senate Bill S3759

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to membership and composition of the New York city housing authority board

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S3759 - Bill Details

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Law Section:
Public Housing Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง402, Pub Hous L

S3759 - Bill Texts

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Relates to membership and composition of the New York city housing authority board; increases voting membership on the board to seven and provides for five non-voting, tenant representatives.

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BILL NUMBER:S3759

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public housing law, in relation to
increasing the board of the New York city housing authority

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The bill seeks to restructure the
Board of Directors of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to
ensure that its members have relative experience and expertise in
issues affecting NYCHA residents, and are responsive to their needs.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1. Amends subdivisions 3 and 4 of section 402 of the Public
Housing Law, as amended by chapter 531 of the laws of 2010. Increases
board membership from three to 10 members (seven of whom shall be
voting members). The 12 members are broken down as follows: one
Chairperson, five non-voting tenant representatives and six board
members. The members are to be appointed by the mayor of the city of
New York and shall serve at his/her pleasure. The members may be
removed by the mayor for cause after a public hearing.

The aforementioned six board members must have expertise in one or
more of the following competencies: housing finance, workforce
development, management/administration, housing policy, health and
human services, and community development. These six voting members,
other than the chairperson, shall be appointed upon a written
recommendation of the New York city council.

The five non-voting tenant representative members shall be residents
of any one of the 335 federal projects owned or operated by NYCHA.
Additionally, the tenant representative must be at least 18 years of
age and be the tenant of record or an authorized member of the tenant
household. Furthermore, there must be a representative from each of
the five boroughs.

The chairperson of the authority shall give his/her whole time to the
duties of the authority and shall not engage in any other occupation,
profession or employment. The chairperson and the other six voting
members shall receive salaries, the amounts of which shall be fixed by
local law. The tenant representatives shall receive a monthly stipend
in the amount of $250.

Section 2. Effective Date

JUSTIFICATION: This bill addresses the growing concern that NYCHA's
board is unresponsive, unaccountable, and unfit for the enormous and
imperative task of effectively managing the more than 400,000 NYCHA
residents. NYCHA oversees a network of over 400 community facilities
that include community centers, senior centers, health care centers,
day care and Head Start educational centers. Programs at many of these
centers include sports, photography, painting, literacy classes and
general education courses, computer training, arts and crafts,
childcare, meal programs, and senior companion initiatives.

To fulfill its vital mission and even better serve residents while
facing dramatic reductions in traditional government funding, NYCHA


must develop new financing options and build innovative partnerships
to help NYCHA increase resident access to a multitude of community,
educational and recreational programs, as well as job readiness and
training initiatives.

Unfortunately, many incidents in the recent past have proven to
residents and public officials that the current board
structure/composition of NYCHA is ill-equipped for the task at hand.
Tens of thousands of complaints go unanswered each year, millions of
federal and state dollars earmarked for capital improvements remain
unspent, and most recently they have engaged in the practice of
selling off community space for the purpose of luxury apartments; only
20% of which will be made available for affordable housing purposes.
Moreover, the lack of transparency that exists within the organization
is alarming and must be corrected to ensure that NYCHA is acting in
accordance with it statutorily mandated purpose. Such purpose being to
provide decent and affordable housing in a safe and secure living
environment for low- and moderate-income residents throughout the five
boroughs.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately

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

                                  3759

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 14, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. PERKINS, MONTGOMERY -- read twice and ordered print-
  ed,  and  when  printed  to  be committed to the Committee on Housing,
  Construction and Community Development

AN ACT to amend the public housing law, in relation  to  increasing  the
  board of the New York city housing authority

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

  Section 1. Subdivisions 3 and 4 of section 402 of the  public  housing
law,  as amended by chapter 531 of the laws of 2010, are amended to read
as follows:
  3. (A) On and after [May first, nineteen hundred fifty-eight]  JANUARY
FIRST,  TWO  THOUSAND  FOURTEEN,  the authority shall consist of [three]
TWELVE members appointed by the mayor, one of whom shall  be  designated
by  the  mayor as [chairman removable at his pleasure. The members other
than the chairman first appointed for terms  commencing  on  May  first,
nineteen  hundred fifty-eight, shall be appointed for terms of three and
five years, respectively. Thereafter the term of office of  each  member
other  than the chairman shall be five years] THE CHAIRPERSON, SIX OTHER
VOTING MEMBERS AND FIVE NON-VOTING MEMBERS, TO BE APPOINTED BY THE MAYOR
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS SET FORTH  IN  THIS  SUBDIVISION.  THE
VOTING  MEMBERS  FIRST APPOINTED AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE CHAPTER
OF THE LAWS OF TWO THOUSAND  THIRTEEN  WHICH  AMENDED  THIS  SUBDIVISION
SHALL  HAVE  SUBSTANTIAL  EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE IN ONE OR MORE OF THE
FOLLOWING AREAS:
  (I) HOUSING FINANCE;
  (II) WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT;
  (III) MANAGEMENT/ADMINISTRATION;
  (IV) HOUSING POLICY;
  (V) HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES; AND
  (VI) COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT/ORGANIZATION.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08683-02-3

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  EACH OF THE ISSUE AREAS SET FORTH IN THIS PARAGRAPH SHALL  BE  REPRES-
ENTED,  PROVIDED  HOWEVER,  THAT TWO OF THE AREAS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO BE
REPRESENTED UNTIL THE EXPIRATION OF THE TERMS  OF  THE  MEMBERS  ON  THE
BOARD  AS  OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE CHAPTER OF THE LAWS OF TWO THOU-
SAND THIRTEEN WHICH AMENDED THIS SUBDIVISION.
  (B)  THE  SIX  VOTING  MEMBERS  OTHER  THAN  THE  CHAIRPERSON SHALL BE
APPOINTED ON THE WRITTEN RECOMMENDATION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE  CITY
OF  NEW  YORK. THE FIVE NON-VOTING MEMBERS SHALL BE RESIDENTS OF ANY ONE
OF THE THREE HUNDRED THIRTY-FIVE FEDERAL PROJECTS OWNED OR  OPERATED  BY
THE  AUTHORITY,  MUST BE EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AND SHALL BE THE
TENANT OF RECORD OR AN AUTHORIZED MEMBER OF THE TENANT HOUSEHOLD.   SUCH
TENANT  REPRESENTATIVES  SHALL  REPRESENT  EACH OF THE FIVE BOROUGHS AND
SHALL BE APPOINTED AFTER SELECTION FROM A WRITTEN  LIST  OF  RECOMMENDA-
TIONS FROM THE BOROUGH PRESIDENT OF EACH BOROUGH.
  (C)  THE  MEMBERS  FIRST  APPOINTED  AFTER JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND
FOURTEEN SHALL SERVE FOR  THE  FOLLOWING  TERMS:  THE  FIRST  ADDITIONAL
MEMBER SHALL SERVE FOR A TERM ENDING DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOUSAND
FIFTEEN;  THE  SECOND  ADDITIONAL  MEMBER  SHALL SERVE FOR A TERM ENDING
DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN; THE THIRD ADDITIONAL MEMBER
SHALL SERVE FOR A TERM ENDING DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOUSAND SEVEN-
TEEN; AND THE FOURTH ADDITIONAL MEMBER SHALL SERVE A TERM ENDING  DECEM-
BER THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOUSAND EIGHTEEN.
  THEREAFTER ALL MEMBERS SHALL BE APPOINTED FOR TERMS OF FOUR YEARS. THE
NON-VOTING  TENANT REPRESENTATIVES SHALL SERVE FOUR YEAR TERMS BEGINNING
JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN; PROVIDED THAT THE TENANT REPRESEN-
TATIVE SERVING ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE CHAPTER OF THE LAWS  OF  TWO
THOUSAND THIRTEEN WHICH AMENDED THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL CONTINUE TO SERVE
UNTIL THE EXPIRATION OF HIS OR HER TERM.
  (D)  The  mayor  shall file with the commissioner of housing a certif-
icate of appointment of the [chairman] CHAIRPERSON and of  each  member.
Any  member  [other  than  the chairman] may be removed by the mayor for
cause after a public hearing. [On and after July first in the year  next
succeeding  the  year  in  which  this  sentence  shall take effect, the
authority shall consist of one additional member who shall be  appointed
by  the  mayor and shall be removable at his or her pleasure. Such addi-
tional member must be eighteen years of age or older and be  the  tenant
of  record  or  an  authorized  member  of the tenant household, in good
standing, residing in one  of  the  three  hundred  thirty-five  federal
projects  owned  or  operated by the authority.   A] ANY vacancy [in the
office of a member other than the  chairman  or  the  additional  tenant
member]  occurring  otherwise than by expiration of term shall be filled
for the unexpired term[; provided, however, that a vacancy in  the  seat
held  by  the  additional  tenant  member  shall be filled] by the mayor
PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION within thirty days of such vacancy.
  4. The [chairman and the other members] CHAIRPERSON of  the  authority
[other  than the additional tenant member] shall give [their] HIS OR HER
whole time to [their] THE duties OF THE AUTHORITY and shall  not  engage
in any other occupation, profession or employment. The [chairman] CHAIR-
PERSON and the SIX VOTING members of the authority [other than the addi-
tional  tenant  member]  shall  receive [a salary] SALARIES the [amount]
AMOUNTS of which shall be fixed by local law.  The  [additional]  tenant
[member]  REPRESENTATIVE  MEMBERS shall receive a monthly stipend in the
amount of two hundred fifty dollars EACH.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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