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Backflow Prevention

(Intro 935)
Introduced: 2009
Passed City Council: November 30, 2009
Passed Mayor: December 7, 2009

Requires property owners whose buildings are at risk of backflow -- the process where water in a plumbing system flows in the wrong direction, effectively sending used water back into peoples' faucets -- to verify with the Department of Environmental Protection that they have installed backflow prevention devices.


How Councilmembers Voted :

46-Yes  0-No  1-Abstain  5-Absent

Name Party District Vote
Maria del Carmen ArroyoDemocrat17Yes
Tony AvellaDemocrat19Yes
Maria BaezDemocrat14 Absent
Charles BarronDemocrat42Yes
Gale A. BrewerDemocrat6Yes
Anthony ComoRepublican30Yes
Leroy G. Comrie, Jr.Democrat27Yes
Elizabeth CrowleyDemocrat30Yes
Bill de BlasioDemocrat39Yes
Inez E. DickensDemocrat9Yes
Erik Martin DilanDemocrat37Yes
Mathieu EugeneDemocrat40Yes
Simcha FelderDemocrat44Yes
Julissa FerrerasDemocrat21Yes
Lewis A. FidlerDemocrat46Yes
Helen D. FosterDemocrat16Yes
Daniel R. GarodnickDemocrat4 Absent
James F. GennaroDemocrat24Yes
Vincent J. GentileDemocrat43Yes
Alan GersonDemocrat1Yes
Eric N. GioiaDemocrat26 Absent
Sara M. GonzalezDemocrat38 Absent
Vincent IgnizioRepublican51Yes
Robert JacksonDemocrat7Yes
Letitia JamesWorking Families35Yes
Melinda R. KatzDemocrat29 Absent
G. Oliver KoppellDemocrat11Yes
Jessica S. LappinDemocrat5Yes
John C. LiuDemocrat20Yes
Melissa Mark ViveritoDemocrat8Yes
Darlene MealyDemocrat41Yes
Rosie MendezDemocrat2Yes
Kenneth MitchellDemocrat49Yes
Michael C. NelsonDemocrat48Yes
James S. OddoRepublican50Yes
Annabel PalmaDemocrat18Yes
Christine C. QuinnDemocrat3Yes
Domenic M. Recchia, Jr.Democrat47Yes
Diana ReynaDemocrat34Yes
Joel RiveraDemocrat15Yes
Ydanis A. RodriguezDemocratic Party10 Abstain
James Sanders, Jr.Democrat31Yes
Larry B. SeabrookDemocrat12Yes
Helen SearsDemocrat25Yes
Kendall StewartDemocrat45Yes
Eric UlrichRepublican32Yes
James VaccaDemocrat13Yes
Peter F. Vallone, Jr.Democrat22Yes
Albert VannDemocrat36Yes
David I. WeprinDemocrat23Yes
Thomas White, Jr.Democrat28Yes
David YasskyDemocrat33Yes


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