City Policy Agenda
Citizens Union City Policy Agenda - 2015
- Enact a top-two election system to replace the current closed partisan primary system.
- Establish instant runoff voting for citywide offices, borough presidents and the City Council.
- Ensure that the Board of Elections measures its performance through the Mayor’s Management Report.
- Create a voluntary municipal poll worker program to expand the pool of qualified poll workers.
- Redesign the ballot to ensure that the font size is larger and the ballot is more readable.
- Expand the Voter Guide to include state and federal elections, and allow voters to opt for email guides.
- Create Student Voter Registration Day and require schools provide voter registration forms to parents.
- Monitor implementation of the newly-updated Pro-Voter Law and Mayoral Directive #1 so New Yorkers are provided more opportunities to register to vote at city agencies.
- Examine allowing legal residents to vote in municipal elections.
PUBLIC OVERSIGHT OF POLICE MISCONDUCT
- Enact further reforms to boost public confidence in accountability of police misconduct.
- Monitor use of the Civilian Complaint Review Board’s prosecutorial authority and the NYPD Inspector General.
- Reduce the frequency of stop, question and frisk, and ensure it is conducted with professionalism.
- Make the Commission to Combat Police Corruption (CCPC) permanent and grant it subpoena power.
GOVERNMENT OPENNESS AND TRANSPARENCY
- Monitor city agencies’ compliance with the Open Data and Webcasting Laws.
- Create a central portal to track Freedom of Information Law requests for city government records.
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM
- Increase the public funds and spending caps to counteract the increase in independent expenditures.
- No longer match contributions bundled by lobbyists; ban placement agents from bundling donations, and expand doing business restrictions.
- Ban the use of public funds for campaign consulting services from firms that also lobby.
- Further reduce public funds for candidates facing minimal opposition and enact “war chest” restrictions.
CITY COUNCIL REFORM
- Monitor the 2014 Council Rules Reforms in the areas of discretionary funding and bill drafting.
- Limit stipend allocations to leadership posts, reduce number of committees, and increase financial disclosure of outside income.
- Restore the quadrennial cycle of elected official compensation review.
BUDGET AND PENSION REFORM
- Enact independent budgeting for borough presidents, the public advocate, the Conflicts of Interest Board, and community boards.
- Increase budget transparency by more clearly defining units of appropriation and limiting their size.
- Release the non-property revenue projections prior to Council hearings on the Executive budget.
- Create a centralized Pension Investment Board to create greater efficiencies in investments.
COMMUNITY BOARD REFORM
- Provide urban planners to community boards apart from the borough presidents’ offices.
- Open community boards to their communities by creating a formal, standardized and transparent process for filling positions. Establish term limits of five consecutive two-year terms for board members.
- Include appointees on the Board of Standards and Appeals from the borough presidents and public advocate.
- Acknowledge 197-a plans by reconciling them with other development plans in strategic planning.
MAYORAL CONTROL OF CITY SCHOOLS
- Seek renewal of mayoral control while ensuring that the governance system encourages accountability, provides transparency, engages more parents, and respects democratic participation.
- 2015 State and City Policy Agendas
- 2014 City Policy Agenda
- 2013 City Policy Agenda
- 2012 City Policy Agenda
- 2011 City Policy Agenda
- 2010 City Policy Agenda
- 2009 City Policy Agenda
- 2008 City Policy Agenda