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a. By no later than three months after the effective date of this section, the mayor shall establish an interagency working group consisting of the heads of the following city agencies, or their designees:
1. The department of environmental protection;
2. The department of parks and recreation;
3. The department of transportation;
4. The department of health and mental hygiene;
5. The department of city planning;
6. The department of buildings;
7. The department of housing preservation and development;
8. The department of sanitation;
9. The office of long-term planning and sustainability;
10. The New York city commission on human rights; and
11. Such other offices within the office of the mayor and such other city agencies as shall be designated by the mayor, including, when appropriate, such offices or agencies with subject matter expertise in environmental policy and/or data analysis.
b. The mayor shall appoint or designate a special coordinator for environmental justice, who may, in the discretion of the mayor, be within the office of the mayor or within any agency, the head of which is appointed by the mayor, and who shall be the chair of the interagency working group.
c. Staff assistance for the interagency working group shall be provided by the member agencies and offices within the office of the mayor.
d. The interagency working group shall:
1. Provide guidance to agencies on criteria for identifying and interpreting:
(a) Human health data and analyses relevant to city agency programs, activities and policies;
(b) Available data relating to environmental factors within the city, including but not limited to (i) air and water quality and concentrations of violations of city environmental regulations that may reflect environmental justice concerns and (ii) existing studies on environmental justice;
(c) Existing city facilities and infrastructure, and to the extent known existing non-city facilities and infrastructure, located in environmental justice areas that may raise environmental justice concerns;
(d) Opportunities for promoting environmental justice;
2. Coordinate with, provide guidance to, and serve as a clearinghouse for, city agencies as they implement the environmental justice plan, in order to promote consistent and transparent administration, interpretation and enforcement of programs, activities and policies;
3. Assist in coordinating research by, and stimulating cooperation among, agencies conducting data collection, research or other activities in accordance with section 3-1005;
4. Develop interagency model projects that address environmental justice concerns and that evidence cooperation among agencies;
5. Receive and respond to inquiries, including data requests, and recommendations from the advisory board;
6. Develop an environmental justice plan pursuant to section 3-1003; and
7. Conduct a study of environmental justice areas pursuant to section 3-1007.
(L.L. 2017/064, 4/25/2017, eff. 4/25/2017; Am. L.L. 2017/060, 4/25/2017, eff. 4/25/2017)