Category: Charter Revision

Charter Revision proposals on November ballot

It may feel a bit like “Groundhog Day,” but the November 5, 2019 ballot will contain a set of proposals to revise New York City’s Charter. (You may recall there were three charter revision proposals on last year’s General Election ballot—the result of a hurried process instituted by the Mayor—which created a Civic Engagement Commission, instituted term limits on Community Board members, and increased the funding match for candidates who… Read more

The Charter Revision Commission wants to hear from you!

room full of people at Charter 2019 Manhattan Hearing The 2019 Charter Revision Commission released a preliminary staff report on proposed changes to the Charter in four areas: elections, governance, finance, and land use. You can see the proposed changes here. Over the next few weeks, the commission will hold borough hearings on these draft proposals. The first, in Queens, was held April 30th. Here are details for the upcoming hearings: Thursday, May 2: Brooklyn
Brooklyn Borough Hall,… Read more

Charter Revision Commission begins drafting proposals in four areas

room full of people at Charter 2019 Manhattan Hearing The 2019 Charter Revision Commission—which will recommend proposals to be placed on the November ballot—has completed a series of “expert forums” on four topic areas it will focus on. Having narrowed focus after hearing from experts and the public (at hearings last fall), the commission will now draw up specific proposals in these four areas, and hold hearings on them in each of the five boroughs on those drafts later this spring.

How we can make New York City government work better

Gale stating her testimony at Charter 2019 Manhattan Hearing Last night, I testified before a packed house at the Manhattan hearing of the 2019 Charter Revision Commission. We have a real opportunity to improve the way city government functions. Good Evening. Thank you to Gail Benjamin and to each Commissioner for taking on this enormous role – and welcome to Manhattan! I am delighted that the legislation I sponsored with the Speaker and Public Advocate calling for a Charter Revision Commission has resulted in this illustrious group coming together.

Tell the Charter Revision Commission how you think city government can improve

The 2019 Charter Revision Commission is holding its first slate of public hearings in each borough! The Commission was created to give the city government’s ground rules a full inspection and tuneup, with no preset political agenda and plenty of input from experts and the public. This first round of public hearings will help identify issues that are worth a closer look — so all New Yorkers should attend if… Read more

Manhattan Hearing: 2019 Charter Revision Commission

text of "Join us!" How can city government work better for Manhattan? The NYC Charter is the city’s constitution and sets out how the city makes decisions. It’s an important document, but it hasn’t had a serious review in 30 years — so it’s due for a major overhaul. If you or your organization have ideas about what needs changing, start writing testimony now and plan to attend on Wednesday — the first hearing… Read more

Council’s Charter Revision Commission begins public hearings

a panel at the charter revision brooklyn That’s right, there’s another Charter Revision Commission at work, resulting from a local law co-sponsored by myself, Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and Public Advocate Tish James (introduced before the Mayor’s proposal even surfaced). This version will spend a full year examining all aspects of the City Charter and will propose changes on the 2019 ballot. Our logic in proposing a fresh look at the city’s main governing document was that… Read more

Mayor’s Charter Revision Commission proposes drastic changes to community boards

Borough Presidents appoint the members of New York City’s 59 community boards, we work more closely with the boards than other elected officials, and we are the boards’ first and most direct source of advice and technical support. We know what it takes for boards to do their job well, and we know how important that job is—because community boards are neighborhoods’ early-warning system and advocate during high-stakes land use… Read more

Annual training for community board members at AMNH under the whale!

Attendees of the community board reception gather in AMNH's Whale Room Community board members from across Manhattan gathered Tuesday for a reception in the American Museum of Natural History’s cavernous Milstein Hall of Ocean Life to reconnect with each other and learn more about their roles. Jim Caras, General Counsel and Land Use Director in my office made a presentation on the passage of the City Council’s Charter Revision Commission (as opposed to the Mayor’s version underway now). Hearings are due… Read more

Borough President Brewer and Public Advocate Tish James call for charter revision

It’s been nearly 30 years since the last real overhaul of the City Charter, the governing document that functions as New York City’s constitution. With some minor changes made along the way, the 1989 charter has served us pretty well. But this city confronts new challenges — including widening income inequality, a new breed of complex development projects, and a hostile federal government threatening crucial funding streams — and it’s… Read more

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