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This local law establishes \"green building\" design standards for certain building construction and rehabilitation projects funded through the City\'s capital budget with the intent of reducing the City\'s electricity and water consumption, reducing air pollution, improving occupant health and worker productivity, and encouraging the development of green building in the private market. Among the types of projects covered are schools, hospitals, libraries, cultural institutions, courts, and administrative buildings, but residential projects assisted by City capital funds are not included. The Mayor is given the authority to exempt up to 20% of the value of the capital work in a given year within the different categories of capital work and accompanying design standards as defined by the bill. Reporting requirements are also established.
This ordinance prohibits extraction of natural gas from new wells; and prohibits utilizing new extraction methods on pre-existing wells.
This ordinance requires lighting systems to be upgraded and sub-meters to be installed in certain covered buildings based on square footage; requires that each tenant or subtenant within a covered tenant space that has a sub-meter to measure electrical consumption shall be provided with a monthly statement showing the amount of electricity measured by the sub-meter; and requires the owner of each covered building to file a report with the department certifying that sub-meters have been installed in all covered tenant spaces.
The ordinance requires buildings that exceed 50,000 square feet or 100,000 square feet if two buildings are on the same tax lot, to benchmark its total use of energy and water for the previous calendar year. Energy and water usage data must be compiled by property owners on or before May 1st, 2010 and every May 1st thereafter. A building that does not have automated water metering is exempt from the water usage benchmarking requirement. The department of finance is required to make information generated by the benchmarking tool available to the public on the internet no later than every September first for city buildings. Information generated by the benchmarking tool for the 2009 calendar year for city buildings, for the 2010 calendar year for covered buildings, and for the 2011 calendar year for covered buildings whose primary use is residential, as determined by the department of finance, shall not be disclosed. The ordinance also requires the Mayor\'s Office of Long-term Planning and Sustainability to prepare, submit to the mayor and the speaker of the city council, and post on the internet a report reviewing and evaluating the administration and enforcement of this article and analyzing data obtained from the benchmarking tool.
A local law to amend the New York City charter and the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring energy audits and retro-commissioning of base building systems of certain buildings and retro-fitting of certain city-owned buildings.
This local law adopts the energy conservation construction code of New York state; allows compliance to be determined through the use of computer software developed by the United States Department of Energy; exempts certain low energy buildings from the building thermal envelope provisions; permits the commissioner to find that an energy efficiency programs exceeds the energy efficiency required by this code; allows a building upon approval in writing the the commissioner to be considered in compliance with this code; requires certain building and construction inspections; and requires the submission of an evaluation report by the manufacturer or approved agency on each prefabricated construction assembly, indicating the complete details of the mechanical system.
In 2009, when Onondaga County gained federal court approval of its new save the rain program, Syracuse became the first community in the United States with a legal requirement to reduce sewage overflows with green infrastructure. The county's strategy integrates both green and gray approaches to meet binding CSO targets phased in over nine years. Green infrastructure investments, totaling nearly $80 million, will account for nearly two-thirds of future CSO reductions. The program is funded with a combination of sewer fees and low-interest loans and grants from the state. The county has installed a number of demonstration projects and expects to complete at least 50 projects by the end of 2011. To encourage green infrastructure on private property, the county has launched a comprehensive public outreach and education program and provides financial incentives in the form of a direct grant program and rain barrel giveaways. There is currently no retention standard for new development or redevelopment, but the county is working with the city of Syracuse on a new ordinance that may include such a standard.
This initiative establishes an office of the inspector general for the NYPD, which would serve as an independent investigatory unit for police misconduct. The initiative prohibits the Inspector General from being a member of the NYPD and makes the office independent from the mayor\\\'s and NYPD commissioner\\\'s oversight or review. The initiative requires the Inspector General office review, report and make recommendations for change to the mayor, commissioner, and city council to improve the department\\\'s policies, practices, programs, and operations, in addition to coordinating with the citizen review board and the internal affairs bureau on review of misconduct and disciplinary actions.
The ordinance requires that all candidates comply with contribution limits and disclosure requirements. The ordinance also established the Campaign Finance Program (the Program). Candidates who join the Program also agree to comply with strict expenditure limits, and in return they become eligible to receive public matching funds for their campaigns, based on contributions they raise from NYC residents.
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to establishing reporting requirements for the department of citywide administrative services on the status of city-owned real property