Campaign finance reform, civic engagement, and community board
term limits were on the table
Last night, New Yorkers gave a
decisive “yes” vote to three ballot proposals that came
from the city’s Charter Review Commission, all of which seek to
give city residents more say in the city’s various democratic
The three proposals—to lower the amount of campaign finance
contributions one candidate can receive, to establish a Civic
Engagement Commission, and to impose term limits on community board
members—all passed with more than 60 percent of the vote.
previously reported, the initiatives were part of the Charter
Revision Commission process, which sought public input on how the
city’s rulebook might be amended:
[D]uring a series of public meetings, the [Charter Review
Commission] fielded suggestions from stakeholders, city residents,
and elected officials. It issued its
final report in September, with three recommendations for
ballot measures: revamping the city’s campaign finance rules,
creating a civic engagement commission, and enforcing term limits
for community boards.
The most divisive of these was Proposal 3, which would
impose modest term limits on members of New York City’s
community boards; the measure ultimately passed with 72 percent of
voters saying “yes.”
In other election news, the blue wave hit New York’s state
Senate last night: Several Republican officials were unseated by
Democratic upstarts, turning the governing body blue for the first
time in a decade. One of the biggest upsets came from Staten
Island, where Army vet and Democratic challenger Max Rose defeated
longtime senator Dan Donovan for his seat.
One race that has yet to be officially decided is in Bay Ridge,
where Democratic challenger Andrew Gounardes is looking to unseat
the incumbent Republican, Marty Golden. As of this writing,
Gounardes has a slim lead, and Golden has
yet to concede.
In the big races, Democrats also held on: Governor Andrew Cuomo,
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli all won
their seats once again. New York City public advocate Letitia James
will be the state’s next attorney general.
Source: FS – NYC Real Estate
NYC’s ballot measures all receive decisive approval