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Charter Review Commission Public Hearing – July 11th, 2016

City of Poughkeepsie Charter Review Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Preliminary Charter Revisions

Monday, July 11, 2016
5:30pm, Common Council Chambers
City Hall

On Monday the City of Poughkeepsie Charter Review Commission will be holding a public hearing to report its preliminary proposals for changing the City Charter, and solicit feedback from the public.

The City of Poughkeepsie Charter Review Commission was announced by Mayor John Tkazyik on August 25th 2014.  Its mission is to study, review and recommend changes to the City of Poughkeepsie Charter.  The Commission has focused its work on the Mayor and City Council, the two major governing institutions of the City.  It will propose significant alterations to how the City works to make it more efficient and effective.

The structural changes we are proposing will make city government more accountable to the voters.” – Ron McGaw, Chairman

The City Charter was last changed in 1994 when the City moved from a weak mayor system with a City Manager to the current hybrid system with both a Mayor and a City Administrator that are empowered in the Charter. The Commission has met regularly since June 15th, 2015, and has interviewed numerous public officials and administrators in the process. A grant from the Dyson Foundation enabled the Commission to hire The Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives at SUNY New Paltz to facilitate their work.

For more information contact:
Ron McGaw
Chairman
City of Poughkeepsie
Charter Review Commission
25 Market Street, Suite 700
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
Tel: (845) 790-0845
Fax: (845) 790-1223