STATEMENT FROM COUNCIL MEMBER WILLIAMS 

” For many areas in the City, including parts of my district, rain has caused much more damage than it should because of clogged catch basins, among several other causes. When I introduced this bill, my goal was to provide relief to residents and drivers, who would have to deal with flooded streets on a regular basis. It’s an issue that not only inconveniences neighborhoods but also can cause significant water damage to property.

“I’m pleased to see the DEP is following through with the mandates of the law, which include annual inspections. Prior to the law passing, the DEP only checked catch basins every three years, which we knew was not frequent enough to address the flooding that occurred as a result of clogged drains. I would like to thank Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, my colleagues in Council, and the Administration, for supporting this important legislation that has improved the quality of life for many of the City’s residents.”