Jumaane is one of the most accomplished legislators on the City Council, having passed 53+ bills into law. Below is a sample of those bills, and evidence of the legislative acumen he will bring to us as Public Advocate. Bills awaiting passage are denoted by “(Pending)”.
Reforming Our Criminal Justice System
Passed the Community Safety Act, which helped end the decades-long abuse of Stop and Frisk by the NYPD. The law made it easier for New Yorkers to sue in state court if they are victims of bias-based police profiling, and also established the Inspector General to oversee the NYPD, the agency’s first independent watchdog.
Passed the Fair Chance Act (also known as “Ban the Box”) law, which prohibits public and private employers, citywide, from denying New Yorkers jobs just because they have a criminal conviction or arrest record.
Passed legislation to require the NYPD Inspector General to review police misconduct cases and develop recommendations to improve the discipline, training and monitoring of officers.
Introduced legislation to prohibit city agencies from considering marijuana-related convictions when evaluating candidates for city jobs. (Pending)
Introduced legislation to reaffirm New Yorkers’ Right to Record police activity in public places, from a safe distance. (Pending)
Protecting Women’s Rights
Passed the BOSS bill, which prohibits employment discrimination and discriminatory harassment, or violence, based on an individual’s reproductive health choices, including the right to a safe and legal abortion.
Passed the Domestic Violence Victim Protection Act, which prohibits landlords from discriminating against victims of domestic violence.
Cracking Down on Illegal Commuter Vans, especially in South East Queens and Brooklyn:
Passed legislation to remove unlicensed, uninsured, dangerous commuter van drivers off of the road, while ensuring that legal owners are treated like legitimate outer borough transit options. Also passed legislation to allow the TLC to regulate vans with 20 or more passengers.
Worked with the Taxi and Limousine Commission to establish an official Commuter Van logo for use by licensed, insured vans.
Maximizing Affordable Housing Opportunities
Worked with Picture the Homeless to pass the Housing, Not Warehousing Act. Williams’ bill in the Act requires HPD to report on vacant buildings or lots under HPD jurisdiction for their potential to be developed or using the buildings for affordable housing.
Heard legislation that would require landlords to post a statement as to whether the building has rent regulated units in the building. (Pending)
Heard legislation to require HPD to report annually on certain information regarding the waiting lists of Mitchell-Lama housing developments. (Pending)
Protecting Tenants Against Harassment and Lack of Repairs
Passed a law cracking down on individuals that harass home owners into selling their homes.
Passed a law increasing the minimum apartment temperature to 62 degrees at night, during heat season.
Passed a law defining as “tenant harassment,” the following behavior by landlords: lying about whether an apartment is occupied, lying about whether a unit is rent stabilized when applying to perform construction work, several failures to make major apartment repairs, falsely certifying that work was done to a unit.
Passed a law requiring HPD to audit buildings that receive tax payer subsidy (421-a of Real Property Tax Law) to ensure that the landlord registers units as rent stabilized.
Passed a law to make it easier for New Yorkers in need to prevent sudden eviction from ¾ houses. The law establishes tenancy by allowing residents to show a valid ID, government record, medical record, notarized statement, utility bill, or similar proof.
Passed a law reauthorizing tax exemptions for landlords who improve their multiple dwellings, incentivizing keeping buildings in a state of good repair.
Passed a law encouraging landlords to keep buildings in a state of good repair by increasing the interest rate for emergency repairs performed by HPD.
Protecting Character of our Neighborhoods
Passed a law to require that DOB notify residents when a developer applies for permits to build a new hotel.
Passed a law to require that a building’s street number be displayed at each entrance/exit used by residents or visitors.
Improving Immigrant Rights
Passed law to require any city employee (or contractor) to protect New York residents, who are also immigrants, from having their identifying information disclosed. Identifying information includes contact information, sexual orientation, immigration status or religion. It also installs a privacy officer in each agency.
Passed a law to require that all city websites include a language translation feature. The feature must be available in, at least, speaker of the city’s top-seven languages, including Haitian-Creole, Spanish and Russian.
Reducing Construction Site Deaths and Injuries
Passed the Construction Safety Training Act, aimed at reducing construction site deaths, by requiring at least 40 hours of OSHA (or equivalent) training. Negotiated to provide several million dollars to provide courses through M/WBE course providers and experienced day laborer organizations.
Protecting the Environment
Passed the Catch Basin Clean Up Act, which require the Dept. of Environmental Protection to inspect every catch basin the city at least annually, and to unclog/repair clogged basins within nine days of complaint filing. The law aims to help alleviate flooding, especially in South East Queens and Brooklyn.
Passed the Bike to Work Act, which discouraged driving to work. Allows employees to store their bicycles at designates places in the office building, and transport bikes on designated elevators.
Passed laws to ensure that New York City’s energy conservation codes are stricter than our state code.
Passed the Used Car Fee Transparency Act, which requires used car dealers to post the full selling price of a car, including previously hidden dealer fees, along with the cost of any extras that go with the car.
Passed a crackdown on illegal gambling operations, with a law that revokes licenses for arcades or game café’s for engaging in illegal gambling.
Introduced the Credit Non-Discrimination Act, which would outlaw the practice of creditors discriminating in the issuance of credit on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, or any of the protected classes. (Pending)
Supporting Our Veterans
Passed the Veteran and Active Duty Anti-Discrimination Act, which prohibits discrimination in employment, housing (rental or sale), public accommodations, lending, and license issuance, due to actual or perceived military service. For example, no longer can employers fail to accommodate New Yorkers deployed to war, nor can veterans be told that they can’t rent an apartment due to possible PTSD bias.
Protecting Small Businesses:
Passed a law to prohibit law enforcement from using the Nuisance Abatement Law to arbitrarily shut down bodegas, small businesses that New Yorkers patronize.
Improving Transparency in Government:
Passed a bill requiring the Conflict of Interest Board to maintain record of compliance with the annual conflict of interest law for candidates participating on the city’s public matching campaign finance program.
Passed a bill to require the disclosure of anyone with a ten percent or greater, ownership in an entity doing business with the city.
Passed a bill to require the 311 to better handle high call volume during emergencies.