Bk­lyn Coun­cil­man In­tro­duces Bills for Qual­ity-Of-Life of New York­ers

The Jewish Voice - - NEW YORK - By: KCP Staff

Coun­cil Mem­ber Alan Maisel (D-Ca­nar­sie, Flat­lands, Mill Basin, Ber­gen Beach, Ger­rit­sen Beach) an­nounced the in­tro­duc­tion of sev­eral pieces of new leg­is­la­tion that will sig­nif­i­cantly im­pact the lives of mil­lions of New York­ers last week.

The first is Res­o­lu­tion 1640 call­ing upon the New York State Leg­is­la­ture to in­tro­duce and pass leg­is­la­tion that would pro­vide a tax in­crease de­fer­ment for se­niors 65 years and older. This leg­is­la­tion aims to re­duce the pres­sure that many se­niors ex­pe­ri­ence when liv­ing in gen­tri­fy­ing neigh­bor­hoods where taxes are ris­ing as prop­erty value in­creases.

An­other piece of leg­is­la­tion, In­tro­duc­tion 1702 would re­quire of­fi­cers re­spond­ing to noise com­plaints to carry a deci­bel me­ter to mea­sure loud noises. This in­tro­duc­tion is in re­sponse to a re­cent court de­ci­sion lim­it­ing the abil­ity of po­lice of­fi­cers to is­sue vi­o­la­tions lead­ing to noise Com­plaints.

The last two bills in­tro­duced by Maisel deal with prob­lems re­gard­ing the NYC De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion (DOT). In­tro­duc­tion 1703 would re­quire the DOT to pro­vide warn­ings to mo­torists for new traf­fic reg­u­la­tions and to main­tain such warn­ings for at least 30 days. It will also re­quire that the DOT pro­vide an op­tion for email up­dates, en­abling city res­i­dents to opt-in through the de­part­ment's web­site.

In ad­di­tion, the sec­ond piece of leg­is­la­tion will be sub­ject of a hear­ing by the New York City Coun­cil's Com­mit­tee on Trans­porta­tion that would re­quire the DOT to re­pair “pond­ing” prob­lems within 60 days of a com­plaint be­ing filed with the city.

“The pas­sage of these bills would sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove the qual­ity of life of thou­sands of New York­ers and would cer­tainly make New York City a more liv­able place to re­side in,” said Maisel.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, State Se­na­tor Martin Golden

(R-Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Ma­rine Park, Ger­rit­sen Beach) an­nounced that Gover­nor An­drew Cuomo signed his leg­is­la­tion to ex­pand un­lim­ited sick leave ben­e­fits for New York­ers who re­sponded in 9/11 re­sponse ef­forts.

The leg­is­la­tion will ex­pand un­lim­ited sick leave ben­e­fits for pub­lic sec­tor of­fi­cers and em­ploy­ees who de­vel­oped a qual­i­fy­ing health con­di­tion as a re­sult of their heroic re­sponse to 9/11 res­cue, re­cov­ery and clean-up ef­forts at World Trade Cen­ter sites. Un­der the bill (A. 7901/S. 6398), in­di­vid­u­als would be el­i­gi­ble for un­lim­ited paid leave at 100 per­cent of their reg­u­lar salary dat­ing back to the time of their di­ag­no­sis.

In­di­vid­u­als would qual­ify for the ben­e­fit bill if they: cur­rently work for a mu­nic­i­pal­ity, pub­lic author­ity or state em­ployer out­side of NYC, have filed a no­tice of par­tic­i­pa­tion in the World Trade Cen­ter clean-up and re­cov­ery ef­forts and have qual­i­fy­ing World Trade Cen­ter health con­di­tion as de­fined by statute.

“This leg­is­la­tion will help the thou­sands of brave men and women who put their lives on the line to save oth­ers dur­ing the tragic events that un­folded on Septem­ber 11, 2001. The first re­spon­ders who led re­cov­ery ef­forts on that day, and the weeks and months that fol­lowed, de­serve the very best health care and as­sis­tance New York has to of­fer, and I com­mend the Gover­nor for sign­ing this leg­is­la­tion as we will con­tinue to sup­port these he­roes,” said Golden.

Coun­cil Mem­ber Alan Maisel (D-Ca­nar­sie, Flat­lands, Mill Basin, Ber­gen Beach, Ger­rit­sen Beach) an­nounced the in­tro­duc­tion of sev­eral pieces of new leg­is­la­tion that will sig­nif­i­cantly im­pact the lives of mil­lions of New York­ers last week

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