Chapter 63: Business Integrity Commission

Section 2100.

Section 2100. Business integrity commission.

  1. There shall be a business integrity commission, which shall consist of a full-time chairperson appointed by the mayor and of the commissioners of the department of small business services, the department of consumer affairs, the department of investigation, the police department and the department of sanitation, or their designees.
  2. The chairperson may appoint a first deputy who shall possess all the powers and perform all the duties of the chairperson during the absence or disability of the chairperson and in case of the death of the chairperson or of a vacancy in that office shall act as chairperson until the appointment of a chairperson by the mayor.
  3. The chairperson shall have charge of the organization of the commission and shall have authority to employ, assign and superintend the duties of such officers and employees as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter. In addition, the commissioner of any agency represented on the commission or the commissioner of any other appropriate city agency may, if requested, provide staff and other assistance with respect to any matter within the jurisdiction of the commission.

Section 2101.

Section 2101. Jurisdiction; powers and duties.

  1. The business integrity commission shall be responsible for the regulation of the trade waste industry, the shipboard gambling industry, the fulton fish market distribution area and other seafood distribution areas and the public wholesale markets. In regulating such industries, areas and markets, the commission shall have the powers and duties conferred by this chapter and such other powers and duties as are conferred by law.
  2. The powers and duties of the business integrity commission shall be exercised in a manner consistent with all local laws governing the regulation of the trade waste industry, the shipboard gambling industry, the fulton fish market distribution area and other seafood distribution areas and the public wholesale markets and shall include but not be limited to the following:

   1. to establish standards for the issuance, denial, suspension and revocation of licenses and other authorizations necessary for the operation of businesses in the industries, areas and markets it regulates; and to issue, deny, suspend and revoke such licenses and other authorizations;

   2. to investigate any matter within its jurisdiction and to have full power to compel the attendance, examine and take testimony under oath of such persons as it may deem necessary in relation to such investigation, and to require the production of books, accounts, papers and other evidence relevant to such investigation;

   3. to establish standards for service provided by, and for the conduct of, regulated businesses;

   4. to conduct studies of, or investigations into, any matter within its jurisdiction in order to assist the city in formulating policies relating to the industries, areas and markets it regulates;

   5. to create and disseminate materials on any matter within its jurisdiction in order to advise or educate regulated businesses and members of the public regarding such matters;

   6. to adopt rules necessary or appropriate to carry out the powers and duties conferred on it by law;

   7. to establish fees to enable it to effectuate the purposes of this chapter, including fees sufficient to cover the costs of processing applications and conducting investigations; and

   8. to enforce compliance with applicable laws and rules through the imposition of fines and penalties.

Section 2102.

Section 2102. Cooperation with other agencies.

The business integrity commission shall provide such assistance to the mayor and other agencies as requested and shall establish liaison and information-sharing arrangements with other law enforcement, prosecutorial, investigative and regulatory agencies as it deems appropriate.