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New York City Council Resolutions on Nuclear Weapons

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This is a list of New York City Council Resolutions on nuclear weapons from 1963 to the present, as well as many other major draft resolutions that were considered in committees but did not pass. Thanks to Anthony Donovan for collecting them from various archives and scanning them all. Note that some of the scans are from microfiche and so are not necessarily great quality.

Resolutions Adopted by New York City Council

1963 – Resolution 648: “Requesting Speedy Senate Ratification of the Atmospheric Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.” Adopted by unanimous vote. Download.

1979 – Resolution 512: “Calling Upon the President of the United States to Issue a Call for an Emergency Meeting of All Nuclear Nations to Plan an End to the Escalating Arms Race.” Download.

1982 – Resolution 1840: “Calling Upon the Government of the United States and the Soviet Union to Negotiate a Mutual Freeze on the Testing and Production of Nuclear Weapons and Calling Upon the New York City Council to Declare June 12, 1982 to Be Peace Day.” Download.

1982 – Resolution 1907: “Supporting Passage of House Joint Resolution 434 and Senate Joint Resolution 163 Calling for a Mutual and Verifiable Freeze and Reduction in Nuclear Weapons by the United States and Soviet Union.” Download.

1983 – Resolution 364: “Calling upon the Council of the City of New York to Prohibit the Production, Transport, Storage or Deployment of Nuclear Weapons within the City and Proclaiming the City a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone.” Download.

2002 – Resolution 549: “Oppose the Congressional Resolution allowing President George W. Bush to unilaterally declare war against Iraq.” Download. (Supports UN weapons of mass destruction inspections in Iraq).

2006 – Resolution 39: “In Memoriam – Coretta Scott King.” Download. (Brief mention of her activism on nuclear disarmament).

Draft Resolutions Considered by New York City Council but Not Adopted

1956 – Draft Resolution 778: “Appointment of a Special Committee to Investigate Charges of Waste Inefficiency and Lack of Planning in the Department Known as the Office of Civil Defense in the City of New York.” Referred to Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections. Download.

1970 – Draft Resolution 130: “Calling Upon the Congress of the United States to Refrain from Appropriating Further Funds for the Anti-Ballistic Missile System and to Make Such Funds Available for the Needed Domestic Programs of our Cities.” Referred to Committee on General Welfare. Download.

1979 – Draft Resolution 743: “Calling Upon the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to Phase Out the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plants.” Referred to Committee on Environmental Protection. Download.

1982 – Draft Resolution 51: “Urging that Shares of Stock Held by New York City and Its Pension Funds Be Voted in Accord with Church Sponsored Resolutions that Oppose the Development of Nuclear Power and Support Alternative Technologies.” Referred to Committee on Finance. Download.

1982 – Draft Resolution 1932: “Calling Upon the City of New York to Reject the Federal Administration’s Proposals for Expanding Evacuation Planning in the Event of a Nuclear Attack.” Referred to Committee on Environmental Protection. Download.

1982 – Draft Resolution 1996: “Calling on the New York State Legislature to Pass Senate Bill No. 10289  Authorizing a Statewide Referendum on the Issue of a Nuclear Weapons Freeze at the General Election in November 1982.” Referred to Committee on General Welfare. Download.

1983 – Draft Resolution 568: “Declaring that No Ship Be Permitted to Bring Nuclear Missiles into the Harbor of New York.” Referred to the Committee on Economic Development. Download.

1986 – Draft Resolution 41: “Declaring that No Ship Be Permitted to Bring Nuclear Missiles into the Harbor of New York.” Referred to Committee on Economic Development. Download.

1986 – Draft Resolution 258: “Urging the President of the United States to Negotiate with the Soviet Union to Produce a Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.” Referred to Committee on International Intergroup Relations and Special Events. Download.

1987 – Draft Resolution 1025: “Urging the President of the United States to Immediately Halt Nuclear Weapons Testing as a First Step Toward Reversing and Ending the Arms Race.” Referred to Committee on International Intergroup Relations and Special Events. Download.

1987 – Draft Resolution 1056: “Urging the President of the United States to Immediately Halt Nuclear Weapons Testing as a First Step Toward Reversing and Ending the Arms Race.” Referred to Committee on General Welfare. Download.

1990 – Draft Resolution 136: “Urging the President of the United States to immediately halt nuclear weapons testing as a first step toward reversing and ending the arms race.” Referred to Committee on Intergroup Relations and Special Events. Download.

1990 – Draft Resolution 137: “Calling Upon the United States to Negotiate a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty with the Soviet Union.” Referred to Committee on Intergroup Relations and Special Events. Download.

1999 – Draft Resolution 878: “Declaring the City of New York a Nuclear Weapon Free Zone and support the further development of Nuclear Weapon Free Zones throughout the world.” Filed. Download.

2015 – Draft Resolution 694: “United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission not to relicense Indian Point 2 and Indian Point 3.” Filed – End of Session. Download.

 

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