NYC Charter Revision Commissions

This website provides key documents from several recent charter revision commissions. 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. Charter revision commissions in 2018 and 2019 submitted proposals that were voted upon at the General Election in those years. 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 the 2018 and 2019 commissions were adopted by the City’s voters. The two commissions ceased to exist after Election Day in 2018 and 2019, respectively. To view the website for the 2019 Charter Revision Commission, please visit www.charter2019.nyc

Most recently in March 2021, Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed members to the Racial Justice Commission, which is empowered with the authority of a Charter Revision Commission.

Please check back for updates regarding the Racial Justice Commission. Details on upcoming public meetings can be found in the Meetings section of this website.