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Charter Revision

Council’s Charter Revision Commission begins public hearings

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 a full-scale review hasn’t been conducted since 1989 (except for minor tweaks).

The 2019 Charter Commission will kick off its inclusive process with a first series of public hearings this month in each of the five boroughs:

  • Bronx: Wed., Sept. 12, 6 – 8 pm, Lehman College
  • Brooklyn: Mon. Sept. 17, 6 – 8 pm, Medgar Evers College
  • Queens: Thur., Sept. 20, 6 – 8 pm,  Queen Borough Hall
  • Staten Island: Mon., Sept. 24, 6 – 8 pm,  College of Staten Island
  • Manhattan: Thur., Sept. 27, 6 –8 pm, City Hall

It’s critically important that New Yorkers attend these hearings and let commissioners know what areas of city government can be improved upon. (*TBD locations will be made available shortly here)

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