Housing advocacy groups and some elected officials have been pushing for years for the city to adopt a comprehensive plan, and an earlier effort to do so was abandoned during the City Charter Revision process in 2019.
Despite the chance to vote early, members of the charter commission, academics and community activists expect that these elections will see low turnout.
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.
‘If we want our political systems to function and benefit from a rich discussion of the important role of public schools, we need a system that makes that possible.’
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.
The Brooklyn Councilmember says this year’s Charter Revision Commission missed a chance to fix deep flaws in the way New York does land-use planning.
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.
The city’s Charter Revision Commission meets Tuesday to consider another batch of potential questions for the November ballot—including a measure related to how the city does its land-use 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.
MacKenzie Fegan and Jarrett Murphy talk though three big stories that could reshape policy and politics New York City.