NYC Racial Justice Commission & Equality New York Partner to Educate People on Upcoming Ballot Questions  


New York City residents will find these three ballot questions on the back of their ballot in the November 8, 2022 general election, all geared toward rooting out systemic racism. Equality New York, is dedicated to ensure all New York City residents are aware of these important ballot questions. 


Equality New York’s Racial Justice Commission leads Tanya Asapainsa-Johnson Walker and Dr. Wilhelmina Perry will be hosting an in-person event on Thursday, October 26, 2022 from 6:00PM-8:00PM. Join us to learn more about the ballot initiatives and EQNY’s Racial Justice work.   

Three questions will appear on your ballot November 8, 2022. Learn more about what’s on your ballot below.

Ballot Question #1: Add a Statement of Values to Guide Government

This proposal would amend the New York City Charter to: 

Add a preamble, which would be an introductory statement of values and vision aspiring toward “a just and equitable city for all” New Yorkers; and

Include in the preamble a statement that the City must strive to remedy “past and continuing harms and to reconstruct, revise, and reimagine our foundations, structures, institutions, and laws to promote justice and equity for all New Yorkers.” 

The preamble is intended to guide City government in fulfilling its duties. 

Ballot Question #2: Establish a Racial Equity Office, Plan, and Commission

This proposal would amend the City Charter to:

Require citywide and agency-specific Racial Equity Plans every two years. The plans would include intended strategies and goals to improve racial equity and to reduce or eliminate racial disparities; 

Establish an Office of Racial Equity and appoint a Chief Equity Officer to advance racial equity and coordinate the City’s racial equity planning process. The Office would support City agencies in improving access to City services and programs for those people and communities who have been negatively affected by previous policies or actions, and collect and report data related to equity; and

Establish a Commission on Racial Equity, appointed by City elected officials. In making appointments to this Commission, elected officials would be required to consider appointees who are representative of or have experience advocating for a diverse range of communities. The Commission would identify and propose priorities to inform the racial equity planning process and review agency and citywide Racial Equity Plans.

Ballot Question #3: Measure the True Cost of Living

This proposal would amend the City Charter to:

Require the City to create a “true cost of living” measure to track the actual cost in New York City of meeting essential needs, including housing, food, childcare, transportation, and other necessary costs, and without considering public, private, or informal assistance, in order to inform programmatic and policy decisions; and

Require the City government to report annually on the “true cost of living” measure.