Sept. 27, 2019. By Shane O’Brien
The New York City Council passed a bill on Wednesday introduced by Council Member Costa Constantinides that aims to ease congestion in the city by having city agencies make deliveries at night.
The bill, one of a series passed Wednesday as part of Climate Week, will force city agencies located south of 60th Street in Manhattan and in congested areas of Brooklyn and Queens to assess whether they can take deliveries overnight and during off-peak hours.
City agencies have six months after the bill becomes law to determine those sites where they could make deliveries. The bill is expected to be signed into law in October.
Constantinides argues that it would take a significant amount of trucks off the roads during busy daytime hours and reduce congestion in New York. The Council Member said that congestion caused by idling trucks is a big contributor of pollution.
The council passed other bills sponsored by Constantinides Wednesday.
One bill requires the installation of renewable energy storage in municipal buildings where feasible. Another bill requires the city to install solar panels in municipal buildings wherever possible by April 2021.
Constantinides said that the new laws would help the city reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 per cent from their 2005 levels by 2050.
“We, as a City government, must lead by example here. The bills we passed today [Wednesday], in recognition of Climate Week, pave the way to a brighter [future] by requiring overnight deliveries to City buildings wherever possible, as well as making it easier to store renewable energy,” said Constantinides.