Ballot Proposals 2018

This year you must turn over your ballot to the back page and vote on the 3 proposals.

Proposal Number 1, a Question: Campaign Finance

This proposal would amend the City Charter to lower the amount a candidate for City elected office may accept from a contributor. It would also increase the public funding used to match a portion of the contributions received by a candidate who participates in the City’s public financing program. In addition, the proposal would make public matching funds available earlier in the election year to participating candidates who can demonstrate need for the funds. It would also ease a requirement that candidates for Mayor, Comptroller, or Public Advocate must meet to qualify for matching funds. The amendments would apply to participating candidates who choose to have the amendments apply to their campaigns beginning with the 2021 primary election, and would then apply to all candidates beginning in 2022. Shall this proposal be adopted?

We recommend a NO VOTE

Reason: This will increase public matching funds. Tax payer money should not be used to fund campaigns.

Proposal Number 2, a Question: Civic Engagement Commission

This proposal would amend the City Charter to: Create a Civic Engagement Commission that would implement, no later than the City Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2020, a Citywide participatory budgeting program established by the Mayor to promote participation by City residents in making recommendations for projects in their communities; Require the Commission to partner with community based organizations and civic leaders, as well as other City agencies, to support and encourage civic engagement efforts; Require the Commission to establish a program to provide language interpreters at City poll sites, to be implemented for the general election in 2020; Permit the Mayor to assign relevant powers and duties of certain other City agencies to the Commission; Provide that the Civic Engagement Commission would have 15 members, with 8 members appointed by the Mayor, 2 members by the City Council Speaker and 1 member by each Borough President; and Provide for one of the Mayor’s appointees to be Commission Chair and for the Chair to employ and direct Commission staff. Shall this proposal be adopted?

We recommend a NO VOTE

Reason: Will start a new city program that tax payers, which includes interpreters at polling sites.

Proposal Number 3, a Question: Community Boards

This proposal would amend the City Charter to: Impose term limits of a maximum of four consecutive full two-year terms for community board members with certain exceptions for the initial transition to the new term limits system; Require Borough Presidents to seek out persons of diverse backgrounds in making appointments to community boards. The proposal would also add new application and reporting requirements related to these appointments; and If Question 2, “Civic Engagement Commission,” is approved, require the proposed Civic Engagement Commission to provide resources, assistance, and training related to land use and other matters to community boards. Shall this proposal be adopted?

We recommend a NO VOTE

Reason: Although we are in favor of term limits for elected officials this is different. As a past member of my planning board some of the differences as we see them are;

  • This is nonpaying volunteer job for our communities. Community members are appointed by the borough president and city councilperson.

  • To fire volunteers after a couple of terms does not make sense. It will not be long before you run out of volunteers.

  • The proposal says to make the board more reflective of the community (liberal code for taking control by city hall).

We ask you to vote “NO” on the 3 propose on the back page

Thank you,

Chairman Tom Long

Queens County Conservative Party

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