Relates to membership and composition of the New York city housing authority board; increases voting membership on the board to seven and provides for five non-voting, tenant representatives.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public housing law, in relation to increasing the board of the New York city housing authority
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The bill seeks to restructure the Board of Directors of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to ensure that its members have relative experience and expertise in issues affecting NYCHA residents, and are responsive to their needs.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1. Amends subdivisions 3 and 4 of section 402 of the Public Housing Law, as amended by chapter 531 of the laws of 2010. Increases board membership from three to 10 members (seven of whom shall be voting members). The 12 members are broken down as follows: one Chairperson, five non-voting tenant representatives and six board members. The members are to be appointed by the mayor of the city of New York and shall serve at his/her pleasure. The members may be removed by the mayor for cause after a public hearing.
The aforementioned six board members must have expertise in one or more of the following competencies: housing finance, workforce development, management/administration, housing policy, health and human services, and community development. These six voting members, other than the chairperson, shall be appointed upon a written recommendation of the New York city council.
The five non-voting tenant representative members shall be residents of any one of the 335 federal projects owned or operated by NYCHA. Additionally, the tenant representative must be at least 18 years of age and be the tenant of record or an authorized member of the tenant household. Furthermore, there must be a representative from each of the five boroughs.
The chairperson of the authority shall give his/her whole time to the duties of the authority and shall not engage in any other occupation, profession or employment. The chairperson and the other six voting members shall receive salaries, the amounts of which shall be fixed by local law. The tenant representatives shall receive a monthly stipend in the amount of $250.
Section 2. Effective Date
JUSTIFICATION: This bill addresses the growing concern that NYCHA's board is unresponsive, unaccountable, and unfit for the enormous and imperative task of effectively managing the more than 400,000 NYCHA residents. NYCHA oversees a network of over 400 community facilities that include community centers, senior centers, health care centers, day care and Head Start educational centers. Programs at many of these centers include sports, photography, painting, literacy classes and general education courses, computer training, arts and crafts, childcare, meal programs, and senior companion initiatives.
To fulfill its vital mission and even better serve residents while facing dramatic reductions in traditional government funding, NYCHA
must develop new financing options and build innovative partnerships to help NYCHA increase resident access to a multitude of community, educational and recreational programs, as well as job readiness and training initiatives.
Unfortunately, many incidents in the recent past have proven to residents and public officials that the current board structure/composition of NYCHA is ill-equipped for the task at hand. Tens of thousands of complaints go unanswered each year, millions of federal and state dollars earmarked for capital improvements remain unspent, and most recently they have engaged in the practice of selling off community space for the purpose of luxury apartments; only 20% of which will be made available for affordable housing purposes. Moreover, the lack of transparency that exists within the organization is alarming and must be corrected to ensure that NYCHA is acting in accordance with it statutorily mandated purpose. Such purpose being to provide decent and affordable housing in a safe and secure living environment for low- and moderate-income residents throughout the five boroughs.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3759 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 14, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. PERKINS, MONTGOMERY -- read twice and ordered print- ed, 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 increasing the board of the New York city housing authority 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, as amended by chapter 531 of the laws of 2010, are amended to read as follows: 3. (A) On and after
[May first, nineteen hundred fifty-eight]JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN, the authority shall consist of [three]TWELVE 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 CHAIRPERSON, SIX OTHER VOTING MEMBERS AND FIVE NON-VOTING MEMBERS, TO BE APPOINTED BY THE MAYOR IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS SET FORTH IN THIS SUBDIVISION. THE VOTING MEMBERS FIRST APPOINTED AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE CHAPTER OF THE LAWS OF TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN WHICH AMENDED THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL HAVE SUBSTANTIAL EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE IN ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING AREAS: (I) HOUSING FINANCE; (II) WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT; (III) MANAGEMENT/ADMINISTRATION; (IV) HOUSING POLICY; (V) HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES; AND (VI) COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT/ORGANIZATION.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08683-02-3 S. 3759 2
EACH OF THE ISSUE AREAS SET FORTH IN THIS PARAGRAPH SHALL BE REPRES- ENTED, PROVIDED HOWEVER, THAT TWO OF THE AREAS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO BE REPRESENTED UNTIL THE EXPIRATION OF THE TERMS OF THE MEMBERS ON THE BOARD AS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE CHAPTER OF THE LAWS OF TWO THOU- SAND THIRTEEN WHICH AMENDED THIS SUBDIVISION. (B) THE SIX VOTING MEMBERS OTHER THAN THE CHAIRPERSON SHALL BE APPOINTED ON THE WRITTEN RECOMMENDATION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK. THE FIVE NON-VOTING MEMBERS SHALL BE RESIDENTS OF ANY ONE OF THE THREE HUNDRED THIRTY-FIVE FEDERAL PROJECTS OWNED OR OPERATED BY THE AUTHORITY, MUST BE EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AND SHALL BE THE TENANT OF RECORD OR AN AUTHORIZED MEMBER OF THE TENANT HOUSEHOLD. SUCH TENANT REPRESENTATIVES SHALL REPRESENT EACH OF THE FIVE BOROUGHS AND SHALL BE APPOINTED AFTER SELECTION FROM A WRITTEN LIST OF RECOMMENDA- TIONS FROM THE BOROUGH PRESIDENT OF EACH BOROUGH. (C) THE MEMBERS FIRST APPOINTED AFTER JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN SHALL SERVE FOR THE FOLLOWING TERMS: THE FIRST ADDITIONAL MEMBER SHALL SERVE FOR A TERM ENDING DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN; THE SECOND ADDITIONAL MEMBER SHALL SERVE FOR A TERM ENDING DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN; THE THIRD ADDITIONAL MEMBER SHALL SERVE FOR A TERM ENDING DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOUSAND SEVEN- TEEN; AND THE FOURTH ADDITIONAL MEMBER SHALL SERVE A TERM ENDING DECEM- BER THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOUSAND EIGHTEEN. THEREAFTER ALL MEMBERS SHALL BE APPOINTED FOR TERMS OF FOUR YEARS. THE NON-VOTING TENANT REPRESENTATIVES SHALL SERVE FOUR YEAR TERMS BEGINNING JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN; PROVIDED THAT THE TENANT REPRESEN- TATIVE SERVING ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE CHAPTER OF THE LAWS OF TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN WHICH AMENDED THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL CONTINUE TO SERVE UNTIL THE EXPIRATION OF HIS OR HER TERM. (D) The mayor shall file with the commissioner of housing a certif- icate of appointment of the
[chairman]CHAIRPERSON and of each member. Any member [other than the chairman]may be removed by the mayor for cause after a public hearing. [On and after July first in the year next succeeding the year in which this sentence shall take effect, the authority shall consist of one additional member who shall be appointed by the mayor and shall be removable at his or her pleasure. Such addi- tional member must be eighteen years of age or older and be the tenant of record or an authorized member of the tenant household, in good standing, residing in one of the three hundred thirty-five federal projects owned or operated by the authority. A]ANY vacancy [in the office of a member other than the chairman or the additional tenant member]occurring otherwise than by expiration of term shall be filled for the unexpired term [; provided, however, that a vacancy in the seat held by the additional tenant member shall be filled]by the mayor PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION within thirty days of such vacancy. 4. The [chairman and the other members]CHAIRPERSON of the authority [other than the additional tenant member]shall give [their]HIS OR HER whole time to [their]THE duties OF THE AUTHORITY and shall not engage in any other occupation, profession or employment. The [chairman]CHAIR- PERSON and the SIX VOTING members of the authority [other than the addi- tional tenant member]shall receive [a salary]SALARIES the [amount]AMOUNTS of which shall be fixed by local law. The [additional]tenant [member]REPRESENTATIVE MEMBERS shall receive a monthly stipend in the amount of two hundred fifty dollars EACH. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.