Charter 2019 NYC – Update


The 2019 Charter Commission held public hearings in September 2018 and solicited amendment proposals throughout the fall and winter.  In late January, Commissioners identified a set of Focus Areas to study in more depth. The Commission then held expert forums in February and March to engage legal experts, scholars, non-profit leaders, and current and former city agency heads in discussion about the proposed changes to our City’s framework.

Focus Areas:

Fall Hearing Recap:

Fall Hearings and Spring Expert Forum recordings:

Next Steps

In April 2019, the Preliminary Staff Report, outlining the ideas that staff recommends the Commission further consider and solicit more detailed proposals about, was released.  The report highlights important questions and policy considerations that require additional stakeholder input.

** This means there is still a meaningful opportunity for communities to play a role in the development of the proposals they will vote on in November 2019. **

Following the report’s release, the Commission will hold its second round of public hearings to solicit feedback on the staff recommendations and the questions raised in the report.  Feedback and specific proposals can also be submitted by email to, as well as through our website portal:

2019 NYC Charter Commission Resources At-a-Glance

Website & Social Media


Written Materials & Resources

September 2018 Hearings & Proposals

January – March 2019 Focus Areas and Expert Forums

Preliminary Staff Report (April 2019)

April/May 2019 Public Hearings (all @ 6pm)

Hearing details:

Accommodations/Language Access Requests & Deadlines:

Submitting Proposal Ideas & Feedback

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