Yesterday, Melissa introduced several pieces of legislation at the City Council’s Stated Meeting:
Int 122: Establishing a pilot commercial waste audit program, which will help different businesses in our City to establish industry standards and best practices for waste management, recycling and the use of environmentally-friendly materials.
Int 123: Requiring a review process, including consideration for safety, health and environmental concerns, for any new surface materials to be used on playgrounds and fields in our City.
Res 119: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to create a tax incentive program for green businesses.
Res 120: Resolution calling upon the State to pass legislation that would provide tax incentives for food-service businesses that use environmentally-friendly alternatives to disposable food ware made from styrofoam and other non-recyclable or non-biodegradable materials.
You can access a running list of bills and resolutions introduced this term by clicking the Legislation tab at the top of the page.
Paid sick days legislation was also re-introduced yesterday by Council Member Gale Brewer. Prior to the Stated Meeting, Council Members and advocates gathered outside City Hall to call for the legislation’s passage this term.
This bill, now re-introduced as Int 97, would require that employers provide their workers with earned paid sick time. Currently, over a million employees lack this protection and often have to make the choice between going to work sick and losing a day’s pay.
The paid sick days bill has been identified as one of the priorities of the new Progressive Caucus of the City Council, which is co-chaired by Melissa.