Add a Statement of Values to Guide Government

What you will see on the ballot

This proposal would amend the New York City Charter to:

Add a preamble, which would be an introductory statement of values and vision aspiring toward “a just and equitable city for all” New Yorkers; and

Include in the preamble a statement that the City must strive to remedy “past and continuing harms and to reconstruct, revise, and reimagine our foundations, structures, institutions, and laws to promote justice and equity for all New Yorkers.”

The preamble is intended to guide City government in fulfilling its duties.

Shall this proposal be adopted?

Summary

This proposal would add introductory text, known as a preamble, to the New York City Charter. This preamble would serve as a guiding principle for city government to promote justice and equity for all New Yorkers.

If this Proposal Passes:

  • The city charter would add a preamble since it does not currently have one.
  • The preamble would acknowledge historical injustices, embrace the city’s diversity, recognize what residents need to thrive, and establish values grounded in equity and justice that shape our city.
  • The preamble would guide how the city government operates.

Statements for and against the proposal

Key Dates

  • National Voter Registration Day

    Tue, September 17, 2024
  • Early Voting

    Sat, October 26, 2024 - Sun, November 3, 2024
  • Early mail/absentee ballot and voter registration form request deadline

    Sat, October 26, 2024
  • Voter registration application deadline

    Sat, October 26, 2024