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. Now it's time for a fresh look.
The 2019 Commission — made up of members appointed by the Mayor, the Speaker of the City Council, all five Borough Presidents, the Public Advocate, and the Comptroller — has a broad mandate to conduct a top-to-bottom review and will bring its recommendations to the public in November 2019.
Significant chapters in the Charter outline the budget, planning, zoning, contracting, collective bargaining, and land use processes for the city. The Charter establishes key institutions- including City agencies such as the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Sanitation, NYPD, 311, and more-- and defines the authority and responsibilities of these agencies and elected officials.
Check out the official NYC Charter website: http://www.charter2019.nyc/
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