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FINAL REPORT OF THE 2010 NEW YORK CITY CHARTER REVISION COMMISSION

August 23, 2010

New York City Charter Revision Commission 2 Lafayette Street, 14th Floor New York, N.Y. 10007 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i ABOUT THE COMMISSION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vi

PART ONE: SECTION ONE

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE CHARTER TERM LIMITS

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BALLOT PROPOSAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 SECTION TWO

ELECTIONS AND GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION

DISCLOSURE OF INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 REDUCING SIGNATURE REQUIREMENTS FOR PETITIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 RECONSTITUTING THE VOTER ASSISTANCE COMMISSION WITHIN THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 AMENDMENTS TO CHAPTER 68, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 CONSOLIDATION OF ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNALS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 CITYWIDE REVIEW OF REPORTING REQUIREMENTS AND ADVISORY BODIES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 FAIR SHARE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 BALLOT PROPOSAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 SEVERABILITY AND EFFECTIVE DATES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

PART TWO:

ISSUES FOR FUTURE CONSIDERATION

NON-PARTISAN / “TOP TWO” ELECTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 INSTANT RUNOFF VOTING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 CHANGES IN REGISTRATION AND ELECTION PROCEDURE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 CONFLICTS OF INTEREST BOARD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77

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GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 LAND USE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96 STREAMLINING THE CHARTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107

APPENDICES APPENDIX A: SUMMARY OF PUBLIC COMMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-1 APPENDIX B: SUMMARY OF EXPERT TESTIMONY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-1 APPENDIX C: REPORTING REQUIREMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C-1 APPENDIX D: MEETINGS WITH ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS . . . . . . . . . . . D-1 APPENDIX E: BIBLIOGRAPHY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E-1 APPENDIX F:

REPORTS PREPARED FOR THE COMMISSION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F-1

APPENDIX G: MINORITY STATEMENTS ON EFFECTIVE DATE PROVISION OF TERM LIMIT PROPOSAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G-1 APPENDIX H: FINAL RESOLUTION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H-1

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The 2010 Charter Revision Commission was appointed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in March 2010. Dr. Matthew Goldstein, Chancellor of the