Under Executive Order No. 40, Mayor Bloomberg designated the New York City Police Department and the Department of Sanitation to enforce the new law.
The amended law creates a "rebuttable presumption" whereby any person or group whose name, telephone numbers, or other identifying information appearing on the handbill will be responsible for the violation. All summonses issued in New York City will be adjudicated by the Environmental Control Board.
"We are pleased that this amended law is now a reality. The law gives the City real teeth in confronting and enforcing an annoying act that causes litter, unsightly streets, and lower scorecard ratings,"said Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty. we can target the violator instantly. Once the handbill is placed under the windshield wipe, the violator's name, address, or telephone number appearing on the handbill can receive a summons as the responsible party who is now breaking the law. I know that New York City residents will join with me in applauding this much needed boost in helping to maintain clean streets citywide."