Several charter revision measures on ballot
by Salvatore Isola
Oct 29, 2019 | 9423 views | 0 0 comments | 655 655 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This Election Day there are five revision questions on the back of the ballot that could fundamentally change the city’s charter.

Question 1 would establish ranked-choice voting. Instead of voting for one candidate, voters ranking the candidates by order of preference. For instance, if there are five candidates, a voter would rank them first through fifth. If no candidate receives over 50 percent of the first rank vote, the candidate in last place would have his or her votes transferred. This process would continue until a candidate has over 50 percent of the vote.

Question 2 would allow the Civilian Complaint Review Board to investigate if an officer is suspected of lying during an investigation. Currently, the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau handles such investigations.

The Public Advocate and City Council members would each get their own selection of a CCRB board member, instead of having the mayor doing so.

Question 3 would amend the five-member Conflict of Interest Board (COIB) It would no longer have two appointees by the mayor, but instead one each by the city comptroller and public advocate.

In addition, city officials who leave government would be forced to wait two years before becoming a lobbyist.

Question 4 would allow the city to set aside budget surpluses for a “rainy day fund” in case of recession or emergency. This is currently prohibited by law.

Budgets for the offices of borough presidents and public advocate would have a minimum amount, preventing mayoral cuts.

Question 5 would increase the time for reviewing land use matters, giving community boards and borough presidents an extra month to review applications.
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