NY City Council Bill to Increase Oversight of Mayoral Picks for Top Jobs

By A Correspondent
NY City Council building in NYC. (Photo by Wally Gobatz, CC license)

New York City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams has introduced legislation that would significantly increase the council’s authority over key mayoral appointees, amidst ongoing tensions with City Hall over the few positions they currently have the power to reject, New York Post reported.

The proposed bill, introduced in the Council on May 23rd, would require 20 additional commissioner-level positions, including the heads of the Department of Transportation, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Department of Social Services, to undergo a confirmation process.

While the NYPD, FDNY, and Department of Corrections are not included in the expanded oversight, Speaker Adams hinted at a City Hall press conference that the Council might seek to add these agencies later. “This is just the beginning for us,” she added. “We deliberately excluded uniformed first responders and related agencies initially, but we are focusing on what we consider strong agencies.”

Currently, the council can only vote down a limited number of top mayoral appointees, such as the commissioner for the Department of Investigations and the city’s corporation counsel, who oversees the Law Department.

If approved via a ballot referendum, the new legislation would also require council approval for mayoral appointees heading departments including buildings, children’s services, citywide administrative services, consumer and worker protection, emergency management, environmental protection, finance, homeless services, veterans’ services, and youth and community development, among others.

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