The New York City School Construction Authority (SCA), through its real estate division, is responsible for finding adequate sites for new school construction and buildings that may be leased for school use. The division employs several real estate firms to locate available land and buildings. This bill would require the mayor to create an interagency task force on school siting to identify potential city owned properties for school siting and identify vacant lots that may be good candidates for school siting. The task force would author a report annually for the mayor, Council and SCA.
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Int. No. 757
By Council Members Gibson, Menchaca, Cumbo, Kallos and Holden
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the creation of a school siting task force
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. Title 4 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 4-211 to read as follows:
§ 4-211 School siting task force. a. There shall be an interagency task force to assist the New York city school construction authority’s real estate division in finding adequate sites for new school construction and buildings that may be owned or leased for school use. Such task force shall review city real estate transactions to identify opportunities for potential school sites. Such task force shall also review city owned buildings, city owned property and vacant land within the city to evaluate appropriateness and feasibility for new school construction or lease for school use.
b. The task force shall consist of the following seven members:
1. The chancellor of the city school district, or their designee, who shall serve as chairperson of the task force;
2. The commissioner of citywide administrative services, or their designee;
3. The director of city planning, or their designee;
4. The president and chief executive officer of the New York city economic development corporation, or their designee;
5. The commissioner of housing and preservation development, or their designee;
6. The president of the New York city school construction authority, or their designee; and
7. The speaker of the council, or their designee.
c. The task force shall meet not less than quarterly, and such meetings shall be considered a meeting of a public body subject to article 7 of the public officers law.
d. The departments of citywide administrative services and city planning may provide staff to assist the task force.
e. The task force shall annually submit on January 31 to the mayor, council, and the New York city school construction authority a report on its findings and recommendations of the task force.
§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.
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