Candidate Questionnaire - Citizens Union

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Candidate Questionnaire - Citizens Union

Citizens Union Page 2 of 92013 City Council QuestionnaireSignature of Candidate: ________________________ Date: _________________Citizens Union of the City of New York299 Broadway, Suite 700 New York, NY 10007‐1976Phone 212‐227‐0342 • Fax 212‐227‐0345 • www.citizensunion.orgPeter J.W. Sherwin, Chair • Dick Dadey, Executive Director


Citizens Union Page 4 of 92013 City Council Questionnairepublished by the Campaign Finance Board to coverall races occurring in New York City, such as stateand federal contests, and providing the opportunityfor voters to receive the guide electronically ratherthan in print form? (Int. No. 769)Citizens Union of the City of New York299 Broadway, Suite 700 New York, NY 10007‐1976Phone 212‐227‐0342 • Fax 212‐227‐0345 • www.citizensunion.orgPeter J.W. Sherwin, Chair • Dick Dadey, Executive Director


Citizens Union Page 5 of 92013 City Council QuestionnaireCAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM9. What is your position on eliminating matching fundsfor contributions bundled by lobbying organizationsor lobbyists?10. What is your position on banning placement agentsfrom bundling contributions for any elected officialwho influences the selection of pension investors?11. What is your position on prohibiting participants inthe city’s campaign finance program from usingpublic matching funds to purchase strategiccampaign consulting services from firms that alsoprovide lobbying services?Support/OpposeSupport/OpposeSupport/OpposeCITY COUNCIL REFORM12. What is your position on creating a bill draftingservice independent of the Speaker’s Office, similarto the New York State Legislature’s bill draftingcommission?Support/Oppose13. What is your position on the following proposalsenabling Council committees to function moreeffectively and independently of the speaker :a. Should committee chairs have the ability to hireat least one committee staffer?b. Should committee hearings and votes bescheduled at the direction of the chairs?c. Should committees be able to issue subpoenasby a vote of their members?d. Should the number of overall committees bereduced so members can participate moremeaningfully in fewer issues?Support/OpposeSupport/OpposeSupport/OpposeSupport/OpposeCitizens Union of the City of New York299 Broadway, Suite 700 New York, NY 10007‐1976Phone 212‐227‐0342 • Fax 212‐227‐0345 • www.citizensunion.orgPeter J.W. Sherwin, Chair • Dick Dadey, Executive Director


Citizens Union Page 8 of 92013 City Council Questionnairevacancies within 30 days?Additional Comments:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Citizens Union of the City of New York299 Broadway, Suite 700 New York, NY 10007‐1976Phone 212‐227‐0342 • Fax 212‐227‐0345 • www.citizensunion.orgPeter J.W. Sherwin, Chair • Dick Dadey, Executive Director


Citizens Union Page 9 of 92013 City Council QuestionnaireCitizens Union is adding a new element to its evaluation of candidates running for office. As acandidate who presently does not hold elected office, CU is interested in knowing your top fivecampaign promises you are making to the voters during this campaign for this position. Ifelected, Citizens Union will use these promises to evaluate your performance while in office, aswell as, to evaluate your candidacy in the future. We thank you very much for your response.Please feel free to use additional paper if the space provided is not sufficient.TOP FIVE 2013 CAMPAIGN PROMISESAs a member of New York City Council representing Manhattan’s Upper West Side, I will upholdthe following values with passion and integrity:INCLUSION: I will respect and promote diversity, consideration of others, and a strong focus onthe common good. I will remain accessible to all constituents by keeping regular office hoursand multiple channels of communication. I will decline any monetary or material “quid pro quo”to ensure my ability to be an independent and honest broker for all constituents.QUALITY OF LIFE: I will pursue the availability and continuous improvement of resources,infrastructure, public space, programs, services, and economic, socio-cultural, and educationalopportunities that foster safe and active healthy living for all.SUSTAINABILITY: I will value those who came before us, and those whohave yet to arrive; embrace policies and practices that are economically,environmentally, and socially sustainable for generations to come.INTERDEPENDENCE: I will be mindful that our interests, resources, and actions connect uswith communities and ecosystems across the globe; I will develop the Upper West Side and ourcity as a leader in achieving inclusive, equitable, sustainable, and vibrant community a globalstandard.PARTICIPATION: I will empower honest, transparent, responsive, anddemocratic governance, collaborative engagement, and the right of everyperson to be informed and heard, and participate fully, even in the context of respectfuldisagreement.Please return to: Citizens Union, Local Candidates Committeevia fax to 212.227.0345 or via email to candidates@citizensunion.orgCall us at 212‐227‐0342 with any questions.Citizens Union of the City of New York299 Broadway, Suite 700 New York, NY 10007‐1976Phone 212‐227‐0342 • Fax 212‐227‐0345 • www.citizensunion.orgPeter J.W. Sherwin, Chair • Dick Dadey, Executive Director

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