This in from the office of Public Advocate Bill de Blasio:
Although the New York City Charter Commission is currently amending our city’s constitution, most New Yorkers are oblivious to these upcoming changes. Since March, the Commission has held eight public hearings, but only 1,000 people — .012% of the City’s population — have shown up. This lack of public engagement in such an important issue may have major effects on how New York City government is run.
The Public Advocate’s office is encouraging all New Yorkers to urge the Commission to make the charter revision process as democratic as possible. The Charter Commission’s next public hearing is tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the Brooklyn Borough Hall. We hope you can make it.
If you can’t make it, the Commission will be webcasting the hearing live at: http://www.nyc.gov/charter.
Also, you and your readers can sign on to the online petition calling for a more democratic charter revision process: http://advocate.nyc.gov/content/petition-charter-revision-commission.