Lhota calls a Council-empowering proposal ‘ludicrous,’ among other responses

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City Council members Jumaane Williams and Dan Garodnick announced today that they want the next mayor to change the city charter and give the City Council a more meaningful role in how the city budget is made.

"Our budget is growing each year, but the City Council's role in the process is shrinking," Garodnick said in a statement. "These proposals are a litmus test for the field of potential chief executives," said Williams.

They want to:

— require the mayor to announce the administration's revenue forecasts, which set the parameters for budget negotations, a month early.

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— curb the mayor's ability to impound funds and reserve that power only for emergencies.

— require greater disclosure about how every dollar is spent in the budget.

I asked the candidates for their responses.

So far:

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, a Democratic former councilman, is reviewing the proposals, according to his campaign.

Sal Albanese, also a Democratic former councilman, endorsed the plan and said it'll help ensure accountability.

Joe Lhota, the Republican former M.T.A. chairman and deputy mayor, is strongly against it: "These proposals, which reverse the wisdom of the 1989 Charter Revision Commission, are ludicrous and will jeopardize the City's long record of on-time budgets and our credit rating," he said.

George McDonald, the founder of the Doe Fund who's running as a Republican, said the proposals were "serious" and looked forward to examining them further: "In general, I encourage proposals that will create more transparency, drive greater efficiencies and enhance agency performance," he said in a satement. "As Mayor, I will work closely with the City Council and respect their role in the governing process."

I'll update with further responses as I get them.