Councilwoman’s Departure Sets Up Low Turnout Election

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Maria del Carmen Arroyo was first elected in 2005.

William Alatriste for the New York City Council

Maria del Carmen Arroyo was first elected in 2005.

Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo’s sudden decision to resign at year’s end sets up an early 2016 special election that, like most specials, is unlikely to attract much voter interest. The last time the voters of the Bronx’s 17th district spoke, in the 2013 general election, they re-elected Arroyo by a margin of 13 to one over two challengers. Early that year, an upstart challenger, Julio Pabon, managed to snag 31 percent of the vote against Arroyo in a primary that would have been sleepy were it not for the odd appearance of Derek Jeter’s name on the councilwoman’s ballot petitions.

Pabon’s name has not been among those said to be interested in seeking the seat in the race to replace the departing Arroyo.

“After much consideration and discussion with my family, I have decided to resign from the City Council effective December 31, 2015. It has been a privilege to serve the people who live and work in the 17th Council District, the people of the Bronx, and of the great City of New York. It is an experience I will always cherish and I am proud to say we’ve made the Bronx a better place,” Arroyo said in a statement yesterday. “I must now dedicate my time and efforts to address pressing family needs. I will always be thankful to my colleagues in the Council for their continuous support, along with my friends and supporters who have made it possible for me to serve the people of the Bronx. To my constituents and colleagues I say thank you! I am grateful to you for all your support.”

According to the New York City Council website, Arroyo was the primary sponsor of 50 pieces of legislation during her time in office. Here are the titles of those measures, and what became of them:

 

Title Status
A Local Law in relation to the naming of 56 thoroughfares and public places, Dave Reid Jr. Place, Borough of the Bronx, Prince Joshua Avitto Way, Borough of Brooklyn, Rev. Wenceslao Martinez Way, Borough of Brooklyn, José Francisco Peña Gomez Boulevard, Borough of the Bronx, DJ Scott la Rock Boulevard, Borough of the Bronx, Luis Muñoz Marín Way, Borough of the Bronx, Basil Paterson Boulevard, Borough of the Bronx, Oscar de la Renta Boulevard, Borough of the Bronx, Frank T. Modica Way, Borough of Manhattan, Norman Buchbinder Way, Borough of Manhattan, Bronx Science Boulevard, Borough of the Bro Enacted
By Council Member Arroyo: Pursuant to Rule 11.20(c) of the Council Rules and Section 197-d (b)(3) of the New York City Charter, the Council hereby resolves that the action of the City Planning Commission on Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) application no. C 140388 PCX be subject to Council review. Adopted
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the right of senior citizens residing in multiple dwellings to maintain pets. Committee
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the department of small business services to report violations concerning public wholesale markets. Committee
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to price displays on all signs posted by gas stations other than signs on dispensing devices Enacted
Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign A. 518/S. 4860, to require dating violence education and dating violence policies in schools. Laid Over in Committee
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to creating a food service establishment inspection ombuds office within the New York city department of health and mental hygiene. Enacted
Resolution designating the week of September 16th to September 20, 2013 as “Health Information Technology Week” in New York City. Filed
By Council Member Arroyo: Pursuant to Rule 11.20(b) of the Council and Section 197-d(b)(3) of the New York City Charter, the Council hereby resolves that the action of the City Planning Commission on Uniform Land Use Review Procedure Application No. C 110154 ZSX, a disposition by lease of city-owned property, shall be subject to Council Review. Adopted
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to regulating social adult day care. Filed
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to establishing procedures for the office of chief medical examiner to conduct a root cause analysis. Enacted
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to special medical needs shelters operated during and after certain emergency events. Enacted
Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign A.2046/S.5048, legislation that would amend current laws relating to animal control, the animal population control fund and licensing of animals in New York City. Filed
A Local Law in relation to the naming of 52 thoroughfares and public places, Joe Perez Way, Borough of the Bronx, Yomo Toro Place, Borough of the Bronx, La 65 de Infantería, Borough of the Bronx, African Burial Ground Square, Borough of Brooklyn, Gregory “Jocko” Jackson Boulevard, Borough of Brooklyn, Arthur Hill Way, Borough of Queens, Rev. Carl and Mother Helen Baldwin Way, Borough of Queens, Jefferson Diggs Way, Borough of Queens, Rev. Dr. John H. Boyd Sr. Way, Borough of Queens, Monsignor Robert R. McCourt Way, Borough of Queens, Lucile Hill Way, Borough of Queens, George Gibbons Jr. Way, Enacted
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products, and the regulation of retail dealers and wholesale dealers of cigarettes, and repealing section 17-707 of the administrative code of the city of New York, relating to requiring public health messages where tobacco advertisements appear. Enacted
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the display of cigarettes and tobacco products by retail dealers of cigarettes and age restrictions on entry to retail tobacco stores. Filed
A Local Law to amend the New York city building code, in relation to flood-resistant construction requirements for health facilities. Enacted
A Local Law in relation to the naming of 41 thoroughfares and public places, All Hallows Way, Borough of the Bronx, Arsenio Rodriguez Way, Borough of the Bronx, Ronney (Venezuela) Vargas Place, Borough of the Bronx, Doris S. Torres Way, Borough of the Bronx, La 65 de Infantería, Borough of the Bronx, William and Sarah Richio Way, Borough of Manhattan, Felix and Ivan Vale Way, Borough of Brooklyn, Dorothy M. Allen Place, Borough of Brooklyn, Police Officer Irma Lozada Way, Borough of Brooklyn, Steven R. Trimboli Way, Borough of Queens, Guillermo Vasquez Corner, Borough of Queens, Sister Mary Pa Enacted
A Local Law to amend the New York City Charter, in relation to records maintained by the office of the chief medical examiner. Filed
Resolution in support of A.6369, which would amend the Penal Law by increasing the penalties for certain offenses committed against an elderly person who is 60 or older, and calling on the Senate to introduce and pass a companion bill, and on the Governor to sign such legislation. Filed
A Local Law in relation to the naming of 32 thoroughfares and public places, Dra. Evelina Antonetty Way, Borough of the Bronx, Lenny Kobren Circle, Borough of Brooklyn, Ozzie Brown Triangle, Borough of the Bronx, Dr. Michael Lancelot Marcano Way, Borough of the Bronx, Detective Kevin Czartoryski Place, Borough of Queens, Cheyenne Baez Way, Borough of Manhattan, Rev. John B. Elliott Way, Borough of Brooklyn, Jim Buckley Way, Borough of Brooklyn, Meg Charlop Way, Borough of the Bronx, The Chords-Hit Record “Sh-Boom” 1954, Borough of the Bronx, Frank Griffin Way, Borough of Brooklyn, Joe ‘The Gre Enacted
A Local Law to amend local law number 115 for the year 2005, relating to child fatalities, in relation to a child fatality review advisory team. Enacted
Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, Lauren’s Law, S.7103/A.10039, legislation that would require mandatory registration or declination of registration in the organ donor registry. Filed
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the veterinary examinations of rental horses. Filed
By Council Member Arroyo Pursuant to Rule 11.20(c) of the Council and Section 197-d(b)(3) of the New York City Charter, the Council hereby resolves that the action of the City Planning Commission on Uniform Land Use Procedure Applications no. C 110260 PQX, an acquisition of property for continued use as a child care center located at 629 Courtlandt Avenue, Community District 1, Borough of the Bronx, shall be subject to Council review. Adopted
Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign Jaden’s Law, which would provide for the creation and dissemination of information pertaining to bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cell donation and registration. Filed
A Local Law in relation to the naming of 56 thoroughfares and public places, Police Officer Kenneth Mahon Place, Borough of the Bronx, Richard Akbar Salahuddin Drive, Borough of Brooklyn, Harry Wieder Way, Borough of Manhattan, University Settlement, Borough of Manhattan, Jack Johnson Plaza, Borough of Manhattan, Ramona Jennett Way, Borough of Manhattan, Richard Cecere Corner, Borough of Queens, 35T1H4 A1V4E1N1U1E1, Borough of Queens, Lawrence P. Dorsey Way, Borough of Brooklyn, Pietro Cesare Alberti Way, Borough of Queens, SFC Luis M. Gonzalez Street, Borough of Queens, Police Officer Vito S. Enacted
Resolution calling upon the United States House of Representatives to vote against H.R. 358, a bill which will severely restrict women’s right to access abortion and endanger women’s lives by permitting health care providers to deny life saving care in emergencies. Adopted
A Local Law in relation to the naming of 67 thoroughfares and public places, Police Officer Deon L. Taylor Way, Borough of the Bronx, Sergeant Jose Velez Avenue, Borough of the Bronx, Police Officer Kenneth Mahon Place, Borough of the Bronx, Dra. Evelina Antonetty Way, Borough of the Bronx, Kevin Oslen Hill Way, Borough of Brooklyn, Kenneth S. Jackson, Jr. Blvd., Borough of Brooklyn, Bishop Clarence V. Keaton Blvd., Borough of Brooklyn, PS 84 Sidney Morison Way, Borough of Manhattan, Phyllis Yvonne Reed Plaza, Borough of the Bronx, Officer John Scarangella Way, Borough of Queens, Officer Disda Enacted
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York in relation to school nurses. Filed
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, to repeal and reenact section 17-337 relating to air quality standards for compressed air in underwater breathing tanks. Enacted
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to certain provisions of title 17 and to repeal subchapters 1 and 5 of chapter 3, relating to permits for the sale or transfer of milk and milk products and to medical records respectively. Enacted
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to permitting senior citizens residing in multiple dwellings the right to maintain pets in such dwellings. Filed
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to criminal street gang initiation activity. Enacted
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to criminal street gang initiation activity. Filed
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to permitting senior citizens residing in multiple dwellings the right to maintain pets in such dwellings. Filed
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to adjusting traffic signal timing in areas with high concentrations of seniors. Filed
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to establishing a New York City Municipal Identification Card. Filed
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to health insurance coverage for the surviving spouse or domestic partner and children of deceased City employees whose death is the natural and proximate result of an accident or injury sustained while in the performance of duty. Filed
By Council Member Arroyo: Pursuant to Rule 11.20(c) of the Council and Section 197-d(b)(3) of the New York City Charter, the Council hereby resolves that the action of the City Planning Commission on Uniform Land Use Procedure Applications no. 20090153 PPX shall be subject to review by the Council. Adopted
A Local Law in relation to the naming of 18 thoroughfares and public places, Firefighter Peter A. Bielfeld Way, Borough of the Bronx, Citizens of Pozzallo Way, Borough of Brooklyn, Giorgio Perlasca Way, Borough of Brooklyn, Anthony Suraci Place, Borough of Queens, Jason Ruiz Way, Borough of Brooklyn, Lt Brendan D Pearson EMS Sta 23 Way, Borough of Staten Island, Thurgood Marshall Boulevard, Borough of Manhattan, Homer Young Kennedy Way, Borough of Manhattan, Lucille Bulger Place, Borough of Manhattan, Alexander Felix Place, Borough of Manhattan, Mother Gloria A. Boyce Way, Borough of Brooklyn, Enacted
By Council Member Arroyo: Pursuant to Rule 11.20(c) of the Council and Section 197-d(b)(3) of the New York City Charter, the Council resolves that the action of the City Planning Commission on Uniform Land Use Review Procedure Applications no. C 070443 MMX, shall be subject to review by the Council. Adopted
By Council Members Arroyo and Mark-Viverito: Pursuant to Rule 11.20b of the Council and Section 197-d(b)(3) of the New York City Charter, the Council resolves that the action of the City Planning Commission on Uniform Land Use Review Procedure Application no. C 080533 PCY, shall be subject to review by the Council. Adopted
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to common sewers. Enacted
By Council Member Arroyo: Pursuant to Rule 11.20(c) of the Council and Section 197-d(b)(3) of the New York City Charter, the Council resolves that the action of the City Planning Commission on Uniform Land Use Procedure Application no. C 070010 MMX, shall be subject to review by the Council. Adopted
By Council Member Arroyo: Pursuant to Rule 11.20(c) of the Council and Section 197-d(b)(3) of the New York City Charter, the Council resolves that the action of the City Planning Commission on Uniform Land Use Procedure Application no. C 070009 MMX, shall be subject to review by the Council. Adopted
By Council Member Arroyo: Pursuant to Rule 11.20(c) of the Council and Section 197-d(b)(3) of the New York City Charter, the Council resolves that the action of the City Planning Commission on Uniform Land Use Procedure Application no. C 070008 PSX, shall be subject to review by the Council. Adopted
A Local Law in relation to the naming of 51 thoroughfares and public places, Alvin Ailey Place, Borough of Manhattan, Angela Padavano Way, Borough of Staten Island, Bro. George Washington Way “Legendary Boxing Trainer”, Borough of Brooklyn, Patrick Sullivan 9-11 Memorial Way, Borough of Brooklyn, Officer Timothy M. Hurley Way, Borough of Brooklyn, Edgar Garzon Corner, Borough of Queens, O’ Donnell Way, Borough of Manhattan, Ruth Poindexter Plaza, Borough of the Bronx, Robert A. Breen Way, Borough of Staten Island, Lance Cpl. Michael V. Postal Triangle, Borough of Queens, Bishop Roy L. Gilmore, Enacted
By Council Member Arroyo: Pursuant to Rule 11.20(b) of the Council and Section 197-d (b)(3) of the New York City Charter, the Council resolves that the action of the City Planning Commission on Uniform Land Use Procedure Applications Numbers 20060056 MMX, 20060057 MMX, 20060058 MMX, 20060059 MMX, 20060144 PQX, 20060145 PPX, 20060146 PPX, 20060147 PPX, 20060148 (A) MCX, 20060149 ZSX and 20060150 ZSX shall be subject to review by the Council. Adopted
By Council Member Arroyo: Pursuant to Rule 11.20(c) of the Council and Section 197-d(b)(3) of the New York City Charter, the Council hereby resolves that the action of the City Planning Commission on Uniform Land Use Procedure Application Number 030537 MMX, an amendment to the City Map special permit shall be subject to Council review. Adopted

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