City Hall, NY – Today, for the first time in the history of the Council, the legislative body votes on a “NYC Abortion Rights Act” bill package to safeguard abortion and advance reproductive health care in the City. The package of laws and resolutions seeks to protect women, trans, and gender non-conforming people’s access to safe abortion and reproductive healthcare in New York City, as some states across the country are restricting access to services on the heels of the Supreme Court decision last month overturning Roe v. Wade. This package of bills, spearheaded by the first-ever women majority Council, focuses on expanding reproductive health services across the five boroughs and protecting those seeking access to care. It codifies New York City’s role as a safe harbor for abortion care, protecting against attacks on reproductive health services from other states.

In addition, the Council is also voting on a package of bills addressing increased utility costs to hold companies like Con Edison accountable, and a reporting bill that would indicate the number of New Yorkers using temporary emergency housing in the city. Finally, the Council is also voting on an omnibus bill of street co-namings, relating to 78 thoroughfares and public places.

“In New York City, we firmly believe that safe access to reproductive healthcare is a human right,” said Speaker Adrienne Adams. “The NYC Abortion Rights Act is an unprecedented legislative package that will safeguard and expand abortion and reproductive healthcare for residents and those who come to our city seeking support. These bills will protect women, trans, and gender non-conforming individuals and the rights that we rightfully deserve at a time when we are all under attack. I am proud of the incredible work of this historic, first women-majority Council and our staff, who have shown leadership in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s misguided and dangerous decision.”

Introduction 465-A, sponsored by Council Member Tiffany Cabán, would require the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to annually report on the number of births and the number of abortions provided in the City each year, for both individuals who were residents of New York City at the time of such birth or abortion and for those who were not residents. DOHMH would also be required to assess the ability of licensed medical providers in the City to provide reproductive health care, identify any challenges faced by licensed medical providers to provide reproductive health care, and make recommendations for increasing the capacity of such providers to provide reproductive health care.

Introduction 466-A, also sponsored by Council Member Cabán as well as Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and Council Member Shahana Hanif, would prohibit City agencies from using City resources, including, but not limited to, time spent by employees and the use of City property, to detain persons for performing or aiding with abortions or to cooperate with or provide information to out-of-state entities related to abortions performed in New York state. The bill would also create a private right of action for any person detained in violation of this law.

Introduction 474-A, sponsored by Council Member Shahana Hanif as well as Public Advocate Williams, Council Members Nantasha Williams, Hudson and Cabán, would require the City to engage in a public education program regarding safe access to reproductive health care. Specifically, the bill would require the implementing agency to educate the public about the City’s Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities Law (ARHCF) and protections for people making reproductive health decisions in accordance with the City Human Rights Law (HRL). The public education program would also provide information about a person’s right to bring a civil action for violating the ARHCF and remedies under the HRL, as well as how to access resources to find comprehensive reproductive health care and privacy protections for people accessing reproductive health care. It would also require the City to engage in a media campaign about reproductive health care in the City.

Introduction 475-A, also sponsored by Council Member Hanif as well as Council Member Cabán, Public Advocate Williams, Council Members Farah Louis, Rivera, Hudson, and Amanda Farías, would create a private right of action for interference with reproductive or endocrine medical care. A person would be able to bring a claim of interference with medical care when a lawsuit is commenced against such person on the basis of medical care relating to the human reproductive or endocrine systems that is legal in New York City and which was provided, in whole or in part, in New York City.

Introduction 506-A, sponsored by Council Member Carlina Rivera (by the request of Bronx Borough President Vanesssa Gibson), would require the City to include information in the public education program being created by Introduction 474-A above, about deceptive advertisements and misleading information provided by facilities in the City that falsely represent that they provide reproductive health services. These facilities are often referred to as crisis pregnancy centers. This element of the education program would provide information on what services these facilities provide, how they advertise their services, how these facilities can impact timely and safe access to pregnancy care, and how a person can file a complaint about deceptive practices.

Introduction 507-A, also sponsored by Council Member Rivera as well as Council Members Jennifer Gutiérrez and Rita Joseph, would require DOHMH to provide FDA-approved medication for medication abortion, at no cost to a patient, at health clinics operated by DOHMH. DOHMH would provide such medication to patients who seek to terminate their pregnancy, when the use of such medication is indicated and in accordance with the medically reasonable and good faith professional judgment of such patient’s medical provider. DOHMH would also provide counseling and timely referrals to other health facilities and qualified family planning providers, if needed, for other services.  

Also included in this package are several resolutions.

Resolution 195, sponsored by Council Members Gale Brewer and Julie Menin, calls upon the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, the Reproductive Freedom and Equity Program, which would support such access by establishing a grant program to provide funding to New York abortion providers and non-profit organizations to increase access to abortion care.

Resolution 196-A, sponsored by Majority Whip Selvena Brooks-Powers, calls upon the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, Senate Bill 9137/Assembly Bill 10356, which would allow out-of-state physicians to provide reproductive health services in this state while awaiting full licensure.

Resolution 197, sponsored by Council Member Cabán as well as Council Member Marjorie Velázquez, Public Advocate Williams and Council Member Hudson, declares New York City as a safe city for all those in need of abortion-related care.

Resolution 200, sponsored by Council Member Julie Menin, recognizes the importance of the Roe decision and women’s healthcare in declaring January 22, 2023 as Roe v. Wade Day in New York City. January 22, 2023 will mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark 7-2 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade.

Resolution 245, sponsored by Public Advocate Jumaane Williams,calls upon the U.S. Senate to pass and President Joe Biden to sign the Women’s Health Protection Act to reinstate and protect the federal right to abortion.

Resolution 242-A, also sponsored by Council Members Menin and Erik Bottcher, would support Assembly Bill 10468/Senate Bill 8797B, which seeks to amend Article 1 of the New York State Constitution, in relation to equality of rights and protection against discrimination. The amendment would add an equal rights provision that would expand the list of protected classes to include ethnicity, national origin, disability or sex including pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. This proposal was recently approved by the Legislature and requires approval next session in order to go before the voters of New York State.

“It is going to take an immense groundswell of action to get what we really need, the guaranteed right to a safe, legal abortion, on demand, without apology, and at no dollar cost, for anyone who determines that they need one,” said Council Member Tiffany Cabán. “What we can do today is ensure that New York is a #SafeCity for anyone receiving, performing, or assisting in abortion care. I am proud that so many of my colleagues have risen to this occasion and crafted a wide array of legislation to counteract the illegitimate extremist Supreme Court’s attack on all people who can get pregnant.”

“This package of bills is a message to all people that if you need an abortion, New York City is here to help. Our City will always be a refuge for anyone who needs access to safe and legal abortions no matter what the illegitimate Supreme Court says,” said Council Member Shahana Hanif. “I’m overjoyed that the Council has passed my legislation to ensure all New Yorkers understand their rights to unencumbered access to safe and legal reproductive healthcare. Additionally, our Council will now provide anyone who obtains an abortion in our City with the necessary legal tools to protect their rights. This new private right to action is a critical protection that will ensure anyone who seeks reproductive care in our City can fight back against harmful anti-choice witch hunts. I’m proud of this Council and of the work of our colleagues in Albany to ensure abortion rights are protected, but we must not forget that the federal government still needs to act to protect the rights of millions across the country. The time for bold action is now.”

“I am so proud to pass this crucial package of legislation to protect abortion care in New York City, including my two bills to provide free abortion pills in city-run health sites and to protect New Yorkers from the dangers of fake clinics through a robust education campaign,” said Council Member Carlina Rivera. “We have long led the way as a city for all who seek abortion care, and this package of legislation will help ensure equity in that pursuit. As we find ourselves in an even more urgent juncture in this post-Roe era, we must both protect our existing rights and increase access to safe abortion care. Removing barriers like cost and protecting people from misinformation are essential measures to ensure those most vulnerable do not end up in harm’s way. I’m grateful to Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson for putting through such vital legislation with me, and to my Women’s Caucus colleagues for meeting this moment with the urgency it warrants. I hope to see cities throughout the country do the same.”

“By officially moving to take the right to a safe abortion away from millions, the Supreme Court has callously criminalized healthcare for millions of women and torn at the fabric of our democracy,” said Majority Whip Selvena N. Brooks-Powers. “New York has long been a sanctuary for women seeking abortion and other reproductive care services, even before Roe was the law of the land, and we will continue to be. That’s why we must fight to protect abortion access and bodily autonomy for people across this country. As demand for reproductive healthcare services is poised to shift significantly, we will need to act quickly enable as many medical providers as possible to begin serving people seeking abortion in New York State. We cannot delay.”

“I am proud to be a co-prime sponsor of Intro 475 as it is one example of the proactive protections that are now necessary since abortion is no longer classified as a constitutional right. That is why the Women’s Caucus and Speaker Adrienne Adams have acted swiftly to introduce a legislative package focused on accessibility, agency, and safety,” said Council Member Amanda Farías. “This package has 13 examples and precedents to what municipalities can do to maintain the critical lifeline that abortion truly is. New York City has historically been a safe haven for many groups of people who are discriminated against in other parts of the country and even the world and we will continue to be that for those seeking holistic reproductive care.”

“These bills are a signal to the rest of the country that our city is, and will remain, a safe haven for all those seeking reproductive care and abortions,” said Council Member Jennifer Gutiérrez.  “While states and cities across the country are limiting care, we are unapologetically expanding it.”

“As a City we have a responsibility to lead in the fight to expand and protect access to reproductive care for all,” said Council Member Crystal Hudson. “These two bills, Int. 474A and Int. 475, are vital components to empowering New Yorkers with the tools needed—legal stopgaps and public information campaigns— to protect themselves from infringements on their fundamental right to bodily autonomy. This legislation, along with the package the Council is voting on today, is the direct result of having a majority-women council with a woman Speaker. Today, this Council is ensuring every woman, femme, and birthing person has access to the abortion and healthcare resources we all deserve.”

“With the right-wing, anti-feminist Supreme Court attacking our rights, we have no choice but to stand up for our communities and fight back,” said Council Member Rita Joseph. “When voters elected the first majority-women City Council in the history of New York, we were given a mandate to advocate for and advance feminist policies. Now, we’re acting on that mandate by ensuring that the right to choice is protected in NYC.”

“Securing healthcare access throughout New York City is a primary objective of my tenure and office. With this thinking: It is important to ensure the safety and well-being of patients seeking abortion and reproductive care,” said Council Member Farah Louis. “By allowing out-of-state physicians to practice in New York, we are supporting the lives of thousands of birthing persons. Whether patients are seeking an abortion or care for a miscarriage, everyone has the right to equitable healthcare services. Additionally, by requiring the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to report on the number of births and abortions provided each year, the City will have the opportunity to evaluate the needs of the agency & providers while determining necessary adjustments — services, access, doctors et al. With both the legislation and resolution, the City could potentially have one of the strongest reserves of reproductive care physicians — elevating New York as a healthcare epicenter.”

“Banning abortion only bans safe abortion and condemns women to suffering, hardship, and possible death. Generations have fought for autonomy over women’s bodies and the recent ruling overturning Roe v. Wade pushes the United States backwards – and could threaten other privacy rights that were Court-established precedent,” said Council Member Gale Brewer. “States will now be divided into abortion deserts and abortion havens. New York will remain a haven- having codified Roe into law – but we must stand in solidarity with those living in abortion deserts, deprived of access to safe reproductive health services. New York State must pass the Reproductive Freedom and Equity Program.”

“Now is the opportunity to have a constitution that protects all New Yorkers from discrimination based on ethnicity, national origin, disability or sex including pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression,” said Council Member Julie Menin. “Our state constitution has not expanded equal rights since 1938 and New York State must expand prohibitions on discrimination and enshrine in the New York State Constitution the right to seek an abortion. The New York City Council under Speaker Adrienne Adams leadership is sending a clear message that our counterparts in State government must continue to put New York State on a path towards an Equal Rights Amendment.”

“Last month, with the Dobbs ruling striking down Roe, the Supreme Court stripped away a fundamental right to privacy and bodily autonomy, striking at our liberty and at the health and safety of women and pregnant people across the country. In New York City and state, where abortion is legal and will remain that way, we can do more to protect both New Yorkers and people who come here for abortion services,” said Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams. “Today, City Council is taking steps to make New York a beacon in this moment, a forceful defender of abortion rights for New Yorkers and a refuge for people who cannot access care in their own states. First, Intro. 466 will ensure that city resources are not used to criminalize personal and private reproductive healthcare choices, and next, Intro. 475 will enable anyone sued for terminating a pregnancy to bring a claim of interference. As much of the country continues to surveil bodies and criminalize reproductive autonomy, New York City will continue to be a sanctuary city for anyone who needs healthcare.”

In January 2022, City residents experienced dramatic and unexpected increases in their ConEd bills. This increase in utility bills caused a public outcry, and led numerous elected officials at the City, State, and Federal levels to send letters to ConEd requesting an investigation into these rate hikes. Over 410,000 New Yorkers are 60 days or more behind on ConEd payments, totaling over $800,000 million. The increase of hundreds of dollars in utility bills may therefore force New Yorkers into greater debt, and further delay the City’s economic recovery from the pandemic. The public outcry in response to ConEd’s high utility bills highlighted the City’s lack of meaningful oversight over Con Edison.

Introduction 372-A, sponsored by Speaker Adams, would create an Office of the Utility Advocate. The Office would be responsible for receiving feedback from City customers on their energy utility providers, advocating for utility customers at public hearings; assisting utility customers with accessing financial help to pay their utility bills; and educating City utility customers on their rights and methods to lower their utility bills.

Resolution 162, sponsored by Council Member Linda Lee, calls on the New York State Legislature to pass amendments to prevent a utility’s rate case from exceeding a certain percentage each year. Beyond the Public Service Commission rejecting a rate case proposal, there are no mechanisms to prevent a utility from proposing an exorbitantly high rate case. To further enhance consumer protections, NYS legislators should set a percentage cap an annual rate case cannot exceed.

“At a time of rampant inflation, supply chain shortages, and rising gas prices, New Yorkers are facing additional strains from abrupt and exorbitant increases in their utility bills,” said Council Member Linda Lee. “ConEd holds a virtual monopoly over the energy market in our city, which leaves New Yorkers at the mercy of their rate increases.  We must keep these utility companies responsible for providing energy at reasonable costs and investing in their infrastructure and service provision before corporate profits, buybacks, and dividends. Thank you Speaker Adams and Chair Velasquez for their leadership and I want to thank my colleagues for their support and advocacy on this issue.”

Resolution 172, sponsored by Council Member Rafael Salamanca, calls on New York State to increase the number of Commissioners on the Public Service Commission (PSC), and permit New York City to appoint two of the Commissioners. The Public Service Commission approves rate increases for utilities and ensures New Yorkers receive adequate service. While ConEd holds a near monopoly over the electricity market, the City does not have the power to appoint any Commissioners to the PSC. By granting the City the power to appoint Commissioners, the City would gain greater oversight over the PSC, and utilities would become more accountable to the City.

“The state Public Service Commission (PSC) serves a critical role as the sole entity that oversees utility companies operating across the state, from the Bronx to Buffalo,” said Council Member Rafael Salamanca. “As such, the PSC’s seven member commission, all appointed by the Governor’s office, is the watchdog over ConEdison’s presence in New York City. Despite the well-documented blackouts, service cuts, and shocking bill increases, however, the PSC continues to approve ConEdison’s unchecked monopoly of New York City.  That is why I introduced Reso. 172, which calls on the state to increase the number of commissioners on the PSC, and subsequently, allow the Mayor, with New York City Council approval, to appoint two members to the commission. Having at least two city-appointed commissioners will ensure the voices and interests of the city’s 8.9 million residents are adequately heard.”

Resolution 173-A, sponsored by Council Member Sandra Ung, calls on the Governor and New York State Legislature to expand financial relief programs to assist City residents struggling to pay their utility bills. Outstanding utility debt could impair City residents’ credit and the City’s economic recovery from the pandemic. While advocates called for the State to allocate $1.25 billion to address energy utility arrears, the State budget included $250 million. Further state funding should be allocated to assist New Yorkers unable to pay their utility costs.

“The dramatic and unexpected increases in their utility bills was the last thing New Yorkers still dealing with the economic devastation of the pandemic needed,” said Council Member Sandra Ung. “While the Governor and the State Legislature did allocate funding to address utility arrears, it is not nearly enough money to address the scope of the problem. That is why working with Council Speaker Adrienne Adams, I am introducing this resolution calling on state lawmakers to expand financial relief programs for New York City residents who are struggling to keep up with their utility bills, which are sure to increase again as we enter the hottest months of the year.”

Resolution 174-A, sponsored by Council Member Marjorie Velázquez, calls on Consolidated Edison to improve communication with City residents about increases in utility costs. Many City residents were shocked to find the dramatic rise in their utility bills in January 2022. ConEd must improve communication to ensure all residents are aware of impending price increases.

“Going into the summer months ConEdison needs to be prepared to prevent blackouts but also to effectively communicate to New Yorkers the effects on their service and pricing,” said Council Member Marjorie Velázquez. Effective communication to consumers would allow residents to prepare for costs instead of being overwhelmed by unanticipated soaring utility bills. ConEd is now intimating that beginning in January 2023 an 11.2 percent increase in electric rates and an 18.2 percent increase in gas rates.  While they claim that this rate increase is due to balance their own increased cost, ConEdison reported over $11.716 billion in operating revenues in 2021, up from $10.647 billion in 2020, with total assets amounting to $50.967 billion. With ConEdison’s record high profits, the Committee on Consumer and Worker Protection passed legislation through the Committee to address future best practices for public utilities and to protect consumers from burdensome rate increases.”

The Council is also voting on the following additional legislation:

Introduction 212-A, sponsored by Deputy Speaker Diana Ayala, would require the monthly report on emergency housing assistance usage, as mandated by Local Law 37 of 2011, to be updated to include information on the total number of all individuals utilizing emergency housing in the City and the total number of families with children, adult families, single men, and single women utilizing temporary emergency housing. The bill would additionally require the Mayor’s Office of Operations to report on the exits from various City-administered facilities, including Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), Department of Homeless Services (DHS), Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and Human Resources Administration (HRA) facilities. Finally, the bill would require the Mayor’s Office of Operations to report on the financings, starts and completions of permanent housing for those exiting City-administered facilities. In addition, this bill would make related technical amendments.

Introduction 480-A, sponsored by Council Member Shekar Krishnan, would co-name 78 thoroughfares and public places, based on requests of Council Members whose district includes the location. Of these 78 co-names, one is a revision to the street sign installed with respect to a previously enacted co-naming. Complete information on the co-namings can be found here.

Land Use

34 Morningside Avenue ANCP Cluster The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), seeks Urban Development Action Area Project (UDAAP) approval pursuant to Section 694 of the General Municipal Law, and approval of an a new 40-year Article XI tax exemption, pursuant to Section 577 of the Private Housing Finance Law. These actions will facilitate the renovation of a cluster of partially occupied City-owned residential buildings and their conversion from rentals to co-ops owned by the tenants. Previously-occupied units will be sold to the returning tenants for up to $2,500 per apartment, but many of them will qualify to purchase their units for $250 monthly maintenance costs set at 40% of AMI. Qualifying residents will receive Section 8 vouchers, which will enable them to pay no more than 30% of their income towards monthly maintenance fees.

Vacant units will be sold for a price affordable to families earning 100% of the area median income, with monthly maintenance costs also set at 40% of AMI. The buildings will be exempt from real property taxation for 40 years, in Council Member Kristin Richardson Jordan’s district.

41 Summit Street Rezoning – 41 Summit Street LLC seeks a proposed zoning map amendment to rezone 41 Summit Street in the Columbia Street Waterfront District of Brooklyn within Community District 6, from M1-1 to R6B. The proposed zoning map amendment would facilitate the development of a proposed 4-story residential building with 4 dwelling units and a basement, in Council Member Shahana Hanif’s district.

77-39 Vleigh Place Rezoning – VP Capital Holdings LLC proposes a rezoning from R3-2/C1-2 to R6A/C2-4 and related zoning text amendment to map a Mandatory Inclusionary Housing Area, Options 1 and 2. The area proposed to be rezoned is generally bounded by 77th Road to the north, Vleigh Place to the east, 78th Avenue to the south, and portions of the east in the Kew Gardens Hills neighborhood of Community District 8, Queens. As modified by the Council, the application will facilitate the development of a new five-story mixed-use building with approximately 75 housing units, ground floor retail space, and on-site parking. The Council is modifying to reduce the density from the proposed R6A district to an R6B district in order to better conform with the existing character of the neighborhood characterized by a mix of 3 to 4 story multi-family buildings and smaller 1 to 2 family homes, while still creating approximately 23 permanently affordable housing units under the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) program, in Council Member James Gennaro’s district.

11th Street & 34th Avenue Rezoning – 33-33 11th St. LLC and Lily & John Realty Inc. proposes a Zoning Map Amendment to change an area generally bounded by 33rd Road to the north, 34th Avenue to the south, 11th Street to the west, and 12th Street to the east from an R5 District to an M1-5/R6A District.  The applicant also proposes a related Zoning Text Amendment to establish a Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) Area under Options 1 and 2 within the Project Area. The proposed Text Amendment also establishes a Special Mixed-Use District (MX-23) which will apply the height and setback regulations of an R7A district to the proposed M1-5/R6A, facilitating higher ceiling heights in the commercial and industrial spaces on the first two floors of the proposed buildings. The proposed actions would facilitate the development of two eight-story mixed-use buildings with an estimated 332 apartments, including 100 units affordable under MIH, local retail, arts, and light industrial space in the Ravenswood area of Astoria, Queens. The Council is modifying the MIH Text Amendment to strike Option 2, (thereby requiring Option 1), in Council Member Julie Won’s district.

Wetherole Street and 67th Avenue Rezoning – Novel Medicine, P.C. (Roshel Khaimov)Zoning Map amendment to rezone a portion of an R4B zoning district to an R6A zoning district, at the corner of Wetherole Street and 67th Avenue in the Forest Hills neighborhood, within Community District 6 in Queens. The Applicant proposes a text amendment to Zoning Resolution Appendix F: Inclusionary Housing Designated Areas and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (“MIH”) Areas to establish an MIH Area coterminous with the project area. This will facilitate the development of a new eight-story residential building. It will include approximately twenty-one housing units, five affordable units, as well as eight bicycle and eleven car parking spaces. The Council is modifying the MIH Text Amendment to strike Option 2,(thereby requiring Option 1), in Council Member Lynn Schulman’s district.

Resilient Edgemere – The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) proposes a zoning map amendment, a zoning text amendment, an urban renewal amendment, disposition of City-owned property, an Urban Development Action Area (“UDAA”) designation and Urban Development Action Area Project (“UDAAP”) approval to implement several goals and recommendations of the Resilient Edgemere Community Plan. The Proposed Actions would respond to the location’s varying degrees of flood risk and coastal hazards by dividing the rezoning area into four areas with different land uses. The four areas are The Hazard Mitigation Area (HMA), Limited Development Area (LDA), Neighborhood Infill Area (NIA) and Commercial Corridor. In summary, the plan will reduce development in the area of the neighborhood with greatest flood risk by downzoning and advancing a community land trust to manage low-density housing and open space, while facilitating development of five HPD-sponsored mixed-use buildings with affordable housing, commercial spaces, and community facilities along the subway line. The Council is modifying the application to remove a large privately-owned block from the rezoning area and reduce density, in Majority Whip Selvena Brooks-Powers’ district.

4541 Furman Avenue – Markland 4551 LLC seeks approval of the following: a zoning map amendment to rezone a portion of the Project Area from M1-1 to R7D/C2-4 and an R7D zoning district; a zoning text amendment to establish a Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) Area coterminous with the Project Area; a zoning text amendment to expand the Transit Zone to include the Project Area. These actions will facilitate the redevelopment of a new mixed use residential, commercial, and community facility building. It would include approximately 150 affordable housing units and 52 parking spaces on the sub-cellar level. The Council will modify to eliminate the proposed extension of the Transit Zone, in Council Member Eric Dinowitz’s district.

696 – Seat Primary School – New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) submitted a application to construct a new primary school in Bronx Community District 8. The proposed site is in Council Member Eric Dinowitz’s district.


Pre-Considered Resolution 255, sponsored by Council Member Justin Brannan, approves the new designations and changes in the designation of certain organizations to receive funding in the Expense Budget.


The Council is providing advice and consent for the following:

  • Juan Camilo Osorio, for appointment as a member of the New York City Planning Commission
  • David Gold, for appointment as a member of the New York City Planning Commission
  • Rasmia Kirmani-Frye, for appointment as a member of the New York City Planning Commission
  • Christine Yoon, for appointment as a member to the Board of Standards and Appeals

The Council is also voting to confirm on the following:

  • Nicole Yearwood, for appointment to the Equal Employment Practices Commission
  • Ngozi Okaro, for appointment to the Equal Employment Practices Commission