Increases the membership of the New York city housing authority to include two additional members to be appointed by the mayor; provides that the new members shall be residents of a public housing project and shall receive a stipend of $250 per month.
BILL NUMBER : S1104
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the public housing law, in relation to modifying the composition of the membership of the New York city housing authority to specifically include tenant representatives
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL : This bill would increase the membership of NYCHA to include tenant representation.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS : This bill would amend subdivisions 3 and 4 of section 402 of the public housing law, as amended by Chapter 916 of the laws of 1958.
JUSTIFICATION : This bill would increase the participation of public housing tenants in the decision making process of public housing complexes. At the present time, tenants of public housing have limited input into the operation of their housing complexes. They are restricted to an "advisory" role and therefore are removed from any substantive input into the problems and programs for their complexes. By providing public housing tenants representation on the authority they will play a greater role in the operation of their complexes. There will be a corresponding identification with the problems they are confronting and policies enacted to resolve such problems. By providing such direct representation, the tenant representative will act as a board of directors and/or trustees of public housing complexes which will in turn shift the accountability not only onto those who will run public housing but to those tenant representatives who have the direct link to the Housing Authority that they have never had.
The bill provides that two tenant representatives be appointed by the Mayor of New York City. These representatives must be eighteen years of age or older, be a resident of public housing, and shall serve a term of three years. They shall receive a monthly stipend of $250.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : A4230-b in the 1995/96 Session A1033-a in the 1997/98 Session A1874-a in the 1999/00 Session A1443-a in the 2001/02 Session A2130-a in the 2005/06 Session A2130-a amended on third reading in the 2005/06 Session A4724 - advanced to third reading in the 2007/08 Session S1494 - referred to housing, construction and community development in 2007/08 Session
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : The newly elected two tenant representatives shall receive a monthly stipend of $250. The cost to the City of New York will be $6,000 per year - ($250 x 12 months) x 2 representatives.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1104 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 26, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sens. DILAN, ADAMS, DIAZ, DUANE, HASSELL-THOMPSON, KLEIN, KRUEGER, MONTGOMERY, ONORATO, PARKER, SAMPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development AN ACT to amend the public housing law, in relation to modifying the composition of the membership of the New York city housing authority to specifically include tenant representatives THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivisions 3 and 4 of section 402 of the public housing law, subdivision 3 as added and subdivision 4 as amended by chapter 916 of the laws of 1958, are amended to read as follows: 3. On and after May first, nineteen hundred fifty-eight, the authority shall consist of three members appointed by the mayor, one of whom shall be designated by the mayor as chairman removable at his pleasure. The members other than the chairman first appointed for terms commencing on May first, nineteen hundred fifty-eight, shall be appointed for terms of three and five years, respectively. Thereafter the term of office of each member other than the chairman shall be five years. The mayor shall file with the commissioner of housing a certificate of appointment of the chairman and of each member. Any member other than the chairman may be removed by the mayor for cause after a public hearing.
[Not more than two members of the authority shall belong to the same political party]ON AND AFTER JULY FIRST IN THE YEAR NEXT SUCCEEDING THE YEAR IN WHICH THIS SENTENCE SHALL TAKE EFFECT, THE AUTHORITY SHALL CONSIST OF TWO ADDITIONAL MEMBERS WHO SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE MAYOR. EACH SUCH ADDITIONAL MEMBER MUST BE EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AND BE A RESI- DENT OF A PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECT OF THE AUTHORITY. THE INITIAL TERMS OF SUCH ADDITIONAL MEMBERS SHALL BE AS FOLLOWS: ONE MEMBER SHALL SERVE FOR A TERM OF TWO YEARS AND ONE MEMBER SHALL SERVE FOR A TERM OF THREE YEARS, THEREAFTER SUCH ADDITIONAL MEMBERS SHALL SERVE FOR A THREE YEAREXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05018-01-9 S. 1104 2
TERM OF OFFICE. A vacancy in the office of a member other than the chairman occurring otherwise than by expiration of term shall be filled for the unexpired term. 4. The chairman and the other members of the authority OTHER THAN THE TWO ADDITIONAL PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECT TENANT MEMBERS shall give their whole time to their duties and shall not engage in any other occupation, profession or employment.
[They shall receive a salary the amount of which shall be fixed by the board of estimate]THE CHAIRMAN AND THE MEMBERS OF THE AUTHORITY OTHER THAN THE TWO ADDITIONAL PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECT TENANT MEMBERS SHALL RECEIVE A SALARY THE AMOUNT OF WHICH SHALL BE FIXED BY LOCAL LAW. THE TWO ADDITIONAL PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECT TENANT MEMBERS SHALL RECEIVE A MONTHLY STIPEND IN THE AMOUNT OF TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.