This bill would require an agency designated by the mayor to annually report to the speaker of the city council on public streets and sidewalks that the city has sold to any person. Such agency would also be required to post the annual report on the agency’s website. In addition, the agency would be required to post on its website, at least two weeks prior to a public hearing on the sale of any public street or sidewalk held by the City Planning Commission pursuant to the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, the proposed date of sale and the proposed sale amount. The bill would increase the transparency of city property disposition, allowing community groups and city residents to become aware of potential upcoming development in their areas.
Int. No. 377
By Council Members Treyger and Holden
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to reporting on the selling of public streets and sidewalks
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. Chapter 1 of title 4 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 4-121 to read as follows:
§ 4-121 Annual report on the selling of public streets and sidewalks. a. Definitions. For purposes of this section, the term “public street or sidewalk” means any street or sidewalk owned by the city.
b. Not later than July 30 of each year, an agency designated by the mayor shall submit to the speaker of the city council and post on the agency’s website an annual report relating to public streets and sidewalks that the city has sold to any person within the preceding 12 months. Such report shall include, but not be limited to, the following information:
1. Whether it was a public street or public sidewalk that was sold;
2. The location of the public street or sidewalk that was sold, including the name of the street that was sold or the name of the street bordering the sidewalk that was sold, as well as the borough, community board district, bounding streets and avenues and any commonly known name of such street or sidewalk;
3. Identifying information of the person that purchased the public street or sidewalk, including but not limited to the name, primary address and entity type of the person;
4. The date of the sale of the public street or sidewalk; and
5. The final sale amount of the public street or sidewalk sale transaction.
c. The agency designated by the mayor, as set forth in this section, shall also post on the agency’s website, at least two weeks prior to a public hearing on the sale of any public street or sidewalk held by the city planning commission pursuant to section 197-c of the New York city charter, the proposed date of such a sale and the proposed sale amount.
§ 2. This local law takes effect 120 days after it becomes law, except that the agency designated by the mayor, as set forth in section one of this local law, may take such measures as are necessary for the implementation of this local law, including the promulgation of rules, before such date.