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Meeting Name: Committee on Housing and Buildings Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 9/13/2021 11:00 AM Minutes status: Final  
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Int 1817-2019 *Laurie A. Cumbo  Affordable housing lottery processes.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (“HPD”) to promulgate certain minimum rules governing affordable housing lotteries. Such rules must provide that applicants for affordable housing receive written notification stating whether they are accepted or rejected for occupancy in an affordable housing unit, be given sufficient time and information to respond to developers’ requests for information and to appeal a rejection, and be made aware of community-based service providers that may assist the applicant. Applicants may file a complaint with HPD or the New York City Housing Development Corporation, as applicable, if they believe their application was rejected in error. HPD rules must also provide guidance to developers regarding information it may consider in selecting applicants, specifically prohibiting developers from considering photographs of an applicant’s current living situation or minor children’s report cards, prohibiting developers from rejecting applicants based solely on credit score, and requiring developers consider all sources of an applicant’s income. HPD shall provide developers training regarding applicant selection and maintain a compliance hotline for use by developers.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1817-2019 *Laurie A. Cumbo  Affordable housing lottery processes.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (“HPD”) to promulgate certain minimum rules governing affordable housing lotteries. Such rules must provide that applicants for affordable housing receive written notification stating whether they are accepted or rejected for occupancy in an affordable housing unit, be given sufficient time and information to respond to developers’ requests for information and to appeal a rejection, and be made aware of community-based service providers that may assist the applicant. Applicants may file a complaint with HPD or the New York City Housing Development Corporation, as applicable, if they believe their application was rejected in error. HPD rules must also provide guidance to developers regarding information it may consider in selecting applicants, specifically prohibiting developers from considering photographs of an applicant’s current living situation or minor children’s report cards, prohibiting developers from rejecting applicants based solely on credit score, and requiring developers consider all sources of an applicant’s income. HPD shall provide developers training regarding applicant selection and maintain a compliance hotline for use by developers.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 2259-2021 *Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.  An extension of the deadlines for inspection and correction of building gas piping systems in certain community districts.IntroductionPursuant to Local Law 152 of 2016 and Department of Buildings (DOB) rules, between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021, building gas piping systems must be inspected in community districts (CD) 2, 5, 7, 13, and 18 in all boroughs. DOB rules also require submission of a certification that all conditions identified in the inspection report have been corrected no later than 120 days or if more time is needed no later than 180 days following the inspection date. This bill would extend the December 31, 2021 inspection deadline for buildings in CD 2, 5, 7, 13, and 18 in all boroughs until June 30, 2022. The bill provides that for such buildings inspected between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021, the certification of correction may be submitted later than 120 days or later than 180 days following the inspection date, as applicable, but no later than June 30, 2022. This bill would also require DOB to conduct targeted outreach regarding complying with the requirements of Local Law 152 of 2016.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 2259-2021 *Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.  An extension of the deadlines for inspection and correction of building gas piping systems in certain community districts.IntroductionPursuant to Local Law 152 of 2016 and Department of Buildings (DOB) rules, between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021, building gas piping systems must be inspected in community districts (CD) 2, 5, 7, 13, and 18 in all boroughs. DOB rules also require submission of a certification that all conditions identified in the inspection report have been corrected no later than 120 days or if more time is needed no later than 180 days following the inspection date. This bill would extend the December 31, 2021 inspection deadline for buildings in CD 2, 5, 7, 13, and 18 in all boroughs until June 30, 2022. The bill provides that for such buildings inspected between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021, the certification of correction may be submitted later than 120 days or later than 180 days following the inspection date, as applicable, but no later than June 30, 2022. This bill would also require DOB to conduct targeted outreach regarding complying with the requirements of Local Law 152 of 2016.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 2262-2021 *Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.  Final inspections for temporary construction equipment permits and prohibiting stand-off brackets.IntroductionThis bill would no longer require certain final inspections for temporary construction equipment, which would streamline the sign-off process for permits issued in connection with such equipment. It would also prohibit the installation and use of stand-off brackets, which the Department of Buildings has identified as a contributing factor in suspended scaffolding incidents.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 2262-2021 *Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.  Final inspections for temporary construction equipment permits and prohibiting stand-off brackets.IntroductionThis bill would no longer require certain final inspections for temporary construction equipment, which would streamline the sign-off process for permits issued in connection with such equipment. It would also prohibit the installation and use of stand-off brackets, which the Department of Buildings has identified as a contributing factor in suspended scaffolding incidents.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 2263-2021 *Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.  Definition of major building.IntroductionThis bill would lower the threshold for a major building construction site to include construction sites that involve existing or proposed buildings 7 or more stories or 75 feet or more in height. This change would trigger additional site safety requirements for more construction sites.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 2263-2021 *Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.  Definition of major building.IntroductionThis bill would lower the threshold for a major building construction site to include construction sites that involve existing or proposed buildings 7 or more stories or 75 feet or more in height. This change would trigger additional site safety requirements for more construction sites.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 2264-2021 *Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.  Cold-formed steel construction.IntroductionThis bill would amend certain existing requirements and establish new requirements for the use of cold-formed steel light-frame construction. This bill would amend special inspection requirements for the use of such construction. It would also create new requirements for the installation of cold-formed steel light-frame construction, the installation of decking on cold-formed steel light-frame construction, and the use of such framing and decking during construction and demolition.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 2264-2021 *Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.  Cold-formed steel construction.IntroductionThis bill would amend certain existing requirements and establish new requirements for the use of cold-formed steel light-frame construction. This bill would amend special inspection requirements for the use of such construction. It would also create new requirements for the installation of cold-formed steel light-frame construction, the installation of decking on cold-formed steel light-frame construction, and the use of such framing and decking during construction and demolition.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 2265-2021 *Laurie A. Cumbo  Stove safety knobs.IntroductionThis bill would amend the Housing Maintenance Code by requiring owners of units in multiple dwellings to provide to tenants the option of either permanent stove safety knobs with integrated locking mechanisms or stove knob covers for each knob located on the front of each gas-powered stove.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 2265-2021 *Laurie A. Cumbo  Stove safety knobs.IntroductionThis bill would amend the Housing Maintenance Code by requiring owners of units in multiple dwellings to provide to tenants the option of either permanent stove safety knobs with integrated locking mechanisms or stove knob covers for each knob located on the front of each gas-powered stove.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 2276-2021 *Francisco P. Moya  Construction superintendents, and repealing sections 3310.8.3 and 3310.8.6 of the NYC building code in relation to inspections required by site safety managers or coordinators, and in relation to reasonable prudence required by site safety managers or cooIntroductionIn 2019, construction-related injuries decreased over 20% compared to the previous year following the launch of the Construction Safety Compliance Unit at the Department of Buildings, which is dedicated to conducting proactive, unannounced inspections of larger construction sites. This includes sites that are required to designate a Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator, or Site Safety Manager. This decrease in injuries also coincides with the implementation of Local Law 196 of 2017, which requires safety training for workers and supervisors at larger construction sites. This bill seeks to build on efforts to reduce construction-related injuries and fatalities by requiring additional site safety supervision at major building construction sites. Such sites would be required to designate a full time Construction Superintendent, who would be responsible for safety and code compliance, along with overall management of the construction project, in addition to a Site Safety Coordinator or Site Safety Manager.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 2276-2021 *Francisco P. Moya  Construction superintendents, and repealing sections 3310.8.3 and 3310.8.6 of the NYC building code in relation to inspections required by site safety managers or coordinators, and in relation to reasonable prudence required by site safety managers or cooIntroductionIn 2019, construction-related injuries decreased over 20% compared to the previous year following the launch of the Construction Safety Compliance Unit at the Department of Buildings, which is dedicated to conducting proactive, unannounced inspections of larger construction sites. This includes sites that are required to designate a Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator, or Site Safety Manager. This decrease in injuries also coincides with the implementation of Local Law 196 of 2017, which requires safety training for workers and supervisors at larger construction sites. This bill seeks to build on efforts to reduce construction-related injuries and fatalities by requiring additional site safety supervision at major building construction sites. Such sites would be required to designate a full time Construction Superintendent, who would be responsible for safety and code compliance, along with overall management of the construction project, in addition to a Site Safety Coordinator or Site Safety Manager.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 2278-2021 *Public Advocate Jumaane Williams Proposed Int. No. 2278-ALicensing of general contractors.IntroductionThis bill would require general contractors to be licensed by the Department of Buildings (DOB) in a manner similar to how other trades are licensed under DOB, and would prohibit any person from performing general contractor work unless approved by DOB. Applicants for permits from DOB must be licensed general contractors who are “designees” of approved general contracting businesses or, with respect to work performed by city agencies, the “designees” of such agencies. This bill would require applicants for a general contractor license from DOB to meet certain qualifications, including, but not limited to, possessing a valid Site Safety Training Supervisor Card.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 2278-2021 *Public Advocate Jumaane Williams  Licensing of general contractors.IntroductionThis bill would require general contractors to be licensed by the Department of Buildings (DOB) in a manner similar to how other trades are licensed under DOB, and would prohibit any person from performing general contractor work unless approved by DOB. Applicants for permits from DOB must be licensed general contractors who are “designees” of approved general contracting businesses or, with respect to work performed by city agencies, the “designees” of such agencies. This bill would require applicants for a general contractor license from DOB to meet certain qualifications, including, but not limited to, possessing a valid Site Safety Training Supervisor Card.Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Not available
Int 2278-2021 *Public Advocate Jumaane Williams  Licensing of general contractors.IntroductionThis bill would require general contractors to be licensed by the Department of Buildings (DOB) in a manner similar to how other trades are licensed under DOB, and would prohibit any person from performing general contractor work unless approved by DOB. Applicants for permits from DOB must be licensed general contractors who are “designees” of approved general contracting businesses or, with respect to work performed by city agencies, the “designees” of such agencies. This bill would require applicants for a general contractor license from DOB to meet certain qualifications, including, but not limited to, possessing a valid Site Safety Training Supervisor Card.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 2309-2021 *Ben Kallos  Requiring registration for short-term rentals and booking services.IntroductionThis bill would require applicants seeking to rent out rooms in dwelling units, or housing accommodations within a building, for fewer than 30 consecutive days, as short-term rentals, to register annually with the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement and obtain a registration number before being permitted to rent out rooms in such a manner. Booking services would be required to obtain a registration from the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement and verify the short-term rental registration number of any accommodation before listing it on their service.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 2309-2021 *Ben Kallos  Requiring registration for short-term rentals and booking services.IntroductionThis bill would require applicants seeking to rent out rooms in dwelling units, or housing accommodations within a building, for fewer than 30 consecutive days, as short-term rentals, to register annually with the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement and obtain a registration number before being permitted to rent out rooms in such a manner. Booking services would be required to obtain a registration from the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement and verify the short-term rental registration number of any accommodation before listing it on their service.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 2321-2021 *Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.  Creating a hardship program for inspection and correction of building gas piping systems.IntroductionPursuant to Local Law 152 of 2016 and Department of Buildings (DOB), rules, between January 1 and December 31 of every fourth year, building gas piping systems must be inspected in community districts in all boroughs. DOB rules also require submission of a certification that all conditions identified in the inspection report have been corrected no later than 120 days, or if more time is needed, no later than 180 days following the inspection date. Although a late certification is permitted when additional time for a correction is needed, where a property owner is unable to timely complete an inspection, there is no way for the property owner to seek an extension of time to complete the inspection. This bill would create a hardship program that would allow a building owner, who is unable to timely comply with the inspection by the inspection due, to apply to a hardship program. Upon acceptance to this hardship program, the property owner will receive a deferral of the due date for the inspection, and all associated due dates, for 90 days. If the property owner does not complete the inspection within that 90-day period, the property owner will be responsible for all noncompliance penalties. This bill also requires the DOB commissioner to conduct outreach to buildings with gas piping systems that must be inspected six months before the associated due dates.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 2321-2021 *Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.  Creating a hardship program for inspection and correction of building gas piping systems.IntroductionPursuant to Local Law 152 of 2016 and Department of Buildings (DOB), rules, between January 1 and December 31 of every fourth year, building gas piping systems must be inspected in community districts in all boroughs. DOB rules also require submission of a certification that all conditions identified in the inspection report have been corrected no later than 120 days, or if more time is needed, no later than 180 days following the inspection date. Although a late certification is permitted when additional time for a correction is needed, where a property owner is unable to timely complete an inspection, there is no way for the property owner to seek an extension of time to complete the inspection. This bill would create a hardship program that would allow a building owner, who is unable to timely comply with the inspection by the inspection due, to apply to a hardship program. Upon acceptance to this hardship program, the property owner will receive a deferral of the due date for the inspection, and all associated due dates, for 90 days. If the property owner does not complete the inspection within that 90-day period, the property owner will be responsible for all noncompliance penalties. This bill also requires the DOB commissioner to conduct outreach to buildings with gas piping systems that must be inspected six months before the associated due dates.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 2361-2021 *Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.  Creating a questionnaire related to the inspection and correction of building gas piping systems.IntroductionPursuant to Local Law 152 of 2016 and Department of Buildings (DOB), rules, between January 1 and December 31 of every fourth year, building gas piping systems must be inspected in community districts in all boroughs. DOB rules also require submission of a certification that all conditions identified in the inspection report have been corrected no later than 120 days, or if more time is needed, no later than 180 days following the inspection date. This bill would require DOB to create a questionnaire that could be shared with stakeholders and members of the public. Through this questionnaire, DOB could seek feedback on Local Law 152. Starting on March 1, 2022, and on every following March 1, DOB would be required to report to the Council, the Mayor, and post on its website, the results of the questionnaires received during the prior calendar year.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 2361-2021 *Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.  Creating a questionnaire related to the inspection and correction of building gas piping systems.IntroductionPursuant to Local Law 152 of 2016 and Department of Buildings (DOB), rules, between January 1 and December 31 of every fourth year, building gas piping systems must be inspected in community districts in all boroughs. DOB rules also require submission of a certification that all conditions identified in the inspection report have been corrected no later than 120 days, or if more time is needed, no later than 180 days following the inspection date. This bill would require DOB to create a questionnaire that could be shared with stakeholders and members of the public. Through this questionnaire, DOB could seek feedback on Local Law 152. Starting on March 1, 2022, and on every following March 1, DOB would be required to report to the Council, the Mayor, and post on its website, the results of the questionnaires received during the prior calendar year.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 2377-2021 *Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.  Extending the physical scope of gas piping inspections.IntroductionPursuant to Local Law 152 of 2016 and Department of Buildings (DOB), rules, between January 1 and December 31 of every fourth year, building gas piping systems must be inspected in community districts in all boroughs. DOB rules also require submission of a certification that all conditions identified in the inspection report have been corrected no later than 120 days, or if more time is needed, no later than 180 days following the inspection date. Currently, inspections conducted under Local Law 152 include exposed gas lines from point of entry up to individual tenant spaces. This bill extends the physical scope of inspection from individual tenant spaces to the point of connection for any equipment that uses gas supplied by gas piping.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 2377-2021 *Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.  Extending the physical scope of gas piping inspections.IntroductionPursuant to Local Law 152 of 2016 and Department of Buildings (DOB), rules, between January 1 and December 31 of every fourth year, building gas piping systems must be inspected in community districts in all boroughs. DOB rules also require submission of a certification that all conditions identified in the inspection report have been corrected no later than 120 days, or if more time is needed, no later than 180 days following the inspection date. Currently, inspections conducted under Local Law 152 include exposed gas lines from point of entry up to individual tenant spaces. This bill extends the physical scope of inspection from individual tenant spaces to the point of connection for any equipment that uses gas supplied by gas piping.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 2404-2021 *Brad S. Lander PreconsideredRequiring a certification of no harassment prior to approval of construction documents or issuance of permits for demolition or renovation of certain buildings.IntroductionThis bill would extend the certification of no harassment pilot created by Local Law of 2018 until September 27, 2026. Buildings where an Article 7-A administrator has been appointed, buildings where the department of buildings has determined there has been a failure to comply with any term of a tenant protection plan, buildings included on the speculation watch list, and buildings in any community district determined to be at a high risk for displacement by the equitable development data tool would be required to apply for the CONH for covered work. The Building Qualification Index (BQI) would be updated to include open and closed hazardous and immediately hazardous violations issued by the department of health and mental hygiene or department of buildings. Penalties for new determinations of harassment following a CONH application would include a civil penalty of not less than two thousand dollars and not more than ten thousand dollars for each dwelling unit and twice the rent charged for the month of the CONH denial for each of up to five years of occupancy.Hearing on P-C Item by Comm  Action details Not available
Int 2404-2021 *Brad S. Lander  Requiring a certification of no harassment prior to approval of construction documents or issuance of permits for demolition or renovation of certain buildings.IntroductionThis bill would extend the certification of no harassment pilot created by Local Law of 2018 until September 27, 2026. Buildings where an Article 7-A administrator has been appointed, buildings where the department of buildings has determined there has been a failure to comply with any term of a tenant protection plan, buildings included on the speculation watch list, and buildings in any community district determined to be at a high risk for displacement by the equitable development data tool would be required to apply for the CONH for covered work. The Building Qualification Index (BQI) would be updated to include open and closed hazardous and immediately hazardous violations issued by the department of health and mental hygiene or department of buildings. Penalties for new determinations of harassment following a CONH application would include a civil penalty of not less than two thousand dollars and not more than ten thousand dollars for each dwelling unit and twice the rent charged for the month of the CONH denial for each of up to five years of occupancy.P-C Item Laid Over by Comm  Action details Not available