Legislative Updates – December 2015

Rosie Proposes a Bicycle Safety Taskforce

On Wednesday December 2nd, Rosie and Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer’s proposed legislation Intro 219 was heard in the Transportation Committee. The bill would create a bicycle safety taskforce. Over two years, 10 townhalls will be held in every borough each year to discuss the impact of cycling on individual neighborhoods. These community meetings will enable pedestrians, motorists and cyclists to engage in a proactive discussion on improving relationships that lead to a more bicycle-friendly New York. Residents can also make recommendations on the best ways to use federal funding and possible changes to rules and regulations regarding routes, infrastructure and bicycle parking. The entire process will include an interactive educational campaign and other measures to promote bicycling while ensuring the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians.

Rosie votes to oppose Intro 65 – bill requiring City to provide $20M for non-public school security guards

Rosie joined Councilperson Danny Dromm, Chair of the Education Committee in expressing their disappointment for Intro 65. The legislation will require New York City to give approximately $20 million for security guards in non-public schools. The two Councilmembers shared the following statement: “This $20 million giveaway comes at a time when our overcrowded public schools are owed $2.3 billion dollars in Campaign for Fiscal Equity funding. We hope that our colleagues will be just as quick to invest millions of dollars into our city’s, resource-starved public schools.” The legislation passed at Council Stated 43-4 with Rosie and Councilmembers Dromm, Johnson, and Barron voting no.

Rosie Proposes Increasing Protections for LGBTQ Individuals

On Thursday, December 9th a hearing was held to discuss Intro 819, Rosie’s bill to repeal the limitations on the Human Rights Law’s (“HRL”) protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. This legislation would repeal a section of the HRL whereby the language leaves the door open to employers to consider other factors that pertains to someone’s sexual orientation leaving the door open to possible discrimination.  The City Commission on Human Rights testified that the language was unnecessary and should be repealed.  Intro 819 takes another critical step towards ensuring that New York City a more fair and equitable place to live, work and play.

Rosie Supports Thousands of Freelancers in District 2

Rosie and members of the City Council have proposed legislation to protect freelance workers from non-payment and late payment. The bill would require a written contract for any freelance work, specifying what work is to be performed, the rate and method of payment, and payment within 30 days upon completion of services or on the due date under the contract, whichever is later. Employers who don’t pay up on time could be hit with $5,000 fines. Employers judged to be willfully violating the law could even harsher charges and consequences. Penalties may include double damages, attorney’s fees, and civil penalties. District 2 has approximately 10,651 Freelancers Union members who would be protected under this legislation.

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