Manhattan BP Gale Brewer Recommendations on November 6th Ballot

From Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s eNewsletter:

On the back of the Nov. 6, 2018, General Election ballot in New York City this year are three Charter Revision Proposals, as put forth by the Mayor’s Charter Revision Commission. (The proposals are on the back of the ballot and the font is small).

I’m opposing proposals 2 and 3 and I hope you’ll join me.

Proposal 3 would term-limit the unpaid members of all the City’s Community Boards (59 Boards citywide = 2,950 members!) to just eight years, and Proposal 2 would (among other things) shift who provides services to those boards to a new, Mayoral-controlled “Civic Engagement Commission.”

Community Boards members are the City’s grass-roots, who volunteer their time to help their neighborhoods. Most importantly, Boards help decide land use and development issues, negotiating with developers to fund affordable housing, subway improvements, and other community benefits.

Proposals 2 and 3 may seem appealing to voters in a wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing kind of way. “Civic Engagement” hardly sounds like a bad thing, and “term limits” for elected officials have been approved by New York City voters three different times over the last 25 years (most recently in 2010). We have to get the word out about their true impact.

That’s why I’m supporting a “Vote No on 2 & 3” Committee. But time is short; November 6 is looming! I’d appreciate your help …