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NYC Council Districts: How the Districting Commission Works

 

Every decade, following the census, the lines of the ten Manhattan council districts are redrawn to accurately reflect demographic and population changes in the area. When this occurs, each individual NYC council district may increase or decrease depending on the census data.

 

What Does the Mayor of NYC Do?

What Does the Mayor of NYC Do?

April, 26, 2017 • 3 min read

The Mayor of New York City is considered one of the most prestigious positions in the world. This person is the head of the executive branch of the New York City’s government. Located in New York City Hall, the Mayor’s Office has jurisdiction over all five boroughs. The Mayor is in charge of appointing many officials, including city department commissioners and deputy mayors. The New York City Mayor may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms of four years each.

Participatory Budgeting NYC: The New York City Process

 

Participatory budgeting NYC is an alternative way to manage public money by giving power to the people. This democratic process allows community members to decide how to spend parts of the public budget. Taxpayers can work with government figures to have a hand in budget decisions that affect their neighborhoods.

What Does the New York City Public Advocate Do?

What Does the New York City Public Advocate Do?

March, 17, 2017 • 2 min read

 

The New York City public advocate is the second highest ranked elected official in the city and the first in line to succeed the mayor – but many New Yorkers have no idea what this individual does. Many are surprised to learn just how influential the public advocate is, and how many critical tasks the office is responsible for.

What Does the NYC City Council Do?

What Does the NYC City Council Do?

March, 9, 2017 • 3 min read

 

The Council is the legislative body that is in charge of making the laws that govern New York City. It is a separate entity from the Mayor’s administration but acts as an equal partner in running the city and making decisions that affect New Yorkers. For example, while the Mayor has the option of vetoing legislature that the Council approves, the Council can override that decision and turn the bill into law.