GOTHAM GAZETTE: SEARCHLIGHT 2002: Voting Records - Transportation

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VOTING RECORDS: TRANSPORTATION

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LAWS PASSED IN 2002
BILLS PENDING


LAWS PASSED IN 2002

PARKING REGULATIONS FOR ASIAN LUNAR NEW YEAR (Intro 6)
This law suspends of alternate side of the street parking rules on the Asian Lunar New Year.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: By Council Members Golden, Perkins, Oddo, Liu, Avella, Comrie, Felder, Gerson, Jennings, McMahon, Nelson, Recchia Jr., Rivera, Brewer, Barron, Gennaro and Gallagher; also Council Members Gioia, Jackson, Quinn, Sanders Jr., Seabrook, Vann, Clarke, Reyna and Lanza

COUNCIL VOTE: 46 for, 0 against
Passed by council September 12, 2002
Vetoed by mayor October 9, 2002
Overriden by council November 7, 2002

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

REGULATING NEWS RACKS (Intro 14-A)
This legislation regulates the location and number of sidewalk news racks. The Department of Transportation will oversee placement and maintenance.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: Council members Eva Moskowitz and Dennis Gallagher; also council members Leroy Comrie and James Sanders Jr.

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.


BICYCLE SIDEWALK BAN (Intro 116-A)
Anyone over 14 years of age caught riding a bicycle on the sidewalk in a reckless manner can be fined $100 to $300. If a cyclist is making deliveries of food or goods on behalf of a company, both the rider and the employer are liable for a ticket.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: Council member Gale Brewer, Yvette Clarke, Ruben Diaz, Eric Dilan, Lewis Felder, James Gennaro, Alan Gerson, Martin Golden, Melinda Katz, John Liu, Gifford Miller, Eva Moskowitz, Michael Nelson, Joel Rivera, Larry Seabrook, Peter Vallone, Jr., Christine Quinn, Margarita Lopez, Martin Golden and Michael Nelson; also council member Oliver Koppell.

COUNCIL VOTE: 51 in favor, 0 against
Passed by council June 26, 2002
Signed by mayor July 10, 2002


BILLS PENDING

PROHIBITING BUSES ON NARROW STREETS (INTRO 153)
This legislation would prevent buses that seat more than 15 people from driving on streets that are less than 75 feet wide.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: By council member Christine Quinn; also council member Bill DeBlasio

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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.