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Lynne Strong-Shinozaki: Important items you might miss on November 6th

Updated 4 weeks ago
Lynne Strong-Shinozaki (L) with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Orphans International Worldwide Founder Jim Luce at the 2018 Cherry Blossom Festival.
Lynne Strong-Shinozaki (L) with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Orphans International Worldwide Founder Jim Luce at the 2018 Cherry Blossom Festival.

Lynne Strong-Shinozaki, ubiquitous Roosevelt Island volunteer, Community Board 8 Member, Residents Association Vice President (and candidate for President) took time to research not so obvious, but vital items on the ballot, next month. She offers her view and recommendations.

What you should know about the City Charter Revisions

On the back of your ballot you will have the opportunity to vote on three topics:

Campaign Finance

I recommend you vote YES

Here’s why:

This will significantly lower contribution limits for City elected offices. We have two ways campaigns can be financed:

  • those who participate in public financing program and (this creates the opportunity for anyone to run) 
  • those who do not (these are the people who are generally backed by special Interest groups)

Civic Engagement

I recommend you vote NO

Here’s why:

This is what is what Participatory Budgeting is already, such as when Council Member Ben Kallos lets us vote on how discretionary money is spent. A Yes vote takes choices away from the grassroots approach and puts it in the hands of a Civic Engagement Commission (All Appointments = Cronyism, which will put special interests back in control of how money is spent in our communities.)

Community Boards Term Limits

I recommend you vote NO

Here’s why:

Many of the issues that come before a Community Board are complex. It’s a long learning curve to understand New York Real Estate Law, for example. Term limits benefit special interest groups that pay experts and attorney’s to support their agendas. It would also remove Board Members with institutional memory that helps keep accountably in place.

Please vote, whether you agree or not. Democracy depends on your participation.

 

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