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Meeting Name: Committee on Consumer Affairs (inactive) Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 10/26/2016 10:00 AM Minutes status: Final  
Meeting location: Council Chambers - City Hall
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Int 0072-2014 *Corey D. Johnson  Reporting and posting online information pertaining to mobile food vendors.IntroductionThis bill would require DOHMH to post on its website information pertaining to the number of mobile food vending permits issued for a pushcart or vehicle for city-side vending, borough-specific vending and city-wide vending specifically reserved for disabled veterans, disabled persons and veterans. Such lists would be updated at least monthly.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0072-2014 *Corey D. Johnson  Reporting and posting online information pertaining to mobile food vendors.IntroductionThis bill would require DOHMH to post on its website information pertaining to the number of mobile food vending permits issued for a pushcart or vehicle for city-side vending, borough-specific vending and city-wide vending specifically reserved for disabled veterans, disabled persons and veterans. Such lists would be updated at least monthly.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0078-2014 *Karen Koslowitz Proposed Int. No. 78-ARequiring food vendors to post prices.IntroductionThis bill would require mobile food vendors to post the total selling price of every item offered for sale, either in print or digital format, and would prohibit the vendor from charging more than the amount displayed.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0078-2014 *Karen Koslowitz  Requiring food vendors to post prices.IntroductionThis bill would require mobile food vendors to post the total selling price of every item offered for sale, either in print or digital format, and would prohibit the vendor from charging more than the amount displayed.Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Not available
Int 0078-2014 *Karen Koslowitz  Requiring food vendors to post prices.IntroductionThis bill would require mobile food vendors to post the total selling price of every item offered for sale, either in print or digital format, and would prohibit the vendor from charging more than the amount displayed.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0432-2014 *Margaret S. Chin  Allowing ill or incapacitated street vendors to transfer their license to a family memberIntroductionUnder current law, a mobile food vending permit may, at the discretion of DOHMH, be transferred to a dependent spouse, domestic partner or child and general vending licenses may not ever be transferred. This bill would provide that both mobile food vendor permits and general vendor licenses shall, as of right, be transferrable to a dependent spouse, domestic partner or child upon the death or incapacitation of the permit or license holder.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0432-2014 *Margaret S. Chin  Allowing ill or incapacitated street vendors to transfer their license to a family memberIntroductionUnder current law, a mobile food vending permit may, at the discretion of DOHMH, be transferred to a dependent spouse, domestic partner or child and general vending licenses may not ever be transferred. This bill would provide that both mobile food vendor permits and general vendor licenses shall, as of right, be transferrable to a dependent spouse, domestic partner or child upon the death or incapacitation of the permit or license holder.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1017-2015 *Brad S. Lander Proposed Int. No. 1017-CEstablishing protections for freelance workers.IntroductionThis bill would establish and enhance protections for freelance workers. Specifically: the right to written contract, the right to be paid timely and in full and the right to be free of retaliation. The bill would create penalties for violations of these rights, including statutory damages, double damages, injunctive relief and attorney’s fees. Individual cause of action would be adjudicated in state court. Where there is evidence of a pattern or practice of violations, the Corporation Counsel may bring civil action to recover, on behalf of the City, civil penalty of not more than $25,000. This bill would also require the Office of Labor Standards (OLS) to receive complaints, create a navigation program, and to gather data and report on the effectiveness of the law.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1017-2015 *Brad S. Lander  Establishing protections for freelance workers.IntroductionThis bill would establish and enhance protections for freelance workers. Specifically: the right to written contract, the right to be paid timely and in full and the right to be free of retaliation. The bill would create penalties for violations of these rights, including statutory damages, double damages, injunctive relief and attorney’s fees. Individual cause of action would be adjudicated in state court. Where there is evidence of a pattern or practice of violations, the Corporation Counsel may bring civil action to recover, on behalf of the City, civil penalty of not more than $25,000. This bill would also require the Office of Labor Standards (OLS) to receive complaints, create a navigation program, and to gather data and report on the effectiveness of the law.Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Not available
Int 1017-2015 *Brad S. Lander  Establishing protections for freelance workers.IntroductionThis bill would establish and enhance protections for freelance workers. Specifically: the right to written contract, the right to be paid timely and in full and the right to be free of retaliation. The bill would create penalties for violations of these rights, including statutory damages, double damages, injunctive relief and attorney’s fees. Individual cause of action would be adjudicated in state court. Where there is evidence of a pattern or practice of violations, the Corporation Counsel may bring civil action to recover, on behalf of the City, civil penalty of not more than $25,000. This bill would also require the Office of Labor Standards (OLS) to receive complaints, create a navigation program, and to gather data and report on the effectiveness of the law.Amended by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1017-2015 CBrad S. Lander  Establishing protections for freelance workers.IntroductionThis bill would establish and enhance protections for freelance workers. Specifically: the right to written contract, the right to be paid timely and in full and the right to be free of retaliation. The bill would create penalties for violations of these rights, including statutory damages, double damages, injunctive relief and attorney’s fees. Individual cause of action would be adjudicated in state court. Where there is evidence of a pattern or practice of violations, the Corporation Counsel may bring civil action to recover, on behalf of the City, civil penalty of not more than $25,000. This bill would also require the Office of Labor Standards (OLS) to receive complaints, create a navigation program, and to gather data and report on the effectiveness of the law.Approved by CommitteePass Action details Not available
Int 1061-2016 *Margaret S. Chin  Sale of plants and flowers during the Asian Lunar New Year.IntroductionThis bill would grant an exemption to the current laws that require street vendors to secure a license before vending goods and services on the streets of New York. This bill would allow individuals to sell plants and flowers on the day of the Asian Lunar New Year and during the seven days prior.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1061-2016 *Margaret S. Chin  Sale of plants and flowers during the Asian Lunar New Year.IntroductionThis bill would grant an exemption to the current laws that require street vendors to secure a license before vending goods and services on the streets of New York. This bill would allow individuals to sell plants and flowers on the day of the Asian Lunar New Year and during the seven days prior.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1299-2016 *Rafael L. Espinal, Jr.  Certificate of authority to collect state sales tax as required for mobile food vendorsIntroductionThis bill would provide that only applications for a mobile food vendor permit require the production of a certificate of authorization to collect state sales taxes.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1299-2016 *Rafael L. Espinal, Jr.  Certificate of authority to collect state sales tax as required for mobile food vendorsIntroductionThis bill would provide that only applications for a mobile food vendor permit require the production of a certificate of authorization to collect state sales taxes.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1303-2016 *Melissa Mark-Viverito  Expanding the availability of food vendor permits, creating an office of street vendor enforcement, and establishing a street vendor advisory boardIntroductionThis bill would gradually expand the number of permits to vend food on the streets and sidewalks of New York City. Three hundred new permits, now referred to as supervisory licenses, would be issued each year beginning in 2019 until 2028. Thirty additional supervisory licenses would be issued each year over the same period to veterans, amounting to 10% of the total number. In 2021, the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene would evaluate the impact of the 990 supervisory licenses issued by that time and whether the continued issuance of such licenses are in the best interest of the city. Depending on the findings of the study, the Commissioner has the discretion to discontinue or reduce the number of supervisory licenses issued in subsequent years. To address the illegal transfer of permits, the new supervisory licenses requires at least one supervisory licensee to be present at a pushcart at all times. This new requirement will not be applied to existing permits. The bill will also increase the fees for all permits and supervisory licenses. Importantly, the bill creates a new dedicated vending law enforcement unit, which would exclusively enforce vending laws. It would focus first on those areas of the City with known vending enforcement challenges, and move to all areas as compliance improves. It would also create a street vendor advisory board, which will include vendors, brick and mortar small businesses, representatives from community groups, labor unions, property owners, and city agencies, to examine the rules for duplicative, unclear, or unnecessary provisions.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1303-2016 *Melissa Mark-Viverito  Expanding the availability of food vendor permits, creating an office of street vendor enforcement, and establishing a street vendor advisory boardIntroductionThis bill would gradually expand the number of permits to vend food on the streets and sidewalks of New York City. Three hundred new permits, now referred to as supervisory licenses, would be issued each year beginning in 2019 until 2028. Thirty additional supervisory licenses would be issued each year over the same period to veterans, amounting to 10% of the total number. In 2021, the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene would evaluate the impact of the 990 supervisory licenses issued by that time and whether the continued issuance of such licenses are in the best interest of the city. Depending on the findings of the study, the Commissioner has the discretion to discontinue or reduce the number of supervisory licenses issued in subsequent years. To address the illegal transfer of permits, the new supervisory licenses requires at least one supervisory licensee to be present at a pushcart at all times. This new requirement will not be applied to existing permits. The bill will also increase the fees for all permits and supervisory licenses. Importantly, the bill creates a new dedicated vending law enforcement unit, which would exclusively enforce vending laws. It would focus first on those areas of the City with known vending enforcement challenges, and move to all areas as compliance improves. It would also create a street vendor advisory board, which will include vendors, brick and mortar small businesses, representatives from community groups, labor unions, property owners, and city agencies, to examine the rules for duplicative, unclear, or unnecessary provisions.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1334-2016 *Ydanis A. Rodriguez PreconsideredPermitting street vendors to vend within three feet from the curb.IntroductionThis bill allows vendors to place their pushcarts two feet from the curb. Currently, the law requires pushcarts to abut the curb, endangering the safety of vendors who must exit their carts onto the street, and potentially, into oncoming traffic.Hearing on P-C Item by Comm  Action details Not available
Int 1334-2016 *Ydanis A. Rodriguez  Permitting street vendors to vend within three feet from the curb.IntroductionThis bill allows vendors to place their pushcarts two feet from the curb. Currently, the law requires pushcarts to abut the curb, endangering the safety of vendors who must exit their carts onto the street, and potentially, into oncoming traffic.P-C Item Laid Over by Comm  Action details Not available
Int 1335-2016 *Ydanis A. Rodriguez PreconsideredPermitting street vendors to vend 25 feet from a bus stop or taxi stand.IntroductionThis bill would clarify that street vendors must keep 25 feet from any sign identifying a bus stop or taxi stand, in the direction of the bus stop or taxi stand.Hearing on P-C Item by Comm  Action details Not available
Int 1335-2016 *Ydanis A. Rodriguez  Permitting street vendors to vend 25 feet from a bus stop or taxi stand.IntroductionThis bill would clarify that street vendors must keep 25 feet from any sign identifying a bus stop or taxi stand, in the direction of the bus stop or taxi stand.P-C Item Laid Over by Comm  Action details Not available
Int 1336-2016 *Ydanis A. Rodriguez PreconsideredPermitting food vendors to place items on their vending vehicle or pushcart.IntroductionThis bill would allow food vendors to place items on their vehicle or pushcart.Hearing on P-C Item by Comm  Action details Not available
Int 1336-2016 *Ydanis A. Rodriguez  Permitting food vendors to place items on their vending vehicle or pushcart.IntroductionThis bill would allow food vendors to place items on their vehicle or pushcart.P-C Item Laid Over by Comm  Action details Not available