Charter Revision/Ballot proposals for 2018?

Three ballot proposals:

– Campaign Finance

– Community Board Changes: Central Authority Vs Local Control

– Community Board Changes: Term limits and appointment authority

Research:

  • http://nyccfb.info/media/press-releases/what-do-you-think-of-the-2018-ballot-proposals/

  • https://www1.nyc.gov/site/charter/index.page

  • http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8000-brewer-creates-committee-to-oppose-charter-revision-proposals

 

The details:

Proposal #1

Ballot Proposals Question # 1: Campaign Finance This proposal would amend the City Charter to lower the amount a candidate for City elected office may accept from a contributor. It would also increase the public funding used to match a portion of the contributions received by a candidate who participates in the City’s public financing program. In addition, the proposal would make public matching funds available earlier in the election year to participating candidates who can demonstrate need for the funds. It would also ease a requirement that candidates for Mayor, Comptroller, or Public Advocate must meet to qualify for matching funds. The amendments would apply to participating candidates who choose to have the amendments apply to their campaigns beginning with the 2021 primary election, and would then apply to all candidates beginning in 2022. Shall this proposal be adopted?

Impact: less money coming in from private sources and taxpayers on the hook to fund campaigns.  Increase in matching from 6 to 1 to 8 to 1 funding.  Balloons the budget and makes it more expensive.  If you have further comments on impact email us at info@squaredeal-ny.com.

Proposal #2

Question # 2: Civic Engagement Commission This proposal would amend the City Charter to: Create a Civic Engagement Commission that would implement, no later than the City Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2020, a Citywide participatory budgeting program established by the Mayor to promote participation by City residents in making recommendations for projects in their communities; Require the Commission to partner with community based organizations and civic leaders, as well as other City agencies, to support and encourage civic engagement efforts; Require the Commission to establish a program to provide language interpreters at City poll sites, to be implemented for the general election in 2020; Permit the Mayor to assign relevant powers and duties of certain other City agencies to the Commission; Provide that the Civic Engagement Commission would have 15 members, with 8 members appointed by the Mayor, 2 members by the City Council Speaker and 1 member by each Borough President; and provide for one of the Mayor’s appointees to be Commission Chair and for the Chair to employ and direct Commission staff. Shall this proposal be adopted?

Impact: Proposal seen as NYC Mayor centralizing power and reducing community influence with those decisions local communities want to make.  If you are a community preservation voter, this proposal may cause you to think hard about whether you should vote for it.  Increase in staffing, continues to build the bureaucracy.  If you have further comments on impact email us at info@squaredeal-ny.com.

Proposal #3

Question #3: Community Boards This proposal would amend the City Charter to: Impose term limits of a maximum of four consecutive full two-year terms for community board members with certain exceptions for the initial transition to the new term limits system; Require Borough Presidents to seek out persons of diverse backgrounds in making appointments to community boards. The proposal would also add new application and reporting requirements related to these appointments; and If Question 2, “Civic Engagement Commission,” is approved, require the proposed Civic Engagement Commission to provide resources, assistance, and training related to land use and other matters to community boards. Shall this proposal be adopted?

Impact: Term limits for community board members wipes out the institutional memory of communities across NYC.  We see this as forcing a new bureaucracy upon local communities across the city.  If you have further comments on impact email us at info@squaredeal-ny.com.