GOTHAM GAZETTE: SEARCHLIGHT 2002: Voting Records - Waterfront

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VOTING RECORDS: WATERFRONT

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LAWS PASSED IN 2002
BILLS PENDING


LAWS PASSED IN 2002

WATERFRONT INVENTORY BILL (Intro 65)
This legislation mandates that the city create a comprehensive survey of all city owned land along the waterfront and present this information to the public in an accessable manner. The hope is that this will help individual communities and the city to make better use of the waterfront and develop it for housing, commercial property, parks, and recreational areas. (Read more about this issue on Gotham Gazette).

SPONSORING MEMBERS: Council Members David Yassky, Maria Baez, James Davis, Lewis Fidler, James Gennaro, Robert Jackson, Melinda Katz, Andrew Lanza, Bill Perkins, Christine Quinn, Philip Reed, Diana Reyna, Joel Rivera, Angel Rodriguez, James Sanders Jr., Gale Brewer, Bill DeBlasio and Martin Golden; also Council Members Joseph Addabbo Jr., Michale Nelson, Yvette Clarke, Michale McMahon, Tony Avella and Eric Gioia

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

ABSENT: Helen Foster, Martin Golden, Philip Reed


BILLS PENDING

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.