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Meeting date/time: 6/18/2020 1:30 PM Minutes status: Final  
Meeting location: - REMOTE HEARING (VIRTUAL ROOM 1) -
Continuation of the Recessed Meeting of May 28, 2020 HELD on June 18, 2020
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     Continuation of the Recessed Meeting of May 28, 2020 HELD on June 18, 2020      Not available
    1.The Public Advocate will call the meeting to order.      Not available
    2.ROLL CALL      Not available
    3.The Clerk will announce the presence of a quorum.      Not available
    4.The Public Advocate will adjourn the recessed meeting.      Not available
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     STATED MEETING OF JUNE 18, 2020      Not available
    1.ROLL CALL      Roll call Not available
    2.INVOCATION - Delivered by: Rev. Yunus Coldman who serves as a spiritual leader at Rivers of Living Water Ministries, UCC, located at 263 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024. Motion to spread the Invocation in full upon the record by Council Member Rosenthal.      Not available
    3.ADOPTION OF MINUTES - None      Not available
    4.MESSAGES & PAPERS FROM THE MAYOR - None      Not available
    5.COMMUNICATIONS FROM CITY, COUNTY & BOROUGH OFFICES      Not available
M 0242-2020 *  FinanceNYC Banking Commission - Transmitting recommendations of the interest rate to be charged for FY'21.Communication Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
    6.PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS - None      Not available
    7.LAND USE CALL-UPS - None      Not available
    8.COMMUNICATION FROM THE SPEAKER      Not available
    9.DISCUSSION OF GENERAL ORDERS      Not available
    10.REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES - None      Not available
    11.REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES      Not available
     REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY      Not available
Int 0487-2018 AVanessa L. Gibson Amended and Coupled on GOCreating comprehensive reporting and oversight of NYPD surveillance technologies.IntroductionThis bill requires the reporting and evaluation of surveillance technologies used by the NYPD. The Department will be required to issue a surveillance impact and use policy about these technologies. The policy would include information on surveillance technologies such as the description and capabilities, rules, processes and guidelines, and any safeguards and security measures designed to protect the information collected. Upon publication of the draft surveillance impact and use policy, the public shall have a period of time to submit comments. The commissioner of the department shall consider the comments and provide the final version of the surveillance impact and use policy to the Council, the Mayor and post to the Department’s website. The inspector general for the NYPD shall audit the surveillance impact and use policy to ensure compliance with its terms.Approved by CouncilPass Action details Not available
Int 0536-2018 BRory I. Lancman Amended and Coupled on GOChokeholds and other such restraints.IntroductionThis bill establishes a misdemeanor for restraining an individual in a manner that restricts the flow of air or blood by compressing the windpipe or the carotid arteries on each side of the neck, or sitting, kneeling, or standing on the chest or back in a manner that compresses the diaphragm, in the course of effecting or attempting to effect an arrest.Approved by CouncilPass Action details Not available
Int 0721-2018 BPublic Advocate Jumaane Williams Amended and Coupled on GORight to record police activities.IntroductionThis bill would codify a person’s right to record New York City police officers or peace officer acting in their official capacity, with limited exceptions. The bill also allows any individual whose rights are violated to sue the City in state court, and requires reporting related to filming police activities.Approved by CouncilPass Action details Not available
Int 0760-2018 BVanessa L. Gibson Amended and Coupled on GOEarly intervention system.IntroductionThe bill would require the department to maintain a centralized system that is used to record, track, review, and evaluate officer activity and to identify officers who may be in need of enhanced training, monitoring, or reassignment.Approved by CouncilPass Action details Not available
Int 1309-2018 BDonovan J. Richards Amended and Coupled on GORequiring the police dept to develop an internal disciplinary matrix.IntroductionThis bill would require the New York Police Department (NYPD) to develop and post on its website an internal disciplinary matrix that would set forth a schedule of violations and penalties to be imposed in response to violations of NYPD rules of conduct by members of service. The NYPD would also be required to report the number and percentage of times the Commissioner deviates from the matrix.Approved by CouncilPass Action details Not available
Int 1962-2020 AAlicka Ampry-Samuel  Preconsidered - Amended and Coupled on GORequiring visible shield numbers and rank designations.IntroductionThe bill would require the shield number or rank designation of an uniformed officer to be visible. A private right of action would exist where an individual demonstrates that they requested that an officer make their shield number or rank designation visible and such officer did not comply.Approved by CouncilPass Action details Not available
     REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION      Not available
Int 1354-2019 ARobert F. Holden Amended and Coupled on GORequiring certain spillage prevention equipment on concrete mixer trucks.IntroductionThis bill would require all concrete mixing trucks operating in New York City to be equipped with chute shutters or similar devices to prevent the spillage of concrete and materials used to mix concrete by no later than June 30, 2021.Approved by CouncilPass Action details Not available
    12.GENERAL ORDERS CALENDAR      Not available
     COUPLED ON GENERAL ORDER CALENDAR      Not available
    ~coupledPUBLIC SAFETY      Not available
Int 0487-2018 AVanessa L. Gibson~coupledA and GOCreating comprehensive reporting and oversight of NYPD surveillance technologies.IntroductionThis bill requires the reporting and evaluation of surveillance technologies used by the NYPD. The Department will be required to issue a surveillance impact and use policy about these technologies. The policy would include information on surveillance technologies such as the description and capabilities, rules, processes and guidelines, and any safeguards and security measures designed to protect the information collected. Upon publication of the draft surveillance impact and use policy, the public shall have a period of time to submit comments. The commissioner of the department shall consider the comments and provide the final version of the surveillance impact and use policy to the Council, the Mayor and post to the Department’s website. The inspector general for the NYPD shall audit the surveillance impact and use policy to ensure compliance with its terms.   Action details Not available
Int 0536-2018 BRory I. Lancman~coupledA and GOChokeholds and other such restraints.IntroductionThis bill establishes a misdemeanor for restraining an individual in a manner that restricts the flow of air or blood by compressing the windpipe or the carotid arteries on each side of the neck, or sitting, kneeling, or standing on the chest or back in a manner that compresses the diaphragm, in the course of effecting or attempting to effect an arrest.   Action details Not available
Int 0721-2018 BPublic Advocate Jumaane Williams~coupledA and GORight to record police activities.IntroductionThis bill would codify a person’s right to record New York City police officers or peace officer acting in their official capacity, with limited exceptions. The bill also allows any individual whose rights are violated to sue the City in state court, and requires reporting related to filming police activities.   Action details Not available
Int 0760-2018 BVanessa L. Gibson~coupledA and GOEarly intervention system.IntroductionThe bill would require the department to maintain a centralized system that is used to record, track, review, and evaluate officer activity and to identify officers who may be in need of enhanced training, monitoring, or reassignment.   Action details Not available
Int 1309-2018 BDonovan J. Richards~coupledA and GORequiring the police dept to develop an internal disciplinary matrix.IntroductionThis bill would require the New York Police Department (NYPD) to develop and post on its website an internal disciplinary matrix that would set forth a schedule of violations and penalties to be imposed in response to violations of NYPD rules of conduct by members of service. The NYPD would also be required to report the number and percentage of times the Commissioner deviates from the matrix.   Action details Not available
Int 1962-2020 AAlicka Ampry-Samuel ~coupledPreconsidered - A and GORequiring visible shield numbers and rank designations.IntroductionThe bill would require the shield number or rank designation of an uniformed officer to be visible. A private right of action would exist where an individual demonstrates that they requested that an officer make their shield number or rank designation visible and such officer did not comply.   Action details Not available
    ~coupledTRANSPORTATION      Not available
Int 1354-2019 ARobert F. Holden~coupledA and GORequiring certain spillage prevention equipment on concrete mixer trucks.IntroductionThis bill would require all concrete mixing trucks operating in New York City to be equipped with chute shutters or similar devices to prevent the spillage of concrete and materials used to mix concrete by no later than June 30, 2021.   Action details Not available
    ~coupledGENERAL ORDER CALENDAR      Not available
    13.INTRODUCTION & READING OF BILLS (SEE BELOW)      Not available
    14.DISCUSSION OF RESOLUTIONS      Not available
    15.RESOLUTIONS      Not available
Res 1343-2020 *Carlina Rivera  Preconsidered - Adopted by the Committee on Public SafetyEric Garner Excessive Use of Force Prevention Act of 2019 (H.R. 4408)Resolution Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Not available
    16.GENERAL DISCUSSION      Not available
    17.EXTENSION OF REMARKS      Not available
     INTRODUCTION AND READING OF BILLS      Not available
Int 1962-2020 AAlicka Ampry-Samuel ~SPONSORPreconsidered - Public SafetyRequiring visible shield numbers and rank designations.IntroductionThe bill would require the shield number or rank designation of an uniformed officer to be visible. A private right of action would exist where an individual demonstrates that they requested that an officer make their shield number or rank designation visible and such officer did not comply.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 1963-2020 *Fernando Cabrera ~SPONSORCriminal JusticeEntrepreneurship training for formerly incarcerated persons.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) to create a program that provides entrepreneurship services for persons who were formerly incarcerated. The program would be required to contain trainings and individualized mentoring sessions that instruct on: drafting a business plan, conducting market research, identifying sources of capital, registering a business, applying for licenses and permits, and hiring and managing employees. SBS would be required to report to the Mayor and the Speaker of the Council each year on the number of individuals served through the program and the number who have started their own businesses.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Res 1334-2020 *Fernando Cabrera ~SPONSORPublic SafetyCongress to provide national funding for the Cure Violence program.Resolution Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 1964-2020 *Margaret S. Chin~SPONSORPreconsidered - FinanceAuthorize adoption by resolution of an interest rate for nonpayment of taxes on real property with an assessed value over two hundred fifty thousand dollars in FY'21 for certain property owners adversely affected by COVID-19.IntroductionThis bill would authorize the City Council to pass a resolution adopting a 7.5 percent interest rate on the late payment of fiscal year 2021 property taxes due on July 1, 2020 for the period between July 1, 2020 and October 15, 2020 for certain real property owners. To be eligible, property owners would be required to demonstrate to the Department of Finance (DOF) by no later than September 30, 2020 that such property owner has been adversely affected by COVID-19 and either: (a) owns class 4 real property with an assessed value of more than $250,000 and less than $750,000; or (b) owns real property with an assessed value over $250,000 where at least 50 percent of the property is used for residential rental dwellings and contains no more than 30 rental dwelling units, of which at least 50 percent are rent regulated accommodations. For the first category, adversely affected by COVID-19 means the income of the property owner declined between March 7, 2020 and June 30, 2020, by at least 50 percent as compared to the corresponding period in the previous calendar year, and for the second category that the income of the property owner declined between March 7, 2020 and June 30, 2020, by at least 25 percent as compared to the corresponding period in the previous calendar year. Additionally, DOF would be required to report to the Speaker of the Council no later than November 1, 2020 the number of properties for which the 7.5 percent interest rate was imposed pursuant to the provisions of this local law and the aggregate value of the real property tax liability of those properties.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 1965-2020 *Costa G. Constantinides~SPONSORFire and Emergency ManagementRequiring the emergency management department to report on its response to COVID-19 and the expiration and repeal thereof.IntroductionThis bill would require the Emergency Management Department (NYCEM) to report on its response to COVID-19, initially and after any sustained increase over a period of two weeks in the number of COVID-19 cases in the City. The reports would include the efforts that NYCEM took and the planned efforts that NYCEM will take to respond to COVID-19. NYCEM would provide this information to the Mayor and the Speaker of the Council and post it online on its website.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 1966-2020 *Costa G. Constantinides~SPONSOREnvironmental ProtectionCreating a pilot program to test sewage for COVID-19 RNA.IntroductionThis bill would require the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, in consultation with the Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene to create a pilot program to test the city’s wastewater treatment plants for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the strain of coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and submit a report with the results of the program.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 1967-2020 *Laurie A. Cumbo~SPONSORCultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup RelationsReport regarding post-COVID-19 reopening plans for art and cultural institutions in NYC.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) to create a report related to New York City-based art and cultural institutions’ plans for reopening, post-COVID-19 closures. The report would be submitted to Mayor, the Speaker of the Council and posted online no later than 60 days after the effective date of this local law, and consider information related to: (1) steps institutions are taking to prepare for reopening; (2) how federal, state, and city safety guidelines related to COVID-19 should be incorporated into reopening plans; (3) strategies for the continuation of digital platforms and remote programming developed during COVID-19 closures; and (4) any other considerations deemed by DCLA to be relevant to reopening plans for cultural institutions. The bill would also require the DCLA Commissioner to include a recommendation to the Mayor and the Speaker of the Council about whether continued reporting on the topic is necessary and appropriate.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 1968-2020 *Mathieu Eugene~SPONSORMental Health, Disabilities and AddictionProviding mental health counseling to healthcare professionals who provided healthcare services during the COVID-19 pandemic, and providing for the expiration and repeal of such requirement.IntroductionThis bill would require the Mayor to establish a program for the purpose of promoting access to mental health counseling among healthcare professionals who may be dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder or other negative mental health effects of providing healthcare services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Such program would provide mental health counseling to such professionals or reimburse such professionals for the costs of such counseling.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 1969-2020 *Mark Gjonaj ~SPONSORCivil Service and LaborSuspending the schedule change premium when a state of emergency modifies fast food restaurant operations.IntroductionThis bill would establish a new exception to the schedule change premium imposed by Local Law 107 of 2017 when a declared state of emergency requires the employer to substantially modify its operations.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Res 1335-2020 *Mark Gjonaj ~SPONSORSmall BusinessRequiring certain perils be covered under business interruption insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic. (A.10226-B/S.8211-A)Resolution Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 1970-2020 *Robert F. Holden~SPONSORHealthRequiring the department of health and mental hygiene to report on the number of cases of communicable disease during a state of emergency.IntroductionThe proposed legislation would require the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (“DOHMH”) to report information regarding the number of cases of a communicable disease during a local state of emergency or public health emergency related to an outbreak of such communicable disease. Specifically, DOHMH would be required to publish on its website and regularly update: (1) the total number of diagnosed cases of such communicable disease, disaggregated by borough and zip code of residence; and (2) the total number of diagnostic tests performed for such communicable disease, disaggregated by borough and zip code of residence. Such information would not be reported if the DOHMH Commissioner determines that reporting would compromise the privacy of personally identifiable information or interfere with DOHMH’s ability to address the emergency. The DOHMH Commissioner would be required to notify the Mayor and the Speaker of the Council within 24 hours of making such a determination.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Res 1336-2020 *Robert F. Holden~SPONSOREducationCreates statewide guidelines on closing schools during a biological crisis.Resolution Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 1971-2020 *Carlos Menchaca~SPONSORConsumer Affairs and Business LicensingRequiring the dept of consumer affairs to study access to financial services.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Consumer Affairs to study access to banking and financial services throughout the City. This bill would require the study to focus on issues that banks face to open in unbanked and underbanked areas, and barriers that individuals, particularly low-income individuals and immigrants, face in accessing banking and other financial services. The bill would also require a report on the findings of the study to be submitted to the Mayor and the Speaker of the Council no later than one year after the effective date of the local law.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 1972-2020 *Carlos Menchaca~SPONSORHousing and BuildingsSuspending demolition permits for properties under consideration for landmark or historic district designation.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Buildings to immediately suspend a permit for a full demolition or partial demolition when the property has been calendared by the Landmarks Preservation Commission for consideration of designation as a landmark site, interior landmark or as part of a historic district.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 1973-2020 *Carlos Menchaca~SPONSORTransportationRequiring the dept of transportation to conduct an annual study on bicycle activity.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Transportation to conduct and submit to the Mayor and the Speaker of the Council and post on its website an annual study on cycling activity in the City for the previous year. The study would require the department to identify information such as the most frequently biked streets and bridges, and to make recommendations for improving bike safety in these areas and other locations in the City.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Res 1337-2020 *Carlos Menchaca~SPONSORImmigrationOpposing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s proposed increases to filing fees for immigration status adjustments.Resolution Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Res 1338-2020 *Carlos Menchaca~SPONSORGeneral WelfareRelating to the standards of proof for unfounded and indicated reports of abuse or maltreatment and the admissibility of reports of child abuse and maltreatment. (S6427A/A8060A)Resolution Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Res 1339-2020 *Carlos Menchaca~SPONSORGovernmental OperationsExpressing a loss of confidence in Mayor de Blasio and calling upon the Governor of the State of New York to bring charges to effectuate the removal of the MayorResolution Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Res 1340-2020 *Keith Powers ~SPONSORCriminal JusticeEmergency Community Supervision Act (S 3579/ HR 6400)Resolution Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Res 1341-2020 *Keith Powers ~SPONSORCriminal JusticeProviding telephone calls to persons incarcerated in state correctional facilities at no cost. (A.7658A/S.6276)Resolution Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 1974-2020 *Public Advocate Jumaane Williams~SPONSORPreconsidered - FinanceDeferral of property tax liability on real property with an assessed value of two hundred fifty thousand dollars or less owned by certain property owners impacted by COVID-19.IntroductionThis bill would authorize the City Council to pass a resolution adopting a zero percent interest rate the late payment of property taxes due on July 1, 2020, and paid between July 15 and September 30, 2020, for certain class 1 and condominium property owners who use the subject property as their primary residence. To be eligible, property owners would be required to demonstrate to the Department of Finance (DOF) by no later than September 30, 2020 that they were adversely affected by COVID-19 and be either: (a) enrolled in a Property Tax and Interest Deferral Program installment agreement with the Department of Finance (DOF); or (b) have a property with an assessed value of $250,000 or less and an income of less than $150,000. Additionally, DOF would be required to report to the Speaker of the Council no later than November 1, 2020 the number of properties for which the zero percent interest rate was imposed pursuant to the provisions of this local law and the aggregate value of the real property tax liability of those properties.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 1975-2020 *Public Advocate Jumaane Williams~SPONSORHousing and BuildingsGuidelines for cleaning and disinfecting multiple dwellings.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, to develop guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting multiple dwellings and to deliver such guidelines to the owners and managers of multiple dwellings.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Res 1342-2020 *Public Advocate Jumaane Williams~SPONSOREconomic DevelopmentEstablish tiers of essential employees during a state of emergency. (A.10430/S.8184-A)Resolution Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 1976-2020 *Carlina Rivera ~SPONSORPreconsidered - Housing and BuildingsRequiring booking services to report short-term housing rental transactions.IntroductionThis bill would clarify the transactions for which a booking service charged, collected or received a fee that must be reported to the Office of Special Enforcement. It would also reduce the frequency of reporting and remove the requirement that a booking service report the specific amount of fees associated with a given transaction.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 1977-2020 *Carlina Rivera ~SPONSORHousing and BuildingsGiving qualified entities a first opportunity to purchase and an opportunity to submit an offer to purchase certain residential buildings when offered for sale.IntroductionThis bill would give qualified entities a first opportunity to purchase and an opportunity to submit an offer to purchase certain residential buildings when offered for sale. The bill would require building owners to notify the Department of Housing Preservation and Development and a list of qualified entities when their buildings will be listed for sale. The entities would have the opportunity to submit the first offer and match any competing offers for the property.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Res 1343-2020 *Carlina Rivera ~SPONSORPreconsidered - Public SafetyEric Garner Excessive Use of Force Prevention Act of 2019 (H.R. 4408)Resolution Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 1978-2020 *Ydanis A. Rodriguez~SPONSORGovernmental OperationsEstablishment of a COVID-19 economic recovery task force.IntroductionThis bill would create a COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force to prepare and submit reports to the Mayor and the Council with recommendations for facilitating and supporting the safe reopening of businesses and the recovery of the economy.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 1979-2020 *Helen K. Rosenthal~SPONSORWomen and Gender EquityPublic information and outreach campaign on domestic violence during the COVID-19 emergency, and the repeal thereof.IntroductionThis bill would require the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV) to create a campaign designed to inform the public of resources available to survivors of domestic violence during the emergency caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). ENDGBV would be required to submit its plan, as well as weekly reports concerning its progress toward achieving that plan, to the Speaker of the City Council.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 1980-2020 *Ritchie J. Torres~SPONSOROversight and InvestigationsEstablishing a special inspector within the DOI to review contracts that were entered into in response to the 2019 novel coronavirus, and providing for the repeal of such provision upon the expiration thereof.IntroductionThis bill would require the Commissioner of Investigation to appoint a special inspector to monitor the emergency procurement contracts entered into in response to COVID-19. The special inspector would report about each contract, review contracts to identify monitoring and integrity deficiencies, and make recommendations for remedying the deficiencies, all in real-time. The database would include, for each contract: (1) the contract requirements; (2) the contract’s dollar value; (3) the vendor’s type of business; (4) the vendor’s inventory of contracted goods; (5) the timeline for delivery; (6) whether the vendor previously did business with the city; (7) whether the vendor previously provided the goods or services required by the contract; and (8) assessments of whether the contractor provided the contracted goods or services to the city.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Res 1344-2020 *Eric A. Ulrich~SPONSORGovernmental OperationsExpressing a loss of confidence in Mayor Bill de Blasio and calling upon the Governor of the State of New York to bring charges to effectuate the removal of the Mayor.Resolution Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available