Bill Text: NY A09587 | 2021-2022 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Requires entities responsible for the provision of vital services to coordinate and work expeditiously to restore service whenever such service is interrupted; includes gas as a vital service.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 4-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2022-03-16 - referred to housing [A09587 Detail]

Download: New_York-2021-A09587-Introduced.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________

                                          9587

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                     March 16, 2022
                                       ___________

        Introduced  by M. of A. JACKSON -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Housing

        AN ACT to amend the public housing law, in relation to  requiring  enti-
          ties responsible for the provision of vital services to coordinate and
          work  expeditiously to restore service whenever such service is inter-
          rupted

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1.  Subdivision 1 of section 402-e of the public housing law,
     2  as amended by chapter 47 of the laws of  2020,  is  amended  and  a  new
     3  subdivision 5 is added to read as follows:
     4    1.  In order to ensure compliance and enforcement of the New York city
     5  housing authority's duty to provide heat, water,  electricity,  gas  and
     6  elevator  service,  the  New  York  city housing authority shall publish
     7  information regarding reported disruptions in such services, the  length
     8  of such disruptions and the steps taken to restore services. Starting on
     9  May  first,  two  thousand  twenty,  the New York city housing authority
    10  shall publish such information on its website. For six months after  the
    11  original  publication  date,  the  New York city housing authority shall
    12  retain such information on its website.
    13    5. a. The department of housing preservation and development,  or  any
    14  agency  of  the  city  of  New  York  or  state  agency charged with the
    15  inspection of conditions, required to remedy conditions, or with general
    16  jurisdiction to remedy conditions, and any utility corporation in owner-
    17  ship or control of the meters, pipes, fittings, wires and other  appara-
    18  tus  associated  with the establishment of service to a residence, shall
    19  ensure that all interruptions of vital services set forth in subdivision
    20  one of this section be remedied as expeditiously as practicable.
    21    b. For purposes of this subdivision,  "expeditiously  as  practicable"
    22  shall mean a requirement that each responsible entity described in para-
    23  graph  a  of  this  subdivision  take  all  available actions to restore
    24  service, including, but not limited to:
    25    (i) Applying for emergency repair permits;

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD13060-01-1

        A. 9587                             2

     1    (ii) Coordinating with all relevant agencies  and  corporations  on  a
     2  plan of restoration;
     3    (iii)  Communicating  said restoration plan to all affected residents;
     4  and
     5    (iv) Mitigating the effects of service interruption  through  monetary
     6  compensation or rebate.
     7    c.  Any  utility  corporation  in  ownership or control of the meters,
     8  pipes, fittings, wires and other apparatus associated  with  the  estab-
     9  lishment  of  service to a residence who cannot demonstrate a good faith
    10  effort to comply with the provisions of this subdivision shall be liable
    11  for a penalty of two hundred fifty dollars for  each  affected  occupied
    12  unit for each day during which service remains interrupted.
    13    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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