There is talk in political circles that a commission to be appointed by the mayor to perform a top-to-bottom review of the city charter would seek to curtail the authority of borough presidents and the public advocate, or do away with their positions altogether. Officials say they also are hearing that the commission may attempt to restructure the charter to remove community boards from the often contentious approval process for development projects.
Possible City Charter Overhaul Sparks Anxiety
Here's a gem for you:
"I don't think the public advocate's position is desperately needed by New Yorkers," Council Member John Liu, a possible candidate for public advocate...said.