Letters to the Next Mayor of New York City (Basic)
Use this guide when you want to write a more formal Letter to the Next Mayor, but without transcribing exact words from either your background source or the candidates.
This guide will ask you to pose a question about an issue that you think is important in the citywide elections.
You will be asked to cite and to explain the views of one author. And you'll also be asked to explain what the Democrats and the Republicans are saying about your issue or inquiry question.
Finally, you'll be asked to state clearly why your issue should be at the top of the next mayor's agenda when he or she comes to office in 2014.
To the Next Mayor of New York City:
When the new mayor takes office in New York City, <issue> is an issue that <he / she> and the City Council will need to <face / tackle / deal with / do something about / propose solutions for / start discussing...>. This is <an important issue / a big problem / a hot topic /something that must be addressed...>.
When we consider <issue> in New York City today, some might wonder: <Pose question.><Author’s Name>'s <blog post / news item / magazine article / podcast / video> addresses this question because... <Explain exactly how this resource responds to your question about this issue.>
What would the candidates for Mayor and for seats in the City Council say about these issues and questions?
The Democratic candidate, <First and Last Name> is saying that... <Summarize the general Democratic positions, proposals, ideas... on your issue or question in two or three sentences here, including any areas where they are unclear.>
The Republican candidate <First and Last Name> is saying... <Summarize the general Democratic positions, proposals, ideas... on your issue or question in two or three sentences here, including any areas where they are unclear.>
In sum, the Republican and Democratic candidates for mayor <are / are not> clear on what they would doe about <issue> in New York City. If <Democratic Candidate One> is elected, <Explain what he or she will probably do about your issue.> If <Republican Candidate One> becomes the next mayor, <Explain what he or she will probably do.>
To begin to solve the problems of <issue> in our city the next mayor, working with the City Council, should <Explain what you think he or she should do.> This is <an important issue / a big problem / a hot topic /something that must be addressed...>, because <Say why it should be at the top of the next mayor’s priority list. Write two or three sentences summarizing why it matters to the people of the city.>
Last Name, Firist Initial. (2013) “Title of the Article Used for Information in Your Inquiry.” The Name of the Blog or Newspaper, [blog] Date Month, Available at: http:URLofSource.org [Accessed: 19 February 2013].