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This bill would require the Board of Elections of the City of New York, in coordination with the Office of Emergency Management, to develop a plan for running elections following a natural or manmade disaster. The report would be due for completion by January 1, 2019 and would be submitted to the Mayor and the Speaker of the Council and posted on the Board’s website.

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Introduced by Council

Int. No. 563


By Council Member Treyger


A Local Law to amend the New York city charter, in relation to the development of a disaster plan by the board of elections


Be it enacted by the Council as follows:


Section 1. Chapter 46 of the New York city charter is amended by adding a new section 1057-g to read as follows:

§1057-g Disaster plan. The board of elections shall develop a plan for holding an election event following a natural disaster or other state of emergency. Such plan shall:

a. Be developed in coordination with the emergency management department;

b. Include, but need not be limited to, plans for administering an election event as effectively as possible in cases of extreme weather, power outages, and acts of terrorism;

c. Include information on who is responsible for necessary tasks in the event of such a disaster, what financial and labor resources would be required to run an election event, which other agencies’ assistance would be necessary to assist in running the election event or making it possible to run the election event, and what steps will or have been taken to limit the disruption of such a potential disaster on the board of elections’ ability to hold an election event;

d. Be completed by January 1, 2019 and updated periodically as necessary; and

e. Be sent to the mayor and the speaker of the council.

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.


DSS (2015)/MMB (2017)

LS #3880/Int 1114-2016

NEW LS # 959

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