Voters may have chance to change city charter

NEW YORK - (AP) - New York City voters could have the chance thisfall to change the balance of power in city government, overhauldevelopment procedures and maybe make city elections nonpartisan.

A panel examining an update to the city constitution announcedyesterday the areas it is planning to study. The charter reviewcommission will be holding forums on five issues over the next twomonths.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg appointed the panel earlier this year,following up on a campaign promise. When he had the term-limits lawchanged so that he could run again, he promised a charter groupwould look at the issue again.

That's one of the possible changes the group says it will lookat.

The panel has an eye on putting potential changes to the votersby referendum this fall.

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