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Charter Revision Commission Begins Public Hearings
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
New York, NY –
The new City Charter Revision Commission held its first public hearing at CUNY's Graduate Center in Manhattan last night.
The Commission is empowered to make recommendations on changing any aspect of city government, which then must be ratified by the voters. Residents shared their views at the hearing last night.
Janelle Farris, of the Pratt Center for Community Development, wants a charter provision that would force developers to keep their promises to the communities they build in.
"If you're promised more green parks for your kids, and you as a community say let's go for it, what happens five, ten years down the line when your saying what happened to my park?" Farris asked.
In 1989, a Charter Revision panel increased the size and political power of the City Council and its Speaker. After the controversial extension of term limits, Mayor Bloomberg called for the formulation of a Charter Revision Commission.
Four more public hearings are scheduled for this month.