THE BRONX - New York City is launching a new effort to turn up the heat on landlords who are keeping tenants in the cold.

New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio says it's too easy for landlords to ignore violations and has introduced the Heat Enforcement for All Tenants (H.E.A.T.) Act. If the proposed bill is passed, fines for repeat offenders would be increased.

The pubic advocate's office says that the bill has 15 supporters in the City Council so far, as well as the mayor's support - a good sign that it will pass. A hearing and a vote could happen as soon as this winter, de Blasio says.