senate Bill S119

2009-2010 Legislative Session

Enacts the "public housing safety and security act of 2009"

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S119 - Bill Details

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A4458
Current Committee:
Senate Housing, Construction And Community Development
Law Section:
Public Housing Law

S119 - Bill Texts

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BILL NUMBER: S119

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the public housing law, in relation to enacting the
"public housing safety and security act of 2009"


PURPOSE :
This omnibus bill would create a new Article 12A in the state public
housing law by enacting several different statutes designed to
increase security at public housing units throughout the state. In
addition, the bill would set up a grant program, to be administered
under the discretion of the New York State Division of Housing and
Community Renewal for use in increasing security and safety measures
at public housing projects.

LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS :
The Legislature finds that:

1. The state has a duty to provide public housing that is decent,
safe, secure and free from crime;

2. Public housing projects in many areas suffer from rampant crime,
including: larceny, robbery, burglary and rape;

3. Drug dealers and criminals are increasingly imposing a reign of
terror on public housing tenants;

4. This increase in crime not only leads to murders, muggings and
other forms of violence against tenants but also to a deterioration of
the physical environment that requires substantial government
expenditures; and

5. Local law enforcement authorities often lack the resources to deal
with the constant surveillance and patrolling in public housing
particularly in light of the recent reductions in federal aid to
cities;

6. Recent events at certain housing projects, particularly the Tilden
Houses in Brooklyn demonstrate that these issues are extremely serious
and urgent in nature.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :

Enacts a new Article 12A in the state public housing law.

Section 310 is the new title.

Section 311 outlines the Legislative findings.

Section 312 provides the authority to make grants under this program.

Section 313 establishes what security enhancement projects grant money
can specifically be used for.

Section 314 outlines the application process for securing funds under
the grant program.

Section 315 requires the Division of Housing and Community Renewal to
make biannual inspections of all public housing units in the state to
ensure basic and core security features of the buildings are
operational.

Section 316 enacts a new statute requiring the Division of Housing and
Community Renewal to submit an annual report to the legislature on the
state of public housing in New York.
EXISTING LAW :
Article 12 of the public housing law currently outlines a program
similar to this that attempts to combat the widespread use of drugs
and drug dealing in public housing. However, current law does not
attempt to combat other serious crimes such as robbery and rape that
occur in public housing in New York State.

JUSTIFICATION :
It is positive to note that crime in public housing has decreased.
However, crime committed in government subsidized housing projects
remains greater than the rest of New York City housing establishments.
Recent crime statistics reflected that 11% of murders, 11% of rapes
and 16% of shootings were committed in public housing projects, yet
they only house five percent of the population of New York City. These
facilities do not receive a proportionate amount of the security
patrol coverage available. The current security measures are
inadequate. In 2005, a study by the New York City Council found that a
trespasser could successfully access a New York City Housing Authority
building by the front door nearly 50% of the time without a key or
entry card. This bill will authorize grants that enable creative
innovation of security measures that enhance the safety of these
public facilities and provide these residents with the dignity and
safety that they deserve.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
S.4313a of 2007 04/05/07
Referred to Housing Construction & Community Development

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
A five million dollar appropriation from the general fund will be used
to implement this program.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect on the 180th day after it shall have become
a law.
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