NYC Charter Revision Commission Taps Professor Briffault as Expert
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New York, June 18, 2010—Richard Briffault, the Joseph P. Chamberlain Professor of Legislation, was a speaker this week in the Public Integrity Forum organized by the New York City Charter Revision Commission.
Briffault, invited to speak as an expert on state and local government law, reminded the Commission that some of major revisions made to the Charter in 1987-89, including the creation of New York City’s campaign finance system, were a response to public integrity scandals of the mid-1980s.
“It is essential in a democratic system that the people have confidence in the honesty, integrity, independence, and public commitment of the officials in whom they have entrusted their government,” Briffault noted.
“Such confidence depends not only on the conduct of those who exercise official power, but on the rules that determine their election and affect how they carry out their duties. Government must not only be honest, but be seen by the people as focused on public purposes, not private gain.”
The last Charter revisions have generally been quite successful and made enormous contributions to the integrity of New York City’s government, Briffault said. He made these proposals for charter revisions to the Commission:
Briffault’s testimony and the full hearing can be viewed here:
Note Briffault’s testimony runs from 57:00 to 01:04:38. Allow time for video to buffer.
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