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(INTRO 257-A)
Introduced: 2002
Passed City Council: December 18, 2002
Mayor Veto: January 13, 2003
City Council Override: February 12, 2003

This law restricts the use of cell phones in places of public performances. Violators will now face a $50 fine and eviction from the venue for talking on, listening to or having a cell phone ring at movie theaters, plays, musicals, museums or libraries. The mayor vetoed the law, saying it was not enforceable. The council overrode the mayors veto.


How Councilmembers Voted (second vote):

39-Yes  8-No  2-Abstain  0-Absent

Name Party District Vote
Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.Democrat32Yes
Tony AvellaDemocrat19Yes
Maria BaezDemocrat14Yes
Charles BarronDemocrat42Yes
Tracy L. BoylandDemocrat41Yes
Gale A. BrewerDemocrat6Yes
Yvette D. ClarkeDemocrat40Yes
Leroy G. Comrie, Jr.Democrat27Yes
James E. DavisDemocrat35 No
Bill de BlasioDemocrat39Yes
Erik Martin DilanDemocrat37 No
Simcha FelderDemocrat44 No
Lewis A. FidlerDemocrat46Yes
Helen D. FosterDemocrat16Yes
Dennis P. GallagherRepublican30 No
James F. GennaroDemocrat24Yes
Alan GersonDemocrat1Yes
Eric N. GioiaDemocrat26Yes
Sara M. GonzalezDemocrat38Yes
Robert JacksonDemocrat7Yes
Allan W. Jennings, Jr.Democrat28Yes
Melinda R. KatzDemocrat29 Abstain
G. Oliver KoppellDemocrat11 No
Andrew J. LanzaRepublican51 No
John C. LiuDemocrat20Yes
Margarita LopezDemocrat2Yes
Miguel Martinez10Yes
Michael E. McMahonDemocrat49Yes
Gifford MillerDemocrat5Yes
Hiram MonserrateDemocrat21 No
Eva Moskowitz4Yes
Michael C. NelsonDemocrat48Yes
James S. OddoRepublican50Yes
Bill PerkinsDemocrat9Yes
Madeline T. ProvenzanoDemocrat13Yes
Christine C. QuinnDemocrat3Yes
Domenic M. Recchia, Jr.Democrat47Yes
Philip ReedDemocrat8Yes
Diana ReynaDemocrat34Yes
Joel RiveraDemocrat15Yes
James Sanders, Jr.Democrat31Yes
Larry B. SeabrookDemocrat12 No
Helen SearsDemocrat25Yes
Jose M. SerranoDemocrat17Yes
Kendall StewartDemocrat45Yes
Peter F. Vallone, Jr.Democrat22Yes
Albert VannDemocrat36Yes
David I. WeprinDemocrat23Yes
David YasskyDemocrat33 Abstain


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