About the Commission

About the Commission

The Charter Revision Commission is charged with reviewing the entire Charter of the City of New York, holding hearings in all five boroughs to solicit public input, and issuing a report outlining findings and recommendations to amend or revise the Charter.

Commission Leadership

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Cesar Perales - Chair

Perales' appointment follows a 50-year career in public service and advocacy. Most recently, he served as New York State's Secretary of State, where he was directly involved in the state's economic development, government efficiency, local government services and anti-poverty efforts. He was also the co-founder of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund (PRLDEF). In 1981, as President and General Counsel of PRLDEF, he initiated successful litigation against the City Council redistricting that was found to be in violation of the Voting Rights Act. Previously, Perales successfully sued to require New York City to provide language assistance at the ballot box - a requirement that was subsequently made an amendment to the national Voting Rights Act. He was also a Deputy Mayor under Mayor David Dinkins and had previously served as Assistant Secretary for the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

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Rachel Godsil - Vice Chair

Godsil, a Professor of Law and Chancellor's Scholar at Rutgers Law School, is the co-founder and director of research for the Perception Institute, a national consortium of social scientists, law professors, and advocates focusing on the role of the mind sciences in law, policy, and institutional practices. She collaborates with social scientists on empirical research to identify the efficacy of interventions to address implicit bias and racial anxiety. She is also a former Chair of the Rent Guidelines Board, worked previously as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and as an Associate Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.