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A06357 Summary:

BILL NOA06357
 
SAME ASSAME AS S04786
 
SPONSORAnderson
 
COSPNSRTaylor
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd §402, Pub Hous L
 
Relates to the New York city housing authority and mold remediation.
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A06357 Actions:

BILL NOA06357
 
03/16/2021referred to housing
01/05/2022referred to housing
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A06357 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A6357
 
SPONSOR: Anderson
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public housing law, in relation to the New York city housing authority and mold remediation   PURPOSE: To require the New York City Housing Authority ("NYCHA") to remediate any instances of mold reported by any tenant to NYCHA within fifteen (15) days of NYCHA's notice of the condition. In addition, within sixty days (60) of the initial remediation, NYCHA shall revisit the apartment to ensure that the remediation was successful.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: § 1. Section 402 of the public housing law is amended by adding subdivi- sion 10 providing that: 1. NYCHA shall remediate any instances of mold reported by any tenant to NYCHA within fifteen (15) days of NYCHA's notice of the condition. 2. Within sixty days (60) of the initial remediation, NYCHA shall revis- it the dwelling unit to ensure that the remediation was successful. 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.   EXISTING LAW: Existing state law establishes a toll-free telephone hotline to provide information regarding health care providers and treatment centers with expertise in illnesses associated with military duty. There is also a federal veterans' crisis line.   JUSTIFICATION: The North Carolina Division of Public Health describes mold as a type of fungus that is an often "fuzzy-looking growth that appears on the surface of organic materials in damp conditions, both outdoors and indoors. Molds may be gray, black, green, yellow, orange or various other colors, and may have a velvety or wooly texture." The North Caro- lina Division of Public Health further states that produce tiny spores in order to reproduce. Mold spores continually waft through the air, both indoors and out-of-doors. When mold spores land on a damp spot, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. Indoors, molds can grow on wood, paper, fabrics, carpet, foods and other organic materials. Molds are a natural part of the environment, but human health problems may result when people are exposed to large amounts of mold, particularly indoors." According to the Centers of Disease Control, many people are sensitive to molds. For these people, exposure to molds can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. People with serious allergies to molds may have more severe reactions. Severe reactions may include fever, shortness of breath, skin rash and itching, running nose, eye irritation, cough, throat irritation, headache, congestion and aggravation of asthma. People with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may also develop mold infections in their lungs. Mold is also especially dangerous for indi- viduals with compromised immune systems such as HIV/AIDS patients, organ transplant patients or chemotherapy patients. NYCHA has a terrible history of remediating mold in its apartments. Recently, after a law suit was filed, NYCHA entered into a settlement agreeing to federal oversight of its troubled effort to erase tenacious mold from hundreds of aging apartments. The settlement requires federal oversight of NYCHA's mold remediation activities for three years. This bill will ensure that NYCHA will continue to properly remediate mold conditions in its apartments even after the three year settlement has expired.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2020: S2140 REFERRED TO HOUSING, CONSTRUCTION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 2019: S2140 REFERRED TO HOUSING, CONSTRUCTION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 2018: S4521 REFERRED TO HOUSING, CONSTRUCTION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 2018: A5010 referred to housing 2017: S4521 REFERRED TO HOUSING, CONSTRUCTION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 2017: A5010 referred to housing 2016: S3264 REFERRED TO HOUSING, CONSTRUCTION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 2016: A4307 referred to housing 2015: S3264 REFERRED TO HOUSING, CONSTRUCTION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 2015:A4307 referred to housing   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None   LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become law.
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A06357 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          6357
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     March 16, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. ANDERSON -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Housing
 
        AN ACT to amend the public housing law, in relation to the New York city
          housing authority and mold remediation
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Section 402 of the public housing law is amended by  adding
     2  a new subdivision 11 to read as follows:
     3    11.  Notwithstanding  any other provision of law to the contrary, upon
     4  the report by any tenant of mold in a dwelling unit in any project oper-
     5  ated by the authority, the authority shall have fifteen days to  remedi-
     6  ate  said mold. The authority shall have sixty days from the remediation
     7  to inspect the dwelling unit to ensure mold removal.
     8    § 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
     9  have become a law.
 
 
 
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD09732-01-1
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