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Charter Revision Proposals

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On November 5, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to vote on 5 ballot initiatives amending the New York City Charter.  These proposals range from voting to police accountability reform, and the LGBTQ community must have a chance to weigh in.  

After hearing from speakers and debating the proposals, members in good standing will have the opportunity to vote on the proposals.

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The Proposals

QUESTION #1 – ELECTIONS

Voting yes would:

  • Establish ranked choice voting in primary and special elections for the offices of Mayor,Public Advocate, Comptroller, Borough President, and Council Member. 

  • Extend the time to hold Special Elections after a City office is left vacant to 80 days to accommodate

  • Amend the timeline for the redistricting of Council districts to ensure that boundaries are established in a timely manner for 2023 primary Council elections. 

QUESTION #2 – CIVILIAN COMPLAINT REVIEW BOARD

Voting yes would: 

  • Amend the Structure of the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) by adding two members, one from the Public Advocate and a joint appointment by the Mayor and the Council (who would also serve as Chair), and provide that the Council directly appoint its members to the Board.

  • Require the Police Commissioner to provide a detailed explanation to the CCRB when deciding to impose discipline on an officer which differs from the level of discipline recommended by either the CCRB or the NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Trials. 

  • Allow the CCRB board to delegate its subpoena power to its Executive Director. 

  • Allow the CCRB to investigate potentially false official statements made by an officer it is investigating and to recommend discipline, if appropriate. 

  • Provide a minimum budget to CCRB sufficient to fund CCRB staff equal to 0.65% of the number of uniformed police officers, unless the Mayor determines that fiscal necessity requires a lower budget.

QUESTION #3 – ETHICS AND GOVERNANCE

Voting yes would:

  • Extend the Post-Employment Appearance Ban for Elected Officials and certain Senior Appointed Officials from one year to two years for employees/officials who leave City service on or after January 1, 2022.

  • Amend the structure of the Conflicts of Interest Board (COIB) by replacing two members now appointed by the Mayor with one member appointed by the Comptroller and one appointed by the Public Advocate; and updating quorum requirements. 

  • Limit the political activity of COIB board members by prohibiting participation in campaigns for local elected offices, and reducing the maximum amount of money that they can contribute to the amounts that candidates can receive from those doing business with the City ($400 or less, depending on the office). 

  • Require that the Citywide M/WBE Director report directly to the Mayor and be supported by a mayoral office of M/WBEs. 

  • Require advice and consent by the City Council for the Mayor’s appointment of the Corporation Counsel.

QUESTION #4 – CITY BUDGET

Voting Yes would:

  • Allow the City to use a “rainy day fund” to save money for use in future years, such as for addressing unexpected financial hardships. Changes to State law will also be needed for this rainy day fund to be usable. 

  • Set guaranteed minimum budgets for the Public Advocate and Borough Presidents at or above their respective Fiscal Year 2020 budgets, adjusted in future fiscal years by the lower of inflation or the percentage change in the City’s total expense budget (excluding certain components), unless the Mayor determines that fiscal necessity requires a lower budget.

  • Require the Mayor to submit the revenue estimate to the City Council by April 26 (instead of June 5). The Mayor would be able to update the fiscal estimate after that date, but if the update will be submitted after May 25, the Mayor must explain why the updated estimate was fiscally necessary. 

  • Require the Mayor to submit budget modifications to the Council within 30 days after the submission of any periodic update the City’s financial plan during the year. 

QUESTION #5 – LAND USE

Voting yes would:

  • Provide a ULURP Pre-Certification Notice Period by requiring the Department of CityPlanning to transmit a detailed project summary of ULURP applications to the affected Community Board, Borough President, and Borough Board at least 30 days before the application is certified for public review, and to post that summary on its website.

  • Provide Community Boards with additional time to review ULURP applications certified for public review by the Department of City Planning between June 1 and July 15, from the current 60 day review period to 90 days for applications certified in June, and to 75 days for applications certified between July 1 and July 15.

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