As you know, 2003 is a major election year in New York City. Every 10
years, City Council districts change based on the most recent census.
This year, City Council district lines have been redrawn, and all 51
Council seats are up for election. You will make important decisions
shaping the future of our City and its leadership by voting in the
general election this fall. This Voter Guide is designed to help you
compare candidates and make choices about ballot proposals as you prepare
to vote in the November 4 general election.
The Voter Guide is a nonpartisan, plain-language handbook published by
the New York City Campaign Finance Board (the “CFB”), an independent City
agency, to give you information about City elections. Under the City Charter, a
paper Guide is printed and mailed in English and Spanish and, consistent with
Federal voting laws, a paper Guide is also distributed in Chinese and Korean in
some districts. It contains statements and photos submitted by City Council
candidates, information on voting and voters’ rights, information on City and
State ballot proposals, and maps to help you determine your City Council
The CFB administers the New York City Campaign Finance Program. The
Program reduces the influence of private money on City campaigns, offers
qualified candidates a fair chance to run for office by providing public
matching funds for small contributions and makes available detailed
information on candidates’ campaign finances. To learn more about the
Program and the CFB, see “NYC’s Campaign Finance
Informed voters strengthen democracy. We hope that this 2003 General
Election Voter Guide will help you make informed choices on election day.
Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr.
New York City Campaign Finance Board