Borough President Scott Stringer testified at the Assembly hearing on the city’s Charter Revision Commission, and said the proposals the commission makes should not be placed on the ballot this year, saying the commission’s work would be too rushed and the public not adequately informed.
Stringer said the proposals from this year’s commission should be placed on the ballot in 2011.
“Chancellor Goldstein’s commission members haven’t even had the chance to introduce themselves to each other, let alone hire a staff,” Stringer said.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, usually an ally of the mayor, expressed opposition to the commission’s current power to “bump” other initiatives off the ballot, because it “effectively creates an electorate of one.”
In Quinn’s prepared remarks, she said that “electorate of one” is “the Mayor who decides what shall and shall not appear on the ballot. It curtails the power of the Council and impairs the power of the people.”