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Reminder: Media Advisory: 2018 New York City Charter Revision Commission Hosts "Charter Week" For The Public To Discuss Proposed Revisions To The City Charter

NEW YORK— The 2018 New York City Charter Revision Commission announced it will host "Charter Week," a series of public hearings in each of the five boroughs. Charter Week also includes community events complementing the extensive public outreach and engagement the Commission has undertaken to date.

"Charter Week" features a series of public hearings in each of the five boroughs. The hearings are an opportunity for the public to respond to the Preliminary Staff Report. The public is encouraged to attend and offer testimony in front of the Commission about the report and on any aspect of the Charter. As a part of "Charter Week," Commissioners and staff will engage youth groups, veterans, immigrant families and others to solicit further input on revising the Charter.

The Commission's Preliminary Staff Report was released as part of the Commission's public meeting on July 17th. The Preliminary Staff Report can be found online. The public will have the opportunity to testify at the public hearings during Charter Week, July 23 to 31.

All Commission meetings and hearings will be accessible to individuals using wheelchairs or other mobility devices. Induction loop systems, ASL interpreters, and Spanish interpreters will be available. In addition, with advance notice, members of the public may request other language interpreters. Please make language interpretation requests or additional accessibility requests by 5PM no later than four calendar days before a hearing date by emailing the Commission at or calling 212-386-5350. All meetings are also live streamed at

The information about Charter Week is below:

Public Hearing (Manhattan)

  • WHEN: Monday, July 23, 2018 at 6PM
  • WHERE: New York University's Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South, Greenberg Lounge, New York, NY 10012
  • Directions: Take the A, C, or E train to West 4th St, Washington Square Station

Public Hearing (Bronx)

  • WHEN: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 6PM
  • WHERE: Hostos Community College, 120 East 149th Street, 2nd Floor, Bronx, NY 10451
  • Directions: Take the 4, 5, 6, or 2 train to 149 St. – Grand Concourse

Community Event: Greenmarket (Queens)

  • WHEN: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 9AM-11AM
  • WHERE: Astoria Greenmarket, 14th St & 31st Ave & 31st Road, Queens, NY 11106
  • Directions: Take the N or W to 30th Ave

Public Hearing (Brooklyn)

  • WHEN: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 6PM
  • WHERE: St. Francis College, 180 Remsen St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • Directions: Take the 2, 3, 4, or 5 train to Borough Hall; or the R train to Court St.; or the A, C to Jay St. – MetroTech Station

Public Hearing (Queens)

  • WHEN: Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 6PM
  • WHERE: Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd, Kew Gardens, NY 11424
  • Directions: Take the E train to Union Turnpike – Kew Gardens Station

Public Hearing (Staten Island)

  • WHEN: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 6:30PM
  • WHERE: McKee High School, 290 St. Marks Place, Auditorium, Staten Island, NY 10301
  • Directions: After leaving the Staten Island terminal, head northwest. Turn right toward Wall St., turn left onto Wall St., and turn left onto St. Marks Place

The remainder of the Commission's schedule is as follows:

August 2018

The Commission will hold two public meetings in August to finalize its report outlining its findings and any ballot proposals to amend the Charter.

September 2018

Ballot proposals to amend the Charter, if any, are filed with the City Clerk.

The Commission will notify the public when dates and locations of the remaining public meetings are determined. The Commission may schedule additional public meetings or change this proposed schedule as appropriate.

About the Commission

During his State of the City Address on February 13th, 2018, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his intent to appoint a Charter Revision Commission. The Commission is required by law to examine the entire New York City Charter to identify areas for potential revision. The public is encouraged to engage with the Commission over social media on Twitter and Facebook.