NYC CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 9 CANDIDATES DEBATE
When: Saturday, June 12, 2021
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Where: NYC Madison Square Boys & Girls Club
(155 St. & Bradhurst Ave.)
250 Bradhurst Avenue
NY, NY 10039
Trains: D to 155 St. Station stop
Bus: M10, M3 to 155 St. stop
What Does My City Council Member Do?
Council members are responsible for proposing and voting on bills relating to all aspects of civic life, for example: policing, housing, street safety and environmental issues like the plastic bag ban.
Bills passed by the Council go to the mayor for to be signed into law. The Council can override a veto from the mayor with a vote of at least two-thirds of the members.
The Council also negotiates with the mayor to pass the city budget every year. Each Council member has his or her own discretionary budget to fund local projects and groups. The Council holds oversight hearings through its many committees. And, critically, the body votes to approve or reject development projects that need public approval.
You can think of the Council as like Congress for the City of New York, as this guide from the Council puts it. The city’s Campaign Finance Board created the below video outlining some of the duties and responsibilities of the City Council:
Sumptuous Gifts from a Black Women-Owned Harlem Business
If you want a gift from Harlem to take to a friend’s (now that you’re both fully vaccinated), the Harlem Chocolate Factory on ACP at 139, is a great place to consider.