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AB3507 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          3507
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 27, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. RODRIGUEZ, WALKER, PICHARDO -- Multi-Sponsored by
          -- M. of A.  COOK, SIMON -- read once and referred to the Committee on
          Housing
 
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  public housing law, in relation to enacting the
          "public housing safety and security act of 2021"

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1.  The public housing law is amended by adding a new article
     2  12-A to read as follows:
     3                                ARTICLE 12-A
     4                     PUBLIC HOUSING SAFETY AND SECURITY
     5  Section 310. Short title.
     6          311. Legislative findings.
     7          312. Authority to issue grants.
     8          313. Eligible activities.
     9          314. Applications.
    10          315. Periodic safety inspections.
    11          316. Annual report.
    12    § 310. Short title. This article shall be known and may  be  cited  as
    13  the "public housing safety and security act of 2021".
    14    §  311.  Legislative  findings. 1. (a) The state has a duty to provide
    15  public housing that is decent, safe, secure and free from crime;
    16    (b) Those who live in public housing projects in many  areas  of  this
    17  state  suffer from rampant crime, including break-ins, larceny, robbery,
    18  burglary and rape;
    19    (c) Gang activity is increasingly imposing a reign of terror on public
    20  housing tenants; the increase in drug-related crime not  only  leads  to
    21  murders, muggings, and other forms of violence against tenants, but also
    22  to a deterioration of the physical environment that requires substantial
    23  government expenditures; and
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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     1    (d) Local law enforcement authorities often lack the resources to deal
     2  with  the constant surveillance and patrolling in public housing partic-
     3  ularly in light of the recent reductions in federal aid to cities.
     4    2.    Recent events at certain housing projects demonstrate that these
     5  issues are serious, pressing and in need of immediate attention.
     6    § 312. Authority to issue grants. The division, in accordance with the
     7  provisions of this article, may issue grants to public housing  authori-
     8  ties  or  agencies  for  use  in  improving  security  in public housing
     9  projects.
    10    § 313. Eligible activities. A public housing authority or  agency  may
    11  use a grant under this article for:
    12    1. the employment of security personnel in public housing projects;
    13    2.  reimbursement  of  local  law  enforcement agencies for additional
    14  security and protective services for public housing projects;
    15    3. physical improvements in public housing projects which are  specif-
    16  ically designed to enhance security;
    17    4. training, communications equipment, and other related equipment for
    18  use  by  voluntary  public  housing tenant patrols acting in cooperation
    19  with local law enforcement officials;
    20    5. providing funding to nonprofit public housing  resident  management
    21  corporations  and tenant councils to develop security programs involving
    22  site residents; and
    23    6. purchase and installation of cameras  throughout  public  areas  of
    24  public housing buildings.
    25    §  314.  Applications.  1.  To  receive  a grant under this article, a
    26  public housing authority or agency shall submit an  application  to  the
    27  commissioner at such time, in such manner, and accompanied by such addi-
    28  tional  information  as  the  commissioner  may reasonably require. Such
    29  application shall include, but not be limited to, a plan for  addressing
    30  security concerns/issues at the requesting public authority or agency.
    31    2.  The  commissioner  shall  approve  applications under this article
    32  based upon:
    33    (a) the extent of the crime problem in the facilities  of  the  public
    34  housing project;
    35    (b)  the quality of the plan of the public housing authority or agency
    36  to address security concerns in the public housing project or projects;
    37    (c) the capability of the public housing authority or agency to  carry
    38  out the plan; and
    39    (d)  the  extent  to  which  the  local government and local community
    40  support the anti-crime activities of the  public  housing  authority  or
    41  agency.
    42    §  315.  Periodic  safety  inspections. Periodic safety inspections by
    43  division agents or employees of public housing units are required.  Such
    44  inspections  shall  occur  twice per year and ensure that public housing
    45  units comport with (1) lead paint regulations; (2) have  sufficient  and
    46  operational  locking  doors;  (3) entrances and doorways into and out of
    47  buildings are secure and structurally sound; (4) windows in public areas
    48  have adequate locking devices that work; and (5) such other and  further
    49  inspection  as  is  deemed  necessary  by the division. The agency shall
    50  develop regulations sufficient to effect inspections  pursuant  to  this
    51  section.
    52    §  316.  Annual  report. The division shall submit an annual report to
    53  the governor, temporary president of the senate, speaker of  the  assem-
    54  bly, minority leader of the senate and the minority leader of the assem-
    55  bly,  including,  but  not limited to, outlining the state of safety and
    56  security at public housing units throughout the state;  specific  build-

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     1  ings  that  have  failed  division inspection; violations; and number of
     2  crimes that have occurred at each project.
     3    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
     4  it shall have become a law.
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