Charter Chatter
February 10th, 2010

Mayor Michael Bloomberg may finally be getting closer to naming the charter commission he promised in his 2008 State of the City speech and when he overturned the city’s term limits law in fall 2008. At least there are rumors — conflicting ones – about who he might name to that commission.

City Hall is reporting that Bloomberg has chosen Anthony Crowell to chair the commission and will make that — and the full membership — official within two weeks. Crowell, a senior counselor to the mayor, played a key role in the term limits maneuver.

While praising Crowell as a “straight shooter,” Gene Russianoff of NYPIRG told City Hall he would “much prefer someone like the way Richard Ravitch was in 1987 or Fritz Schwartz was in 1989 with their own reputation for independence.”

On the other hand, a report in the Daily News pegs City University chancellor Matthew Goldstein as the “leading candidate” to chair the commission. Unnamed sources also express doubts about his independence, given the close relationship between CUNY and the city government. The News story has Crowell serving as a member of the commission, along with Francis Barry, a speechwriter for the mayor and proponent of nonpartisan elections.

In 2003, the charter commission proposed nonpartisan elections — a pet project of Bloomberg — but voters overwhelmingly rejected the idea.

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