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  1. Oct 2018
    1. No later than March thirty-first of each year

      There should be a central calendar that includes the dates that all reports mentioned in the charter are to be released.

  2. Sep 2018
    1. shall submit to the mayor and the speaker of the council a copy

      For things like reporting on standardized customer service training, why not also require agencies to report to the Public Advocate in addition to the speaker of the council?

    2. For purposes of this subdivision, relevant agencies shall include the department of buildings, the department of consumer affairs, the department of health and mental hygiene, the department of environmental protection, the department of sanitation, and the bureau of fire prevention of the fire department.

      Why only these agencies? Should other agencies be included?

    3. standardized customer service training curriculum

      Can we require that when the charter refers to a mandated specific report that included is a permalink to where that report lives?

      This customer service training curriculum lives here: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/operations/downloads/pdf/training_for_inspectors_participant_guide.pdf

    4. office of long-term planning and sustainability

      The deBlasio administration now calls this office the "Office of Sustainability". Should the charter be updated to reflect this so as to avoid confusion?

    5. mental retardation and developmental disabilities

      Can language in the charter on "mental retardation and developmental disabilities" be updated?

    6. agency's internal control environment and systems

      What exactly is an " agency's internal control environment and systems"?

    7. The mayor may be removed from office by the governor upon charges and after service upon him of a copy of the charges and an opportunity to be heard in his defense. Pending the preparation and disposition of charges, the governor may suspend the mayor for a period not exceeding thirty days.

      Why do we want the governor to be able to remove the mayor? Why not city council?

    8. The mayor shall designate the head of an office of the mayor, or of such other agency headed by a mayoral appointee as the mayor may determine, to act as the city’s chief privacy officer.

      Is there any place where you can see the contact information for all of the current Mayoral appointed officials?

    9. Every such order shall be filed with the city clerk who shall forward them forthwith to the City Record for publication.

      Can we hyperlink to the part of City Record with these executive orders?

    10. The mayor shall establish a minimum per diem compensation for inspectors of election and clerks employed to assist the inspectors of election in polling places under the direction of the board of elections as follows: on registration and primary election days twenty dollars; on Election day thirty-five dollars, except that the chairman of each election board shall receive an additional three dollars compensation per day. The minimum per diem rate for compensation for election inspectors attending classes of instruction shall be five dollars.

      Prices here are not adjusted for inflation. Would it make sense to remove references like this?

    11. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the mayor shall have the powers of a finance board under the local finance law and may exercise such powers without regard to any provision of law prescribing the voting strength required for a resolution or action of such finance board, provided, however, that whenever the mayor determines that obligations should be issued and the amount thereof, he shall certify such determination to the comptroller who shall thereupon determine the nature and term of such obligations and shall arrange for the issuance thereof.

      Statements like this confuse me as someone without legal expertise. Would it make sense to have a plain language explainer version of the Charter? What government documents have good plain language explanations?

    12. The mayor shall be a magistrate.

      What does it mean to be a magistrate?

    13. The mayor shall appoint one or more deputy mayors with such duties and responsibilities as the mayor determines.

      Can there be transparency about what the duties and responsibilities of the deputy mayors are?

    14. his

      Can we change the charter to use gender neutral language?

    15. The mayor shall communicate to the council at least once in each year a statement of the finances, government and affairs of the city with a summary statement of the activities of the agencies of the city. Such statement shall include a summary of the city's progress in implementing the goals and strategies contained in the most recent final strategic policy statement submitted by that mayor pursuant to section seventeen.

      Can the charter reference where "Annual Statements to Council" are archived?

  3. Aug 2018
    1. Do other cities spell out responsibilities of the deputy mayors? Is there an advantage to keeping it flexible? It seems that a lot of decision making authority is delegates to the deputy mayors, but their roles are not easily understood by the public. Even if the exact responsibilities of the deputy mayors is allowed to vary from administration to administration, could we have more transparency on the decision making structure of the deputy mayors?