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Here’s your chance to learn about proposed changes to the City Charter

October 9, 2019 Kelly Mena

The city’s constitution — known as the City Charter — could change for the first time in 20 years next month. In preparation, city officials are giving residents a chance to learn about what is at stake: a string of changes that would impact the functions of local government.

These changes — five ballot proposals — will be up for a vote in the city’s general election set for Nov. 5. On Thursday, Oct. 10, Brooklyn Borough Hall will host an information session about what exactly those proposals mean.

The proposals

The five ballot proposals to amend the constitution will look to make major changes in the areas of elections, police oversight, ethics, city budget and land use.

The proposals are the result of the 2019 NYC Charter Revision Commission, a group of appointed former politicians and civic leaders, who came up with 20 suggested changes to the structure and function of New York City’s government.

The charter, which hasn’t been revised since 1989, defines the powers of the New York City Council and other major offices (mayor, public advocate, comptroller, council speaker, etc.), including how local officials can allocate public funds and the process behind changes to neighborhoods.

The voters

All registered voters in New York State can vote. The last day to register to vote in the general election is Friday, Oct. 11.

For information on how to register to vote and where to vote come the election on Nov. 5, check out our guide here.

The information session is slated for 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10 at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

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