What to know about the 4 proposals on NYC ballots ahead of Election Day

ByKatherine Lavacca WABC logo
Tuesday, November 8, 2022
What to know about 4 proposals on NYC ballots
As we enter the final hours before Election Day, New York City voters should be aware of four key proposals that will appear on the ballot.

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- As we enter the final hours before Election Day, New York City voters should be aware of four key proposals that will appear on the ballot.

There are three proposals that are specific to New York City and one that's statewide.

Here's a breakdown of each proposal before you head to the polls.

Ballot Proposal 1: Clear Air, Clean Water and Green Jobs Bond Act

This is the only statewide proposal on the ballot in New York this year and was originally proposed back in 2020, but was put on hold due to the pandemic.

The proposal would create $4.2 billion in state bonds to protect New York's natural resources. The money would be allocated to specific environmental projects like flood risk reduction, open space land conservation, water quality. improvement and climate change mitigation.

Ballot Proposal 2: Add Statement of Values to NYC Charter

This is the first of three New York City specific proposals and would add a preamble to the New York City Charter.

The preamble would add a statement of values and act as a guiding principal for city government.

The proposed language focuses on a "just and equitable city for all" for all New Yorkers and would recognize "past and continuing harms."

Any legislation proposed after the preamble is included would have "to reconstruct, revise, and reimagine our foundations, structures, institutions, and laws to promote justice and equity for all New Yorkers."

Ballot Proposal 3: Establish a Racial Equity Office

This is another proposal to amend the New York City Charter to require a citywide and agency specific Racial Equity Plan every two years.

It would also establish an Office of Racial Equity with an appointed Chief Equity Officer to coordinate the planning process.

A Commission on Racial Equity would also be created and be made up of appointees recommended by City elected officials.

The Commission would be comprised of representatives from many backgrounds and would figure out priorities for the Racial Equity Plan every two years.

Ballot Proposal 4: Measure True Cost of Living

The final proposal would create a "true cost of living" measure that would track the actual cost of meeting essential needs like housing, food, transportation and childcare in New York City.

It would not consider public or private financial assistance in order to gauge a more accurate cost of living.

If the proposal is passed the city would begin tracking essential needs in 2024. The findings would be used to measure poverty and reconstruct eligibility for public benefits.

Polling places open Tuesday November 8, find your polling place by entering your address on the New York State Board of Elections website.

To find more information on these proposals or check what's on the ballot in areas outside of New York City check Vote.org.

The Countdown: Ballot proposals that could change the way NYC approaches racial inequality

On Monday's edition of The Countdown, we take a look at ballot proposals that could change the way New York City approaches racial inequality and beyond.

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