New York, NY– The following statement can be attributed to Council Member Ben Kallos, Chair of the New York City Council Committee on Governmental Operations, on the newly-adopted reforms in the appointment process to the New York City Board of Elections:
"Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito is adding an unprecedented transparent and open process for appointing a Board of Elections Commissioner. The Speaker's voluntary improvement of appointment practices to the Board of Elections by having a public Rules Committee hearing demonstrates once again her commitment to fair decision-making that empowers members and the public.
The New York City Board of Elections has been plagued by internal problems, as enumerated in a 2013 report by the Department of Investigations, which has been the ongoing focus of the Committee on Governmental Operations. I applaud the Speaker's choice to hold a public hearing of the Rules Committee chaired by Council Member Brad Lander, that includes asking potential nominees to analyze the DOI report and public testimony, as well as publicly sharing candidate questionnaires. Ultimately, our reform-oriented Council can make major changes to improve our city's democracy."