This bill would require the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) (the “Commissioner”) to give priority to senior-only housing developments operated by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), followed by non-senior only NYCHA developments when determining the order of repairs to be made at sidewalks in front of or abutting properties, when the DOT is required by law or has otherwise undertaken to make these repairs. The bill would further establish that this priority would not apply where the Commissioner determines that a non-NYCHA property is in need of critical or emergency sidewalk repairs. In these cases, the Commissioner would be required to provide the reasons for this determination in writing to the council member and community board for the council and community district, respectively, where the NYCHA property that loses priority status is located.
- Filed (End of Session)
Int. No. 739
By Council Members Rodriguez, Ampry-Samuel and Kallos
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to establishing priority for sidewalk repairs at developments operated by the New York city housing authority
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. Subchapter one of chapter one of title 19 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended to add a new section 19-158 to read as follows:
§19-158 Sidewalk repair priority. a. For purposes of this section, “senior-only housing development” means a housing development or building designated by the new york city housing authority to be occupied exclusively by individuals sixty-two years of age or older.
b. In determining the order of repairs to be made at sidewalks, where the department is required by law or has otherwise undertaken to make such repairs, the commissioner shall give priority to sidewalks in front of or abutting senior-only housing developments operated by the new york city housing authority, followed by non-senior only housing developments operated by the new york city housing authority. Such priority shall not apply where the commissioner determines that the sidewalk in front of or abutting property that is not operated by the new york city housing authority is in need of critical or emergency repairs, provided that the commissioner shall notify in writing the council member in whose district the housing development no longer receiving priority is located and the community board of the community district in which such development is located of the reasons for such determination.
c. Not later than June 30, 2018, the commissioner shall deliver to the council and shall post to the department’s website a report indicating (i) all new york city housing authority developments at which sidewalk repairs have been completed or are in the process of completion and (ii) the proposed timeline for completing sidewalk repairs for those new york city housing authority housing developments at which work has not yet commenced.
§2. This local law takes effect immediately.
LS #5981/Int. 1288-2016