Mar 23, 2023 9:25 AM
May 2, 2023 3:40 PM
There may not be a presidential or gubernatorial race this year, but 2023 will be a busy election year in New York City. This year, thanks to redistricting resulting from the demographic shifts found in the 2020 census, voters in each of the 51 City Council districts will get to decide who to elect to represent them.
Presiding over a roughly $100 billion budget, the New York City Council, along with the mayor, manages a budget larger than that of many countries. It also conducts oversight on city agencies, such as the police and sanitation departments.
For years, Haredi leaders have played an active role in city elections and cultivated strong ties with council members. In addition to using its discretionary funding to support programs and institutions in the Haredi community, the council also plays a critical role in fighting hate crimes, influencing policies directly affecting yeshivas, and making decisions around land use, zoning, and affordable housing in the community.