Provides for the appointment of three alternates on rent guideline boards; one alternate shall represent tenants, one shall represent owners of property and one shall be a public representative; alternates shall be permitted to participate in all proceedings of the board as non-voting members; an alternate shall only participate as a voting member of the board and be paid when a member, representing the same interest as the alternate, is unable to fulfill his or her duties on the board; applies to the city of New York, counties outside the city, towns and villages.
Ayes (22): Kruger, Krueger, Stachowski, Oppenheimer, Montgomery, Duane, Parker, Stavisky, Dilan, Stewart-Cousins, Thompson, Breslin, Diaz, Espada, Klein, Perkins, Valesky, Peralta, Volker, Padavan, LaValle, Seward
Ayes W/R (9): DeFrancisco, Johnson O, Saland, Farley, Larkin, Nozzolio, Maziarz, Marcellino, Robach
Nays (2): Hannon, Leibell
BILL NUMBER: S5260
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the emergency tenant protection act of nineteen seventy-four and the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to alternates on rent guidelines boards
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA : Provides for alternate member s on a rent guidelines Board.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS : Amends the emergency tenant protection act and the administrative code of the City of New York to provide that, in addition to the nine regular members of a rent guidelines board, there shall be an additional three members who will be alternates. They shall represent respectively, the public, the landlords and the tenants. The alternates shall be permitted to participate in all proceedings of the board as non-voting members. They shall only be permitted to participate as voting members and receive a per-diem where the primary member is unable to attend the proceeding.
EFFECTS OF PRESENT LAW WHICH THIS BILL WOULD ALTER : The Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974 provides for the creation of a rent guidelines board when the municipality determines an emergency exists under section three of the act. This bill would provide that, upon the absence of a regular member of the board, an alternate member would be made available at the same salary. The administrative code of N.Y. City will be affected similarly.
JUSTIFICATION : Too often, rent guidelines board meetings do not have the required number of representative members in attendance due to a variety of reasons. (Absences, illness, other business etc.) This bill provides that, for each of the representative groups, one alternate member shall be appointed to vote in the place of an absent regular member.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : A.1178 (1993-94), A.477 (1995-96), A.736 (1997-98), A.898 (1999-2000), A.657 (2001-02), A.499-a, passed Assembly (2003-04), A.2541 (2005-06), A.4501 (2007-200B)
FISCAL IMPLICATION FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS : None
EFFECTIVE DATE : Immediately, provided that the amendment to section 4 of the emergency tenant protection act of 1974 made by section one of this act shall expire on the same date as such act expires and shall not affect the expiration of such act as provided in section 17 of chapter 576 of the laws of 1974, and further provided that the amendment to section 26-510 of the rent stabilization law of 1966 made by section 2 of this act shall expire on the same date as such law expires and shall not affect the expiration of such law as provided under section 26-520 of such law.