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File #: Int 0118-2010    Version: Name: Requiring the mayor’s office of operations to develop and disseminate a business owner’s bill of rights.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Governmental Operations
On agenda: 3/25/2010
Enactment date: 6/1/2010 Law number: 2010/018
Title: A Local Law to amend the New York City charter, in relation to requiring the mayor's office of operations to develop and disseminate a business owner's bill of rights.
Sponsors: Karen Koslowitz, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Daniel Dromm , Lewis A. Fidler, Michael C. Nelson, Diana Reyna, Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, Elizabeth S. Crowley, Thomas White, Jr., Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., James G. Van Bramer, Gale A. Brewer, Eric A. Ulrich, Deborah L. Rose, Annabel Palma, Robert Jackson, Stephen T. Levin, Mathieu Eugene, James Sanders, Jr., Albert Vann, Daniel J. Halloran III
Council Member Sponsors: 21
Attachments: 1. Int. No. 118 - 3/25/10, 2. Committee Report 4/21/10, 3. Hearing Testimony 4/21/10, 4. Hearing Transcript 4/21/10, 5. Committee Report 5/11/10, 6. Hearing Transcript 5/11/10, 7. Fiscal Impact Statement, 8. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 5/12/10, 9. Local Law 18
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6/1/2010AKaren Koslowitz City Council Recved from Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/1/2010AKaren Koslowitz Mayor Signed Into Law by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/1/2010AKaren Koslowitz Mayor Hearing Held by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/12/2010AKaren Koslowitz City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/12/2010AKaren Koslowitz City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
5/11/2010*Karen Koslowitz Committee on Governmental Operations Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/11/2010*Karen Koslowitz Committee on Governmental Operations Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/11/2010*Karen Koslowitz Committee on Governmental Operations Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/11/2010AKaren Koslowitz Committee on Governmental Operations Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
4/21/2010*Karen Koslowitz Committee on Small Business Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/21/2010*Karen Koslowitz Committee on Small Business Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/21/2010*Karen Koslowitz Committee on Governmental Operations Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/21/2010*Karen Koslowitz Committee on Governmental Operations Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/25/2010*Karen Koslowitz City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/25/2010*Karen Koslowitz City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 118-A

By Council Members Koslowitz, Comrie, Dromm, Fidler, Nelson, Reyna, Arroyo, Crowley, White, Recchia, Van Bramer, Brewer, Ulrich, Rose, Palma, Jackson, Levin, Eugene, Sanders Jr., Vann and Halloran

 

A Local Law to amend the New York City charter, in relation to requiring the mayor's office of operations to develop and disseminate a business owner's bill of rights.

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

Section 1. Section 15 of Chapter 1 of the New York City charter is amended by adding a new subdivision f to read as follows:

         f. 1. The office of operations shall develop a business owner's bill of rights. The bill of rights shall be in the form of a written document, drafted in plain language, that advises business owners of their rights as they relate to agency inspections. The bill of rights shall include, but not be limited to, notice of every business owner's right to: i) consistent enforcement of agency rules; ii) compliment or complain about an inspector or inspectors, and information sufficient to allow a business owner to do so; iii) contest a notice of violation before the relevant local tribunal, if any; iv) an inspector who behaves in a professional and courteous manner; v) an inspector who can answer reasonable questions relating to the inspection, or promptly makes an appropriate referral; and vi) an inspector with a sound knowledge of the applicable laws, rules and regulations.

      2. To the extent practicable, the office of operations shall develop and implement a plan to distribute the bill of rights to all relevant business owners, including via electronic publication on the internet, and to notify such business owners if the bill of rights is subsequently updated or revised. The office of operations shall also develop and implement a plan in cooperation with all relevant agencies to facilitate distribution of the bill of rights to business owners or managers prior to, during, or after an inspection.

      3. The bill of rights shall serve as an informational document only and nothing in this subdivision or in such document shall be construed so as to create a cause of action or constitute a defense in any legal, administrative, or other proceeding.

     §2.       This local law shall take effect ninety days following enactment.