Two Ballot Measures Must Be Defeated on Election DayOctober 15, 2019
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 is Election Day. The polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The DEA is endorsing Joseph Borelli for Public Advocate, the only City-wide position on the ballot.
However, there will be five ballot measures on the reverse side of the ballot. This will include Ballot Question 2 regarding the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB). We need to defeat this measure. If approved, this measure will directly and negatively impact our members and every member of the NYPD.
If passed, Ballot Question 2 will do the following: add two members to the CCRB (one appointed by the Public Advocate, and one jointly by the Mayor and the Speaker of the Council); allow the City Council to appoint CCRB members directly without the Mayor having final authority; and increase the CCRB budget to hire so many employees that there will be at least one CCRB employee for every 154 Police Officers. This ballot measure will also require the Police Commissioner to provide an explanation to the CCRB whenever the Board’s disciplinary recommendations aren’t followed. It will also authorize the CCRB to investigate the “truthfulness” (aka “false statements”) made during its investigation of complaints, and allow the CCRB to delegate its authority to issue subpoenas.
This is all extremely dangerous latitude. Should these measures be approved, every action, and every split-second, life-and-death decision made in the field will be placed under a microscope and subject to speculation and second-guessing by these civilians, placing our careers and our lives in jeopardy.
It is critical that you vote and vote NO on Ballot Question 2.
In addition, we urge you also to vote NO on Question 1. This proposal will allow for “Ranked Choice Voting” in primary and special elections. Under this system, voters will have the option of voting for one candidate; or voting for as many as five candidates in ranked order. If no candidate is a clear winner, the voter for the candidate at the bottom would have their vote transferred to their second choice until a winner is declared.
When the DEA endorses a candidate, it’s an endorsement given after a lengthy review process and careful consideration. A ranked voting system weakens the process and can negatively impact our endorsed candidates. We also urge you to vote NO on Question #1.
Remember, these measures will be on the back page of your ballot. To vote on these measures, you must flip your ballot over and vote no!
After voting for the candidates on the front — the DEA endorses Joseph Borelli for Public Advocate — please flip the page. Our careers depend upon it. VOTE NO ON BALLOT QUESTIONS #1 and #2.
A complete list of the DEA’s endorsed candidates appears under the Political Endorsements section of this website.