The New York City Charter defines the organization, functions, and essential procedures and policies of our City government. Charter revision commissions are temporary commissions that review the entire Charter and put any proposals for its amendment before the voters. A charter revision commission may propose a broad set of amendments that essentially “overhauls” the entire Charter, or may narrowly focus its proposals on certain areas.
A charter revision commission may be established in several ways under New York State law. The two most recent charter revision commissions were established in 2018 and 2019. The 2018 Charter Revision Commission was wholly appointed by the Mayor, while the 2019 Charter Revision Commission was created by Local Law 91 of 2018, and its members were appointed by several elected officials. All Charter amendments proposed by these two commissions were adopted by the City’s voters. The two commissions ceased to exist after Election Day in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
Currently, there is no charter revision commission in existence. This website provides key documents from several recent charter revision commissions. To view the website for the 2019 Charter Revision Commission, please visit www.charter2019.nyc.