Bill Text: NY S07357 | 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 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-09-03 - REFERRED TO RULES [S07357 Detail]

Download: New_York-2021-S07357-Introduced.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________

                                          7357

                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions

                    IN SENATE

                                    September 3, 2021
                                       ___________

        Introduced  by  Sen.  MYRIE  -- 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  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-

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

        S. 7357                             2

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