Charter Commission Hearings
March 31st, 2010

The city Charter Revision Commission has decided on a schedule of public hearings to be held during April in each of the five boroughs. The commission said it “will receive testimony from members of the public on any aspect of the charter” part of the general theme that this time around, as Mayor Michael Bloomberg has put it, “every issue will be on the table.”

As to whether the hearings will actually affect the commission’s recommendations, stay tuned. The final meaning, on April 20 in Brooklyn Heights, will precede the commission’s next public meeting.

In other charter commission news, The Staten Island Advance is reporting that Francis Barry, a close aide to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will get the job.

Like his boss, Barry is a big fan of non-partisan elections, an idea proposed by the 2003 charter commission only to be resoundingly rejected by the voters. Barry served as research director for that commission.

The appointment also could indicate that the charter will take more steps to strengthen the mayor’s office and departments at the expense of local control — something else Bloomberg tends to support (see mayoral control of schools.)

“If they choose someone from inside the mayor’s circle, we are going to get exactly what the mayor wants,” Jeffrey Kroessler, a historian, author and political science professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice told the Advance.

“Someone who is fed by the administration is going to have an awfully difficult time professing his objectivity,” City Councilmember Vincent Ignizio said to the paper. “It’s like a new book on the Titanic. Maybe it’s got some new pictures, but the ending is the same.”

The hearing schedule is after the jump.

(Unless otherwise noted all hearings begin at 6 p.m.)

Tuesday, April 6
The Graduate Center, Proshansky Auditorium, 365 Fifth Ave.

Monday, April 12
Hostos Community College, Repertory Theatre, 500 Grand Concourse, Bronx

Tuesday, April 13
McKee High School, Auditorium, 290 Saint Marks Place, Staten Island

Monday, April 19
LaGuardia Community College, Auditorium, 31-10 Thomson Ave., Long Island City

Tuesday, April 20
St. Francis College, Founders Hall, 180 Remsen St., Brooklyn
Public Hearing at 4 p.m.; public meeting at 6 p.m.

By on March 31, 2010, 7:10 pm
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6 Responses to “Charter Commission Hearings”

  1. Eoin Says:
    March 31st, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    The Staten Island Advance also had it on good authority from several “well-positioned” sources near the Mayor that Ron Lauder was going to be the Chair. Plus, Frank Barry’s book has had the effect of polarizing people on the issue of good government groups and civic participation in the public debate. Not a great choice if it’s made.

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