New York, NY— The following statement can attributed to Council Member Ben Kallos, Chair of the Governmental Operations Committee (which oversees the Board of Elections) following a City Council hearing to consider Board of Elections Commissioner appointments:
"Public posting for jobs and an anti-nepotism policy are one step closer to adoption by the Board of Elections, with the three Democratic Commissioner candidates swearing under oath that they will introduce and vote in favor of the reforms at their first meeting. All three Democratic Commissioner candidates affirmed that they would return to testify under oath before the Committee on Governmental Operations upon request without need for subpoenas, ensuring future Commissioner oversight.
Thanks to an unprecedented City Council hearing and public questionnaire to select Democratic Commissioners for the Board of Elections, all of the candidates affirmed support for the recommendations laid out in a 2013 Department of Investigations report. All of this progress was only made possible by a public hearing of the Rules Committee under the leadership of Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito and its Chair Brad Lander. Their steady support for reform of the Board of Elections has already enabled key progress, and I look forward to working with the Commissioners as partners in getting the Board of Elections running properly."