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Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Friday, August 17, 2018
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

 The Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) proposes amendments to sections 7-02, 7-03, and 7-05 of Chapter 7 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York concerning OATH’s community service program, mandated by New York City Charter section 1049(4). These amendments reflect changes to the process by which a respondent may choose community service and request extensions to complete community service. The proposed amendments also restructure the community service hour requirements.

OATH began offering community service to eligible respondents in June 2017 as part of the Criminal Justice Reform Act. The following proposed amendments to Chapter 7 reflect changes in process that OATH will implement as part of its continued evaluation and review of the community service program: 

·       Clarifies that respondents do not have to choose community service during the hearing. If found in violation, eligible respondents will receive a decision that provides the option either to pay the monetary penalty or to complete community service. If an eligible respondent wants to complete community service, the respondent now must contact OATH’s community service provider after the hearing. The prior process required the hearing officer to offer the community service before the hearing had concluded. The new process will allow respondents a greater opportunity to learn more about the community service program before making the decision to perform community service.

·        Removes the deadline to request an extension to complete community service in order to give more flexibility to the community service provider in granting community service extensions. 

·      Restructures the community service hour requirements to lower the hour requirements for higher penalties while complying with the benchmark set forth in New York City Charter section 1049(4). This will enable a greater number of respondents to participate in the community service program

Subject: 

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Location: 
10th Floor Conference Room
66 John Street 10th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Contact: 

OATH, (212) 436-0708

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY VESTED in the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings in accordance with Sections 1049(4)(g) and 1043(b) of the New York City Charter. OATH promulgates a new Chapter 7 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York, which describes OATH’s community service program mandated by New York City Charter Section 1049(4). 

 

The proposed rule was published in The City Record on March 31, 2017, and a public hearing was held on May 1, 2017. No members of the public attended the public hearing and OATH did not receive any written comments concerning this rule.

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

The Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) promulgates a new Chapter 7 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York, describing OATH’s community service program, mandated by New York City Charter Section 1049(4). 

 

The New York City Council passed the Criminal Justice Reform Act (CJRA) to create the opportunity for civil enforcement of low-level, non-violent offenses. This legislation was enacted on June 13, 2016.  As part of the CJRA, Local Law 73 added new provisions to section 1049 of the NYC Charter that require OATH Hearing Officers to offer an option to perform community service in lieu of paying a monetary civil penalty for certain specified violations of the Administrative Code and certain violations of rules of the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR).

 

Local Law 73 added subdivision 4 of section 1049 to the NYC Charter.  This subdivision requires that an OATH Hearing Officer offer a respondent who has been accused of committing a specified violation of the Administrative Code or of DPR’s rules the option to perform community service instead of paying a monetary civil penalty. Local Law 73 defines community service broadly to include attendance at programs that are either in-person or web-based, which are designed to benefit, improve, or educate either the community or the respondent. Section 1049(4)(b) provides a list of “Specified Violations” that are eligible for community service.  The Charter also provides guidelines as to the amount of community service to be performed in lieu of payment of the monetary civil penalty.  Section 1049(4)(g) grants OATH the authority to promulgate rules necessary for carrying out the Charter requirements concerning community service.  Specifically, OATH is required to promulgate rules that specify the correspondence between the amount of community service offered and the amount of civil penalties imposed.  OATH has structured several community service program offerings, each of which has a set number of hours that correlate to the benchmark set forth in Local Law 73 of 2016.

 

This rule describes OATH’s community service program and the procedures a respondent must follow to request and complete community service. Chapter 7 contains the following:

 

  • A definitions section, which defines terms such as Community Service, Community Service Provider, and Specified Violations;
  • A chart of Specified Violations for which community service is an option, including the applicable monetary penalty and the corresponding number of community service hours;
  • The procedures a respondent must follow to choose the community service option;
  • The procedure and requirements to timely complete community service or request an extension to complete community service;
  • The consequences for failure to timely complete community service; and
  • The procedure for appealing a decision after a respondent has chosen the community service option.

 

OATH made the following changes to Section 7-02 of the proposed rule:

  • Revised the chart to conform the relevant summons citations, descriptions and penalty amounts to the Department of Parks and Recreation penalty schedule, which is being promulgated simultaneously with this rule. 
  • Changed the heading in the chart from “Monetary Penalty” to “Citation Monetary Penalty.”
  • Removed from the chart the violations of “Unauthorized music or noise for advertising/commercial purposes” and “Commercial cinematic production without required permit” based on Section 1049(4) of the NYC Charter, which states that Specified Violations do not include violations arising during the course of conducting any commercial activity or violations arising from an activity carried out for a commercial purpose. 
Effective Date: 
Tue, 06/13/2017

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Monday, May 1, 2017
Proposed Rules Content: 

City of New York

Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings

 

Notice of Public Hearing and Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Rule

 

What are we proposing? The Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) proposes a new Chapter 7 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York, concerning the community service program established by OATH pursuant to new subdivision four of New York City Charter Section 1049, which was added by Local Law 73 of 2016.  

 

When and where is the Hearing? OATH will hold a public hearing on the proposed rule. The public hearing will take place from 10:00 a.m. through 11:30 a.m. on May 1, 2017. The hearing will be in the OATH Conference Room located at 66 John Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10038.

 

This location has the following accessibility option(s) available: Wheelchair Accessible.

 

How do I comment on the proposed rules? Anyone can comment on the proposed rule by:

 

 

 

  • Mail.  You can mail written comments to OATH, Attention: Simone Salloum, Assistant General Counsel, 66 John Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10038.

 

  • Fax. You can fax written comments to OATH, Attention: Simone Salloum, Assistant General Counsel, at 212-361-1900.

 

  • Hearing.  You can speak at the hearing. Anyone who wants to comment on the proposed rule at the public hearing must sign up to speak. You can sign up before the hearing by calling Elizabeth Nolan at 212-436-0708, or you can also sign up in the hearing room before the hearing begins on May 1, 2017. You can speak for up to three (3) minutes.

 

Is there a deadline to submit written comments? You may submit written comments up to the close of business on May 1, 2017.

 

What if I need assistance to participate in the Hearing? You must tell us if you need a reasonable accommodation of a disability at the Hearing. You must tell us if you need a sign language interpreter. You can tell us by mail at the address given above. You may also tell us by telephone at 212-436-0708. You must tell us by April 24, 2017.

 

Can I review the comments made on the proposed rule? You can review the comments that have been submitted online by visiting the NYC rules website at http://rules.cityofnewyork.us/. A few days after the hearing, a transcript of the hearing and copies of the written comments will be available to the public at OATH, 66 John Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10038.

 

What authorizes OATH to make this rule? Section 1049(4)(g) of the City Charter authorizes OATH to make this proposed rule. This proposed rule was included in OATH’s regulatory agenda for this Fiscal Year.

 

Where can I find OATH’s rules? OATH’s rules are in Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York.

 

What rules govern the rulemaking process? OATH must meet the requirements of Section 1043(b) of the City Charter when creating or changing rules. This notice is made according to the requirements of Sections 1043(b) and 1049(4)(g) of the City Charter.

 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

The Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) proposes a new Chapter 7 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York, describing OATH’s community service program, mandated by New York City Charter Section 1049(4). 

The New York City Council passed the Criminal Justice Reform Act (CJRA) to create the opportunity for civil enforcement of low-level, non-violent offenses. This legislation became law on June 13, 2016.  As part of the CJRA, Local Law 73 added new provisions to section 1049 of the NYC Charter that require OATH Hearing Officers to offer an option to perform community service in lieu of paying a monetary civil penalty for certain specified violations of the Administrative Code and certain violation of rules of the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR).

Local Law 73 added subsection 1049(4) to the NYC Charter.  This section requires that an OATH Hearing Officer offer a respondent who has been accused of committing a specified violation of the Administrative Code or of DPR’s rules the option to perform community service instead of paying a monetary civil penalty. Local Law 73 defines community service broadly to include attendance at programs that are either in-person or web-based, which are designed to benefit, improve, or educate either the community or the respondent. Section 1049(4)(b) provides a list of “Specified Violations” that are eligible for community service.  The Charter also provides guidelines as to the amount of community service to be performed in lieu of payment of the monetary civil penalty.  Section 1049(4)(g) grants OATH the authority to promulgate rules necessary for carrying out the Charter requirements concerning community service.  Specifically, OATH is required to promulgate rules that specify the correspondence between the amount of community service offered and the amount of civil penalties imposed.  OATH has structured several community service program offerings, each of which has a set number of hours that correlate to the benchmark set forth in Local Law 73 of 2016.

This proposed rule describes OATH’s community service program and the procedures a respondent must follow to request and complete community service. Proposed new Chapter 7 contains the following:

  • A definitions section, which defines terms such as Community Service, Community Service Provider, and Specified Violations;
  • A chart of Specified Violations for which community service is an option, including the applicable monetary penalty and the corresponding number of community service hours;
  • The procedures a respondent must follow to choose the community service option;
  • The procedure and requirements to timely complete community service or request an extension to complete community service;
  • The consequences for failure to timely complete community service; and
  • The procedure for appealing a decision after a respondent has chosen the community service option. 
Subject: 

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Location: 
OATH 10th Floor Conference Room
66 John Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Contact: 

Elizabeth Nolan, enolan@oath.nyc.gov, (212) 436-0708

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