Require that a photographic image be taken of every municipal sanitation violation.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general municipal law, in relation to requiring the production of a photographic image of each violation of a local law, ordinance or code relating to sanitation
PURPOSE: To require that cities, towns, and villages have photographic proof of sanitation violations.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends the General Municipal Law, by adding a new Section 137 that requires photographic images of sanitation violations.
JUSTIFICATION: This provision would enable residents to have a photo of the conditions on their property that lead to a New York City Department of Sanitation violation. It would also simplify the appeals process with the Environmental Control Board. The administrative judge would have a date stamped photograph to review while considering the property owner's appeal.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4889 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 30, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. FELDER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government AN ACT to amend the general municipal law, in relation to requiring the production of a photographic image of each violation of a local law, ordinance or code relating to sanitation THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The general municipal law is amended by adding a new section 137 to read as follows: S 137. PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES OF SANITATION VIOLATIONS. NO AGENT OF A CITY, TOWN, VILLAGE OR COUNTY SHALL CHARGE ANY PERSON WITH THE VIOLATION OF ANY LOCAL LAW, ORDINANCE OR CODE RELATING TO SANITATION, UNTIL SUCH AGENT SHALL HAVE CAUSED A PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE OF THE UNSANITARY CONDITION TO BE PRODUCED. TWO COPIES OF EACH SUCH PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE SHALL BE PRODUCED, WITH ONE SUCH COPY BEING ATTACHED TO THE INSTRUMENT CHARGING SUCH VIOLATION WHICH IS PROVIDED TO THE PERSON ALLEGED TO HAVE COMMITTED THE VIOLATION, AND THE REMAINING COPY SHALL BE RETAINED BY THE CITY, TOWN, VILLAGE OR COUNTY. S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10437-01-3