Mayor Adams Celebrates NYC’s Legislative Priorities Passing At Session’s End

June 11, 2024

New York City Mayor Eric Adams today applauded the passage of several key pieces of legislation that his administration prioritized in the state legislative session.

This is including bills to make the city’s streets safer, improve micromobility, protect children from addictive social media feeds, and make it easier to build public infrastructure. These wins build off historic victories achieved through the state budget earlier this year on the administration’s core priorities, including growing New York City’s affordable housing supply and protecting tenants, providing municipalities with the enforcement tools to shut down illegal smoke and cannabis shops, expanding mayoral accountability in New York City public schools, and allocating $2.4 billion to support with the migrant crisis. 

“… make our city more livable for working-class New Yorkers.”

“The end of Albany’s legislative session builds on the significant wins we already secured for New Yorkers through the state budget,” said Mayor Adams. “Over the entirety of the session — including after the budget was passed — our administration was in Albany advocating for residents of the five boroughs. We are proud of the victories we have secured on issues that matter to New York City, including keeping our streets safe through the record-expansion of the red-light camera program, greater safety measures for lithium-ion batteries, a new motorcycle registration mandate to stop the scourge of illegal bikes, and key protections to keep our kids safe online when using social media. Through collaboration with our state partners, today, we once again celebrate another day of fulfilling our mission to improve public safety, rebuild our economy, and make our city more livable for working-class New Yorkers. I thank Governor Hochul, Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, and the Legislature for their important partnership.”

Legislative priorities of the Adams administration passed in the 2023-2024 legislative session include:

  •  Reauthorizing and Expanding the Red-Light Camera Program (S.2812/A.5259): To reauthorize and expand the city’s red-light camera program for three years and from 150 cameras to 600 citywide.
  • Alternative Delivery (S.9849/A.10543): To authorize the use of certain alternative project delivery methods for the New York City public works investment act to provide more flexibility in building public infrastructure.
  • Stop Addictive Feeds Exploitation for Kids (SAFE) Act (S.7694-A/A.8148-A): Prohibits the delivery of addictive feeds to minors under 18 by addictive social media platform without parental consent, and prohibits social media platforms from withholding non-addictive feed products or services when that consent is not obtained.
  • Removing the Requirement for Minimum Wage Floor for Childcare (S.4924/A.1303): Prohibits requiring parents or caretakers to earn a minimum wage to be eligible for childcare assistance.
  • E-Mobility/E-Bicycle Battery Safety: In 2023, Mayor Adams announced an electric micromobility action plan to protect New Yorkers from fires caused by lithium-ion batteries and promote safe electric micromobility usage. The following bills related to micromobility were passed:
    • Moped and Motorcycle Registration (S.7703-B/A.8450-B): Requires limited use motorcycles be registered at the point of sale.
    • Rebate and Trade-In (S.6809-B/A.6811-C): Provide rebates or new lithium-ion batteries for powered mobility devices at reduced cost or no cost to certain individuals.
    • Certification (S.154-F/A.4938-D): Prohibits the sale of lithium-ion batteries used in micromobility devices, bicycles with electric assist, or limited use motorcycles unless such batteries are manufactured in accordance with certain standards and specifications.
  •  Public Hearing Threshold (S.7383-A/A.8864-A): Amends contract public hearing requirements to instead mandate the completion of a “public notice” submitted electronically through the city record online.
  • FDNY Blood Transfusion (S.6226-A/ A.5789-A): Provides for availability of ambulance services and advanced life support for first response service to store and distribute blood and initiate and administer blood transfusions.
  • Veterans Tuition Assistance Program (S.8596-A/ A.9205-A): Expands eligibility under the veteran’s tuition awards program to all New York resident veterans, regardless of combat service.
  • Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) and Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) Data Reconciliation Clean Up (S.9785/A.10411): Relates to assessments for certain real property tax exemptions to include years where there is sufficient data to determine an applicant’s eligibility for exemptions. 

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