senate Bill S6154

Abolishes the minimum charge for the supply of water by the New York city municipal water finance authority and the New York city water board

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CITIES
  • 13 / May / 2014
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 16 / Jun / 2014
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 16 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1395
  • 16 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 16 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 16 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CITIES

Summary

Abolishes the minimum charge for the supply of water by the New York city municipal water finance authority and the New York city water board.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9226
Versions:
S6154
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Cities
Law Section:
New York City Administrative Code
Laws Affected:
Amd §24-335, NYC Ad Cd; amd §1045-j, Pub Auth L

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BILL NUMBER:S6154

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the administrative code of the city of
New York and the public authorities law, in relation to abolishing the
minimum charge for water supply in the city of New York

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends Section 24-335 of the administrative code
of the city of New York by eliminating language for a minimum charge.

Section 2 of the bill amends Section 1045-j of the public authorities
law by adding a new subdivision 3-a which mandates that the water board
shall not impose any type of minimum charge, fee, rate or rent upon any
class of users.

Section 3 of the bill sets forth an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

This law will eliminate the current city regulations which impose a
minimum charge for water service within a monthly billing period as per
New York City Rules and Regulations, Title 15, §II B.

On a daily basis, citizens of this city are faced with unrelenting cost
of living increases while many are on fixed incomes. The ever increasing
costs for everything from gasoline prices to property tax increases to
the cost of medical care and prescription medicines are making it virtu-
ally impossible for many people to financially survive.

In response to these uncontrollable costs, one of the ways in which
people try and gain some control over their monthly budgets is by
conserving their use of heating fuel, vehicle fuel, and for many, their
consumption of water. Unfortunately, because of the "minimum charge" for
metered water rates being assessed by the city, people who are conserv-
ing their water use are in effect being penalized for that conservation.

The minimum charge for water service is one of those regulations that
makes no sense and ultimately sends the wrong message to consumers. If
we are going to charge for consumption, then charge for consumption and
do not penalize those people who are trying to conserve their water
usage.

Not only can conservation help people on fixed incomes to control their
costs, but it is also an important virtue that we should all be adhering
to with the ever-increasing demands we are placing on our environment.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To Be Determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6154

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 8, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Cities

AN ACT to amend the administrative code of the city of New York and  the
  public  authorities  law, in relation to abolishing the minimum charge
  for water supply in the city of New York

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Section  24-335 of the administrative code of the city of
New York is amended to read as follows:
  S 24-335 Charges where supply is metered. No charge for the supply  of
water  other  than  a  meter  charge[, minimum charge] or annual service
charge shall be made against any  houses  or  lots  or  any  portion  or
portions  thereof  where a water meter may have been or shall be placed.
In all cases where a water meter may have been or shall be  placed,  the
charge  for  supply of water shall be determined only by the quantity of
water actually used, as shown by such  meters,  except  for  [a  minimum
charge  or]  an annual service charge and except as provided by subdivi-
sion four of section seven hundred thirty-four of the charter.
  S 2. Section 1045-j of the public authorities law is amended by adding
a new subdivision 3-a to read as follows:
  3-A. THE WATER BOARD SHALL NOT IMPOSE ANY TYPE OF MINIMUM CHARGE, FEE,
RATE OR RENT UPON ANY CLASS OF USERS OF PROPERTY SERVED.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11669-01-3

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