Why It Matters


The NYC Charter is the foundation of how our City functions and governs, and it has a direct impact on the way we live and work. 

Why It Matters

Deep rooted racial inequity impacts every part of New Yorkers’ lives, including health, housing, education, criminal justice, and the environment. The Commission envisions a City where everyone’s worth, talents, and contributions are valued and recognized—and where race no longer determines economic, political, or social outcomes. We have the opportunity to transform the NYC Charter and uproot structural racism.

From the roles of City leaders to how agencies function to how our City tax dollars are spent, the Charter revisions will shape New York City’s future.

The NYC Charter is the foundation of how our City functions and how local government is kept accountable.

The NYC Charter impacts the way we live and work:

Economic Equity

Public Safety & Criminal Justice

Health, Mental Health & Well-Being

Education Equity

Housing & Land Use

Infrastructure & Resiliency

Civic Empowerment & Culture

How the Charter Influences NYC Government

Read the New York City Charter online and learn more about Charter Revision at nyc.gov/charter.

Establishes Institutions

Agencies and Departments, Community Boards, City Council

Sets Procedures

Laws, Local Elections, Public Reviews, Reporting

Directs Power

Decision-making, Participation, Accountability

Distributes Money

Budget, Investments, Contracting

The Charter Impacts:


Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller


Borough Presidents


City Council Members


Community Boards


City Agencies


Municipal Workers




New Yorkers

Patterns of Inequity

From the public input shared, Commission staff identified how barriers to power, access, and opportunity result in six patterns of inequity for BIPOC New Yorkers. The Commission will prioritize and pursue proposals to address the root cause of these patterns of inequity:

  1. Inequity in quality services that promote social and emotional wellbeing
  2. Inequity in work, advancement, and wealth building
  3. Inequity within and across neighborhoods that inhibits thriving individuals, families, and communities
  4. Marginalization and over-criminalization of BIPOC Persons and Communities
  5. Inequity in representation in decision-making
  6. Enforcement and accountability of government and entities