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|City council seats = 51
|City council seats = 51
|City budget= $73,000,000,000
|City budget= $73,000,000,000
|Budget year= FY 2014
|Budget year= 2014
|Population = 8,337,000
|Population = 8,337,000
|Gender = 51.5% Female
|Gender = 51.5% Female

Revision as of 15:20, 25 April 2014

New York, New York
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General information
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Mayor:Bill de Blasio
Mayor party:Democratic
Last mayoral election:2013
Next mayoral election:2017
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:2017
City council seats:51
2014 FY Budget:$73,000,000,000
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:8,337,000
Gender:51.5% Female
Race:White 71.2%
White Not-Hispanic 57.6%
African American 17.5%
Asian 8.0%
Native American 1.0%
Pacific Islander 0.1%
Two or More 2.2%
Ethnicity:Hispanic 18.2%
Median household income:$57,683
High school graduation rate:84.9%
College graduation rate:32.8%
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New York is a city in New York and the center of the New York Metropolitan Area, one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. Based on 2012 statistical data, New York is the largest city in the United States.[1] New York exerts a significant impact upon global commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment. The home of the United Nations Headquarters, New York is an important center for international affairs and is widely deemed the cultural capital of the world. The city is also referred to as New York City or the City of New York to distinguish it from the state of New York, of which it is a part.

Located on a large natural harbor on the Atlantic coast of the Northeastern United States, New York City consists of five boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island.

Office of the Mayor

Bill de Blasio is the current Mayor of New York.[2] de Blasio served on the District 15 School Board, New York City Council and as New York City Public Advocate.[3]

Former mayors

The mayor prior to de Blasio was Michael Bloomberg. He was elected to his first term in November, 2001. Upon entering office, Mayor Bloomberg took control of the city's school system, removing power from the school district.[4] Mayor Bloomberg won an unprecedented third term in November, 2009, after the City Council eliminated term limits that would have limited his time in office to two, four-year terms.[5] Bloomberg was estimated by Forbes Magazine to possess a net worth of $17.5 billion.[6][7]

City Council

New York City's legislative body is the City Council, made up of 51 members from 51 council districts in the five boroughs. The Council's duties include monitoring the operation and performance of city agencies and making land use decisions. It has sole responsibility for approving the city's budget, legislates on a wide range of other subjects. The Council is an equal partner with the Mayor in the governing of New York City. Most council work is achieved in committees. Proposed legislation is first considered in committee. Each council member serves on at least three committees, and assignments are made by the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections and voted on by the entire Council.[8]

A full list of City Council members can be found here.

A Council Speaker is elected by the entire body, and the position of Minority Leader is chosen by the members of the next largest party.[8] The current speaker is Melissa Mark-Viverito.

There are 37 council committees: Aging, Civil Rights, Civil Service & Labor, Community Development, Consumer Affairs, Contracts, Cultural Affairs, Economic Development, Education, Environmental Protection, Finance, Fire & Criminal Justice, General Welfare, Government Operations, Health, Higher Education, Housing & Buildings, Immigration, Juvenile Justice, Land Use, Mental Health, Parks, Oversight & Investigations, Public Housing, Public Safety, Recovery and Resiliency, Rules, Privileges, and Elections, Sanitation, Small Business, Standards & Ethics, State & Federal Legislation, Technology, Transportation, Veterans, Waterfronts, Women's Issues, Youth Services. Each council member serves on at least three committees. Committees are required to meet at least once per month.[9]


The budget proposal for fiscal year 2014 totals $73 billion, and includes 1,000 new police officer positions, free school lunches, increased funding to address homelessness and a commission to overhaul the city’s property tax system. Budget negotiations between Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Mayor de Blasio are expected to go more smoothly in years past, when a Democratic City Council often sparred with Republican, and later Independent, Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Mark-Viverito defended the $100 million cost of hiring new police officers by noting the figure would be offset by reducing the overtime paid to current officers. Police Commissioner William Bratton said he would rather give raises to the nearly 35,000 current officers, but would not decline the additional manpower. The property tax commission will look to reform the currently $21 billion system, which critics [10]

The city's budget process operates by Fiscal Years running from July 1 to June 30 of the next year. The City Charter gives responsibility for drafting an expense and capital budget to the Mayor, which must then be submitted to the City Council for review and approval. The city's budget is made up of several parts. The expense budget lays out proposed operating appropriations, as well as debt service. The capital budget sets proposed appropriations for four years of capital projects. A revenue budget must project estimated city revenues. The city is required by state law to maintain a balanced budget.[11]

Contact information

Office of the City Clerk
141 Worth Street
New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212-NEW-YORK
Email: Contact Form
Office Hours: Varies by Office

Office of the Mayor
City Hall
New York, NY 10007
Phone: 212-NEW-YORK
Email: Contact Form


NYC Lobbyist Search is an online, searchable database maintained by the city that contains information about all lobbyists registered with the City of New York and their clients.

Public pensions

See also: New York public pensions


New York City public pension plan NYC’s earned a 1.37 percent return on investments in the last fiscal year, well below the expected return of 8 percent.[12] The failure could cost taxpayers up to $1.5 billion to cover the costs.[13]


According to a 2010 report published at Northwestern University, New York City is one of the ten municipalities with the largest amount of unfunded pension liabilities. Nationwide there is $574 billion in unfunded pension liabilities for local pension plans, and this is in addition to the $3 trillion in debt facing state-sponsored pension plans.[14] The report states that the pension plans could be out of money as early at 2025.[14]

In 2010, it was revealed that in 14 cases the city continue to pay pensions to deceased public employees, which totaled to more than $450,000 in pension fraud.[15]

(number of plans)
Liabilities, Stated Basis, June ’09 ($B) Liabilities (ABO), Treasury Rate Net Pension Assets ($B) Unfunded Liability ($B) Unfunded Liability / Revenue Unfunded Liability per Household ($)
NYC (5) 155.8 214.8 92.6 122.3 276% 38,886

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of New York city websites
Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials P
Permits, zoning Y
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Audits Y
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Contracts Y
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Lobbying N
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Public Records Y
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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Current and past budgets are available through the City Council's webpage.[16]
  • Council meeting schedules, agendas, and meetings are available.[17]
  • Contact information is available for the Mayor; names and contact information are available fir City Council members on individual webpages.[18][19]
  • Phone and fax numbers are provided for some Administrative Officials.[20]
  • Zoning and permitting information is available through the Department of City Planning.[21]
  • Current and past audits are posted.[22]
  • City contracts are posted and information regarding procurement is available.[23][24]
  • Freedom of Information Law request form is available, along with contact information for the Freedom of Information Office.[25]
  • Local tax information is available for businesses.[26]

The bad

  • Telephone numbers and email addresses are not provided for all administrative officials.
  • Information is not provided on the City's lobbying activities.

See also

External links