ALBANY, NY — June 25, 2012 — The City of Yonkers has been granted the authority to adopt a local law to create a bureau of administrative adjudication for certain codes and ordinance violations. The General Municipal Law was promoted to the New York State Legislature by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (left) and Assemblymember Shelley Mayer (right). The legislation was initiated by a Home Rule Request with the intent of improving the enforcement of city codes and thereby increasing revenues.
The bill permitting the creation of a Bureau of Administrative Adjudication for the City of Yonkers (CoY) will cause the General Municipal Law to require amendment. The justification for this bill is based upon the acknowledgment that the Yonkers City Court calendar has become overburdened with the prosecution of minor city code and ordinance violations. Passage of this bill seeks to facilitate and improve the expeditious and efficient enforcement of city code and ordinance violations through an administrative adjudication procedure and as a means for increasing revenues..
The description of services granted two years ago to the Bureau of Administrative Adjudication in the City of Buffalo has purview over the following concerns:
- Investigate and issue summonses for municipal code violations that affect the quality of life of residents, such as various street and trash violations, snow violations and illegal dumpings
- Coordinate enforcement of city ordinances relating to quality of life and nuisance violations with Street Sanitation, Fire, License, Inspections, Dogs and Police Departments and process summonses issued by departments
- Accept pleas and to hear and determine charges of municipal code violations
- Meet with businesses to discuss city ordinances and various municipal code violations and their compliance with same
- Meet and discuss quality of life issues with various block clubs and organizations
- Investigate and respond to Citizen Services complaints relating to municipal code violations
- Maintain complete and accurate records of all adjudication summonses and related accounts receivables
- Accept testimony and to hear and determine disposition of fee disputes for excessive avoidable alarms
- Accept testimony and to hear and determine disposition of fee disputes for $75 inspection fee.