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City Council Member Survey - March 2014

City Council Member Survey - March 2014

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City Council member survey regarding rules reforms and other council business. Via Gotham Gazette, March 2014.
City Council member survey regarding rules reforms and other council business. Via Gotham Gazette, March 2014.

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The City Council is currently considering amendments to its Rules, to promote a more fair, effective, and transparent Council. The Council held its first public hearing on the issue on February 24th, with testimony from good government groups, not
-for-
profit organizations, and interested New Yorkers. You can review the Committee Report, testimony, and transcript, or
watch the video of the hearing
.  At this time, Speaker Mark
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Viverito would like your input on potential changes. Please complete the following survey by Friday, March 28th. Your answers will be recorded anonymously.  After the surveys are compiled, and considered along with public testimony and additional research, the Speaker will bring a set of proposals to the Democratic and Republican Caucuses for discussion. After that discussion, a proposal will be put forward for an additional public hearing in the Rules Committee, and eventually brought to the floor. If you have any questions, please contact Ivan Luevanos, in Member Services, at ILuevanos@council.nyc.gov, 212
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788
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9120. Thank you for your input.
 
1. Overall Priorities
1. How important is each of the following to you?
 
Note: This is not an exhaustive set of the proposals being considered).
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 Most Important4 3 21
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 Least ImportantFair & objective formula for discretionary funding
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Require grantees to provide short annual report of accomplishments with Council funding.
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Establish dedicated legislative drafting unit
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Make it possible for bill sponsors to get a privileged
legal memo
if Council attorneys believe there are issues with Council
s power to pass legislation
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Make more information available to the public (on legislation & budget)
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Give sponsors a greater role in bill amendment process
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Strengthen chairs
ability to schedule hearings & oversee staff (already in Council Rules)
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Bills with 2/3 of CMs as sponsors automatically get a committee vote on whether to have a hearing on the bill (in addition to the existing ability of prime sponsors to require the same thing)
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Better website & online tools that allow CMs to interact with public
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Offer translation & hearing
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impaired signing services at Council hearings & meetings
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Which of the following best characterizes your opinion about what the allocation of Member Items should be?
2. For Expense Funds:
3. For Capital Funds?
4. Do you believe the Council should require grantees to provide a short annual report of
accomplishments with Council funding?
 
2. Member Items
 
Equal across the board 
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Totally needs
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Some combination of equality & need based (e.g. everyone gets the same base, but with modest adjustments for need) 
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Equal
member item
amounts, but with more needs
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based initiatives (like DOVE, IOI) where amounts are allocated to districts based on need.
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If you believe Expense Funding should be needs
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based, what are the top items that you believe should be reflect in the formula?
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Equal across the board 
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based 
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Some combination of equality & need based (e.g. everyone gets the same base, but with modest adjustments for need) 
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If you believe Capital Funding should be needs
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based, what are the top items that you believe should be reflect in the formula?
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No 
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Other (please specify) 
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5. Do you think we should swear people in who testify before Committees?6. Do you feel you have too many Committee meetings to attend, in order to do all parts of your job effectively?
 
7. If yes, which of these would you be open to:
 
3. Other Issues
 
Yes, swear everyone in 
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Only swear in government officials 
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Leave it up to Chairs, while making clear it is acceptable to do 
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Other (please specify) 
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Yes 
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No 
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Other (please specify) Consolidate committees so there are fewer of them 
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Have Members serve on fewer committees (even though this would mean fewer people on popular committees like Education, Housing, Land Use, Finance, General Welfare, etc.)
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Change requirements so committees do not all have to meet monthly (e.g. some could have quarterly requirement, though they would be allowed to meet more frequently)
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Other (please specify) 
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