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Mayor Adams hails key wins in safety, infrastructure, social media protection for NYC

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Mayor Eric Adams celebrated the successful passage of several critical legislative priorities at the close of Albany’s state legislative session.

These legislative victories span public safety, infrastructure, sustainability, government operations, and social media protections for minors, building on significant achievements from the state budget earlier this year.

Mayor Adams expressed pride in the progress made, stating, “The end of Albany’s legislative session builds on the significant wins we already secured for New Yorkers through the state budget. 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.”

Key legislation passed includes:

  • Reauthorization and Expansion of the Red-Light Camera Program (S.2812/A.5259): This measure expands the city’s red-light camera program from 150 to 600 cameras citywide, aiming to enhance street safety.
  • Alternative Delivery (S.9849/A.10543): This bill allows for alternative project delivery methods, providing more flexibility in building public infrastructure.

The administration also secured important legislation to protect minors online:

  • Stop Addictive Feeds Exploitation for Kids (SAFE) Act (S.7694-A/A.8148-A): This act prohibits addictive social media feeds to minors without parental consent and ensures non-addictive services are not withheld.
  • Mayor Adams’ electric micromobility action plan also saw legislative support with the passage of several bills aimed at ensuring the safe use of lithium-ion batteries:
    Moped and Motorcycle Registration (S.7703-B/A.8450-B): Mandates registration of limited-use motorcycles at the point of sale.
  • Rebate and Trade-In (S.6809-B/A.6811-C): Offers rebates or new lithium-ion batteries at reduced or no cost.
  • Certification (S.154-F/A.4938-D): Ensures lithium-ion batteries meet safety standards.
  • Additional legislative priorities achieved include:
    Public Hearing Threshold (S.7383-A/A.8864-A): Adjusts contract public hearing requirements to a mandatory electronic “public notice.”
  • FDNY Blood Transfusion (S.6226-A/A.5789-A): Authorizes FDNY to administer blood transfusions.
  • Veterans Tuition Assistance Program (S.8596-A/A.9205-A): Expands tuition assistance eligibility to all New York resident veterans.
  • Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) and Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) Data Reconciliation (S.9785/A.10411): Improves assessments for real property tax exemptions for eligible applicants.

Mayor Adams credited the collaborative efforts with state partners, including Governor Hochul, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.

“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.”

These legislative achievements underscore the Adams administration’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life for New Yorkers through focused, impactful policymaking.

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