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VOTING RECORDS: CRIME
HOW A BILL BECOMES A LAW IN NEW YORK CITY?

When a bill (called an "Intro" in the City Council) is introduced, it is sent to one of 27 council committees for consideration. The chair of the committee decides whether or not to hold a hearing on the measure; at a hearing, the council listens to debate and testimony. The chair then can call for a vote on the measure. A majority of the committee members must vote in favor of an Intro for it to pass. If the chair chooses not hold a hearing or to not call a vote, the bill can sit indefinitely with no action taken.

Once a bill passes out of committee, it is sent to the full council. If passed by a majority (at least 26 of the 51 council members), the bill is sent to the mayor, who can also hold a public hearing. The mayor then must choose to sign or veto the bill. If the mayor signs the bill, it becomes a local law. If the mayor vetoes the bill, he or she must return it to the council at the next scheduled council meeting. The City Council has 30 days to override the mayoral veto by a two-thirds majority. In this event, the bill becomes a local law.

If the mayor does not sign or veto a bill within 30 days after receiving it from the council, it is considered approved.

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LAWS PASSED IN 2003
LAWS PASSED IN 2002
BILLS PENDING


LAWS PASSED IN 2003

LAWS PASSED IN 2002

ACCESS TO EMERGENCY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES AND SHELTER (Intro 120A) The law adds a new section to the Administrative Code which specifically prescribes that domestic violence victims who apply for emergency shelter or related services cannot be denied such shelter or services solely based on the lack of documentary evidence of the incidence of domestic violence. It also defines family members as those who are not only related by blood, but also as those who exist in non-traditional relationships, whether they share a child and are unmarried or have lived together.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: Council Members DeBlasio, Baez, Boyland, Brewer, Clarke, Diaz, Gerson, Monserrate, Reyna, Liu, Serrano and Stewart; also Council Members Gennaro, Jackson, Koppell, Lopez, Martinez, Quinn, Rivera, Vann, Sanders and Comrie.

COUNCIL VOTE:
49 for, 0 against, 2 absent
Approved by the council December 4, 2002
Signed by mayor December 19, 2002

YES: Joseph Addabbo, Jr., Tony Avella, Maria Baez, Charles Barron, Tracy Boyland, Gale Brewer, Yvette Clarke, Leroy Comrie, James Davis, Bill DeBlasio, Ruben Diaz, Erik Dilan, Simcha Felder, Lewis Fidler, Helen Foster, Dennis Gallagher, James Gennaro, Eric Gioia, Martin Golden, Sarah Gonzalez, Robert Jackson, Allan Jennings, Melinda Katz, Andrew Lanza, Margarita Lopez, John Liu, Miguel Martinez, Michael McMahon, Gifford Miller, Hiram Monserrate, Eva Moskowitz, Michael Nelson, James Oddo, Bill Perkins, Madeline Provenzano, Christine Quinn, Domenic Recchia, Philip Reed, Diana Reyna, Joel Rivera, James Sanders, Larry Seabrook, Helen Sears, Jose Serrano, Kendall Stewart, Peter Vallone, Jr., Albert Vann, David Weprin, David Yassky.

ABSENT: Alan Gerson, G. Oliver Koppell

EXPANDING RESTRICTIONS ON RIFLE AND SHOTGUN PERMITS (Intro 211A)
This law expands the existing restrictions on a permit to purchase and possess a rifle or a shotgun in New York City to include anyone who has been convicted of:

  • A misdemeanor crime of domestic violence
  • A misdemeanor crime of assault within the last ten years
  • Any combination of three misdemeanors as defined in local, state or federal law
  • As well as any person who is subject to certain orders of protections issued for family offenses.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: Council Members Yassky, Vallone, Clarke, Davis, DeBlasio, Felder, Fidler, Foster, Gerson, Koppell, Moskowitz, Perkins, Recchia, Seabrook, Sears, and Stewart.

COUNCIL VOTE:
49 for, 0 against, 2 absent
Approved by council December 4, 2002
Signed by mayor December 19, 2002

YES: Joseph Addabbo, Jr., Tony Avella, Maria Baez, Charles Barron, Tracy Boyland, Gale Brewer, Yvette Clarke, Leroy Comrie, James Davis, Bill DeBlasio, Ruben Diaz, Erik Dilan, Simcha Felder, Lewis Fidler, Helen Foster, Dennis Gallagher, James Gennaro, Eric Gioia, Martin Golden, Sarah Gonzalez, Robert Jackson, Allan Jennings, Melinda Katz, Andrew Lanza, Margarita Lopez, John Liu, Miguel Martinez, Michael McMahon, Gifford Miller, Hiram Monserrate, Eva Moskowitz, Michael Nelson, James Oddo, Bill Perkins, Madeline Provenzano, Christine Quinn, Domenic Recchia, Philip Reed, Diana Reyna, Joel Rivera, James Sanders, Larry Seabrook, Helen Sears, Jose Serrano, Kendall Stewart, Peter Vallone, Jr., Albert Vann, David Weprin, David Yassky.

ABSENT: Alan Gerson, G. Oliver Koppell

ESTABLISHING BUSINESS INTEGRITY COMMISSION (Intro 177-A)
This bill changes the name of the Organized Crime Control Commission to the Business Integrity Commission. The commission will have the same mission of licensing and regulating the trade waste industry, the businesses located in the city's seven public wholesale markets, and shipboard gambling, however the new name aims to "remove the stigma of criminality from the businesses we regulate," according to the mayor.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: Councilmembers Philip Reed, Leroy Comrie, Ruben Diaz, Joel Rivera and David Weprin (by request of the mayor)

COUNCIL VOTE: 48 for, 0 against
Passed by council July 10, 2002
Signed by the mayor July 29, 2002

ABSENT: Helen Foster, Martin Golden, Christine Quinn


MORATORIUM ON THE DEATH PENALTY (Reso 12-A)
This resolution calls on the State Legislature and the Governor to halt all executions "until the application of capital punishment in New York is investigated and issues of fairness, justice, equality, due process and cost are addressed." It also urges the United States Congress to pass the National Death Penalty Moratorium Act of 2001. This measure has no legal power since capital punishment is not a local issue; it is simply the official statement of the opinion of the New York City Council. The mayor is not compelled to sign the resolution.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: Council Members Bill Perkins, Leroy Comrie, Bill DiBlasio, Helen Foster, John Liu, Margarita Lopez, Christine Quinn, James Sanders Jr., Hiram Monserrate, Jose Serrano and Charles Barron; also council members Alan Gerson, Robert Jackson, Yvette Clarke and David Yassky.

COUNCIL VOTE: 38 for, 13 against
Passed by council June 26, 2002

YES: Joseph Addabbo, Jr., Maria Baez, Charles Barron, Tracy Boyland, Gale Brewer, Yvette Clarke, Leroy Comrie, James Davis, Bill DeBlasio, Ruben Diaz, Erik Dilan, Helen Foster, James Gennaro, Alan Gerson, Eric Gioia, Robert Jackson, Allan Jennings, Melinda Katz, G. Oliver Koppell, John Liu, Margarita Lopez, Miguel Martinez, Gifford Miller, Hiram Monserrate, Eva Moskowitz, Bill Perkins, Christine Quinn, Philip Reed, Diana Reyna, Joel Rivera, Angel Rodriguez, James Sanders, Larry Seabrook, Jose Serrano, Kendall Stewart, Albert Vann, David Weprin, David Yassky.

NO: Tony Avella, Simcha Felder, Lewis Fidler, Dennis Gallagher, Martin Golden, Andrew Lanza, Michael McMahon, Michael Nelson, Madeline Provenzano, Domenic Recchia, Helen Sears, Peter Vallone, Jr., James Oddo.


BILLS PENDING

DATA ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INTERVENTIONS (Intro 168)
This legislation requires the New York Police Department to record data on race, ethnicity, and languages spoken in the home when they intervene in a domestic violence dispute.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: Council members Margarita Lopez, Maria Baez, Leroy Comrie, Bill DeBlasio, Ruben Diaz, Eric Dilan, Helen Foster, Alan Gerson, Miguel Martinez, Bill Perkins, Philip Reed, Diana Reyna, Joel Rivera and James Sanders; also council members Yvette Clarke, Christine Quinn and Angel Rodriguez.

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DATA ON GUNS (Intro 209)
This bill requires each New York Police Department precinct to report such data as the number of guns stolen from stores or individuals, the number of illegal guns confiscated, and the number of guns bought legally from licensed establishments.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: Council members David Yassky, Yvette Clarke, James Davis, Bill DeBlasio, Helen Foster, Alan Gerson, Oliver Koppell, Hirma Monserrate, Eva Moskowitz, Bill Perkins, Joel Rivera and Larry Seabrook; also Councilmember Angel Rodriguez

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ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO ESCAPE FROM SKYCRAPERS (Reso 396)
This resolution calls for high rise buildings to provide non-traditional ways of escape, including the use of small parachutes, safety nets, and platforms that allow people to slide out of buildings. Brooklyn Councilmember James Davis said the idea came to him while visiting a 36-story building and he wondered if a low-altitude parachute might be a possible alternative to using the stairs.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: Councilmember James Davis.

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