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Meeting Name: Committee on Governmental Operations Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 12/14/2016 1:00 PM Minutes status: Final  
Meeting location: 250 Broadway - Committee Rm, 16th Fl.
Published agenda: Agenda Agenda Published minutes: Minutes Minutes  
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Attachments: Attachments - Int. No. 282, Attachments - Int. No. 418, Attachments - Int. No. 514, Attachments - Int. No. 691, Attachments - Int. No. 1200, Attachments - Int. No. 1390, Attachments - Int. No. 1391, Attachments - Int. No. 1392, Attachments - Int. No. 1393, Attachmenst - Int. No. 1394, Attachments - Int. No. 980-A, Attachments - Int. No. 985-A, Attachments - Int. No. 986-A, Attachments - Int. No. 987-A, Attachments - Int. No. 988-A, Attachments - Int. No. 990-A, Attachments - Int. No. 1001-A, Attachments - Int. No. 1002-A
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Int 0282-2014 *James G. Van Bramer  Community involvement in decisions of the board of standards and appeals.IntroductionThis bill would require the Board of Standards and Appeals to refer to relevant arguments and evidence submitted to them in rendering a final determination. Similar comments may be categorized together for such response.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0282-2014 *James G. Van Bramer  Community involvement in decisions of the board of standards and appeals.IntroductionThis bill would require the Board of Standards and Appeals to refer to relevant arguments and evidence submitted to them in rendering a final determination. Similar comments may be categorized together for such response.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0418-2014 *Karen Koslowitz  Written explanations by the board of standards and appeals.IntroductionThis bill would require the Board of Standards and Appeals to provide a response when it makes a determination contrary to the recommendation of a community or borough board.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0418-2014 *Karen Koslowitz  Written explanations by the board of standards and appeals.IntroductionThis bill would require the Board of Standards and Appeals to provide a response when it makes a determination contrary to the recommendation of a community or borough board.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0514-2014 *Steven Matteo  Expiration of variances granted by the board of standards and appeals.IntroductionThis bill would require the Board of Standards and Appeals to provide a notification to the owner of record when a variance is about to expire. Use of such property after the expiration of such term may be a violation of the certificate of occupancy and such notice would inform the owner that the Board of Standards and Appeals may not approve an application to extend the term of the variance until any penalties for such a violation are paid.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0514-2014 *Steven Matteo  Expiration of variances granted by the board of standards and appeals.IntroductionThis bill would require the Board of Standards and Appeals to provide a notification to the owner of record when a variance is about to expire. Use of such property after the expiration of such term may be a violation of the certificate of occupancy and such notice would inform the owner that the Board of Standards and Appeals may not approve an application to extend the term of the variance until any penalties for such a violation are paid.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0691-2015 *Rosie Mendez  Extending the statute of limitations period for appealing a Board of Standards and Appeals decisionIntroductionThis bill would increase the statute of limitations period for appealing a Board of Standards and Appeals decision from 30 days to four months. The new four month period would be identical to the general statute of limitations period for Article 78 proceedings pursuant to NY CPLR § 217.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0691-2015 *Rosie Mendez  Extending the statute of limitations period for appealing a Board of Standards and Appeals decisionIntroductionThis bill would increase the statute of limitations period for appealing a Board of Standards and Appeals decision from 30 days to four months. The new four month period would be identical to the general statute of limitations period for Article 78 proceedings pursuant to NY CPLR § 217.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0980-2015 *Fernando Cabrera  Proposed Int. No. 980-ARealigning contribution limits to transition and inauguration entities with contribution limits to campaigns.IntroductionThis bill would set the contribution limits for transition and inauguration entities of winning campaigns for local office at the same level as the campaign contribution limits for that office. It would also clarify that candidates need not set up separate entities if they wish to self-fund their transition and inauguration entity in part.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0980-2015 *Fernando Cabrera   Realigning contribution limits to transition and inauguration entities with contribution limits to campaigns.IntroductionThis bill would set the contribution limits for transition and inauguration entities of winning campaigns for local office at the same level as the campaign contribution limits for that office. It would also clarify that candidates need not set up separate entities if they wish to self-fund their transition and inauguration entity in part.Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Not available
Int 0980-2015 *Fernando Cabrera   Realigning contribution limits to transition and inauguration entities with contribution limits to campaigns.IntroductionThis bill would set the contribution limits for transition and inauguration entities of winning campaigns for local office at the same level as the campaign contribution limits for that office. It would also clarify that candidates need not set up separate entities if they wish to self-fund their transition and inauguration entity in part.Amended by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0980-2015 AFernando Cabrera   Realigning contribution limits to transition and inauguration entities with contribution limits to campaigns.IntroductionThis bill would set the contribution limits for transition and inauguration entities of winning campaigns for local office at the same level as the campaign contribution limits for that office. It would also clarify that candidates need not set up separate entities if they wish to self-fund their transition and inauguration entity in part.Approved by CommitteePass Action details Not available
Int 0985-2015 *Ben Kallos Proposed Int. No. 985-AEliminating public matching funds for contributions bundled by people doing business with the city.IntroductionThis bill would eliminate the possibility of matching, with public funds, any contribution to a candidate for local office that is bundled by a lobbyist or person who has, or may have, business dealings with the City.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0985-2015 *Ben Kallos  Eliminating public matching funds for contributions bundled by people doing business with the city.IntroductionThis bill would eliminate the possibility of matching, with public funds, any contribution to a candidate for local office that is bundled by a lobbyist or person who has, or may have, business dealings with the City.Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Not available
Int 0985-2015 *Ben Kallos  Eliminating public matching funds for contributions bundled by people doing business with the city.IntroductionThis bill would eliminate the possibility of matching, with public funds, any contribution to a candidate for local office that is bundled by a lobbyist or person who has, or may have, business dealings with the City.Amended by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0985-2015 ABen Kallos  Eliminating public matching funds for contributions bundled by people doing business with the city.IntroductionThis bill would eliminate the possibility of matching, with public funds, any contribution to a candidate for local office that is bundled by a lobbyist or person who has, or may have, business dealings with the City.Approved by CommitteePass Action details Not available
Int 0986-2015 *Ben Kallos Proposed Int. No. 986-AEarly public funds payments in local electionsIntroductionThis bill would allow for the earlier disbursement of limited amounts of public money to qualifying candidates who wish to participate in the City’s public matching campaign finance system during their campaigns. It would change the earliest possible date for disbursement from following the finalization of the candidates who qualify for the ballot to shortly after the deadline for certification for participation in the public matching program.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0986-2015 *Ben Kallos  Early public funds payments in local electionsIntroductionThis bill would allow for the earlier disbursement of limited amounts of public money to qualifying candidates who wish to participate in the City’s public matching campaign finance system during their campaigns. It would change the earliest possible date for disbursement from following the finalization of the candidates who qualify for the ballot to shortly after the deadline for certification for participation in the public matching program.Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Not available
Int 0986-2015 *Ben Kallos  Early public funds payments in local electionsIntroductionThis bill would allow for the earlier disbursement of limited amounts of public money to qualifying candidates who wish to participate in the City’s public matching campaign finance system during their campaigns. It would change the earliest possible date for disbursement from following the finalization of the candidates who qualify for the ballot to shortly after the deadline for certification for participation in the public matching program.Amended by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0986-2015 ABen Kallos  Early public funds payments in local electionsIntroductionThis bill would allow for the earlier disbursement of limited amounts of public money to qualifying candidates who wish to participate in the City’s public matching campaign finance system during their campaigns. It would change the earliest possible date for disbursement from following the finalization of the candidates who qualify for the ballot to shortly after the deadline for certification for participation in the public matching program.Approved by CommitteePass Action details Not available
Int 0987-2015 *Ben Kallos Proposed Int. No. 987-AIncreasing the minimum amount of money raised to participate in the first official campaign finance board debate for local offices.IntroductionThis bill would modify the standard for contributions raised and spent by candidates who participate in the City’s public funding matching program in order to be eligible to participate in the first official debate for the office they seek. It would change the formula for eligibility from having raised 20% of the threshold for public funding for the office they seek to having raised and spent 2.5% of the expenditure limit for such office. The effect of this would be to increase the minimum funds raised to between 300% and 400% of the previous minimums.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0987-2015 *Ben Kallos  Increasing the minimum amount of money raised to participate in the first official campaign finance board debate for local offices.IntroductionThis bill would modify the standard for contributions raised and spent by candidates who participate in the City’s public funding matching program in order to be eligible to participate in the first official debate for the office they seek. It would change the formula for eligibility from having raised 20% of the threshold for public funding for the office they seek to having raised and spent 2.5% of the expenditure limit for such office. The effect of this would be to increase the minimum funds raised to between 300% and 400% of the previous minimums.Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Not available
Int 0987-2015 *Ben Kallos  Increasing the minimum amount of money raised to participate in the first official campaign finance board debate for local offices.IntroductionThis bill would modify the standard for contributions raised and spent by candidates who participate in the City’s public funding matching program in order to be eligible to participate in the first official debate for the office they seek. It would change the formula for eligibility from having raised 20% of the threshold for public funding for the office they seek to having raised and spent 2.5% of the expenditure limit for such office. The effect of this would be to increase the minimum funds raised to between 300% and 400% of the previous minimums.Amended by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0987-2015 ABen Kallos  Increasing the minimum amount of money raised to participate in the first official campaign finance board debate for local offices.IntroductionThis bill would modify the standard for contributions raised and spent by candidates who participate in the City’s public funding matching program in order to be eligible to participate in the first official debate for the office they seek. It would change the formula for eligibility from having raised 20% of the threshold for public funding for the office they seek to having raised and spent 2.5% of the expenditure limit for such office. The effect of this would be to increase the minimum funds raised to between 300% and 400% of the previous minimums.Approved by CommitteePass Action details Not available
Int 0988-2015 *Ben Kallos Proposed Int. No. 988-AAllowing for flexibility with respect to the voter guide.IntroductionThis bill would allow voters to opt-out of receiving a printed copy of the Campaign Finance Board’s Voter Guide, which is currently prepared and mailed to every household with a registered voter prior to local elections. It would also require the Campaign Finance Board to produce a Voter Guide, though not necessarily in a printed format, for state and federal election races.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0988-2015 *Ben Kallos  Allowing for flexibility with respect to the voter guide.IntroductionThis bill would allow voters to opt-out of receiving a printed copy of the Campaign Finance Board’s Voter Guide, which is currently prepared and mailed to every household with a registered voter prior to local elections. It would also require the Campaign Finance Board to produce a Voter Guide, though not necessarily in a printed format, for state and federal election races.Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Not available
Int 0988-2015 *Ben Kallos  Allowing for flexibility with respect to the voter guide.IntroductionThis bill would allow voters to opt-out of receiving a printed copy of the Campaign Finance Board’s Voter Guide, which is currently prepared and mailed to every household with a registered voter prior to local elections. It would also require the Campaign Finance Board to produce a Voter Guide, though not necessarily in a printed format, for state and federal election races.Amended by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0988-2015 ABen Kallos  Allowing for flexibility with respect to the voter guide.IntroductionThis bill would allow voters to opt-out of receiving a printed copy of the Campaign Finance Board’s Voter Guide, which is currently prepared and mailed to every household with a registered voter prior to local elections. It would also require the Campaign Finance Board to produce a Voter Guide, though not necessarily in a printed format, for state and federal election races.Approved by CommitteePass Action details Not available
Int 0990-2015 *Andy L. King Proposed Int. No. 990-AProhibiting contributions from non-registered political committees to candidates who are not participating in the city’s public matching program.IntroductionUnder current law, candidates for local office who choose to participate in the City’s public funds program may receive contributions from a political committee only if such committee has registered with the Campaign Finance Board, but candidates who choose not to participate in the matching program may accept contributions from political committees regardless of whether they are registered with the Campaign Finance Board. This bill would extend the prohibition on the acceptance of contributions from non-registered political committees to non-participating candidates.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0990-2015 *Andy L. King  Prohibiting contributions from non-registered political committees to candidates who are not participating in the city’s public matching program.IntroductionUnder current law, candidates for local office who choose to participate in the City’s public funds program may receive contributions from a political committee only if such committee has registered with the Campaign Finance Board, but candidates who choose not to participate in the matching program may accept contributions from political committees regardless of whether they are registered with the Campaign Finance Board. This bill would extend the prohibition on the acceptance of contributions from non-registered political committees to non-participating candidates.Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Not available
Int 0990-2015 *Andy L. King  Prohibiting contributions from non-registered political committees to candidates who are not participating in the city’s public matching program.IntroductionUnder current law, candidates for local office who choose to participate in the City’s public funds program may receive contributions from a political committee only if such committee has registered with the Campaign Finance Board, but candidates who choose not to participate in the matching program may accept contributions from political committees regardless of whether they are registered with the Campaign Finance Board. This bill would extend the prohibition on the acceptance of contributions from non-registered political committees to non-participating candidates.Amended by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0990-2015 AAndy L. King  Prohibiting contributions from non-registered political committees to candidates who are not participating in the city’s public matching program.IntroductionUnder current law, candidates for local office who choose to participate in the City’s public funds program may receive contributions from a political committee only if such committee has registered with the Campaign Finance Board, but candidates who choose not to participate in the matching program may accept contributions from political committees regardless of whether they are registered with the Campaign Finance Board. This bill would extend the prohibition on the acceptance of contributions from non-registered political committees to non-participating candidates.Approved by CommitteePass Action details Not available
Int 1001-2015 *Jumaane D. Williams Proposed Int. No. 1001-ARequiring disclosure of entities that own entities that do business with the city.IntroductionThis bill would add the names of entities with a ten percent or greater ownership stake in entities that conduct business with the City to the “doing business database” maintained by the City. Individuals with a ten percent or greater stake in entities that conduct business with the City are already included in the database.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1001-2015 *Jumaane D. Williams  Requiring disclosure of entities that own entities that do business with the city.IntroductionThis bill would add the names of entities with a ten percent or greater ownership stake in entities that conduct business with the City to the “doing business database” maintained by the City. Individuals with a ten percent or greater stake in entities that conduct business with the City are already included in the database.Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Not available
Int 1001-2015 *Jumaane D. Williams  Requiring disclosure of entities that own entities that do business with the city.IntroductionThis bill would add the names of entities with a ten percent or greater ownership stake in entities that conduct business with the City to the “doing business database” maintained by the City. Individuals with a ten percent or greater stake in entities that conduct business with the City are already included in the database.Amended by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1001-2015 AJumaane D. Williams  Requiring disclosure of entities that own entities that do business with the city.IntroductionThis bill would add the names of entities with a ten percent or greater ownership stake in entities that conduct business with the City to the “doing business database” maintained by the City. Individuals with a ten percent or greater stake in entities that conduct business with the City are already included in the database.Approved by CommitteePass Action details Not available
Int 1002-2015 *Jumaane D. Williams Proposed Int. No. 1002-ARequiring the conflicts of interest board to maintain records of compliance with the conflicts of interest law for participants in the city’s public matching program.IntroductionThis bill would require the Conflicts of Interest Board to maintain records of compliance with the annual conflicts of interest law for candidates who participate in the City’s public matching campaign finance program. Such records would be provided to the Campaign Finance Board upon request. This system would replace the current system, in which candidates are required to obtain a receipt of compliance from the Conflicts of Interest Board, and to provide such receipt to the Campaign Finance Board.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1002-2015 *Jumaane D. Williams  Requiring the conflicts of interest board to maintain records of compliance with the conflicts of interest law for participants in the city’s public matching program.IntroductionThis bill would require the Conflicts of Interest Board to maintain records of compliance with the annual conflicts of interest law for candidates who participate in the City’s public matching campaign finance program. Such records would be provided to the Campaign Finance Board upon request. This system would replace the current system, in which candidates are required to obtain a receipt of compliance from the Conflicts of Interest Board, and to provide such receipt to the Campaign Finance Board.Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Not available
Int 1002-2015 *Jumaane D. Williams  Requiring the conflicts of interest board to maintain records of compliance with the conflicts of interest law for participants in the city’s public matching program.IntroductionThis bill would require the Conflicts of Interest Board to maintain records of compliance with the annual conflicts of interest law for candidates who participate in the City’s public matching campaign finance program. Such records would be provided to the Campaign Finance Board upon request. This system would replace the current system, in which candidates are required to obtain a receipt of compliance from the Conflicts of Interest Board, and to provide such receipt to the Campaign Finance Board.Amended by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1002-2015 AJumaane D. Williams  Requiring the conflicts of interest board to maintain records of compliance with the conflicts of interest law for participants in the city’s public matching program.IntroductionThis bill would require the Conflicts of Interest Board to maintain records of compliance with the annual conflicts of interest law for candidates who participate in the City’s public matching campaign finance program. Such records would be provided to the Campaign Finance Board upon request. This system would replace the current system, in which candidates are required to obtain a receipt of compliance from the Conflicts of Interest Board, and to provide such receipt to the Campaign Finance Board.Approved by CommitteePass Action details Not available
Int 1200-2016 *Donovan J. Richards  Proof of service of certain required mailings for applications to the board of standards and appeals.IntroductionThis bill would require that certain copies of an application or application material, that are required to be mailed to a Council Member, Borough President, Community Board or City Agency, are sent by applicants by a method that provides proof of service and for such proof to be provided to the Board of Standards and Appeals. The Board would note on its website when such proof of service of delivery has been received and verified.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1200-2016 *Donovan J. Richards  Proof of service of certain required mailings for applications to the board of standards and appeals.IntroductionThis bill would require that certain copies of an application or application material, that are required to be mailed to a Council Member, Borough President, Community Board or City Agency, are sent by applicants by a method that provides proof of service and for such proof to be provided to the Board of Standards and Appeals. The Board would note on its website when such proof of service of delivery has been received and verified.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1390-2016 *Ben Kallos  A board of standards and appeals coordinator within the department of city planning.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of City Planning to publicly post the name and contact information of the employee acting as a coordinator with the Board of Standards and Appeals. The Department would also post a record of each application for a variance or a special permit to the Board of Standards and Appeals for which the Department provided testimony, as well as a copy of such testimony. The Board of Standards and Appeal website would link to such testimony.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1390-2016 *Ben Kallos  A board of standards and appeals coordinator within the department of city planning.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of City Planning to publicly post the name and contact information of the employee acting as a coordinator with the Board of Standards and Appeals. The Department would also post a record of each application for a variance or a special permit to the Board of Standards and Appeals for which the Department provided testimony, as well as a copy of such testimony. The Board of Standards and Appeal website would link to such testimony.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1391-2016 *Ben Kallos  Qualifications of staff members of the board of standards and appeals.IntroductionThis bill would require that the Board of Standards and Appeals have access to the advice of a State certified general real estate appraiser with no less than five years’ experience in analyzing and auditing real estate investments.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1391-2016 *Ben Kallos  Qualifications of staff members of the board of standards and appeals.IntroductionThis bill would require that the Board of Standards and Appeals have access to the advice of a State certified general real estate appraiser with no less than five years’ experience in analyzing and auditing real estate investments.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1392-2016 *Ben Kallos  Applications for variances and special permits before the board of standards and appeals.IntroductionThis bill would require certain standards for applications, and the application process, for variances and special permits before the Board of Standards and Appeals. Additional minimum standards for application materials would be set by rule by the Board. The bill would also establish a civil penalty for knowingly making or allowing to be made false statements to the Board of Standards and Appeals. The civil penalty would be enforced by the Corporation Counsel or an agency designated by the Mayor.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1392-2016 *Ben Kallos  Applications for variances and special permits before the board of standards and appeals.IntroductionThis bill would require certain standards for applications, and the application process, for variances and special permits before the Board of Standards and Appeals. Additional minimum standards for application materials would be set by rule by the Board. The bill would also establish a civil penalty for knowingly making or allowing to be made false statements to the Board of Standards and Appeals. The civil penalty would be enforced by the Corporation Counsel or an agency designated by the Mayor.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1393-2016 *Ben Kallos  Requiring the board of standards and appeals to report on variances and special permits.IntroductionThis bill would require the Board of Standards and Appeals to report information about applications for variances and special permits, and appeals of decisions regarding variances and special permits, to the Council twice per year.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1393-2016 *Ben Kallos  Requiring the board of standards and appeals to report on variances and special permits.IntroductionThis bill would require the Board of Standards and Appeals to report information about applications for variances and special permits, and appeals of decisions regarding variances and special permits, to the Council twice per year.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1394-2016 *Ben Kallos  Adding zoning variance and special permit information on a map on a city website.IntroductionThis bill would require the Board of Standards and Appeals to compile data on the location of all variances and special permit applications filed since January 1, 1998 into a data set. Such data set would then be required to be included as a filter on an interactive City map.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1394-2016 *Ben Kallos  Adding zoning variance and special permit information on a map on a city website.IntroductionThis bill would require the Board of Standards and Appeals to compile data on the location of all variances and special permit applications filed since January 1, 1998 into a data set. Such data set would then be required to be included as a filter on an interactive City map.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available