File #: Int 0889-2023    Version: * Name: Post-employment activities of certain former public servants.
Type: Introduction Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Governmental Operations
On agenda: 1/19/2023
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the New York city charter, in relation to post-employment activities of certain former public servants
Sponsors: Lincoln Restler, Julie Won, Jennifer Gutiérrez, Kalman Yeger , Carmen N. De La Rosa, Chi A. Ossé, Robert F. Holden, Shekar Krishnan, Pierina Ana Sanchez, Nantasha M. Williams, Alexa Avilés, Shahana K. Hanif, Tiffany Cabán, Crystal Hudson, Sandy Nurse, Amanda Farías, Christopher Marte, Diana I. Ayala
Council Member Sponsors: 18
Summary: This bill would reform the current system under which former city employees and public servants are allowed to lobby city government after they have left city service. Under this bill, former agency heads and high-level employees of the Mayor’s Office, the City Council, or the Law Department would be barred from lobbying any city agency for two years. High-level staffers at other agencies, boards, and commissions, as well as paid board members, would be prohibited from lobbying any city agency up to one year after they leave city service, and would be prohibited from lobbying their former agency for one additional year. This bill would make technical edits to the existing prohibitions barring elected officials from lobbying an agency within the branch of city government they served for two years, however, the substance of this portion of the law would not be changed as part of this legislation.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 889, 2. Int. No. 889, 3. January 19, 2023 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 1-19-23

Int. No. 889

 

By Council Members Restler, Won, Gutiérrez, Yeger, De La Rosa, Ossé, Holden, Krishnan, Sanchez, Williams, Avilés, Hanif, Cabán, Hudson, Nurse, Farías, Marte and Ayala

 

A Local Law to amend the New York city charter, in relation to post-employment activities of certain former public servants

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Paragraph 2 of subdivision d of section 2604 of the New York city charter, as amended by a vote of the electors on November 5, 2019, is amended to read as follows:

2. (a) No former public servant, other than those public servants listed in subparagraphs (b), [and] (c), and (d) of this paragraph, shall, within a period of one year after termination of such person's service with the city, appear before the city agency served by such public servant.

(b) The following former public servants shall not, within a period of one year after termination of their service with the city, appear before any city agency, and within a period of two years after termination of their service with the city, appear before the city agency they served:

(1) [any head of an agency that is not a board or commission, other than the agency heads listed in subparagraph (c) of this paragraph;

(2)] the executive director or the highest ranking public servant employed by a board or commission; [and

(3)] (2) any paid member of a board or commission[.]; and

(3) any other public servant charged with substantial policy discretion as established by rule of the board.

(c) The following former public servants shall not, within a period of two years after termination of their service with the city, appear before any agency [in the branch of city government they served]:

(1) [any elected official; and

(2) the holder of the position of deputy mayor, director of the office of management and budget, commissioner of citywide administrative services, corporation counsel, commissioner of finance, commissioner of investigation and chair of the city planning commission.] any head of an agency; and

(2) any public servant charged with substantial policy discretion while in the service of the executive office of the mayor, the city council, or the law department, as established by rule of the board.

For the purposes of this subparagraph (c), the term “public servant” shall not include any elected official.

                     § 2. Paragraph 2 of subdivision d of section 2604 of the New York city charter, as amended by a vote of the electors on November 5, 2019, is amended by adding a new subparagraph d to read as follows:

                     (d) Elected officials shall not, within a period of two years after termination of their service with the city, appear before any agency in the branch of city government they served.

§ 3. This local law takes effect 90 days after it becomes law.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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