‘I was clear that I would be voting for the Public Advocate and the Queens District Attorney, but I did not know that there would be all these strange questions and other things about the courts, so what I did was choose all the Democrats I saw who were women,’ one voter told El Diario.
On Tuesday, New Yorkers will hit the polls to cast ballots in a number of races: for public advocate, for district attorneys in three boroughs, in one City Council race and for a number of judicial posts. There are also proposed charter changes.
Two leading advocates say the proposed changes to police misconduct investigations, the land-use process and budget rules are substantive if not sweeping—while ranked-choice voting represents a significant change to how democracy operates in New York.
On Election Day, November 5, New York City voters will have a chance to increase police oversight powers, established rank-choice voting and solidify the budgets of major officials, and make other changes to the City Charter, which is the rulebook for municipal government.
In a dramatic reversal, the Charter Revision Commission approved a proposal to allow the CCRB to go after cops who make false statements during investigations of police misconduct. But it rejected comprehensive planning.
New York’s approach to land use has plenty of defenders. There are, however, those who disagree. ‘The current system exacerbates our worst selves rather than our best selves,’ a Brooklyn Councilmember told a City Limits panel Thursday night.