WHAT IS THE CHARTER?

The New York City Charter, established by the State Legislature in 1897, is the City's constitution, creating the framework for our government. The Charter controls how the City spends our tax dollars, how decisions are made about changes to our neighborhoods, and the powers of our elected officials. 

Nearly 30 years ago, a Charter Revision Commission overhauled the city’s government. We’ve been taking a fresh look.

This fall, New Yorkers will have a chance to amend our Charter by voting on ballot proposals covering a wide variety of issues, from elections to police accountability.

On November 5th, you can vote on that.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ISSUES ON THE BALLOT?

PROPOSALS HEADED TO THE BALLOT:

Ranked Choice Voting
Establish an RCV system for all municipal primary & special elections that allows voters to rank five candidates, making it more likely that the winner reflects the preferences of the majority of voters.

Civilian Complaint Review Board
Change the board structure. Require the Police Commissioner to provide an explanation in cases where he/she deviates from disciplinary recommendations. Delegate subpoena power to the CCRB Executive Director. Guarantee the CCRB budget. Allow CCRB to investigate and recommend discipline against a police officer who makes a false statement during an investigation.

Public Advocate
Allow the Public Advocate to appoint a member of the CCRB. Guarantee his/her budget to be set at or above his/her Fiscal Year 2020 budget.

Rainy Day Fund
Allow the City to create and use a "rainy day" fund to be used during fiscal lows.

Additional ULURP Review Time for Community Boards
Give Community Boards 90 days (instead of 60) to review ULURP applications that are certified by the Department of City Planning in June.

Read the detailed ballot list: charter2019.nyc/ballot-proposals