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CITY COUNCIL VOTING RECORDS

Did your council member vote to raise cigarette taxes or to suspend the city's glass and plastic recycling program? Is a bill to create a more stringent lead paint law still languishing in committee?

Searchlight has assembled an online directory of some of the most significant legislation in the City Council, the status of bills, the legislation each council member has authored, and a record of how each person voted on the city's new laws.

To their credit, the New York City Council posts much of this information, including copies of the bills on the council's official web site. Searchlight's voting guide is designed to make this information more easily accessible and understandable. We sort through hundreds of bills introduced each year and select the most interesting, controversial, or sometimes the most absurd legislation. We explain what these bills aim to do in easy to understand language and offer links to more information and relevant articles.

LEGISLATION BY TOPIC
To locate new city laws, bills, and a record of how each council member voted by topic:
1. Click on the appropriate topic on the left (for example, select "Health" for legislation about prescription drugs).
2. Scroll through the list of new laws and bills.
3. Click on highlighted words for more information.

INDIVIDUAL COUNCIL MEMBER'S VOTING RECORD
For the voting record of a specific council member:
1. Use the "What's My District?" address finder -- enter your address or click on the borough maps until you reach your district page.
2. Click on the "Legislative Record" link on the top left hand side of the district page.
3. Click on the highlighted link for the council member's voting record.

BILLS AND LAWS AUTHORED BY EACH COUNCIL MEMBER
For a list of the bills and laws each council member has authored this year:
1. Use the "What's My District?" address finder -- enter your address or click on the borough maps until you reach your district page.
2. Click on the "Legislative Record" link on the top left hand side of the district page.
3. See the list of bills and laws authored by the council member. Click on the title for a copy of the legislation.