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An Opportunity for Change

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The New York City Charter is comparable to a constitution – it spells out the roles and obligations of all elected municipal officials and state agencies. In Mayor Bloomberg’s January 2008 “State of the City Address,” he announced the creation of a Charter Review Commission to “conduct a top-to-bottom review of the city government,” and that the city would “consider any proposal that would improve the life of New York and New Yorkers.”

The Daily News recently reported that Bloomberg allocated $2.1 million in his most recent budget proposal to fund this commission, $354,000 of which is earmarked for the fiscal year ending July 1. Although at press time the Mayor had not yet appointed the Commission’s members, an announcement is expected soon.

Shortly after it forms, the Commission will be holding public hearings to solicit suggestions for changes to the City Charter. Later it will hold more public hearings to solicit comments on its recommendations. Stay tuned for more news on this important opportunity to shape the future of our city.