Wednesday, April 13, 2011

NYC Hearing on Merging Dept. of Records & Information Into Citywide Admin Services

New York City's Mayor Bloomberg announced last November that a merger of the New York City Department of Records and Information into the NYC Citywide Administrative Services Department. was forthcoming as part of his Administration's ongoing cost-saving, consolidation and shared services initiatives. Noticed on this forum in March was information on a public meeting --not a hearing--held March 15-- to discuss the merger. Legislation needs to be enacted by the New York City Council to accomplish the Mayor's proposal.

The New York City Council Committee on Governmental Operations, has scheduled a hearing, on April 27, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. in the 14th Floor Committee Room, 250 Broadway, New York, NY regarding the pending legislation to accomplish the merger--File Number Int 0486-2011. To read the bill go to:
http://tinyurl.com/4orgbfb or original url:

http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=846429&GUID=1690D76B-6EB7-4D67-9D5E-B0834F1B9D4A&Options=ID|Text|&Search=department+of+records

The bill would amend the City Charter and the Administrative Code of NYC in relation to the transfer of functions from the Department of Records and Information Services to the Department of Citywide Administrative.

With so many Jewish genealogists having roots in New York City this action is of interest to many of us as it effects the administrative branch that holds many vital records and other records of genealogical value.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Director-at-Large
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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