THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
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**For Immediate Release**
January 4, 2012
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Council Votes To Give New Yorkers TIPS: Transparency In Paving Streets
Legislation requires Department of Transportation to post information regarding resurfacing and capital improvement of city blocks.
Council will also vote to improve indoor air quality by limiting the emissions of certain harmful compounds from carpet materials.
New York, NY- Today, the City Council will vote to give New Yorkers greater information on the condition of city blocks. The bill, Transparency In Paving Streets (TIPS), will require the Department of Transportation (DOT) to post on its website the year city streets were last resurfaced or received capital improvement, and the current rating of city blocks (i.e., good, fair or poor) pursuant to DOT’s street assessment system.
The Council will also vote on legislation proposed by our Green Codes Task Force. This bill will improve indoor air quality in commercial buildings and residences by limiting the emissions of certain harmful compounds from carpets and carpet cushions. Emissions from these compounds can cause serious health problems.
Additionally, the Council will also vote on three resolutions related to gun control in a critical effort to stop the flow of illegal guns throughout the country and here in New York City.
Finally, the Council will vote on a modification to the FY 2012 budget – a necessary action to begin closing the budget gap.
TIPS: TRANSPARENCY IN PAVING STREETS
After the TIPS bill is signed into law, an interactive map will be available on DOT’s website. New Yorkers will be able to zoom in on the map to find information about their blocks such as how the DOT rates the street’s condition or the last time it was paved. The legislation requires a sortable function, with results displaying immediately after a user enters a specific city block, to be ready within one year.
By arming Community Boards and the public with facts about their neighborhood blocks, city residents will be able to better prioritize streets that need to be resurfaced or improved and advocate for their repair.
“With this bill, we’re not only giving New Yorkers greater information about their communities, we’re also empowering them to make changes in their communities,” said Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn. “A resource like this website is just one example of the way the Council is giving more power to the people – power to take information and use it to help shape the future of their neighborhoods, making them better places to live.”
Minority Leader James Oddo, the prime sponsor of the legislation, said, “This bill is about greater transparency in the delivery of City services. The end game is to make New Yorkers aware of their street rating and empower them to get action from City government. If you disagree with how your street is rated, you should reach out to the Mayor, Borough President, DOT, or your local Council Member to ask for action.”
“Every year, DOT reports that the condition of streets in our city is improving. Still, residents have no idea what their street rating is and whether the rating is realistic or removed from reality,” said Council Member James Vacca, Chair of the Transportation Committee. “Posting these ratings online will promote better street surface conditions as residents will be able to reach out to their elected officials and DOT to get their street repaired based upon its rating or contest the rating if it makes no sense.”