File #: Int 0064-2022    Version: * Name: Naming of Kalief Browder Island and removing references to Rikers Island.
Type: Introduction Status: Withdrawn
Committee: Committee on Governmental Operations
On agenda: 2/24/2022
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law in relation to the naming of Kalief Browder Island and removing references to Rikers Island
Sponsors: Public Advocate Jumaane Williams
Council Member Sponsors: 1
Summary: This bill would rename Rikers Island as Kalief Browder Island. It would also remove references to Rikers Island in the City Charter, Administrative Code and any print, online or other publications produced by New York City agencies after the effective date.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 64, 2. Int. No. 64, 3. February 24, 2022 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 2-24-22, 5. March 10, 2022 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 6. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 3-10-22, 7. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - February 24, 2022
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Int. No. 64

 

By the Public Advocate (Mr. Williams)

 

A Local Law in relation to the naming of Kalief Browder Island and removing references to Rikers Island

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Legislative intent. As New York City works to reform its draconian and racially discriminatory criminal justice system, such work must include a review of the public markers that need to change to align with present day principles. One such opportunity is Rikers Island. The Riker name has historic ties to slavery. The correctional facility also has a reputation for the abuse and neglect of incarcerated individuals. One example is Kalief Browder, an African American man from the Bronx, who advocates cite in calling for closing the correctional facilities and reforming the city criminal justice system.

In 2010, at the age of 16, Browder was accused of stealing a backpack and its contents including $700, a credit card, a camera and an iPod Touch. Unable to afford bail, he was jailed on Rikers Island for three years with nearly two years in solitary confinement. The judge released Browder on May 29, 2013 after finding his case lacked evidence and the main witness left the United States. After his release, Browder passed the G.E.D. exam and enrolled at Bronx Community College where he wrote a paper, “A Closer Look at Solitary Confinement in the United States”, which garnered national recognition. On June 6, 2015, Browder died by suicide, hanging himself outside of his mother’s home. Many attribute his suicide to the mental and physical abuse he sustained during detention. He attempted suicide five times while detained and three times post detention and suffered from depression post release.

Accordingly, in light of the name of Rikers Island having historic ties to slavery and the life and death of Kalief Browder, the Council proposes to rename Rikers Island as Kalief Browder Island and replace Rikers Island with Kalief Browder Island in the city charter, the administrative code and any future publications produced by New York city agencies.

§ 2. The following island, in the Borough of the Bronx, is hereby designated as hereafter indicated. 

New Name

 Present Name

Kalief Browder Island

 Rikers Island

 

§ 3. The official map of the city of New York shall be amended in accordance with section two of this local law.

§ 4. Subdivision e of section 13-c of the New York city charter, as amended by chapter 322 of the laws of 2021, is amended to read as follows:

e. Four-year plan. Within one year after the completion of the first biennial report required by subdivision d of this section, and in every fourth calendar year thereafter, the coordinator shall prepare and submit to the mayor and the council a four-year plan for providing reentry services to those city residents who need such services. Such plan may include recommendations for approaches to serving city residents in need of reentry services, including the establishment of an initial point of access for individuals immediately upon their release from the custody of the department of correction in a location adjacent to [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island or to the correctional facility that releases the most incarcerated individuals daily. Such report and plan shall also identify obstacles to making such services available to all those who need them and describe what additional resources would be necessary to do so.

§ 5. Subdivision 2 of section 2-202 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended to read as follows:

2. The borough of The Bronx shall consist of the territory known as Bronx county which shall contain all that part of the city and state bounded on the east by the middle of the main channel of Long Island sound; bounded on the south by the following described line: Beginning at a point in the middle of the channel of Long Island sound where it intersects the middle of the channel of the East river easterly of Throgg’s neck; thence westerly along the middle of the channel of the East river to a point where such channel crosses a straight line from the Clason point in the borough and county of the Bronx to College point on Long Island; thence southwesterly to the most easterly point of the United States bulkhead line of [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island; thence generally southerly and westerly along said United States bulkhead line of [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island to the most southerly point of said United States bulkhead line; thence westerly still along said United States bulkhead line to the most southwesterly point of said United States bulkhead line of [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island; thence northwesterly in a straight line to the junction of the northerly United States bulkhead line of the Bronx kills and the northerly United States bulkhead line of the East river; thence bounded on the west by the borough of Manhattan and county of New York and by the westerly boundary of the state, and bounded on the north by the following described line: Beginning at a point in the Hudson river where the westerly boundary of the state crosses the westerly prolongation of a straight line drawn from a point on the easterly bank of the Hudson river at latitude 40 degree 54’ 53.21” north and longitude 73 degree 54’ 38.64” west of Greenwich to a point in the center of the former bed of the Bronx river at latitude 40 degree 53’ 59.23” north and longitude 73 degree 51’ 35.67” west of Greenwich; thence easterly along such line to a point formed by the intersection of such line with the center line of East Two hundred fortieth street; thence easterly along the center line of such street, a distance of 62.23 feet; thence easterly on a line parallel to the northerly line of McLean avenue as it existed the twenty-sixth day of May, nineteen hundred seventeen, and distant 60 feet southerly therefrom, a distance of 159.46 feet to the aforementioned straight line drawn from a point on the easterly bank of the Hudson river to a point in the center of the former bed of the Bronx river; thence easterly along such line to a point formed by the intersection of such line with the center line of Webster avenue, distant 618.47 feet from a point in the former bed of the Bronx river whose coordinates are north 43554.440 and west 31924.769 based on the United States Coast and Geodetic system which is used in that part of the borough of The Bronx to the east of and including the Bronx river; thence northeasterly, a distance of 65.6 feet to a point in the westerly prolongation of the northerly line of East Two hundred thirty-eighth street, as such street existed the twenty-sixth day of May, nineteen hundred seventeen, such point being distant 604.16 feet from the center line of the former bed of the Bronx river; thence easterly along the northerly line of East Two hundred thirty-eighth street and its westerly prolongation as such street then existed, a distance of 604.16 feet to the center line of the former bed of such river; thence along the center line of the former bed of such river as follows: North 38 degree 56’ 26.8” east to a point whose coordinates are north 43614.718 and west 31876.060; north 32 degree 57' 36.8” east, a distance of 93.010 feet; north 5 degree 46’ 44.8” east, a distance of 31.308 feet; north 38 degree 37’ 49.2” west, a distance of 30.679 feet; north 55 degree 23’ 21.2” west, a distance of 70.043 feet; north 37 degree 16’ 46.2” west, a distance of 37.339 feet; north 23 degree 36’ 36.2” west, a distance of 44.655 feet; north 14 degree 27’ 02.2” west, a distance of 38.418 feet; north 5 degree 05’ 18.8” east, a distance of 37.124 feet; north 25 degree 45’ 43.8” east, a distance of 26.174 feet; south 79 degree 49' 21.2” east, a distance of 29.157 feet; south 32 degree 58’ 44.2” east, a distance of 40.723 feet; south 84 degree 54’ 41.2” east, a distance of 37.124 feet; north 76 degree 03' 53.8” east, a distance of 33.207 feet; north 19 degree 22’ 52.8” east, a distance of 71.159 feet; north 9 degree 58’ 04.2” west, a distance of 47.004 feet; north 82 degree 31’ 04.2” west, a distance of 50.004 feet; north 65 degree 13’ 04.2” west, a distance of 75.007 feet; north 49 degree 31’ 04.2” west, a distance of 47.004 feet; north 22 degree 57’ 04.2” west, a distance of 51.005 feet; north 4 degree 53’ 04.2” west, a distance of 61.006 feet; north 19 degree 17’ 04.2” west, a distance of 21.002 feet; north 3 degree 15' 04.2” west, a distance of 61.006 feet; north 27 degree 46’ 55.8” east, a distance of 22.002 feet; north 51 degree 19’ 55.8” east, a distance of 91.008 feet; south 66 degree 24’ 04.2” east, a distance of 48.004 feet; south 46 degree 12’ 04.2” east, a distance of 45.004 feet; south 36 degree 46’ 04.2” east, a distance of 123.011 feet; south 62 degree 06’ 04.2” east, a distance of 48.004 feet; south 84 degree 19’ 04.2” east, a distance of 41.004 feet; north 73 degree 41’ 55.8” east, a distance of 80.007 feet; north 57 degree 45’ 55.8” east, a distance of 51.005 feet; north 15 degree 47’ 04.2” west, a distance of 46.004 feet; north 1 degree 45’ 55.8” east, a distance of 50.004 feet; north 26 degree 46' 55.8” east, a distance of 71.006 feet; north 62 degree 25’ 55.8” east, a distance of 28.002 feet; south 48 degree 31’ 04.2” east, a distance of 44.004 feet; south 67 degree 22’ 04.2” east, a distance of 26.002 feet; north 87 degree 16’ 55.8” east, a distance of 27.002 feet; north 53 degree 39’ 55.8” east, a distance of 47.004 feet; north 26 degree 30’ 55.8” east, a distance of 63.006 feet; north 21 degree 54’ 55.8” east, a distance of 82.007 feet; north 22 degree 25’ 55.8” east, a distance of 99.009 feet; north 9 degree 22’ 55.8” east, a distance of 61.006 feet; north 18 degree 38’ 04.2” west, a distance of 69.006 feet; north 1 degree 29’ 04.2” west, a distance of 60.005 feet; north 13 degree 50’ 04.2” west, a distance of 64.006 feet; north 4 degree 13’ 55.8” east, a distance of 96.009 feet; north 18 degree 54’ 55.8” east, a distance of 100.009 feet; north 13 degree 48’ 04.2” west, a distance of 20.002 feet; north 35 degree 22’ 04.2” west, a distance of 42.004 feet; south 59 degree 15’ 55.8” west, a distance of 32.003 feet; north 69 degree 12’ 04.2” west, a distance of 43.004 feet; north 22 degree 47’ 04.2” west, a distance of 35.003 feet; north 22 degree 44’ 55.8” east, a distance of 168.015 feet; north 79 degree 21’ 55.8” east, a distance of 35.003 feet; south 41 degree 00’ 04.2” east, a distance of 54.005 feet; south 59 degree 21’ 04.2” east, a distance of 91.008 feet; north 87 degree 42’ 55.8” east, a distance of 30.003 feet; north 70 degree 54’ 55.8” east, a distance of 51.005 feet; north 49 degree 37’ 55.8” east, a distance of 64.006 feet; north 59 degree 57’ 55.8” east, a distance of 69.006 feet; north 4 degree 57’ 55.8” east, a distance of 44.624 feet; north 11 degree 55’ 04.2” west, a distance of 34.003 feet; north 68 degree 26’ 04.2” west, a distance of 104.009 feet; south 84 degree 15’ 55.8” west, a distance of 60.005 feet; north 58 degree 39’ 04.2” west a distance of 23.002 feet; north 18 degree 56’ 04.2” west, a distance of 60.005 feet; north 22 degree 55’ 04.2” west, a distance of 110.010 feet; north 22 degree 20’ 55.8” east, a distance of 36.003 feet; north 64 degree 37’ 55.8” east, a distance of 36.003 feet; south 76 degree 29’ 04.2” east, a distance of 72.006 feet; north 86 degree 36’ 55.8” east, a distance of 164.015 feet; north 65 degree 14’ 55.8” east, a distance of 83.007 feet; north 46 degree 15’ 55.8” east, a distance of 120.011 feet; north 17 degree 47’ 55.8” east, a distance of 121.011 feet; north 50 degree 21’ 55.8” east, a distance of 44.004 feet; north 72 degree 52’ 55.8” east, a distance of 68.006 feet; north 87 degree 30’ 55.8” east, a distance of 101.009 feet; north 74 degree 34’ 55.8” east, a distance of 63.006 feet; north 30 degree 15’ 55.8” east, a distance of 101.009 feet; north 19 degree 08’ 55.8” east, a distance of 206.018 feet; north 0 degree 14’ 55.8” east, a distance of 40.004 feet; north 42 degree 54’ 04.2” west, a distance of 54.005 feet; north 82 degree 41’ 04.2” west, a distance of 120.011 feet; south 72 degree 14’ 55.8” west, a distance of 85.008 feet; north 69 degree 14’ 04.2” west, a distance of 63.006 feet; north 37 degree 10’ 04.2” west, a distance of 31.003 feet; north 22 degree 43’ 04.2” west, a distance of 42.004 feet; north 8 degree 14’ 55.8” east, a distance of 89.008 feet; north 19 degree 20’ 55.8” east, a distance of 101.009 feet; north 32 degree 44’ 55.8” east, a distance of 120.011 feet; north 44 degree 04’ 55.8” east, a distance of 238.021 feet; north 62 degree 50’ 55.8” east, a distance of 104.009 feet; north 27 degree 34’ 55.8” east, a distance of 170.015 feet; north 37 degree 30’ 55.8” east, a distance of 165.015 feet; north 62 degree 47’ 55.8” east, a distance of 47.004 feet; south 55 degree 08’ 04.2” east, a distance of 59.005 feet; south 5 degree 40’ 55.8” west, a distance of 70.006 feet; south 18 degree 48’ 55.8” west, a distance of 42.004 feet; south 36 degree 22’ 04.2” east, a distance of 35.003 feet; south 52 degree 55’ 04.2” east, a distance of 66.006 feet; south 85 degree 30’ 04.2” east, a distance of 41.004 feet; north 62 degree 16’ 55.8” east, a distance of 51.005 feet; north 43 degree 18’ 55.8” east, a distance of 80.007 feet; north 45 degree 35’ 55.8” east, a distance of 59.005 feet; north 59 degree 39’ 55.8” east, a distance of 88.008 feet; north 11 degree 30’ 59.7” east, a distance of 61.846 feet to a point in the center of the former bed of the Bronx river, whose coordinates are north 47192.352 and west 29738.130; thence along the northerly boundary of the former village of Wakefield, as follows: South 74 degree 13’ 34.2” east, a distance of 100.88 feet; thence south 63 degree 35’ 49.2” east, a distance of 34.801 feet to a monument whose coordinates are north 47149.453 and west 29609.878; thence south 32 degree 23’ 55.8” west, a distance of 1229.627 feet to a monument whose coordinates are north 46111.231 and west 30268.724; thence south 64 degree 45’ 34.2” east, a distance of 480.164 feet; thence south 64 degree 11’ 09.2” east, a distance of 277.635 feet to a monument whose coordinates are north 45785.584 and west 29584.473; thence north 32 degree 08’ 55.8” east, a distance of 425.636 feet to a point whose coordinates are north 46145.956 and west 29357.983; thence south 57 degree 51’ 04.2” east, a distance of 478.542 feet; thence south 56 degree 04’ 12.0” east, a distance of 80.010 feet; thence south 60 degree 57’ 24.2” east, a distance of 78.355 feet; thence south 63 degree 54’ 24.2” east, a distance of 50.363 feet; thence south 58 degree 40’ 14.2” east, a distance of 51.137 feet; thence south 61 degree 19’ 24.2” east, a distance of 50.689 feet; thence south 59 degree 59’ 24.2” east, a distance of 50.899 feet; thence south 57 degree 49’ 04.2” east, a distance of 51.310 feet; thence south 65 degree 02” 14.2” east, a distance of 50.253 feet; thence south 65 degree 02’ 55.2” east, a distance of 51.898 feet; thence south 69 degree 12’ 34.2” east, a distance of 505.164 feet; thence south 75 degree 22’ 44.5” east, a distance of 169.308 feet to a monument whose coordinates are north 45417.619 and west 27868.337; thence south 4 degree 58’ 28.8” west, a distance of 148.989 feet; thence south 5 degree 30’ 55.8” west, a distance of 135.573 feet; thence south 4 degree 22’ 00.6” west, a distance of 64.055 feet; thence south 10 degree 50’ 10” east, a distance of 147.427 feet to a point whose coordinates are north 44923.557 and west 27885.795; thence north 89 degree 03’ 59” east, a distance of 104.018 feet; thence south 88 degree 11’ 30” east, a distance of 63.065 feet; thence south 89 degree 53’ 34” east, a distance of 109.370 feet; thence north 89 degree 49’ 03” east, a distance of 109.219 feet; thence south 89 degree 55’ 50” east, a distance of 62.480 feet; thence south 89 degree 33’ 48” east, a distance of 126.255 feet; thence south 89 degree 30’ 06” east, a distance of 92.894 feet; thence south 89 degree 03’ 12” east, a distance of 62.767 feet; thence south 89 degree 39’ 12” east, a distance of 104.289 feet; thence south 89 degree 54’ 42” east, a distance of 114.569 feet to a point whose coordinates are north 44919.715 and west 26936.931; thence south 16 degree 07’ 28” east, a distance of 357.033 feet; thence south 6 degree 12’ 48” east, a distance of 443.280 feet to a point whose coordinates are north 44136.052 and west 26789.798; thence deflecting to the left on the arc of a circle whose radius is 800.071 feet with a central angle of 23 degree 43’ 00”, a distance of 331.177 feet to a point whose coordinates are north 43823.455 and west 26687.796; thence south 29 degree 55’ 48” east, a distance of 477.929 feet; thence south 31 degree 11’ 18” east, a distance of 176.911 feet to a point whose coordinates are north 43257.923 and west 26357.724; thence deflecting to the right on the arc of a circle whose radius is 360.023 feet with a central angle of 52 degree 22’ 50”, a distance of 329.146 feet to a point whose coordinates are north 42941.329 and west 26330.036; thence south 21 degree 11’ 32” west, a distance of 242.925 feet to a point whose coordinates are north 42714.832 and west 26417.853; thence deflecting to the left on the arc of a circle whose radius is 520.046 feet with a central angle of 46 degree 33’ 20”, a distance of 422.562 feet to a point whose coordinates are north 42304.071 and west 26402.895; thence south 25 degree 21’ 48” east, a distance of 105.328 feet; thence south 16 degree 45’ 38.3” east to a point formed by the intersection of the prolongation of the westerly side of Mundy lane and the prolongation of the northerly side of Kingsbridge road as such lane and road were laid out the twenty-second day of March, eighteen hundred ninety-two; thence along a line due south until it is intersected by the easterly prolongation of the straight line drawn from a point in the center of the former bed of the Bronx river to a point on the easterly bank of the Hudson river, which has been heretofore described; thence easterly along such line whose course is south 68 degree 39’ 36.4” east, to a point in the center line of the Hutchinson river or creek, whose coordinates are north 39554.098 and west 21685.628; thence along the center line of the bed of such river or creek as follows: North 44 degree 46’ 14.6” east, a distance of 46.575 feet; north 6 degree 12’ 18.6” east, a distance of 40.51 feet; north 31 degree 14’ 34.4” west, a distance of 77.04 feet; north 70 degree 15’ 50.4” west, a distance of 49.77 feet; south 83 degree 21’ 48.6” west, a distance of 50.03 feet; south 66 degree 33’ 25.6” west, a distance of 52.91 feet; south 85 degree 37’ 45.6” west, a distance of 30.94 feet; north 48 degree 39’ 56.4” west, a distance of 74.50 feet; north 1 degree 57’ 56.4” west, a distance of 69.50 feet; north 19 degree 50’ 03.6” east, a distance of 53.50 feet; north 7 degree 35’ 03.6” east, a distance of 42.0 feet; north 0 degree 41’ 56.4” west, a distance of 20.0 feet; north 27 degree 59’ 56.4” west, a distance of 104.0 feet; north 14 degree 03’ 33.6” east, a distance of 115.39 feet; south 81 degree 15’ 58.4” east, a distance of 79.85 feet; south 68 degree 30’ 52.4” east, a distance of 51.31 feet; south 89 degree 59’ 25.4” east, a distance of 16.24 feet; north 68 degree 35’ 54.6” east, a distance of 58.735 feet to a point whose coordinates are north 40l05.814 and west 2l722.410, which point is on a straight line drawn from a point in the center line of the former bed of the Bronx river at latitude 40 degree 53’ 59.23” north and longitude 73 degree 51’ 35.67” west of Greenwich to the middle of the channel between Hunters and Glen Islands; thence easterly along such line to the middle of the main channel of Long Island sound; including Hunters Island, Hart Island, City Island, [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island, North Brother’s Island and all other Islands situate within the aforedescribed bounds except South Brother’s Island.

§ 6. Paragraph 4 of subdivision g of section 3-126 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law number 17 for the year 2021, is amended to read as follows:

4. In an appendix included only in the initial plan required to be completed by June 30, 2022, an assessment of the feasibility of constructing renewable energy sources combined with battery storage facilities on [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island, including an evaluation of economic costs, value, rate of return, sustainability, and any additional considerations relevant to such assessment. The [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island advisory committee established pursuant to subdivision b of section 4-215 of this code may submit recommendations regarding such assessment to the administering agency.

§ 7. Section 4-215 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law number 16 for the year 2021, is amended to read as follows:

§ 4-215 Transfer of [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island to the commissioner of citywide

administrative services. a. With respect to the location that is known as [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island:

1. By no later  than  July 1, 2021, and every six months thereafter until charge and control over the entirety of [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island has been transferred pursuant to this section, the mayor shall transfer charge over every portion of [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island that the mayor determines is not in active use for the housing of incarcerated persons, or in active use for the  providing of direct services to such persons, such as medical care, training, storage, employment training and services, re-entry services, educational services, visitation, legal services, or administrative hearings, to the charge of the commissioner of citywide administrative services. For the purposes of this paragraph, the use of each building, facility, and structure, as well as the use of every piece of unimproved land greater than 20,000 square feet, shall be evaluated. By no later than August 31, 2027, all portions of [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island shall be fully transferred and under the charge and control of the commissioner of citywide administrative services and shall  no longer be used by the department of correction for the housing of incarcerated persons;

2. Upon the transfer of any portion of [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island pursuant to this section, the commissioner of citywide administrative services shall have charge over the portion of land transferred, including all buildings, structures, facilities, and property located thereon, with all of the powers and duties, with respect to such real property, buildings, structures, facilities, and property, as described in chapter 35 of the charter. The commissioner of citywide administrative services shall notify the [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island advisory committee, established pursuant to subdivision b of this section, of each such transfer within 30 days of such transfer;

3. Until the entirety of [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island is transferred to, and under the  charge and control of, the commissioner of citywide administrative services, maintenance and operation of  any  portion of [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island transferred to the charge of the commissioner of citywide administrative services shall be subject to guidelines agreed upon by the departments of correction and citywide administrative services, provided  that  such guidelines  shall  not be established or exercised so as to prohibit the commissioner of citywide administrative  services’ access to, or the productive use of, portions of [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island, under the charge of the commissioner of citywide administrative services;

 4. The commissioner of  citywide administrative services shall, in communication with  the [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island advisory committee, have the authority to plan and coordinate the actions of  city agencies with respect to prospective uses of [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island for sustainability and resiliency purposes, including but not limited to renewable energy generation  and storage, wastewater treatment, and organic waste processing, provided that such planning shall include consideration of whether the use of existing structures would best contribute to environmental or sustainability goals; and

 5. Prior to August 31, 2027 or the date by which [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island is fully transferred pursuant to paragraph 1 of this subdivision, whichever comes  first, any  portions of [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island still in active use by the department of correction, as  described in paragraph 1 of this subdivision, shall remain under the jurisdiction of the commissioner of correction pursuant to section 624 of the charter, and the care, custody and  control of persons therein shall remain under the care and management of such commissioner pursuant to section 623 of the charter.

b. [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island advisory committee.

1. There shall be established a [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island advisory committee, which shall consist of 15 members, as follows: the commissioner of citywide administrative services or such commissioner’s designee, the commissioner of  environmental  protection  or  such commissioner’s designee, the commissioner of parks and recreation or such commissioner’s  designee, the commissioner of sanitation or such commissioner’s  designee,  the  commissioner  of buildings or such commissioner’s designee, the director of long-term planning and sustainability or such director’s designee, two members appointed by the mayor,  and  seven  members  appointed by the speaker of the council. No less than four of the [nine] 9 members appointed by the mayor and the speaker of the council shall be persons who have been impacted directly by incarceration on [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island, provided that not less than two of such four members shall be persons who were in custody at a facility on [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island and the remainder of whom may be persons whose immediate family members were in custody at a facility on [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island. No less than three of the nine members appointed by the mayor and the speaker of the council shall be persons with an expertise in environmental justice or sustainability. The [nine] 9 members appointed by the mayor and speaker of the council should represent the geographic diversity of communities impacted by incarceration on [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island or environmental justice communities. The commissioner of citywide administrative services shall serve as chairperson of the committee. The commissioner of correction, or such commissioner’s designee, may participate as a non-voting member in the meetings of the advisory committee, for the purpose of providing operational information, up to and until August 31, 2027, or the date by which [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island is fully transferred, whichever comes first. Members shall serve without compensation.

2. No later than 180 days after the effective date of this subdivision, the [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island advisory committee shall hold its initial meeting, and thereafter shall meet at least quarterly, to evaluate and make recommendations regarding prospective uses of [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island, both with regard to those portions of [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island transferred to the commissioner of citywide administrative services pursuant to paragraph 1 of subdivision a of this section and with  regard to the entirety of [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island, for sustainability and resiliency purposes, including but not limited to renewable energy, wastewater treatment, organics removal, organic waste processing, and other purposes  conforming to section 24-803 of this code. Such evaluations shall consider the potentially beneficial uses of existing buildings, structures, and facilities.

3. The advisory committee may make recommendations on prospective uses to the mayor and the speaker of the council at any time after the date of its initial meeting. Additionally, no later than three years after the date of its initial meeting, the advisory committee shall submit recommendations to the mayor and the speaker of the council regarding prospective uses of [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island that shall include no less than three options that the committee recommends be considered for further study or possible implementation.

§ 8. The term “borough jail facility” in subdivision a of section 9-140 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as amended by chapter 322 of the laws of 2021, is amended to read as follows:

Borough jail facility. The term “borough jail facility” means any department facility in which incarcerated individuals are housed by the department and that is located outside [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island.

§ 9. Paragraphs 1, 2 and 6 of subdivision b of section 9-140 of the administrative code of the city of New York, paragraph 1 as added by local law number 85 for the year 2015 and paragraphs 2 and 6 as amended by chapter 322 of the laws of 2021, are amended to read as follows:

1. The total number of visitors to city jails, the total number of visitors to borough jail facilities, and the total number of visitors to city jails on [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island.

2. The total number of visitors that visited an incarcerated individual at city jails, the total number of visitors that visited an incarcerated individual at borough jail facilities, and the total number of visitors that visited an incarcerated individual at city jails on [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island.

6. The [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island visitation rate, which shall be calculated by dividing the average daily number of visitors who visited incarcerated individuals at city jails on [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island during the reporting period by the average daily incarcerated individual population of city jails on [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island during the reporting period.

§ 10. Paragraph 2 of subdivision c of section 9-140 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as amended by local law number 23 for the year 2019, is amended to read as follows:

2. Whether the incident occurred at [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island or at a borough facility, and at which facility the incident occurred;

§ 11. The title of section 9-307 of the administrative code of the city of New York and the lead-in and paragraph 3 of subdivision a of section 9-307 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law 192 for the year 2019, are amended to read as follows:

§ 9-307 Report on the closure of jails on [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island.

a. Beginning on the 30th day of January in the year 2020, the mayor’s office of criminal justice shall submit shall submit a biannual report to the council and post to the office’s website and the city’s open data portal, a progress report on closing jails on [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island and opening jail facilities outside [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island. Such report shall be submitted within 60 days of January 1 and July 1 of each year and shall include information on the following issues:

 3. The timeline for closure of each correctional facility located on [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island, any significant changes to such timeline, and any significant actions taken by the mayor in response to such changes.

§ 12. The lead-in of section 2 of local law 192 for the year 2019, as added by local law 192 for the year 2019, is amended to read as follows:

§ 2. Board of correction progress report. The board of correction shall publish a report on the impact on incarcerated individuals of closing jails on [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island and constructing new facilities to replace such jails, commencing on July 1, 2020 and every six months thereafter. Such report shall include but not be limited to information on the following issues:

§ 13. The title of section 9-142 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law number 120 for the year 2016, is amended to read as follows:

§ 9-142. [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island nursery procedures and report.

§ 14. The title of section 9-151 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law number 168 for the year 2017, is amended to read as follows:

§ 9-151. [Rikers Island] Kalief Browder Island education report.

§ 15. Print, online or other publications produced after the effective date of this law by any New York city agency shall refer to Rikers Island as Kalief Browder Island.

§ 16. This local law takes effect 30 days after it becomes law.

 

 

 

Session 12

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LS 1804

12/30/21

 

Session 11

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LS# 8569