New Yorkers at the ballot box this fall will approve or reject the state’s first environmental bond bill in a quarter-century, and will consider proposals for cities to create a race equality office and recalculate the cost of living.
The proposals, plus a symbolic measure cementing New York’s declaration of value, make up the list of local voting initiatives in the November 8 general election.
The means of voting tend to get less attention than the candidates, and New York City will not have the kind of flashy referenda this fall that would land in front of voters from time to time. (In 2019, city voters strongly endorsed a measure to shift local elections to a ranking format.)
But every frequent voter knows the feeling of settling in their polling station, looking through their ballot paper, and realizing they have no idea how to vote on a voting proposal.
Here’s a look at four fall voting initiatives around the corner regarding Early Study.
This nationwide ballot paper measure would agree to state-owned loans of $ 4.2 billion for environmentally friendly projects across the state. New York City has never passed such a large environmental law.
The New Yorkers for clean water and work the coalition said the measure would translate into $ 1.5 billion to mitigate climate change, $ 1.1 billion to repair flood risks, and hundreds of millions more to rainwater projects.
Voters backed the new measure with a 55% to 26% margin in a recent Siena College national survey. Democrats overwhelmingly support it, and Republicans largely oppose it, according to vote.
Former Governor George Pataki, a Republican focused on environmental protection, was a champion of the last similar bond law, passed in 1996. This measure, which was opposed by fiscal hawks, allowed the spending of about $ 1.8 billion.
This modest city voting initiative would add a new statement to the New York City Charter, declaring the city’s commitment to serving as a “just and just city for all” and to reconsider “the city’s foundations, structures, institutions, and laws to promote justice and justice for all New Yorkers. “.
City Racial Justice Commissioncreated last year, as Mayor’s term of Bill de Blasio was nearing its end, it floated on the surface offer along with the other two initiatives that will end up in city voting this fall.
Mayor Adams in May pledged $ 5 million invested in Commission efforts to educate New Yorkers about the voting proposal.
This proposal from the Racial Justice Commission would create a Racial Equality Office within the City Hall, tasked with working with city agencies to implement departmental racial equality plans every two years.
This measure would also set up a Commission on Racial Equality composed of members appointed by elected officials.
The commission also hopes to create a new process for the city to calculate the rising cost of living, and this initiative would launch new calculations starting in 2024.
The measure calls on the government to calculate the cost of living without taking into account public or private aid that New Yorkers receive – an attempt to get a better look at the city’s racial divide.
The Chair of the Racial Justice Committee, Jennifer Jones Austin, said the three city proposals give the city the opportunity to “lead the nation” in combating structural racism.
“I don’t tell people how to vote,” she said. “But I tell people that we have an opportunity here to tackle persistent inequality.”
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