term “street” has the same meaning as in section 16-460.

Tree. The term “tree” has the same meaning as in section 18-103.

Vegetation. The term “vegetation” has the same meaning as in section 18-103.

                     b. The department shall assist the department of parks and recreation in removing tree limbs, branches, and vegetation fallen from trees under the jurisdiction of the department of parks and recreation that obstruct streets after severe weather. Such removals may be conducted after the department of sanitation receives notice of such fallen tree limbs, branches, or vegetation by the department discovering the fallen tree limbs, branches, or vegetation, through the 311 customer service center, or through referral from the department of parks and recreation. Such assistance shall not take precedence over the department’s core duties. Such removals shall take place within 10 days of the department receiving such notice, except that such removals need not take place within 10 days if a state of emergency has been declared by the mayor, the governor of the state of New York, or by the president of the United States.

c. The department is not responsible for removing downed trees or vegetation, or any portion thereof, if such removal requires specialized equipment such as cutting tools, ropes, aerial lifts, or cranes.

d. This section does not interfere with the commissioner of parks and recreation’s jurisdiction or responsibilities over trees and vegetation pursuant to section 18-104.

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

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