Tuesday, March 23, 2010

VIDEO: NYC Independence Party Chief Cathy Stewart Comments on Charter Revision Commission - Examine Nonpartisan Elections

Dr. Matthew Goldstein, Chair of the newly appointed (by Mayor Bloomberg) NYC Charter Revision Commission suggested making "our civic life more participatory and representative" one of the core values of the commission in considering any changes at the commission's first meeting on March 18.

Cathy Stewart, chief organizer for the NYC Independence Party organizations applauded the commission for its rigorous timetable and said the NYCIP will push aggressively for consideration of putting a referendum on nonpartisan elections on the ballot.

Youth from across the city, organized by All Stars Project Director of Youth Programs Pam Lewis, distributed flyers to attendees asking the commission to hold its first public hearing at Thomas Jefferson High School to demonstrate a commitment to involving young people. 25% of independent voters are between the ages of 18 and 29 and as independents are excluded from voting in primaries in NYC.

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