In the City Council, Council Member Crowley is focused on passing and sponsoring legislation that will further improve the quality of education, preserve the contextual future of our community, increase public safety, and provide equal opportunities for all throughout Queens and New York City.
Currently, the Council Member is pushing legislation that would:
require the FDNY to report response times for each category of emergency calls (segments 1-9), and response time reported by community district (Introduction 135)
establish a prevailing wage requirement for laborers working on city-funded construction projects (Introduction 744)
require the Department of Correction to ensure that all inmates who require an escort to a medical facility be provided such escort within a reasonable period of time (Introduction 842-A)
Council Member Crowley-sponsored bills that are now New York City law:
Unauthorized Electrical Worker Penalties
Local Law 46 of 2017: A Local Law to establish criminal and civil penalties for the performance of unauthorized electrical work
Smoke Alarm Reporting
Local Law 20 of 2017: A Local Law to require the Fire Department to report on the use and type of smoke detectors and smoke alarms in fire-related deaths
DOP Recidivism and Reporting Compliance
Local Law 90 of 2016: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the Department of Probation to report on recidivism and related statistics
Res 0051-2014: (Adopted 5/29/2014) Resolution calling on the NYS Legislature to remedy several deficiencies in the law regarding leaving the scene of an accident.
Res 0006-2014: (Adopted 5/29/2014) Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to amend the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law to increase the criminal penalty for reckless driving when serious physical injury or death of a person results from the reckless driving.
Physical Education Reporting
Local Law 102 of 2015: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the department of education to report information on physical education in New York City schools.
Commuter Van Transparency
Local Law 136 of 2013: A Local Law to amend the administration code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring online publication of commuter van information.
Local Law 53 of 2017: A Local Law to require the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to report to the Council annually on vaccinations for the human papillomavirus for all New York City residents, both men and women.
Local Law 54 of 2017: A Local Law to require DOHMH to report on the use of all forms of birth control by New York City residents.
Maternal Mortality Reporting
Local Law 55 of 2017: A Local Law to require the DOHMH to issue an annual report on maternal mortality.
Pet Shop Clean Up
Local Law 53 of 2015: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to technical changes to certain pet shop requirements, as added by local laws 5 and 7 for the year 2015.
In a pilot program, the first of its kind in New York City, Council Member Elizabeth Crowley allocated $2.2 million in capital funding to improve 21 local schools. Each school in District 30 not only received $100,000 in capital upgrades but also the chance to vote on how the money was spent.
The overwhelming response will fund the following projects in every school:
P.S. 91 … Laptops
P.S. 113 … Laptops
P.S./I.S. 119 … Stage repairs
P.S. 58 … Laptops
P.S. 153 … Promethean Boards
P.S. 229 … Electrical upgrade to enable technology
I.S. 73 … Smartboards
P 09 … Playground equipment
P.S. 49 … 3 sets of laptop carts
P.S./I.S. 87 … Electrical upgrade to enable technology
P.S./I.S. 128 … Laptops
P.S. 68 … flat panel smartboards, smart tables and laptops
P.S. 71 … Smartboards/laptops
P.S. 88 … Bathroom upgrades with new sinks
P.S. 290 … Computer Science and Coding Lab
I.S. 93 … Smartboards and laptops
P.S. 60 … Laptops
P.S. 97 … Sound system in auditorium
Queens Metro HS … Gym upgrade: Bleachers
Maspeth HS … Electrical/duct work for existing Kilns.
Grover Cleveland HS … Electrical upgrade in classrooms and smartboards
“This project not only provides needed upgrades for local schools, but also gives students an opportunity to be engaged in a meaningful democratic process,” Crowley said. “This project empowers the school community in a new way. And when students and parents participate, they witness firsthand how their vote can make a difference.”
In July 2015, Council Member Crowley came forth with a plan for a light rail commuter service along the Long Island Railroad’s Lower Montauk line, running 8.5 miles from Jamaica to Long Island CIty.
Queens is New York City’s fastest-growing borough. We are experiencing not only the largest increase in population, but also growth in workforce and economic development. As a city, it is crucial we support this growth with an expansion of smart, sustainable transportation.
Improved public transportation and interborough (Brooklyn-Queens) transit are greatly needed to ease the burdens this growth has brought. However, Queens currently lacks this infrastructure, with not enough transit options and some of the most overcrowded streets. Commercial corridors such as Fresh Pond Road, Myrtle Avenue, Metropolitan Avenue and Grand Avenue are plagued with congestion, unreliable bus service and overcrowded subways. This congestion and overcrowding happens around the clock, and is exasperated at rush hour.
But through these transit-poor communities runs the LIRR Lower Montauk branch. It runs east to west, and is still maintained by the LIRR, but used limitedly by the New York Atlantic Railway for private freight transport. This public right-of-way is an invaluable resource that must be tapped and used for local commuters’ benefits.
Seeing all of this, the Council Member has brought her proposal, the QNS Light Rail, to the public and garnered support from Congress Member Grace Meng, Congress Member Gregory Meeks, Borough President Melinda Katz, the entire City Council Queens Delegation, local state elected officials, all surrounding Community Boards, local residents and many more.
Additionally, in the 2017 city budget, Crowley secured $500,000 for the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to conduct a feasibility study of the line.
The Council Member recently hosted more than 20 community leaders in her District Office for the DOT to give its first public stakeholder outreach presentation. This meeting marked a pivotal step in the process of making the QNS Light Rail a reality.
The study, managed by the DOT and conducted by AECOM, will determine the plan's feasibility, including the constructability, cost, and connectivity to existing transit, compatibility with existing freight use, as well as potential ridership and station siting.
DOT Queens Borough Commissioner Nicole Garcia said:
“Improving transit options in Queens means better access to jobs, shopping and services, and quicker routes to schools, home and loved ones. We thank Council Member Crowley for her leadership and support and for the opportunity to conduct this important feasibility study for commuter rail on the LIRR Lower Montauk Branch.”
GOOD GOVERNMENT REFORMS
Level the playing field for all City Council Districts
Council Member Crowley was instrumental in passing a rules reform package that gives every Council Member the same amount of funding for their respective districts. Before, the City Council Speaker had discretion on how much each Council Member was awarded, which Crowley called an “outdated, opaque system, decided by political standing with the Speaker.”
For discretionary expenses, the reforms establish an equal distribution for core member item amounts, which include funds for local organizations, youth projects and senior service programs. The reforms also provide needs-based increases to council members, and alter the distribution of capital funds. Voters can additionally track spending and amounts granted to council members, making the budget process transparent and holding all city officials accountable.
Regulate political donations
Following scrutiny of the mayor’s involvement with political nonprofit, Campaign for One New York, Council Member Crowley took action to ensure candidates for elected office could not accept contributions that could be a conflict of interest down the line.
The Council Member is sponsoring legislation that would prohibit candidates who participate in the Campaign Finance Board’s public matching funds program from fundraising for 501(c)(4)s established for lobbying purposes.
“It’s important the city look at multiple approaches to ensure that candidates who participate in the matching funds program run a fair race,” Crowley said. “This legislation would work to prevent the influence of unregulated money used by an elected official or candidate for office to push their own political agenda and prevent an unfair advantage.”
On the heels of the first audit of Queens Library executives in decades, Council Member Crowley introduced legislation to require officials at city-funded nonprofit organizations to disclose all sources of outside income, intended to prevent any conflicts of interest.
In 2014, it was revealed that former Queens Library CEO and President Thomas Galante and __ Bridget Quinn-Carey had amassed over $300,000 of city dollars on personal expenses, including $115,000 in taxable, undeclared income. The Council Member’s bill would mandate all individuals in leadership positions at charitable, city-funded nonprofits report sources of outside income to the city annually.
“Now that we know of the discrepancies committed by these executives, it’s important that going forward, we ensure this corruption is stopped before it can begin,” said the Council Member. “We the public should be aware of all sources of income and benefits of each executive. No one receiving city dollars should be immune to these disclosures. In their positions, they should voluntarily assure the city they are acting in accordance with the law.”
“When you walk outside your door every morning, drive along our district’s streets, take your kids to school and visit the neighborhood park, I want to ensure this is a seamless process for you and your families. I have dedicated much of my time in office to improving these places that fuel our everyday lives.”
During her time in office, the Council Member has worked to create more than 500 new seats for local students in City Council District 30, contributing to the creation of new schools, such as Maspeth High School
as well as expanding severely overcrowded elementary and middle schools.
Maspeth Town Hall
New HVAC system
Fire alarm system
Lower level renovation
Greater Ridgewood Youth Council
NYPD 104th Precinct