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VOTING RECORDS: FINANCE
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.

Read more about finance on Gotham Gazette.

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LAWS PASSED IN 2002
BILLS PENDING


LAWS PASSED IN 2002

PROHIBIT PREDATORY LENDING (Intro 67)
This legislation would bar city agencies from doing business with financial institutions that offer high interest loans with concealed fees and inflated rates to people who are unable to get a loan elsewhere. These loans are often promoted in low income neighborhoods, where foreclosure rates tend to be high. (Read more about this issue in Gotham Gazette).

SPONSORING MEMBERS: The Speaker (Council Member Gifford Miller), Council Members James Sanders, Philip Reed, Hiram Monserrate, Leroy Comrie, Joseph Addabbo, Maria Baez, Charles Barron, Tracy Boyland, Yvette Clarke, James Davis, Bill DeBlasio, Eric Gioia, Robert Jackson, John Liu, Margarita Lopez, Michael McMahon, Bill Perkins, Christine Quinn, Dominic Recchia, Joel Rivera, Angel Rodriguez, Ruben Diaz, Eric Dilan, Lewis Fidler, Simcha Felder, Helen Foster, James Gennaro, Melinda Katz, Oliver Koppell, Miguel Martinez, Michael Nelson, Diana Reyna, Larry Seabrook, Jose Serrano, Kendall Stewart, Peter Vallone, Albert Vann, Gale Brewer, Alan Gerson and the Public Advocate (Ms. Gotbaum)

COUNCIL VOTE: 44 for, 5 against
Approved by council September 25, 2002
Vetoed by mayor October 23, 2002
Overridden by council November 20, 2002 NO: Simcha Felder, Dennis P. Gallagher, Andrew J. Lanza, Madeline Provenzano, James Oddo. ABSENT: Martin Golden, Philip Reed.

INCREASE PROPERTY TAXES 18.5 PERCENT (Intro 317A)
This law institutes an increase of 18.49% in real property tax rates, the first property tax increase in the city in over a decade. The tax, which went into affect December 2, will generate $837 million in revenue during the fiscal year 2003.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: By Council Members Weprin, Comrie and Boyland (by request of the Mayor)

COUNCIL VOTE: 41 for, 6 against
Approved by council November 25, 2002
Signed by mayor December 2, 2002

NO: Tony Avella, James Davis, Dennis Gallagher, Andrew Lanza, Allan Jennings, James Oddo.

ABSENT: James Gennaro, Martin Golden, Margarita Lopez, Philip Reed.

TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT PROTECTION FOR SERVICE WORKERS (Intro 239A)
This law provides building service workers with temporary protection from loss of employment when the building that employs them is sold or transferred to another landlord. It requires new landlords or building employers to retain the workers for a trial period of 90 days, after which time each worker can be dismissed.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: By Council Members Sanders, Jackson, Addabbo, Avella, Baez, Barron, Boyland, Brewer, Clarke, Comrie, Davis, DeBlasio, Dilan, Fidler, Foster, Gennaro, Gerson, Gioia, Katz, Koppell, Liu, Lopez, Martinez, McMahon, Monserrate, Nelson, Perkins, Provenzano, Quinn, Recchia, Reed, Reyna, Rivera, Seabrook, Sears, Serrano, Stewart, Vann, Weprin, Yassky, Gallagher, Oddo.

COUNCIL VOTE: 46 for, 0 against
Approved by council November 7, 2002
Signed by mayor November 27, 2002

ABSENT: Maria Baez, Tracy Boyland. Madeline Provenzano, Peter Vallone, Jr.

LIVING WAGE (Intro 66-A)
This law requires certain city contractors and subcontractors to pay their employees a required wage rate determined to be $8.10 per hour as of the effective date of this legislation, rising in increments to $10.00 per hour by July 1, 2006. If the employee already earns the required wage rate, than the bill mandates that the contractor provide either health benefits or a health benefits wage supplements.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: Council Members Miller, Perkins, Lopez, Jackson, Comrie, Quinn, Rivera, Addabbo, Baez, Barron, Boyland, Brewer, Clarke, Davis, DeBlasio, Gioia, Katz, Liu, McMahon, Monserrate, Nelson, Recchia, Reed, Reyna, Sanders, Sears, Diaz, Dilan, Fidler, Felder, Foster, Gennaro, Jennings, Koppell, Martinez, Seabrook, Serrano, Vann, Weprin, Yassky, Stewart, Gerson.

COUNCIL VOTE: 46 for, 0 against Passed by council November 11, 2002 Signed by mayor November 7, 2002

ABSENT: Maria Baez, Tracy Boyland. Madeline Provenzano, Peter Vallone, Jr.

REFORMING CITY CONTRACTING PRACTICES (Intro 111)
This legislation requires that the city hold a public hearing when awarding a contract of $100,000 or more. If a contract is being renewed, no hearing is required unless the contract exceeds $10 million. (Read more about this issue in Gotham Gazette).

SPONSORING MEMBERS: The Speaker (Councilmember Gifford Miller) and council members Robert Jackson, Eva Moskowitz, Joseph Addabbo Jr., Yvette Clarke, Lewis Fidler, Miguel Martinez, Michael Nelson, Bill Perkins and Larry Seabrook.

COUNCIL VOTE: 51 for, 0 against
Passed by council June 5, 2002
Signed by mayor June 13, 2002


REQUIRING COUNCIL TO REPORT PURCHASES (Intro 112)
The mayor and the City Council routinely makes small spending decisions without passing legislation or notifying the public. Beginning in September 2003, the mayor and council must release a detailed report of all such expenditures every three months.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: The Speaker (Councilmember Gifford Miller) and council members Robert Jackson, Eva Moskowitz, Yvette Clarke, Ruben Diaz, Miguel Martinez, Michael Nelson, Bill Perkins, Christine Quinn, Dominic Recchia Jr., Larry Seabrook and Kendall Stewart

COUNCIL VOTE: 51 for, 0 against
Passed by council June 5, 2002
Signed by mayor June 13, 2002


INCREASE CITY CIGARETTE TAX (Intro 230)
This legislation raises cigarette taxes by $1.42 and bringing the price of a pack of cigarettes to $7 or more. New York City now has the highest cigarette prices of any place in the nation. Half of the revenue from this tax goes to the state government. (Read more about this issue in Gotham Gazette).

SPONSORING MEMBERS: Councilmembers David Weprin and Simcha Felder (at the request of the mayor) and Kendall Stewart.

COUNCIL VOTE: 48 for, 2 against, 0 abstaining
Passed by council June 21, 2002
Signed by mayor July 10, 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, James Gennaro, Alan Gerson, Eric Gioia, Robert Jackson, Allan Jennings, Melinda Katz, G. Oliver Koppell, Andrew Lanza, John Liu, Margarita Lopez, Michael McMahon, Miguel Martinez, Gifford Miller, Hiram Monserrate, Michael Nelson, James Oddo, Bill Perkins, Madeline Provenzano, Christine Quinn, Domenic Recchia, Philip Reed, Diana Reyna, Joel Rivera, Angel Rodriguez, James Sanders, Larry Seabrook, Helen Sears, Jose Serrano, Kendall Stewart, Peter Vallone, Jr., Albert Vann, David Weprin, David Yassky.

NO: Dennis Gallagher, Martin Golden

ABSENT: Eva Moskowitz


CELL PHONE SURCHARGE (Intro 218)
As part of the 2003 city budget, this legislation adds a tax of 30 cents a month to New Yorkers' cell phone bills.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: By Councilmembers David Weprin, Bill DeBlasio and Ruben Diaz (by request of the mayor)

COUNCIL VOTE: 47 for, 3 against, 0 abstaining
Passed by council June 21, 2002
Signed by mayor July 10, 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, James Gennaro, Alan Gerson, Eric Gioia, Robert Jackson, Allan Jennings, Melinda Katz, G. Oliver Koppell, John Liu, Margarita Lopez, Michael McMahon, Miguel Martinez, Gifford Miller, Hiram Monserrate, Michael Nelson, James Oddo, Bill Perkins, Madeline Provenzano, Christine Quinn, Domenic Recchia, Philip Reed, Diana Reyna, Joel Rivera, Angel Rodriguez, James Sanders, Larry Seabrook, Helen Sears, Jose Serrano, Kendall Stewart, Peter Vallone, Jr., Albert Vann, David Weprin, David Yassky.

NO: Dennis Gallagher, Martin Golden, Andrew Lanza

ABSENT: Eva Moskowitz


911 TELEPHONE FEE (Intro 219)
This legislation increases the monthly fee that funds 911 emergency phone service from $.35 to $1 a month.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: Council members David Weprin, Bill DeBlasio, Ruben Diaz and Allan Jennings (by request of the mayor)

COUNCIL VOTE: 47 for, 3 against, 0 abstaining
Passed by council June 21, 2002
Signed by mayor July 10, 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, James Gennaro, Alan Gerson, Eric Gioia, Robert Jackson, Allan Jennings, Melinda Katz, G. Oliver Koppell, John Liu, Margarita Lopez, Michael McMahon, Miguel Martinez, Gifford Miller, Hiram Monserrate, Michael Nelson, James Oddo, Bill Perkins, Madeline Provenzano, Christine Quinn, Domenic Recchia, Philip Reed, Diana Reyna, Joel Rivera, Angel Rodriguez, James Sanders, Larry Seabrook, Helen Sears, Jose Serrano, Kendall Stewart, Peter Vallone, Jr., Albert Vann, David Weprin, David Yassky.

NO: Dennis Gallagher, Martin Golden, Andrew Lanza

ABSENT: Eva Moskowitz


BILLS PENDING