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The bill establishes a Jamaica Bay Task Force to provide recommendations to the commissioner and the speaker of the council on the cleanup of Jamaica Bay, the process by which combined sewer overflows are managed for the bay, including the long-term control plan and the effects of climate change on the bay. The task force shall be comprised of eleven members, five of whom will be appointed by the speaker of the council and six members by the mayor. The members shall include a representative from each community board in the groundwater service area as well as representative from the communities adjoin Jamaica Bay. The members shall also include experts in the field of hydrology, biology and geology.

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Introduced by Council

Int. No. 750

 

By Council Members Constantinides, Richards, Adams, Miller and Maisel

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to creation of a Jamaica Bay task force, which would oversee the cleanup of Jamaica Bay, the process by which combined sewer overflows are managed, and the effects of climate change on the bay

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Title 24 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 24-527.1 to read as follows:

§ 24-527.1 Jamaica Bay task force. a. There shall be established a Jamaica Bay task force, which shall provide advice to the commissioner and the Jamaica Bay science and resilience institute for the duration of its term.

b. Such advice shall include recommendations to the commissioner and the speaker of the council on the cleanup of Jamaica Bay, the process by which combined sewer overflows are managed for the bay, including the long-term control plan and the effects of climate change on the bay;

                     c. Such advice and recommendations shall include review of the combined sewer overflow and long term control plans consistent with the watershed protection plan;

                     d. Review of measures to restore and maintain the water quality and ecological integrity of the bay;

                     e. Analysis of the impacts of sea-level rise on Jamaica Bay and the surrounding watershed including the underground aquifer and groundwater service area;

f. The task force shall develop a schedule, including interim and final milestones, for implementing the measures and recommendations needed to respond to the identified threats posed by water quality degradation and sea level rise.

g. The task force shall be comprised of eleven members, five of whom will be appointed by the speaker of the council and six members by the mayor. The members shall include a representative from each community board in the groundwater service area as well as a representative from the communities that adjoin Jamaica Bay. The members shall also include experts in the field of hydrology, biology and geology. Members shall be appointed within forty-five days after the effective date of this section and shall serve without compensation. A chairperson shall be elected from amongst the members. Members shall serve five year terms.  Any vacancy shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment for the remainder of the unexpired term. The commissioner may provide staff to assist the Jamaica Bay task force.

                                          h. Such members of the task force shall serve pursuant to subdivision a of this section until such time as the department finalizes a long-term plan to restore the water quality to Jamaica Bay and address sea level rise implications until 2050.

                                          i. The chairperson of the task force shall submit a report containing its recommendations to the commissioner and the speaker of the council respecting cleanup of Jamaica Bay, CSO management including the long term control plan for the bay and the effects of climate change and sea level rise on the bay.  Thereafter the Jamaica Bay Task Force shall continue to meet until plans for cleanup and management of the bay are fully implemented and plans to mitigate climate change have been enacted.

                     § 2. This local law takes effect immediately.

 

 

 

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