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VOTING RECORDS: LAND USE
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 land use on Gotham Gazette.

The Land Use Committee deals with thousands of zoning applications for housing and commercial development every year. For a full listing of the committee's decisions, see the council's land use report

LAWS PASSED IN 2002
BILLS PENDING


LAWS PASSED IN 2002

EXPAND THE SOUTH JAMAICA DEVELOPMENT ZONE (Intro 179)
The South Jamaica Empire Zone, -- a geographic area where businesses can get exemptions from state taxes -- will be expanded to include 65 acres. This is the third time has been expanded since it was created in 1987.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: Council members James Sanders, James Oddo, Leroy Comrie, Ruben Diaz and David Weprin (by request of the mayor)

COUNCIL VOTE: 51 for, 0 against, 0 abstaining
Passed by council May 21, 2002
Signed by mayor June 10, 2002


REVISING THE NORTH SHORE EMPIRE ZONE (Intro 180)
The council has changed some boundaries of the North Shore Empire Zone -- a geographic area where businesses can get exemptions from state taxes -- in Staten Island.

SPONSORING MEMBERS:Council member James Sanders, James Oddo, Leroy Comrie, Ruben Diaz and Michael McMahon (by request of the mayor)

COUNCIL VOTE: 51 for, 0 against, 0 abstaining
Passed by council May 21, 2002
Signed by mayor June 10, 2002


STREET NAME CHANGES (Intro 22A)
This bill will add honorary names to thirteen different thoroughfares and public places across the city. Those honored include Harriet Tubman, Amadou Diallo, and several firefighters who died on September 11.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: Council members Bill Perkins, Margarita Lopez, Leroy Comrie, James Davis, Helen Foster, Oliver Koppell, Kendall Stewart, David Weprin, Gale Brewer, Charles Barron, Ruben Diaz, Maria Baez, James Gennaro, Robert Jackson, Allan Jennings, Miguel Martinez, Hiram Monserrate, Philip Reed, Joel Rivera, Angel Rodriguez, James Sanders Jr., Larry Seabrook, Jose Serrano, Martin Golden, Michael Nelson, Simcha Felder, Bill DeBlasio, Dominic Recchia, Melinda Katz, and Eva Moskowitz; (by request of the Manhattan Borough President), (by request of the Bronx Borough President), also council members Eric Gioia, Albert Vann, Yvette Clarke, Tracy Boyland, Eric Dilan, and Christine Quinn.

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


DESIGNATING CHINATOWN, LOWER EAST SIDE, LITTLE ITALY AS EMPIRE ZONE (INTRO 247)
This bill authorizes the city to submit an application to the state to designate a larger area of lower Manhattan as an Empire Zone. Empire Zones allow for wage and sales tax incentives to spur economic development.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: Council members James Sanders, Leroy Comrie, Alan Gerson, Yvette Jackson, John Liu and Martin Golden; also council member Christine Quinn.

COUNCIL VOTE: 45 for, 0 against
Passed by council August 15, 2002
Signed by mayor August 27, 2002

ABSENT: Tracy Boyland, Allan Jennings, John Liu, Eva Moskowitz, Diana Reyna, Larry Seabrook.


BILLS PENDING