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Meeting Name: City Council Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 9/16/2020 1:30 PM Minutes status: Final  
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    1.ROLL CALL      Roll call Not available
    2.INVOCATION - Delivered by: Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Executive Vice President – New York Board of Rabbis, 171 Madison Avenue, Suite 1602, New York, NY 10016. Motion to spread the Invocation in full upon the record by Speaker Johnson.      Not available
    3.ADOPTION OF MINUTES - Motion that the Minutes of the Stated Meeting of August 27, 2020 be adopted as printed by Council Member Treyger.      Not available
    4.MESSAGES & PAPERS FROM THE MAYOR - None      Not available
    5.COMMUNICATIONS FROM CITY, COUNTY & BOROUGH OFFICES - None      Not available
    6.PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS - None      Not available
    7.LAND USE CALL-UPS      Not available
M 0251-2020 *Rafael Salamanca, Jr.  Zoning, 1510 Broadway, Brooklyn (C 200083 PQK, N 200082 ZRK, C 200085 ZMK and C 200084 HAK)Land Use Call-Up Approved, by CouncilPass Action details 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 CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS      Not available
Int 1603-2019 AMark Levine Amended and Coupled on GOUse of certain credit information in the rental or leasing of affordable units by a developer.IntroductionThis bill would prohibit a developer from using or considering any credit score, consumer debt judgment, collection account, medical debt or student loan debt in the rental or lease of an affordable housing unit that receives city financial assistance. In addition, this bill would prohibit a developer, in the rental or lease of an affordable housing unit that receives city financial assistance, from (i) using the consumer credit history of anyone other than the designated representative of a household or (ii) failing to disclose the process and criteria by which the consumer credit history of the designated representative will be evaluated.Approved by CouncilPass Action details Not available
     REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON CONSUMER AFFAIRS AND BUSINESS LICENSING      Not available
Int 0823-2018 BJoseph C. Borelli Amended and Coupled on GOAllowing food service establishments to charge a COVID-19 recovery charge.IntroductionRestaurants have struggled since the onset of COVID-19 and the associated in-person dining restrictions went into effect, forcing many out of business with many others barely surviving. However, current rules prohibit restaurants from charging any fees other than the listed price of food and drink, even if such surcharge is clearly disclosed. This bill would help restaurants by temporarily allowing them to add a “COVID-19 Recovery Charge” of up to 10% of a customer’s total bill. The menu and bill would need to clearly disclose this charge. This surcharge would be permitted until 90 days after full indoor dining is once again permitted.Approved by CouncilPass Action details Not available
     REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENTAL OPERATIONS      Not available
Int 1874-2020 AMargaret S. Chin Amended and Coupled on GOPermitting interested parties to receive notification of items published in the City Record.IntroductionThis bill would permit individuals to sign up to receive email notifications on items in the City Record. The purpose of this legislation is to increase public access to up-to-date information about City political processes.Approved by CouncilPass Action details Not available
Int 1878-2020 AKeith Powers  Amended and Coupled on GOCity administrative procedure act.IntroductionThis bill would amend the City Administrative Procedure Act to grant New York City agencies, as a default, express authority to promulgate rules before a local law’s effective date. The Council would retain the power to prohibit or require pre-effective date rulemaking.Approved by CouncilPass Action details Not available
     REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSING AND BUILDINGS      Not available
Int 1853-2020 ARobert E. Cornegy, Jr. Amended and Coupled on GODOB to report on the safety and feasibility of authorizing building exterior wall examinations by unmanned aircraft systems.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Buildings study the safety and feasibility of permitting building façade inspections to be conducted by unmanned aircraft systems (i.e. “drones”).Approved by CouncilPass Action details Not available
    12.GENERAL ORDERS CALENDAR      Not available
LU 0663-2020 *Rafael Salamanca, Jr.  Landmarks, 2274 Adam Clayton Powell ANCP – UDAAP/Article XI, Manhattan (20205414 HAM)Land Use Application Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Not available
Res 1423-2020 *Rafael Salamanca, Jr. Coupled on GOLU 663 - Landmarks, 2274 Adam Clayton Powell ANCP – UDAAP/Article XI, Manhattan (20205414 HAM)Resolution Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Not available
     COUPLED ON GENERAL ORDER CALENDAR      Not available
    ~coupledCIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS      Not available
Int 1603-2019 AMark Levine~coupledA and GOUse of certain credit information in the rental or leasing of affordable units by a developer.IntroductionThis bill would prohibit a developer from using or considering any credit score, consumer debt judgment, collection account, medical debt or student loan debt in the rental or lease of an affordable housing unit that receives city financial assistance. In addition, this bill would prohibit a developer, in the rental or lease of an affordable housing unit that receives city financial assistance, from (i) using the consumer credit history of anyone other than the designated representative of a household or (ii) failing to disclose the process and criteria by which the consumer credit history of the designated representative will be evaluated.   Action details Not available
    ~coupledCONSUMER AFFAIRS AND BUSINESS LICENSING      Not available
Int 0823-2018 BJoseph C. Borelli~coupledA and GOAllowing food service establishments to charge a COVID-19 recovery charge.IntroductionRestaurants have struggled since the onset of COVID-19 and the associated in-person dining restrictions went into effect, forcing many out of business with many others barely surviving. However, current rules prohibit restaurants from charging any fees other than the listed price of food and drink, even if such surcharge is clearly disclosed. This bill would help restaurants by temporarily allowing them to add a “COVID-19 Recovery Charge” of up to 10% of a customer’s total bill. The menu and bill would need to clearly disclose this charge. This surcharge would be permitted until 90 days after full indoor dining is once again permitted.   Action details Not available
    ~coupledGOVERNMENTAL OPERATIONS      Not available
Int 1874-2020 AMargaret S. Chin~coupledA and GOPermitting interested parties to receive notification of items published in the City Record.IntroductionThis bill would permit individuals to sign up to receive email notifications on items in the City Record. The purpose of this legislation is to increase public access to up-to-date information about City political processes.   Action details Not available
Int 1878-2020 AKeith Powers ~coupledA and GOCity administrative procedure act.IntroductionThis bill would amend the City Administrative Procedure Act to grant New York City agencies, as a default, express authority to promulgate rules before a local law’s effective date. The Council would retain the power to prohibit or require pre-effective date rulemaking.   Action details Not available
    ~coupledHOUSING AND BUILDINGS      Not available
Int 1853-2020 ARobert E. Cornegy, Jr.~coupledA and GODOB to report on the safety and feasibility of authorizing building exterior wall examinations by unmanned aircraft systems.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Buildings study the safety and feasibility of permitting building façade inspections to be conducted by unmanned aircraft systems (i.e. “drones”).   Action details Not available
    ~coupledGENERAL ORDER CALENDAR      Not available
Res 1423-2020 *Rafael Salamanca, Jr.~coupledGOLU 663 - Landmarks, 2274 Adam Clayton Powell ANCP – UDAAP/Article XI, Manhattan (20205414 HAM)Resolution    Action details Not available
          Pass Not available
    13.INTRODUCTION & READING OF BILLS (SEE BELOW)      Not available
    14.DISCUSSION OF RESOLUTIONS      Not available
    15.RESOLUTIONS – None      Not available
Res 1410-2020 AMark Treyger~coupledAmended and Adopted by the Committee on EducationDOE to only open school buildings that have met the health and safety standards prescribed in the UFT 50-item checklist.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 2070-2020 *Joseph C. Borelli~SPONSORHousing and BuildingsRequiring building wrap on certain supported scaffolds.IntroductionThis bill would require the use of building wrap on buildings with supported scaffolds that have been standing for more than one year. The building wrap would be required to be printed with an aesthetically consistent rendering of the building’s facade. Installation would occur in conformity with Building Department and Public Design Commission rules.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Res 1415-2020 *Justin L. Brannan~SPONSORTransportationRequiring the NYC transit systems to provide 24-hour service unless a declared state of emergency is in effect. (S.8328/A.10445)Resolution Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 2071-2020 *Fernando Cabrera ~SPONSORHealthRegulation of non-tobacco smoking products and the operation of non-tobacco hookah establishments.IntroductionThis bill would categorize existing non-tobacco hookah establishments that make over 50 percent of their gross revenue through the sale of non-tobacco smoking products as class A non-tobacco hookah establishments and would create a class B category of non-tobacco hookah establishments, that make under 50 percent of their gross revenue through the sale of non-tobacco smoking products. The bill would also require the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to accept new permit applications for class B establishments, extend the validity period for such permits and allow for the renewal and transfer of such permits. This bill would also allow class B establishments to expand or change their locations and prohibit the sale of non-tobacco hookah for consumption at class B establishments before 10:00 p.m. or after 4:00 a.m. In addition, individuals under the age of 21 would not be permitted to enter class B establishments at the times that non-tobacco hookah may be sold.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 2072-2020 *Costa G. Constantinides~SPONSOREnvironmental ProtectionGreenhouse gas emissions reduction methods and outreach and education.IntroductionThis bill would require the City to report on the City’s outreach and education efforts and methods buildings use to comply with greenhouse gas emissions limits pursuant to Local Law 97 of 2019.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 2073-2020 *Costa G. Constantinides~SPONSORTransportationPedestrian crossing guidelines and right of way.IntroductionThis bill would permit pedestrians to legally cross a roadway outside of a marked or unmarked crosswalk as long as pedestrians yield to vehicle traffic and removes civil and criminal penalties for the offense commonly referred to as “jaywalking”.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 2074-2020 *Daniel Dromm ~SPONSOREnvironmental ProtectionConstruction noise on holidays.IntroductionThis bill would mandate that holidays that fall on weekdays are treated as weekends for purposes of construction noise.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 2075-2020 *Mathieu Eugene~SPONSORTechnologyProviding public school students with mobile hotspot devices.IntroductionThe proposed bill would require the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DOITT), in consultation with the Department of Education (DOE) to purchase and distribute mobile hotspot devices to all NYC public school students. The COVID-19 pandemic and the introduction of remote learning shined a light on the inequity of all students’ ability to connect to the internet at home to facilitate their remote learning. This bill would ensure all students can continue to receive the free public education they are entitled to under the law even when physical school buildings are closed for any part of the academic year.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 2076-2020 *Mathieu Eugene~SPONSORHousing and BuildingsRequiring the commissioner of buildings to recommend updates to the construction codes to facilitate the conversion of buildings into temporary hospitals in the event of a pandemic or other public health emergency.IntroductionThis bill would require the Commissioner of Buildings to submit to the Council proposed updates to the construction codes to promote the conversion of buildings into temporary hospitals during pandemics and other public health emergencies. The Commissioner of Buildings would be required to collaborate with the Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene, and would be authorized to collaborate with any other persons with relevant expertise, for the purpose of developing such proposed updates.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Res 1416-2020 *Mathieu Eugene~SPONSORImmigrationDept of Homeland Security to halt all deportation proceedings for the length of the COVID-19 pandemic, as a means of restricting the global spread of this disease.Resolution Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Res 1417-2020 *Mathieu Eugene~SPONSORImmigrationDept of Homeland Security to place a moratorium on all removal proceedings for employment-based status holders that suffered a loss of employment during or due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Resolution Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Res 1418-2020 *Mathieu Eugene~SPONSORImmigrationPermit employment-based status holders to retain lawful status, after loss of employment, if such loss was related to the COVID-19 pandemic.Resolution Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 2077-2020 *Robert F. Holden~SPONSORTechnologyNumber of steps to submit service requests or complaints on the 311 website and mobile application.IntroductionThis bill would require to allow 311 mobile application or website users to submit a request or complaint with no more than four steps.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 2078-2020 *Rory I. Lancman~SPONSORCriminal JusticeProhibiting the department of correction from recording privileged communications.IntroductionThis bill would prohibit the department of correction from recording any communications between an incarcerated individual and any other person with whom they have a privileged relationship.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 2079-2020 *Rory I. Lancman~SPONSORCriminal JusticeCreating a board of juvenile detention.IntroductionThis bill would create a city board of juvenile detention, consisting of nine members, to perform oversight of detention facilities run by the new york city administration for children’s services.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 2080-2020 *Stephen T. Levin~SPONSORPreconsidered - General WelfareOnline access to rental assistance program status.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Social Services (DSS) to provide more information about its rental assistance program, CityFHEPS, online. Specifically, DSS would be required make the status of an application or renewal request available to applicants online.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 2081-2020 *Francisco P. Moya~SPONSORGeneral WelfareEnhancing the application for and the transparency of the one-shot deal program.IntroductionThis bill would require the Commissioner of Social Services to improve the one-shot deal program. It would obligate the Commissioner to post information on one-shot deal rental arrears grants on the Human Resources Administration website and to update one-shot deal applications. It would also require the Commissioner to improve the administration of one-shot deals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and conduct outreach on the program. The bill would also require the Commissioner to report monthly on the administration and utilization of one-shot deals.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Res 1419-2020 *Francisco P. Moya~SPONSORImmigrationProvide immigration relief for family members who derive lawful immigration status from a frontline worker who passed away due to COVID-19.Resolution Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 2082-2020 *Keith Powers ~SPONSORPreconsidered - Civil and Human RightsProhibition against discrimination in housing accommodations based on lawful source of income.IntroductionProhibitions against discrimination in housing accommodations based on lawful source of income do not apply to housing accommodations comprised of five or fewer units but for certain exceptions. This bill would expand the application of such prohibitions to any housing accommodation comprised of three or more units. Housing accommodations comprised of a total of three units and in which the owner or the owner’s family lives would not be subject to such prohibition.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 2083-2020 *Carlina Rivera ~SPONSORPreconsidered - Small BusinessExtending temporary personal guaranty protection provisions for commercial tenants impacted by COVID-19.IntroductionThe bill would amend Local Law 55 of 2020, which temporarily prohibits the enforcement of personal liability provisions in commercial leases or rental agreements involving certain COVID-19 impacted tenants, to extend this protection from September 30, 2020 to March 31, 2021. In addition, the City would be required to conduct an information and outreach campaign to educate commercial tenants affected by the bill about its protections.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 2084-2020 *Helen K. Rosenthal~SPONSORWomen and Gender EquityDomestic violence related calls to 311.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Information and Technology (DoITT) to create a policy that requires all domestic violence-related 311 complaints to be automatically transferred to the New York City Domestic Violence Hotline (DV hotline), and to add a menu option to the 311 telephone menu to allow callers to be automatically connected to the DV hotline.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 2085-2020 *Ritchie J. Torres~SPONSOROversight and InvestigationsClearing the backlog of background investigations conducted by the department of investigation.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Investigation (DOI) to clear its backlog of background investigations by January 1, 2023. It would also require DOI to develop a plan to reform its background investigation process. In addition, this bill would require DOI to audit city agencies to ensure they are promptly providing DOI with the information necessary to commence background investigations in a timely manner.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Res 1420-2020 *Paul A. Vallone~SPONSORPreconsidered - Consumer Affairs and Business LicensingConsolidated Edison to increase resources dedicated to service restoration on a borough by borough basis and create a report of the most vulnerable utility infrastructure in each borough.Resolution Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Res 1421-2020 *Paul A. Vallone~SPONSORPreconsidered - Consumer Affairs and Business LicensingRequire Consolidated Edison to cover the costs of wires downed or damaged by a storm that run from private homes to utility poles.Resolution Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 2086-2020 *James G. Van Bramer~SPONSORFire and Emergency ManagementRequiring OEM to consider certain factors when determining the circumstances warranting the opening of cooling centers.IntroductionThe bill would require that, when determining when to open cooling centers during periods of extreme heat, the Office of Emergency Management must consider the availability of alternative public and private space where individuals can seek relief from extreme heat.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 2087-2020 *James G. Van Bramer~SPONSORTransportationDOT to establish a program to allow community centers, schools, arts and cultural institutions and religious institutions to use adjacent outdoor spaces.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Transportation to create an Open Spaces program that allows community centers, schools, arts and cultural institutions and religious institutions to apply for a permit to temporarily use outdoor spaces adjacent to such institutions for community programming.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Res 1422-2020 *James G. Van Bramer~SPONSOREconomic DevelopmentSave Our Stages (SOS) (S.4258/H.R.7806)Resolution Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
LU 0681-2020 *Rafael Salamanca, Jr.~SPONSORLandmarks, Public Sitings and DispositionsLandmarks, Manida Street Historic District, Bronx (20205400 HKX (N 210006 HKX))Land Use Application Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
LU 0681-2020 *Rafael Salamanca, Jr.  Landmarks, Manida Street Historic District, Bronx (20205400 HKX (N 210006 HKX))Land Use Application Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
LU 0682-2020 *Rafael Salamanca, Jr.~SPONSORZoning and FranchisesZoning, 1510 Broadway, Brooklyn (N 200082 ZRK)Land Use Application Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
LU 0682-2020 *Rafael Salamanca, Jr.  Zoning, 1510 Broadway, Brooklyn (N 200082 ZRK)Land Use Application Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
LU 0683-2020 *Rafael Salamanca, Jr.~SPONSORZoning and FranchisesZoning, 1510 Broadway, Brooklyn (C 200083 PQK)Land Use Application Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
LU 0683-2020 *Rafael Salamanca, Jr.  Zoning, 1510 Broadway, Brooklyn (C 200083 PQK)Land Use Application Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
LU 0684-2020 *Rafael Salamanca, Jr.~SPONSORZoning and FranchisesZoning, 1510 Broadway, Brooklyn (C 200084 HAK)Land Use Application Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
LU 0684-2020 *Rafael Salamanca, Jr.  Zoning, 1510 Broadway, Brooklyn (C 200084 HAK)Land Use Application Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
LU 0685-2020 *Rafael Salamanca, Jr.~SPONSORZoning and FranchisesZoning, 1510 Broadway, Brooklyn (C 200085 ZMK)Land Use Application Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
LU 0685-2020 *Rafael Salamanca, Jr.  Zoning, 1510 Broadway, Brooklyn (C 200085 ZMK)Land Use Application Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available