City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote on legislation to establish a municipal drug strategy and advisory council aimed at combatting the rising numbers of overdose deaths.The Council will also vote on mandating the inclusion of assistive listening systems in certain city assembly areas, and on removing barriers to investment in the taxi industry.The proposed legislation raises important questions of public policy regarding the effectiveness of various initiatives to enhance public safety.Does the use of video surveillance cameras deter crime?We present testimony today regarding a legislative proposal that would require cabarets and public dance halls to install video surveillance cameras at entrances and exits (Int. We also address a companion bill that would require that these same entities utilize electronic scanners to validate that patrons are of legal age to enter cabarets or dance halls and to be served alcohol (Int. We wish to acknowledge that the staff of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the lead sponsor of the legislation that we address today, has solicited our comments on the proposed legislation prior to its introduction.
It is not required that the image be displayed or that the woman receive a description of the image. Questions have arisen in public debate regarding whether a state can “mandate” an ultrasound before abortion, comparing such a “mandate” to the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act (requiring private citizens to buy insurance).
Urban Development Action Area Program (UDAAP) designation for the Sunset Park branch of the Brooklyn Public Library will also receive a vote.
According to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, there was a 66% increase in overdose deaths in New York City from 2010-2015.
In addition, the Council will vote on requiring the Department of Environmental Protection to publish a comprehensive plan for mitigating flooding in Southeast Queens, and on classifying unlicensed electrical work as immediately hazardous.
Finally, the Council will vote on requiring the Department of Transportation to conduct a study on private streets in the city.