Bill Text: NY A03957 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Establishes registry in New York City for residents who do not want circulars or other printed material or samples of a commercial nature left at residence.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-31 - referred to cities [A03957 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A03957-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 31, 2019
        Introduced by M. of A. WEPRIN -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Cities
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  administrative code of the city of New York, in
          relation to the regulation of unsolicited circulars
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1. The administrative code of the city of New York is amended
     2  by adding a new section 10-121.2 to read as follows:
     3    § 10-121.2 Regulation of unsolicited circulars. a. In the interest  of
     4  further  eliminating  litter  and improving the quality of life for city
     5  residents, the commissioner shall  establish  a  citywide  registry  for
     6  residents  who  wish to refuse the delivery of any handbill, circular or
     7  other printed matter of a commercial or business  nature  other  than  a
     8  telephone directory or book that provides telephone and directory infor-
     9  mation  to their residence. The commissioner shall enter the name of the
    10  requesting resident in such registry. Such requests  shall  be  made  in
    11  writing  to the commissioner, by phone at a designated number or numbers
    12  or by electronic communication at a designated electronic  mail  address
    13  or website.
    14    b.  In  order to continue distribution in New York city, all distribu-
    15  tors of such handbills, circulars or other  like  printed  matter  shall
    16  provide the commissioner with accurate contact information, including an
    17  address  and phone number.  Failure to provide accurate contact informa-
    18  tion or discontinue distribution shall constitute  a  violation  of  the
    19  provisions  of  this  section and shall subject the violator to fines as
    20  provided in subdivision  c  of  this  section.  If  the  distributor  in
    21  violation  cannot  be located, the company or companies doing the adver-
    22  tising will be subject to the same fines.  Every six weeks  the  commis-
    23  sioner  shall provide distributors with an updated list of all residents
    24  who do not want distribution.   Distributors  then  have  six  weeks  to
    25  update their lists and discontinue distribution.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        A. 3957                             2
     1    c.  Violators  of the provisions of this section shall be subject to a
     2  civil penalty of not less than one hundred dollars and not more than two
     3  hundred fifty dollars for a first violation. The civil penalty shall  be
     4  not  less  than two hundred fifty dollars and not more than five hundred
     5  dollars for a second violation and each violation thereafter.
     6    d.  For  the  purposes  of this section, "commissioner" shall mean the
     7  commissioner of the city of New York department of sanitation.
     8    e. If any clause, sentence or provision of this section shall be  held
     9  to be unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remain-
    10  der of this section shall not be affected thereby.
    11    §  2. The commissioner of the sanitation department of the city of New
    12  York shall promulgate rules and regulations necessary to carry  out  the
    13  provisions of section 10-121.2 of the administrative code of the city of
    14  New York.
    15    §  3.  This  act  shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
    16  have become a law.