Vote YES, NO and NO on tomorrow’s NYC ballot proposals

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When you vote tomorrow, make sure to flip the ballot to decide on three ballot proposals that would alter the city charter.

These are important because they will determine the balance of power in New York City’s neighborhoods.

When you look at proposals two and three, we see them as a way for Mayor de Blasio to have more say over neighborhoods like Sunnyside and Woodside.

From homeless hotels to bike lanes and other local decisions, the mayor’s office already has utmost influence. To lessen the community’s voices is a red flag. That’s why we urge you to vote no on proposals two and three.

Here, we explain where we stand on the three proposals:

Ballot proposal #1: Campaign Finance Alterations
Why you should vote YES
By voting yes, and raising the amount of public matching funds for candidates, you are helping someone who is not financed by less than transparent, less than desirable interests run for office.

Ballot proposal #2: Civic Engagement Proposal
Why you should vote NO
Don’t let the mayor give his pals a bunch of vague titles on the appointed “civic engagement commission.” Instead, we should have more community participation instead of having the voices of the community ignored.

Ballot Proposal #3: Term limits on Community Boards
Why you should vote NO

If appointed community board members have to apply to the borough president, for renewal every two years, why would term limits make sense? Let’s not forget the importance of institutional memory on our community boards.

To read our full opinion, visit the Queens Ledger’s NYC Ballot Proposals Vote YES NO and NO piece.

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