City Council passes Queens lawmaker’s bill to curb catalytic converter thefts across the city


As vehicle catalytic converter thefts are on the rise in New York City, with Queens being in the epicenter, a bill introduced by Councilwoman Linda Lee was passed by the City Council on Wednesday, Dec. 7, to deter future thefts. 

Lee’s Bill, Int.759 would create a citywide program to distribute vehicle identification number (VIN) kits to etch identifying numbers into catalytic converters. This legislation will require the NYPD to distribute these kits to the general public.