NYC voters make their voice heard in three proposals
Three proposals from New York City’s Racial Justice Commission were approved on election night by city voters.
One proposal is to add a statement of values to the city charter, which can be implemented immediately. Once it is, it will be up to city agencies to decide what the guidance means for them.
"City agencies, mayoral offices have to embrace it and figure out how they're going to incorporate that into their mission, into their programs, their policies, the work that they do on a day-to-day basis,” said Jennifer Jones Austin, chair of the commission.
The second proposal is to establish a racial equity office, plan, and commission. Although this one was approved, it won’t be implemented as quickly. The plan doesn’t have to be delivered on until 2024.
The last proposal will require New York City to track the true cost of living. This proposal received the most support of all.
“What does it cost for each and every one of us to live at the minimum?” said Austin. “We need to take a good look at are we becoming as a city increasingly unaffordable to low and middle income persons.”