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Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

Executive Order No. 18 of 2016, dated June 23, 2016, transfers to OATH all of the adjudications under the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Tribunal. Beginning on August 22, 2016 or as soon thereafter as may be practicable, OATH will adjudicate all pending and future violations issued by DCA.  Because certain State laws require that final decisions of these adjudications be made by the DCA Commissioner, this proposed rule establishes that OATH hearing officer decisions on violations of those State laws will be recommended decisions only. The DCA Commissioner will make the final determination after reviewing OATH’s recommendation. Chapter 6 of Title 6 of the Rules of the City of New York contains the procedural rules that govern DCA’s determinations.

 

The proposed rule amends section 6-17 (Decisions) of OATH’s rules, contained in title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York, to set out the State laws to which this procedure applies.

 

Deleted material is in [brackets]. New text is underlined.

 

“Shall,” “will” and “must” denote mandatory requirements and may be used interchangeably in the rules of this department, unless otherwise specified or unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

 

 

Section 1. Section 6-17 of Chapter 6 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York, as amended by the Environmental Control Board at its meeting on June 30, 2016, is amended to read as follows:

 

§6-17 Decisions

 

(a) Decisions. After a hearing, the Hearing Officer who presided over the hearing will promptly write a decision sustaining or dismissing each charge in summons. The Tribunal will promptly serve the decision on all parties. Each decision will contain findings of fact and conclusions of law. Where a violation is sustained, the Hearing Officer will impose the applicable penalty, which may include a fine, penalty points, a suspension or revocation of the respondent’s license or any other penalty authorized by applicable laws, rules and regulations.

 

(b) Except as provided in subdivision (c), the decision of the Hearing Officer is the final decision unless an appeal is filed pursuant to §6-19 of this Chapter.

 

(c) Recommended Decisions.

 

(1) For all violations of Article 13-E of the New York State Public Health Law, the Hearing Officer will issue a recommended decision and order, which the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene may adopt, reject or modify, in whole or in part.

 

(2) For all violations of Article 13-F of the New York State Public Health Law:

 (i) where the Department of Consumer Affairs is the petitioner, the Hearing Officer will issue a recommended decision and order, which the Commissioner of such department may adopt, reject or modify, in whole or in part.

(ii) where the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is the petitioner, the Hearing Officer will issue a recommended decision and order, which the Commissioner of such department may adopt, reject or modify, in whole or in part.

 

(3) For all violations in which summonses are returnable to the Tribunal as authorized by the Board under §1049-aof the NewYorkCityCharter andprovisions of the NewYorkCity Administrative Code, any rules and regulations made thereunder, or provisions of New York State law, the Hearing Officer’s decision is a recommended decision to the Board. If an appeal is not filed pursuant to §6-19, theHearing Officer's recommendeddecisionwillbeautomaticallyadoptedbytheBoardandwillconstitutetheBoard'sfinaldecisioninthematter. The Board’s final decision is also the final decision of the Tribunal.

 

(4) For all violations of Section 194 of Article 11 of the New York State General Business Law, Article 5 of the New York State General Business Law, and Sections 192, 192-a, 192-b, and 192-c of Article 16 of the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law, and of any rules and regulations promulgated thereto, the Hearing Officer will issue a recommended decision and order, which the Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs may adopt, reject or modify, in whole or in part.

 

(d) The Tribunal may, due to Tribunal needs or the unavailability of the Hearing Officer who heard the case, designate another Hearing Officer to write the recommended decision. The decision will state the reason for the designation and will be based on the record, which includes (i) the summons, (ii) all briefs filed and all exhibits received in evidence, and (iii) a complete audio recording of the hearing or, if a complete audio recording is unavailable for any reason, a complete transcript of the hearing.

 

 

Effective Date: 
Mon, 08/22/2016

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Final Rule

 

The Environmental Control Board (ECB) held a public hearing on June 15, 2015, regarding amendments to its rules of procedure to allow for service of hearing officer decisions and orders by hand delivery or by mail. The changes will also allow for regular mailing of Cease and Desist Orders and Notices of Special Hearing. One member from the public attended the June 15, 2015, public hearing and did not wish to present oral testimony. ECB received and considered one written comment on the proposed rule regarding amendments to its rules of procedure. 

 

 

Hand Delivery of Hearing Officer Decisions and Orders

The Environmental Control Board (ECB) has amended sections 48 RCNY 3-57, 3-71 and 3-73 of its rules of procedure.  The changes will allow for service by ECB of hearing officer decisions and orders by hand delivery or by mail.

 

ECB’s current rule, 48 RCNY 3-57,requires ECB to serve decisions and orders on all parties but is silent as to how decisions are served. However, sections 3-71 and 3-73 refer to “mailing” of decisions and orders. Currently, ECB serves all decisions and orders by mail. To reduce costs, provide an additional service option, and to further clarify when the time to appeal begins to run, ECB has amended the rule to allow for both mailing and hand delivery of decisions and orders.

 

The amendment to 48 RCNY 3-57 also requires amending sections 3-71 and 3-73 of ECB’s rules because, as stated above, those rules currently only refer to “mailing” of decisions and orders.

 

Delivery of Cease and Desist Orders and Notices of Special Hearing by Regular Mail

ECB has amended 48 RCNY 3-91 to allow ECB to serve Cease and Desist Orders and Notices of Special Hearing by regular mail instead of by certified mail, return receipt requested. The Board issues a Cease and Desist order after the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a respondent a notice of violation or several notices of violation, ECB has found the respondent in violation and the respondent has failed to correct the condition for which the violation was issued. The Cease and Desist Order requires the respondent to appear at a special hearing or have the equipment that is the subject of the violation sealed.

 

ECB has determined based on experience that service of these orders by certified mail is not needed since the DEP also serves these orders by delivering them to respondents at the address where the equipment at issue to be sealed is located. Furthermore, ECB records show that the United States Postal Service returns many of these mailings to ECB because respondents fail to go to the post office to pick them up. Finally, ECB rules provide for prompt hearing (post-sealing special hearing) should equipment be sealed based on a failure to appear at a pre-sealing hearing.

 

 

 

Effective Date: 
Sun, 08/09/2015

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Monday, June 15, 2015
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

 

 

Hand Delivery of Hearing Officer Decisions and Orders

The Environmental Control Board (ECB) is proposing to amend sections 48 RCNY 3-57, 3-71 and 3-73 of its rules of procedure.  The proposed changes will allow for service by ECB of hearing officer decisions and orders by hand delivery or by mail.

 

ECB’s current rule, 48 RCNY 3-57,requires ECB to serve decisions and orders on all parties but is silent as to how decisions are served. However, sections 3-71 and 3-73 refer to “mailing” of decisions and orders. Currently, ECB serves all decisions and orders by mail. To reduce costs, provide an additional service option, and to further clarify when the time to appeal begins to run, ECB is amending the rule to allow for both mailing and hand delivery of decisions and orders.

 

The amendment to 48 RCNY 3-57 also requires amending sections 3-71 and 3-73 of ECB’s rules because, as stated above, those rules currently only refer to “mailing” of decisions and orders.

 

Delivery of Cease and Desist Orders and Notices of Special Hearing by Regular Mail

ECB is also amending 48 RCNY 3-91 to allow ECB to serve Cease and Desist Orders and Notices of Special Hearing by regular mail instead of by certified mail, return receipt requested. The Board issues a Cease and Desist order after the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a respondent a notice of violation or several notices of violation, ECB has found the respondent in violation and the respondent has failed to correct the condition for which the violation was issued. The Cease and Desist Order requires the respondent to appear at a special hearing or have the equipment that is the subject of the violation sealed.

 

ECB has determined based on experience that service of these orders by certified mail   is not needed since the DEP also serves these orders by delivering them to respondents at the address where the equipment at issue to be sealed is located. Furthermore, ECB records show that the United States Postal Service returns many of these mailings to ECB because respondents fail to go to the post office to pick them up. Finally, ECB rules provide for prompt hearing (post-sealing special hearing) should equipment be sealed based on a failure to appear at a pre-sealing hearing.

 

Subject: 

Proposed Rule to amend ECB's rules of procedure to allow for service of hearing officer decisions and orders by hand delivery or by mail. The changes will also allow for regular mailing of Cease and Desist Orders and Notices of Specail Hearing.

Location: 
Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings Environmental Control Board
66 John Street 10th Floor Conference Room
New York, NY 10038
Contact: 

Elizabeth Nolan at (212) 436-0708 or Jim Macron at (212) 436-0602.