New York (AP) New York City is on the verge of a major overhaul of its charitable commission.
It is being called the largest in the country, the largest since the commission was first created in 1967.
It will be chaired by an attorney general who will be responsible for ensuring that the commission provides equal opportunity for all.
It would also require charities to pay the city’s costs, such as administering the commission, hiring staff and ensuring that they follow the law.
It’s also being called a “first in the nation” system, in which the city sets a goal for a particular nonprofit and asks for help from other city agencies.
The city could pay for a private company to do some or all of the work, and could even offer a commission to the nonprofit itself.
It could also choose to allow the city to pick up the tab for the nonprofit’s legal fees.
“I believe this commission will make New York the best in the world for charitable giving,” said Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who chairs the Council’s Budget Committee.
“We can do a lot of good in a short period of time.”
But, she added, “This is not a one-size-fits-all solution.
It needs to be thoughtful, it needs to look at the different ways in which we can help charities.”
The commission will be tasked with assessing whether the city can provide “a high quality, effective, transparent and equitable system for the commissioning and administration of a city charitable commission.”
The new commissioner will be elected by a three-person commission made up of three elected officials, a judge, and two members of the public.
The public will vote on a new commissioner within the first 90 days of the new commission’s appointment, and the next commissioner must be confirmed by two-thirds of the members in the City Council.
It has a budget of $200,000 and is expected to be finished by March 2019.
The commission’s initial meeting is scheduled for Friday, but Mark-Veritas said it may be postponed to May or June to give it time to study the proposal and make recommendations to the mayor.
A spokeswoman for the mayor said that although she has not been briefed on the commission’s proposals, she is supportive of their goals.
“There are many things that we can do,” said spokeswoman Andrea Vazquez.
“This commission is the next step.”
New York has been criticized in the past for being slow to take action on issues of public concern.
Last month, the mayor, Bill de Blasio, asked the council to extend a temporary ban on using city-owned vehicles to deliver packages from the site of the World Trade Center.
The council voted to approve the measure, but the ban remains in effect.
A report by the Office of the Attorney General, a law firm that has handled hundreds of complaints of police brutality in the city, also said that the city has not done enough to improve the treatment of African Americans and Latinos in custody.
“The commission will look at ways to improve transparency and accountability, such that a person’s status is communicated clearly and fairly to them and to the community,” said Mark-Marks.
“They will be given the opportunity to offer input and recommendations.”
New Yorkers could see a shift in charity priorities after a city report released last year showed that charities had been getting fewer donations than they were expecting.
In 2016, more than $3 billion in donations to nonprofits went uncollected, an increase of about $1 billion from the year before, according to a review of city data by the nonprofit group the Council for Responsible Philanthropy.
The group also found that more than half of charities reported receiving less than they had planned to donate.