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In January, the Council overwhelmingly passed Rosie’s bill (Intro 978-A) that preserves the intent of the 2010 NYC Charter Revision process by striking an appropriate balance between the right of the public to know who is spending money on independent political messages and the associational right of organizations to communicate internally with its own members.  Accordingly, this legislation exempts member-to-member communications from the Campaign Finance Board’s independent expenditure reporting requirements.  This narrow and targeted bill protects transparency and disclosure while simultaneously encouraging membership organizations to undertake the critical operations that help voters become aware of candidates, thus increasing voting levels in our City—which is a universal good and desired outcome.  It was the subject of extensive negotiation and compromise and was ultimately supported by Common Cause, Citizens Union, The Brennan Center For Justice, Citizen Action & NYPIRG.

 

In February, the Mayor vetoed the bill and on March 12th, the City Council Committee on Governmental Operations voted to override the Mayor’s veto and the full Council followed suit, unanimously enacting the bill into law on March 13th. 
 
 
Additionally, in the past few months, Rosie became a co-sponsor of several important articles of legislation, including the following proposals:
 
Ø  Legislation that would require the department of sanitation to collect and report data related to the unlawful posting of printed material (Intro 1000);
 
Ø  Legislation establishing a commission to deal with the root causes of violence (Intro 1012);
 
Ø  Legislation renaming a thoroughfare in the Borough of Queens—“Tuskegee Airmen Way” (Intro 1011);
 
Ø  Legislation requiring an annual report on preferred source contract awards (Intro 1009);
 
Ø  Legislation requiring carbon monoxide alarms or detectors in certain assembly spaces (Intro 1008);
 
Ø  Legislation to identify pedestrian bridges and plan for snow and ice removal by the city (Intro 1005);
 
Ø  Legislation to require 24 hour advance posting/notification of temporary tow-away zones (Intro 1001).