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