Bill S8350-2009

Relates to tenant representative on city of New York housing authority

Relates to tenant representation on the city of New York housing authority.

Details

Actions

  • Sep 17, 2010: SIGNED CHAP.531
  • Sep 7, 2010: DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • Jul 1, 2010: returned to senate
  • Jul 1, 2010: passed assembly
  • Jul 1, 2010: ordered to third reading rules cal.562
  • Jul 1, 2010: substituted for a11557
  • Jun 30, 2010: referred to housing
  • Jun 30, 2010: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 30, 2010: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 30, 2010: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1400
  • Jun 25, 2010: REFERRED TO RULES

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Rules - Jun 30, 2010
Ayes (21): Smith, Espada, Stachowski, Montgomery, Duane, Hassell-Thompson, Krueger, Parker, Serrano, Stewart-Cousins, Dilan, Klein, Valesky, Skelos, Johnson O, Padavan, Volker, Farley, LaValle, Larkin, Saland
Ayes W/R (1): Seward
Nays (1): Hannon

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S8350

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public housing law, in relation to tenant representatives on the New York city housing authority

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would increase the membership of NYCHA to include a tenant representative.

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 a public housing tenant 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 a 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 voice of public housing complexes which will in turn shift the accountability not only onto those who will run public housing but to the tenant representatives who has the direct link to the Housing Authority that they have never had.

The bill provides that one tenant representative may be appointed by the Mayor of New York City. The representative must be eighteen years of age or older, be a resident of public housing, and shall serve a term of three years. The representative shall receive a monthly stipend of $250. The person shall serve at the Mayors pleasure. If the seat is vacant the Mayor has thirty days to replace the representative.

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 A4721 in the 2007/08 Session

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: The newly elected tenant representative shall receive a monthly stipend of $250. The cost to the City of New York will be $3,000 per year - ($250 x 12 months) x 1 representative.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the same date and in the same manner as a chapter of the laws of 2010, amending the public housing law relating to modifying the composition of the membership of the New York city housing authority to specifically include tenant representatives, as proposed in legislative bills numbers S.1104 and A.4687, takes effect.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 8350 IN SENATE June 25, 2010 ___________
Introduced by Sen. DILAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the public housing law, in relation to tenant represen- tatives on 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 a chapter of the laws of 2010, amending the public housing law relating to modifying the composition of the membership of the New York city housing authority to specifically include tenant representatives, as proposed in legislative bills numbers S.1104 and A.4687, 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. 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] ONE additional [members] MEMBER who shall be appointed by the mayor AND SHALL BE REMOVABLE AT HIS OR HER PLEASURE. [Each such additional] 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 year term of office] 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
vacancy in the office of a member other than the chairman OR THE ADDI- TIONAL TENANT MEMBER occurring otherwise than by expiration of term shall be filled for the unexpired term; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT A VACAN- CY IN THE SEAT HELD BY THE ADDITIONAL TENANT MEMBER SHALL BE FILLED BY THE MAYOR WITHIN THIRTY DAYS OF SUCH VACANCY. 4. The chairman and the other members of the authority other than the [two] additional [public housing project] tenant [members] MEMBER shall give their whole time to their duties and shall not engage in any other occupation, profession or employment. The chairman and the members of the authority other than the [two] additional [public housing project] tenant [members] MEMBER shall receive a salary the amount of which shall be fixed by local law. The [two] additional [public housing project] tenant [members] MEMBER shall receive a monthly stipend in the amount of two hundred fifty dollars. S 2. This act shall take effect on the same date and in the same manner as a chapter of the laws of 2010, amending the public housing law relating to modifying the composition of the membership of the New York city housing authority to specifically include tenant representatives, as proposed in legislative bills numbers S.1104 and A.4687, takes effect.

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