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The president of a borough shall:
1. Appoint and may at pleasure remove a deputy and an executive assistant, either of whom may discharge such of the powers of the president of the borough as the president by instrument in writing, filed in the borough president's office and with the city clerk and each board, body or committee of which the borough president is a member, may delegate to either of them either the deputy or the executive assistant, designated pursuant to this subdivision, in the order of priority specified by the president in such instrument, shall, when such office becomes vacant, or when such president is prevented from attending to the duties of the office, by reason of sickness, absence from the city or suspension from office, temporarily act as such president.
2. Have power to appoint a secretary and such assistants, clerks and subordinates as such borough president may deem necessary, within the appropriation therefor. The said secretary, assistants, clerks and subordinates shall hold office at the pleasure of the president, subject to the provisions of the civil service law.
3. Continue to maintain a topographical bureau for such borough and appoint the director of the bureau who shall also serve as construction coordinator and consulting engineer for the borough and shall have qualifications as a licensed professional engineer. In addition to other duties, the director of the bureau shall monitor capital projects in the borough and shall be available to serve as an expediter on construction projects in the borough and provide technical assistance with respect to construction projects.
4. Have power to recommend capital projects.
5. Have power to hold public hearings on matters of public interest.
6. Make recommendations to the mayor and to other city officials in the interests of the people of the borough.
7. Within appropriations therefor, establish and maintain a budget office for the borough to assist the borough president in the preparation of budget proposals, review and analysis of proposed budgets, departmental estimates, budget modifications and other fiscal matters under the jurisdiction of the president of the borough.
8. Consult with the mayor in the preparation of the executive expense budget and the executive capital budget and submit proposed appropriations and other budget recommendations to the mayor and the council in accordance with chapters three, six, and nine of the charter.
9. Establish and maintain a planning office for the borough to assist the borough president in planning for the growth, improvement and development of the borough; reviewing and making recommendations regarding applications and proposals for the use, development or improvement of land located within the borough; preparing environmental analyses required by law; providing technical assistance to the community boards within the borough; and performing such other planning functions as are assigned to the borough president by this charter or other law.
10. Monitor and make recommendations regarding the performance of contracts providing for the delivery of services in the borough and, when the borough president deems it appropriate, require that a hearing be held in the borough by a contract performance panel.
11. Have power to have legislation introduced in the council; such proposed legislation shall indicate that it was introduced at the behest of the borough president.
12. Provide training and technical assistance to the members of community boards within the borough.
13. Oversee the coordination of a borough-wide public service complaint program and report to the mayor, council president and public on recurring complaints of borough residents and the borough president's recommendations for improving the city's response to such complaints.
14. On or before the first day of September nineteen hundred ninety, and every four years thereafter, prepare a strategic policy statement for the borough and provide copies of such statement to the mayor, council and community boards in the borough. Such statement shall include: (i) a summary of the most significant long-term issues faced by the borough; (ii) policy goals related to such issues; and (iii) proposed strategies for meeting such goals. In preparing the statement, the borough president shall consult with the community boards in the borough.
15. Make a complete transcript of each public hearing called by the borough president available for public inspection free of charge within sixty days after the hearing and provide a copy of any requested pages of such transcript at a reasonable fee to cover copying and, if relevant, mailing costs.
16. Perform such other functions and duties and exercise such other powers as may be assigned by law.
17. a. No later than July 1, 2019, and by July 1 of each year thereafter, each borough president shall submit to the mayor and the speaker of the council and shall make available on the borough president's website a report in a format that is searchable and downloadable that shall include the following information for the previous calendar year, or as otherwise specified:
(i) The names of persons serving in community board member positions in the previous calendar year, disaggregated by community district, including the first date of appointment, dates of reappointment, if any, length of service, nominating council member or other nominating party, and community board leadership positions, if any;
(ii) Demographic information about community board members voluntarily disclosed pursuant to clause (v) of subparagraph 1 of paragraph b of this subdivision for each community board in an aggregate form that is anonymized. provided, however, that age shall be reported in 10 year age ranges, and provided further that no information shall be required to be reported pursuant to this subparagraph if such information may be withheld from disclosure pursuant to article 6 of the New York public officers law;
(iii) The number of vacant community board member positions within the borough, disaggregated by community district;
(iv) A description of the borough president's recruitment plan for filling vacant community board member positions, including:
(a) A description of outreach efforts to publicize community board member openings; and
(b) The particular methods used to seek out candidates for membership from diverse backgrounds, including with regard to race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability status, sexual orientation, language, geographic residence, and other characteristics the borough president deems relevant to promoting diversity and inclusion of under-represented groups and communities within community boards:
(v) The number of applicants for open community board member positions received, disaggregated by community district;
(vi) The number of persons interviewed for open community board member positions, disaggregated by community district;
(vii) A general description of the evaluation criteria followed in the selection process;
(viii) Any particular tools employed by such borough president in the selection process, such as the use of a screening panel;
b. 1. Each borough president shall make available on the borough president's website an application for community board member positions, which shall include, but not be limited to, the following information regarding the applicant:
(i) Name and address;
(ii) Residence, business, professional or other significant interest in the community district;
(iii) Past service on a community board, including prior appointment dates and number and length of prior terms served;
(iv) Age, if less than 18 years old, or a certification that the applicant is at least 18 years old;
(v) The option to provide additional demographic information, including age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability status, languages spoken, or other demographic information the applicant chooses to disclose, together with a notification that such information will be made public in aggregate and anonymized form as provided in subparagraph (ii) of paragraph a of this subdivision;
(vi) Work and education history, special skills, and professional licenses;
(vii) Relevant professional, civic or community involvement experience;
(viii) Disclosure of city employment as such term is used in subdivision (a) of section 2800;
(ix) Disclosure of potential conflicts of interest;
(x) Statement describing the applicant's interest in the community board member position;
(xii) Any additional information that the borough president determines to be relevant or necessary to the application process.
2. The department of information technology and telecommunications shall provide assistance to borough presidents in developing such an application and making the application readily accessible to the public online.
18. a. For fiscal year 2021 and each fiscal year thereafter, the appropriations available to pay for the expenses of each borough president shall be not less than a sum equal to the minimum appropriation for that borough president for the prior fiscal year modified by the percentage change, if any, in the total city-funded appropriations contained in the expense budget, excluding debt service, pension contributions and fringe benefits, from the prior fiscal year to the city-funded total appropriations contained in the expense budget, excluding debt service, pension contributions, and fringe benefits, for the current fiscal year; provided, however, that (i) such minimum appropriation shall not increase in any year by a percentage greater than the increase in the consumer price index for all urban consumers in the New York-Newark-Jersey City area, as published by the bureau of labor statistics of the United States department of labor, or a successor index, for the calendar year prior to that in which the budget is adopted and (ii) for the purposes of making the calculations required by this paragraph, the minimum appropriation for fiscal year 2020 shall be deemed to be $6,282,711 for the president of the borough of the Bronx, $7,240,311 for the president of the borough of Brooklyn, $5,284,978 for the president of the borough of Manhattan, $5,821,751 for the president of the borough of Queens and $4,757,434 for the president of the borough of Staten Island. Any proposed budget shall ensure compliance with the minimum appropriation required by this subdivision for the upcoming fiscal year. The calculation to determine the minimum appropriations for each borough president pursuant to this paragraph shall be set forth in the preliminary expense budget, the executive expense budget, and the adopted budget.
b. Notwithstanding paragraph a, and in addition to any action that may be taken pursuant to section one hundred six, the appropriations available to pay for the expenses of each borough president may be less than the minimum appropriations required by paragraph a, provided that, prior to adoption of the budget pursuant to section two hundred fifty-four or prior to the adoption of a budget modification pursuant to section one hundred seven, the mayor determines that such reduction is fiscally necessary and that such reduction is part of a plan to decrease overall appropriations or is due to unforeseen financial circumstances, and the mayor sets forth the basis for such determinations in writing to the council and the applicable borough president at the time of submission or adoption, as applicable, of any budget or budget modification containing such reduction.
(Am. L.L. 2018/211, 12/3/2018, eff. 1/1/2019; Am. L.L. 2019/215, 12/11/2019, eff. 12/11/2019)