City Council Reform

Citizens Union has advanced reforms to create a more responsive, transparent, and accountable City Council that allow it to better address constituent needs, and be a stronger force for effective city governance. The challenge for the New York City Council is how to make it more democratic and effective when it is so largely controlled by one political party.

Citizens Union identified in 2006 five principles of reform to ensure a more transparent, democratic and effective City Council, including: greater transparency of City Council proceedings, deliberations and expenditures; stronger Council Committees; greater responsibility for individual Council Members; a clearer accounting of the distribution of funds across council districts and committee; and a more active role for Council Members in the budget process. Citizens Union has worked to achieve many of these goals, and will continue to work toward greater reform of the City Council.