An epidemic of construction deaths is plaguing New York City. Workers are being exploited and corners are being cut. This is not what New York City is about. The people who build our iconic skyline are being treated as expendable commodities and their deaths are increasingly being regarded as ‘the cost of doing business’. The time is NOW to reverse this trend and foster safe working environments.
New York City’s elected officials have a responsibility to protect and value the lives of workers that build our city. Since January 2015, 30 construction workers have died on construction sites across the five boroughs. 90% of those fatalities occurred on non-union sites. Latino and Immigrant workers are disproportionately affected by these unsafe work conditions. According to 2015 OSHA statistics, 57% of fatalities from falls are Latino workers, while Latinos make up only 30% of the construction workforce.
Join the New York City District Council of Carpenters in urging the City Council to support Intro. 1447. Call your City Council Member and tell them how important safety training is. To find your district and the contact information for your City Council Member, visit www.council.nyc.gov/districts.
Help do your part by reaching out to your City Council Member, and urge them to vote YES on Intro. 1447 (*please be sure you are a NYC resident before filling out the form, and that your City Council Member has not already voted YES*). Click the link below to send them a letter urging passage of this legislation (*only NY residents should send letters, all other members can call or contact Council Members via email).
Or, if you prefer you can call them. Please be sure to contact the Council Member for your District. To find out who your Council Member is visit council.nyc.gov/districts/. Here is a sample script to use for your call.
Council Members who have yet to sign on to the legislation:
Council Member Steve Matteo
Arrochar, Bloomfield, Bulls Head, Chelsea, Concord, Dongan Hills, Egbertville, Emerson Hill, Grant City, Grasmere, Lighthouse Hill, Manor Heights, Midland Beach, New Dorp, New Dorp Beach, New Springville, Oakwood, Old Town, Richmond Town, South Beach, Todt Hill, Travis, Westerleigh.
Council Member Ruben Wills
Rochdale, South Ozone Park
Council Member Rosie Mendez
East Village, Gramercy Park, Kips Bay, Lower East Side, Murray Hill, Rose Hill
Council Member Peter Koo
Downtown Flushing, Murray Hill, Queensboro Hill
Council Member David Greenfield
Borough Park, Midwood, Ocean Parkway
Council Member Darlene Mealy
Bedford-Stuyvesant, Ocean Hill-Brownsville, East Flatbush, Crown Heights
Council Member Chaim Deutsch
Brighton Beach, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, Manhattan Terrace, Sheepshead Bay
Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito
El Barrio/East Harlem, Mott Haven, Highbridge, Concourse, Longwood, Port Morris
Some City Council members already support the legislation, please click the link to thank those members who have already sponsored Intro. 1447. You can message them by using the link below or call them by looking up your city council member by District Office.
Please be sure to contact the Council Member for your District. To find out who your Council Member is visit council.nyc.gov/districts/.
Council Members who have sponsored Intro. 1447:
Council Member Paul Vallone
Auburndale, Bay Terrace, Bayside, Beechhurst, College Point, Douglaston, Flushing, Little Neck, Malba, Whitestone
Council Member Laurie Cumbo
Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, Bedford Stuyvesant
Council Member Brad Lander
Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Waterfront, Gowanus, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, Kensington
Council Member Margaret Chin
Battery Park City, Civic Center, Chinatown, Financial District, Little Italy, the Lower East Side, NoHo, SoHo, South Street Seaport, South Village, TriBeCa & Washington Square
Council Member Robert Cornegy Jr.
Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, Weeksville
Council Member Eric Ulrich
Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Neponsit, Ozone Park, Rockaway Park, Roxbury, Seaside, Woodhaven
Council Member Andrew Cohen
Bedford Park, Kingsbridge, Riverdale, Norwood, Van Cortlandt Village, Wakefield, Woodlawn
Council Member Vanessa Gibson
Claremont, Concourse, Concourse Village, Highbridge, Morris Heights, Mount Eden, Morrisania
Council Member Helen Rosenthal
Central Park, Lincoln Square, Upper West Side, Clinton
Council Member Donovan Richards
Arverne, Brookville, Edgemere, Far Rockaway, Laurelton, Rosedale, Springfield Gardens
Council Member Dan Garodnick
Upper East Side, Carnegie Hill, Yorkville, Central Park South, Midtown East, Times Square, Koreatown, Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town, Waterside Plaza, Tudor City, Turtle Bay, Murray Hill, Sutton Place
Council Member Mark Levine
Manhattan Valley, Manhattanville, Morningside Heights, Hamilton Heights
Council Member James Van Bramer
Sunnyside, Woodside, Long Island City, Astoria, Dutch Kills
Council Member Julissa Ferreras Copeland
East Elmhurst, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, and Corona in Queens, including Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Lefrak City and LaGuardia Airport
Council Member Andy King
Wakefield, Olinville, Edenwald, Eastchester, Williamsbridge, Baychester, Co-op City
Council Member Annabel Palma
Soundview, Castle Hill, Parkchester, Clason Point, Harding Park
Council Member Joe Borelli
Annadale, Arden Heights, Bay Terrace, Charleston, Eltingville, Great Kills, Greenridge, Heartland Village, Huguenot, New Springville, Pleasant Plains, Prince’s Bay, Richmond Valley, Rossville, Tottenville, Woodrow
Council Member Mark Treyger
Bensonhurst, Coney Island, Gravesend, Sea Gate
Council Member Fernando Cabrera
Morris Heights, University Heights, Fordham, Kingsbridge
Council Member Vincent Gentile
Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Fort Hamilton
Council Member James Vacca
Allerton, City Island, Country Club, Edgewater Park, Ferry Point, Locust Point, Morris Park, Pelham Bay, Pelham Gardens, Pelham Parkway, Schuylerville, Silver Beach, Spencer Estates, Throggs Neck, Van Nest, Waterbury LaSalle, Westchester Square, Zerega
Council Member Jumaane Williams
Flatbush, East Flatbush, Flatlands, Midwood, Canarsie
Council Member Carlos Menchaca
Red Hook, Sunset Park, Windsor Terrace.
Council Member Ben Kallos
Upper East Side’s Yorkville, Lenox Hill, Carnegie Hill, Roosevelt Island, Midtown East, Sutton Place, El Barrio in East Harlem
Council Member Elizabeth Crowley
Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood, Woodhaven, Woodside
Council Member Rory Lancman
Kew Gardens Hills, Pomonok, Electchester, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Jamaica Estates, Briarwood, Parkway Village, Jamaica Hills, Jamaica
Council Member Daneek Miller
Cambria Heights, Hollis, Jamaica, St. Albans, Queens Village, and Springfield Gardens
Council Member Daniel Dromm
Elmhurst, Jackson Heights
Council Member Rafael Salamanca
Concourse Village, Crotona Park East, East Tremont, Hunts Point, Longwood, Melrose, Morrisania, Port Morris, West Farms, North Brother Island, South Brother Island
Council Member Ritchie Torres
Bedford Park, Fordham, Mount Hope, Bathgate, Belmont, East Tremont, West Farms, Van Nest, Allerton, Olinville
Council Member Costa Constantinides
Astoria, East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Woodside
Council Member Corey Johnson
Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Greenwich Village, West SoHo, Hudson Square, Times Square, Garment District, Flatiron, Upper West Side
Council Member Deborah Rose
Arlington, Clifton, Clove Lakes, Concord, Elm Park, Graniteville, Livingston, Mariners Harbor, New Brighton, Port Richmond, Randall Manor, Rosebank, St. George, Snug Harbor, Silver Lake, Stapleton, Sunnyside, West Brighton and Tompkinsville
Council Member Antonio Reynoso
Williamsburg, Bushwick, Ridgewood
Council Member Stephen Levin
Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Downtown Brooklyn, Dumbo, Fulton Ferry, Greenpoint, Vinegar Hill, Williamsburg.
Council Member Rafael Espinal
Cypress Hills, Bushwick, City Line, Ocean Hill, Brownsville, East New York
Council Member Barry Grodenchik
Bayside, Bellerose, Douglaston, Floral Park, Fresh Meadows, Glen Oaks, Hollis, Hollis Hills, Holliswood, Jamaica Estates, Little Neck, Queens Village
Council Member Karen Koslowitz
Rego Park, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill
Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez
Inwood, Marble Hill, Washington Heights
Council Member Mathieu Eugene
Ditmas Park, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Prospect Park South
Council Member Alan Maisel
Bergen Beach, Canarsie, Flatlands, Georgetown, Gerritsen Beach, Marine Park, Mill Basin, Mill Island, Sheepshead Bay
The Process of a Bill becoming Law in New York City and the Current Status of Intro. 1447
Intro. 1447, legislation mandating safety training, was introduced at the NYC Council Stated Meeting on January, 18, 2017. Currently, the bill is in the Housing & Buildings Committee. A bill can spend months in committee while amendments are made and stakeholders advocate for its passage or defeat. The District Council is actively working toward the passage of Intro. 1447. To participate in this effort, please contact the District Council Political Action Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may be asked to attend a rally, attend a meeting with your local Councilmember at their district office or participate in another form of meaningful action. Now is the time to demand action from our elected officials.
Step 1: Introduction of Legislation
Councilmembers draft bills with assistance from the City Council Legislative Division. Bills are then introduced at a meeting of the full City Council (City Council Stated meeting). From there, bills are assigned to the appropriate committee.
Step 2: Public Hearing
Committees hold public hearings on bills to gather feedback from the public and other stakeholders. The public has the opportunity to voice opposition or support for the proposed legislation. Bills may be amended as a result of this feedback. Intro. 1447 was assigned to the Housing and Buildings Committee and a public hearing was held on Tuesday, January 31st. A vote on the bill has not yet taken place.
Step 3: Voting
The Committee votes on the bill. If the bill passes by a simple majority, the bill is then moves on to the full City Council for a vote. The full Council will vote on the bill at their Stated Meeting. A majority of Councilmembers must vote in the affirmative for the bill to pass.
Step 4: Mayoral Consideration
The Mayor has the power to sign the bill into to law, veto the bill or take no action. If the Mayor vetoes the legislation, it is sent back to the City Council. The Council must then pass the bill with a 2/3 majority to override the Mayoral veto. If the Mayor takes no action within 30 days, the bill becomes law.
Step 5: Bill Becomes Law
Following passage, the bill becomes part of the City Charter or City Administrative Code.
Call and urge your Council Member to sign on to Intro. 1447