Review of New York City Policy Making
New York City Mayor:Michael R. Bloomberg; for more information:
New York City Council:
· The New York City Council is the law-making body of New York City.
· The City Council has 51 members, each one representing one of the council districts.
· Main responsibilities of the City Council:
1. To monitor the operation and performance of city agencies
· The Council holds regular oversight hearings.
2. To make land use decisions
· This includes the power to approve zoning changes, housing and urban renewal plans, community development plans, and disposition of city-owned property.
3. To approve the city’s budget
· The mayor proposes the budget for the coming year, but the Council has the final approval power.
· The Council makes and passes laws that govern the City of New York.
· See the “Legislative Process” below for more information.
· Most of the legislative work is done in committee.
· Each Council Member serves on at least three standing committees, sub- and select committees and panels.
The Speaker of the Council:
Christine C. Quinn; for more information:
· The Council Speaker is elected by the Council Members.
· The Speaker’s primary role is to obtain a consensus on major issues.
NYC Council Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus
· The BLA Caucus meets to make sure that issues of concern to the City’s Black, Latino, and Asian communities are being addressed.
NYC Council Women’s Caucus
· The goal of the Women’s Caucus is to advance women’s rights and promote equality in New York City.
Legislative Process: Making a Bill into a Local Law
· A bill is filed by a Council Member with the Council Speaker’s Office.
· The bill is introduced to the Council during a Stated Meeting and then referred to the appropriate committee(s).
· In committee the bill may be debated and amended.
· The committee votes on the final version of the bill.
· If passed in committee, the bill is sent to the Council for more debate and a final vote.
· If the bill receives a majority of the vote in Council (at least 26 members), it is sent to the Mayor.
· The Mayor has 30 days to either sign or veto the bill.
· If the Mayor signs the bill, it immediately becomes a local law.
· If the Mayor vetoes the bill, it sent back to the City Council.
-The City Council has 30 days to override the Mayor’s veto.
-Overriding the veto (to make the bill into a law) requires two-thirds of the Council vote (at least 34 members).
· If the Mayor neither signs nor vetoes the bill within 30 days of receiving it from the Council, the bill automatically becomes a local law.
*Legislation pending in the Council is referred to as an “Introduction”.