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Local News July 11, 2013  RSS feed

Muni- Meter Fix Among Bills Signed By Mayor

More Storm Repair Fee Waivers

During a public hearing at City Hall last Monday, July 1, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed into law several bills to upgrade muni-meters, waive permit fees for repairs related to Hurricane Sandy, enhance signage at construction sites and extend a property tax relief program.

Bloomberg inked his signature to Intro. No. 1042, which requires the Department of Transportation “so that [muni-meters] will be unable to accept payment while parking regulations are not in effect, except up to one hour before regulations start.”

“Furthermore, the bill requires all muni-meters to be programmed not to accept payment while the munimeter is missing paper to print timed receipts,” Bloomberg added. “All muni-meters must be upgraded to perform these functions within two years.”

The local sponsors of the bill in the City Council were City Council Members Peter Koo, Peter Vallone Jr., Ruben Wills, Jimmy Van Bramer, James Gennaro and Eric Ulrich.

Hurricane repair fees waived

Bloomberg also approved Intro. No. 1057, which waives through the end of 2013 all Department of Building fees for work applications, permits and inspections related to plumbing and electrical systems repairs related to Hurricane Sandy. The previous fee waiver period expired on Apr. 30.

“Since the end of the fee waiver period, the Buildings Department has continued to receive a significant number of applications for permits and construction document approval from property owners whose electrical and plumbing systems were damaged by Sandy,” the mayor said. “Introductory Number 1057 recognizes that the city is still recovering from the property damage caused by Sandy and there is a continued need to alleviate some of the financial impact related to electrical and plumbing repairs undertaken by homeowners.”

Among the local supporters of the legislation were Gennaro, Koo, Ulrich and Vallone and City Council Members Leroy Comrie and Erik Martin Dilan.

Construction signs

The mayor also signed Intro. No. 1003, which requires contractors to provide more information to the public at construction sites. He noted the bill builds on the Construction Information

Panel Pilot Program, enacted by the Department of Buildings in 2011, “to encourage contractors and building owners to consolidate required construction signage and permits into a single new standard.”

“In addition to the name and contact information on the party responsible for the construction site, the sign will include a rendering of the building, a description of the intended use and the anticipated completion date of the project,” Bloomberg said of the bill. “The legislation further authorizes the Buildings Department to establish a best construction site management program and practices, and a logo that can be posted on panels where these practices are implemented.”

The new law also sets “additional requirements for existing fence and shed signs, requires Plexiglass viewing panels and sets color requirements for all new construction site fencing and sidewalk sheds,” the mayor added.

Comrie, Dilan, Koo, Gennaro and Wills all sponsored the legislation in the City Council. J-51 program extended, reformed

Finally, Bloomberg penned his signature to Intro. No. 1010-A, which extends and reforms the city’s J-51 tax benefit program for the rehabilitation and upgrade of the city’s housing stock.

“This program is an important tool for encouraging owners to maintain and rehabilitate their property, while at the same time enabling owners to maintain affordable rents to low- and moderate-income households,” the mayor said. “Introductory Number 1010-A extends the J-51 Program through June 30, 2015, and enacts several important reforms to ensure benefits are targeted to the rehabilitation of New York City’s rental housing stock, and those projects providing affordable housing. Intro. 1010-A also amends the program to assist in streamlining the application process.

Comrie, Koo and Gennaro were among the local City Council members who sponsored the bill.