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.

On November 5th, 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.

You can vote on that.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ISSUES ON THE BALLOT?

PROPOSALS ON THE BALLOT:

#1 - Elections:
Establish ranked choice voting in primary and special elections for the offices of Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller, Borough President, and Council Member. Up to 5 candidates could be ranked. This would apply to primary and special elections on or after January 1, 2021.

#2 - Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB):
Amend 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.

#3 - Ethics and Governance:
Amend the structure of the Conflicts of Interest Board (COIB). Limit the political activity of COIB board members.

#4 - City Budget:
Allow the City to use a “rainy day fund” to save money for use in future years. Changes to State law will also be needed for this rainy day fund to be usable.

#5 - Land Use (ULURP):
Give Community Boards more time in the summer to review ULURP applications that are certified by the Department of City Planning.

Final report: charter2019.nyc/finalreport