GOTHAM GAZETTE: SEARCHLIGHT 2002: Voting Records - Parks

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VOTING RECORDS: PARKS

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LAWS PASSED IN 2002
BILLS PENDING


LAWS PASSED IN 2002


BILLS PENDING

AUTHORITY OF PARKS COMMISSIONER (Intro 160)
This legislation gives the parks commissioner more specific power to decide when, where, and how vendors can sell written material in city parks.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: Council members Joseph Addabbo, Leroy Comrie, Ruben Diaz, Helen Foster, Bill Perkins and Martin Golden (by request of the Mayor)

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COMMUNITY GARDENS (INTRO 206))
This legislation seeks to set up a fair and equitable system for allowing communities to create new community gardens and preserve the ones that already exist. This legislation is being delayed by a court case on the city’s right to sell these spaces.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: By council members Jose Serrano, James Sanders, Joseph Addabbo, Diana Rivera, Robert Jackson, James Davis, Yvette Clarke, Leroy Comrie, Erik Dilan, Alan Gerson, Eric Gioia, Oliver Koppell, Miguel Martinez, Bill Perkins, Christine Quinn, Phil Reed, David Weprin and James Gennaro; also council members Angel Rodriguez and Larry Seabrook.

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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.