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Meeting Name: City Council Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 5/13/2020 1:30 PM Minutes status: Final  
Meeting location: REMOTE HEARING
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    1.ROLL CALL      Roll call Not available
    2.INVOCATION - Delivered by: Imam Dr. Tahir Kukaj serves as the spiritual leader of the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center, located at 307 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10301. Motion to spread the Invocation in full upon the record by Council Member Rose.      Not available
    3.ADOPTION OF MINUTES - Motion that the Minutes of the Stated Meeting of April 22, 2020 be adopted as printed by Council Member Adams.      Not available
    4.MESSAGES & PAPERS FROM THE MAYOR - None      Not available
    5.COMMUNICATIONS FROM CITY, COUNTY & BOROUGH OFFICES      Not available
M 0241-2020 *  Received, Ordered, Printed and FiledQueens Borough Board’s Response to the Mayor's FY’21 Preliminary Budget and the Mayor's FY’21 Executive Budget.Communication Rcvd, Ord, Prnt, Fld by Council  Action details Not available
    6.PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS - None      Not available
    7.LAND USE CALL-UPS - None      Not available
    8.COMMUNICATION FROM THE SPEAKER      Not available
    9.DISCUSSION OF GENERAL ORDERS      Not available
    10.REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES - None      Not available
    11.REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES      Not available
     REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON CONSUMER AFFAIRS AND BUSINESS LICENSING      Not available
Int 1916-2020 AAndrew Cohen Amended and Coupled on GOCOVID-19 Relief Package - Requiring the waiver and refund of certain sidewalk cafe revocable consent fees, and providing for the repeal of such provision upon the expiration thereof.IntroductionOn March 17, 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, several businesses were ordered to close. Restaurants were required to stop providing dine-in service. As restaurants face unprecedented financial losses and can no longer utilize their sidewalk cafes during the state of emergency, this bill requires the City to waive and/or refund all revocable consent fees for unenclosed sidewalk cafes due between March 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021. Enclosed sidewalk café consent fees would be waived for the duration of the Mayor’s Emergency Executive Order No. 105 published on April 4, 2020.Approved by CouncilPass Action details Not available
Int 1940-2020 ASteven Matteo Preconsidered - Amended and Coupled on GOLicense, permit, consent and registration renewal extensions, and requiring at least 45 days notice for renewal following the COVID-19 emergency.IntroductionThis bill requires city agencies to publish a list of any licenses, permits, consents or registrations that are not covered by the renewal extension provided for by section four of the Mayor’s Emergency Executive Order Number 107 issued on April 14, 2020. This list must be made available on agency websites no later than 14 days after the enactment of this bill. In addition, this bill requires that all renewal deadlines be no earlier than 45 days after section four of the Mayor’s emergency order lapses. For licenses, permits, consents or registrations that expire on or after March 12, 2020 and are for a term of less than 45 days, the renewal extension provided for in this bill shall only be for the original duration of such license, permit, consent or registration.Approved by CouncilPass Action details Not available
     REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSING AND BUILDINGS      Not available
Int 1936-2020 ARitchie J. Torres Amended and Coupled on GOCOVID-19 Relief Package - Amending the definition of harassment to include threats based on a person having been impacted by COVID-19.IntroductionThe bill would amend the definition of harassment in the Housing Maintenance Code to include threats against an individual based on their status as a COVID-19 impacted person, their status as an essential employee, or their receipt of a rental concession or forbearance. Harassment would be punishable by a civil penalty of $2,000 to $10,000.Approved by CouncilPass Action details Not available
     REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON SMALL BUSINESS      Not available
Int 1898-2020 AMark Gjonaj  Amended and Coupled on GOTelephone order charges by third-party food delivery services during, and for 90 days after, a declared emergency that prohibits on-premises dining.IntroductionThe bill would prohibit third-party delivery services, entities that provide restaurants with online order and delivery services, from charging restaurants for telephone orders with customers that did not result in an actual transaction during the call. The prohibition would apply only to periods when a state of emergency is in effect in the city and restaurants are prohibited from offering food for consumption on-premises, plus an additional 90 days thereafter. Violations would be subject to civil penalties of up to $500 per restaurant per day.Approved by CouncilPass Action details Not available
Int 1908-2020 BFrancisco P. Moya Amended and Coupled on GOFees charged by third-party food delivery services during, and for 90 days after, a declared emergency that prohibits on-premises dining.IntroductionThis bill would restrict the fees that certain third-party food delivery services, entities that provide restaurants with online order and delivery services, may charge restaurants during states of emergency when restaurants are prohibited from offering food for consumption on-premises, plus an additional 90 days thereafter. During such time periods, third-party delivery services would be prohibited from charging more than a 15% fee per order for providing delivery services to a restaurant, and more than a 5% fee per order for all other types of charges. Violations of the prohibitions in this bill would be subject to civil penalties of up to $1000 per restaurant per day. The Corporation Counsel would be empowered to enforce the bill’s provisions by instituting civil action against third-party delivery services in violation, and by conducting investigations pursuant to such civil action.Approved by CouncilPass Action details Not available
Int 1914-2020 AAdrienne E. Adams Amended and Coupled on GOCOVID-19 Relief Package - Harassment of commercial tenants impacted by COVID-19.IntroductionThis bill would make threatening a commercial tenant based on their status as a COVID-19 impacted business or person a form of harassment punishable by a civil penalty of $10,000 to $50,000.Approved by CouncilPass Action details Not available
Int 1932-2020 ACarlina Rivera  Amended and Coupled on GOCOVID-19 Relief Package - Personal liability provisions of leases for commercial tenants impacted by COVID-19.IntroductionThis bill would temporarily prohibit the enforcement of personal liability provisions in commercial leases or rental agreements involving a COVID-19 impacted tenant. This would apply to businesses that were impacted by mandated closures and service limitations in the Governor's Executive Orders. Specifically, it covers (1) businesses that were required to stop serving food or beverages on-premises (restaurants and bars); (2) businesses that were required to cease operations altogether (gyms, fitness centers, movie theaters); (3) retail businesses that were required to close and/or subject to in-person restrictions; and (4) businesses that were required to close to the public (barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing parlors and related personal care services). Threatening to or attempting to enforce such a provision would also be considered a form of harassment.Approved by CouncilPass Action details Not available
    12.GENERAL ORDERS CALENDAR      Not available
     COUPLED ON GENERAL ORDER CALENDAR      Not available
    ~coupledCONSUMER AFFAIRS AND BUSINESS LICENSING      Not available
Int 1916-2020 AAndrew Cohen~coupledA and GOCOVID-19 Relief Package - Requiring the waiver and refund of certain sidewalk cafe revocable consent fees, and providing for the repeal of such provision upon the expiration thereof.IntroductionOn March 17, 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, several businesses were ordered to close. Restaurants were required to stop providing dine-in service. As restaurants face unprecedented financial losses and can no longer utilize their sidewalk cafes during the state of emergency, this bill requires the City to waive and/or refund all revocable consent fees for unenclosed sidewalk cafes due between March 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021. Enclosed sidewalk café consent fees would be waived for the duration of the Mayor’s Emergency Executive Order No. 105 published on April 4, 2020.   Action details Not available
Int 1940-2020 ASteven Matteo~coupledPreconsidered - A and GOLicense, permit, consent and registration renewal extensions, and requiring at least 45 days notice for renewal following the COVID-19 emergency.IntroductionThis bill requires city agencies to publish a list of any licenses, permits, consents or registrations that are not covered by the renewal extension provided for by section four of the Mayor’s Emergency Executive Order Number 107 issued on April 14, 2020. This list must be made available on agency websites no later than 14 days after the enactment of this bill. In addition, this bill requires that all renewal deadlines be no earlier than 45 days after section four of the Mayor’s emergency order lapses. For licenses, permits, consents or registrations that expire on or after March 12, 2020 and are for a term of less than 45 days, the renewal extension provided for in this bill shall only be for the original duration of such license, permit, consent or registration.   Action details Not available
    ~coupledHOUSING AND BUILDINGS      Not available
Int 1936-2020 ARitchie J. Torres~coupledA and GOCOVID-19 Relief Package - Amending the definition of harassment to include threats based on a person having been impacted by COVID-19.IntroductionThe bill would amend the definition of harassment in the Housing Maintenance Code to include threats against an individual based on their status as a COVID-19 impacted person, their status as an essential employee, or their receipt of a rental concession or forbearance. Harassment would be punishable by a civil penalty of $2,000 to $10,000.   Action details Not available
    ~coupledSMALL BUSINESS      Not available
Int 1898-2020 AMark Gjonaj ~coupledA and GOTelephone order charges by third-party food delivery services during, and for 90 days after, a declared emergency that prohibits on-premises dining.IntroductionThe bill would prohibit third-party delivery services, entities that provide restaurants with online order and delivery services, from charging restaurants for telephone orders with customers that did not result in an actual transaction during the call. The prohibition would apply only to periods when a state of emergency is in effect in the city and restaurants are prohibited from offering food for consumption on-premises, plus an additional 90 days thereafter. Violations would be subject to civil penalties of up to $500 per restaurant per day.   Action details Not available
Int 1908-2020 BFrancisco P. Moya~coupledA and GOFees charged by third-party food delivery services during, and for 90 days after, a declared emergency that prohibits on-premises dining.IntroductionThis bill would restrict the fees that certain third-party food delivery services, entities that provide restaurants with online order and delivery services, may charge restaurants during states of emergency when restaurants are prohibited from offering food for consumption on-premises, plus an additional 90 days thereafter. During such time periods, third-party delivery services would be prohibited from charging more than a 15% fee per order for providing delivery services to a restaurant, and more than a 5% fee per order for all other types of charges. Violations of the prohibitions in this bill would be subject to civil penalties of up to $1000 per restaurant per day. The Corporation Counsel would be empowered to enforce the bill’s provisions by instituting civil action against third-party delivery services in violation, and by conducting investigations pursuant to such civil action.   Action details Not available
Int 1914-2020 AAdrienne E. Adams~coupledA and GOCOVID-19 Relief Package - Harassment of commercial tenants impacted by COVID-19.IntroductionThis bill would make threatening a commercial tenant based on their status as a COVID-19 impacted business or person a form of harassment punishable by a civil penalty of $10,000 to $50,000.   Action details Not available
Int 1932-2020 ACarlina Rivera ~coupledA and GOCOVID-19 Relief Package - Personal liability provisions of leases for commercial tenants impacted by COVID-19.IntroductionThis bill would temporarily prohibit the enforcement of personal liability provisions in commercial leases or rental agreements involving a COVID-19 impacted tenant. This would apply to businesses that were impacted by mandated closures and service limitations in the Governor's Executive Orders. Specifically, it covers (1) businesses that were required to stop serving food or beverages on-premises (restaurants and bars); (2) businesses that were required to cease operations altogether (gyms, fitness centers, movie theaters); (3) retail businesses that were required to close and/or subject to in-person restrictions; and (4) businesses that were required to close to the public (barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing parlors and related personal care services). Threatening to or attempting to enforce such a provision would also be considered a form of harassment.   Action details Not available
    ~coupledGENERAL ORDER CALENDAR      Not available
          Pass Not available
    13.INTRODUCTION & READING OF BILLS (SEE BELOW)      Not available
    14.DISCUSSION OF RESOLUTIONS      Not available
    15.RESOLUTIONS - None      Not available
    16.GENERAL DISCUSSION      Not available
    17.EXTENSION OF REMARKS      Not available
     INTRODUCTION AND READING OF BILLS      Not available
Res 1320-2020 *Andrew Cohen~SPONSORGeneral WelfareUS Dept of Agriculture to expand the number of retailers that are permitted in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program online purchasing program to ensure vulnerable communities in NYC can safely access healthy food.Resolution Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 1937-2020 *Daniel Dromm ~SPONSOREducationExpanding the collection of certain demographic data by city agencies.IntroductionThis bill would amend existing requirements for certain city agencies to collect demographic data about ancestry and languages spoken, multiracial ancestry or ethnic origin, and gender identity and sexual orientation so that the requirement would be extended to any agency that collects demographic data on forms from city residents. In addition, these demographic questions would have to be incorporated into any existing forms of these agencies that include demographic questions unless there is a law or court order preventing the amendment of any such form. If there is a law or court order preventing amendment of a form but there is a waiver available allowing amendment, the agency would be required to request a waiver.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 1938-2020 *Robert F. Holden~SPONSORConsumer Affairs and Business LicensingRequiring towing companies to remove debris from the scene of an accident.IntroductionThis bill would require any towing company removing a vehicle from the scene of an accident to clean up any debris deposited upon the roadway by the damaged vehicle. The bill would also prohibit any towing company removing a vehicle from the scene of an accident at the direction of the police department pursuant to DARP from charging for such cleanup, unless authorized by the Department of Consumer Affairs.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Res 1321-2020 *Robert F. Holden~SPONSOREnvironmental ProtectionRequiring putrescible and non-putrescible waste to be covered by a hard tarp when transported by rail. (A.03269 and S.02490)Resolution Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 1939-2020 *Alan N. Maisel~SPONSORHousing and BuildingsRequiring standby power for nursing homes, adult homes, enriched housing and certain assisted living facilities.IntroductionThis bill would require that nursing homes, adult homes, enriched housing and certain assisted living facilities have standby power that is sufficient to maintain, for no less than 72 hours: at least one elevator serving all floors, cooling or heating in at least one common area that can accommodate all occupants, refrigerators and freezers and hallway lighting. This requirement would be retroactive, and existing buildings would be required to comply by January 1, 2024.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 1940-2020 ASteven Matteo~SPONSORPreconsidered - Consumer Affairs and Business LicensingLicense, permit, consent and registration renewal extensions, and requiring at least 45 days notice for renewal following the COVID-19 emergency.IntroductionThis bill requires city agencies to publish a list of any licenses, permits, consents or registrations that are not covered by the renewal extension provided for by section four of the Mayor’s Emergency Executive Order Number 107 issued on April 14, 2020. This list must be made available on agency websites no later than 14 days after the enactment of this bill. In addition, this bill requires that all renewal deadlines be no earlier than 45 days after section four of the Mayor’s emergency order lapses. For licenses, permits, consents or registrations that expire on or after March 12, 2020 and are for a term of less than 45 days, the renewal extension provided for in this bill shall only be for the original duration of such license, permit, consent or registration.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 1941-2020 *I. Daneek Miller~SPONSORPreconsidered - Civil Service and LaborRequiring health insurance coverage for surviving family members of municipal employees who died as a result of a complication related to COVID-19.IntroductionThis bill would require health insurance coverage to be extended to the surviving family members (surviving spouse, domestic partner and children) of municipal employees who have died as a natural and proximate result of a complication of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Res 1322-2020 *I. Daneek Miller~SPONSORPreconsidered - Civil Service and LaborAutomatically classifying the deaths of all municipal employees who died from COVID-19 as line-of-duty deaths.Resolution Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 1942-2020 *Keith Powers ~SPONSORSanitation and Solid Waste ManagementOrganic waste drop off sites.IntroductionThis bill would mandate DSNY establish and operate at least three organics drop off sites in each community district.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 1943-2020 *Antonio Reynoso~SPONSORSanitation and Solid Waste ManagementCommunity recycling centers.IntroductionThis bill would mandate DSNY establish and operate at least one community recycling center in each community district.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
Int 1944-2020 *Carlina Rivera ~SPONSORGeneral WelfareCreation and distribution of a guide regarding changes in the policies and procedures of the department of social services/human resources administration due to COVID-19.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Social Services/Human Resources Administration to create a guide providing information about changes in the department’s policies and procedures due to COVID-19. The guide would be made available on the department’s website and mailed to each client of the department within 30 days of the effective date of the law.Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
LU 0662-2020 *Rafael Salamanca, Jr.~SPONSORLandmarks, Public Sitings and DispositionsLandmarks, 266 West 96th Street, Manhattan (20205412 HAM)Land Use Application Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available
LU 0662-2020 *Rafael Salamanca, Jr.  Landmarks, 266 West 96th Street, Manhattan (20205412 HAM)Land Use Application Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Not available