Charter Review Commission Unanimously Approves Placement of Referendum Question on Ballot for Election Day
Completing over a year of work, the City of Poughkeepsie Charter Review Commission unanimously approved placing one proposal on the ballot for City voters to consider on Election Day, November 2016.
In spring of 2015, then-Mayor John Tkazyk formed a charter review commission to explore ways to improve City government through charter reform. As part of its charter review, the commission interviewed former Mayor Tkazyik, current Mayor Rob Rolison, former City Administrator Milo Bunyi, the City’s fire chief and police chief, the City’s corporation counsel, the City chamberlain, other City department heads, and most members of the current and immediately prior common councils. The commission also examined the efforts of the 1994 Poughkeepsie city charter review commission, examined the charters and forms of government of similar municipalities across New York State, and received expert presentations on alternative forms and systems of local government. Finally, prior to finalizing the proposed charter revisions, the commission sought and received feedback and suggestions from members of the common council and the people of the City.
The resulting ballot proposal reflects the informed discussions at the expert forums as well as public comment from its public hearings and correspondence.
The final report, as well as the commission’s minutes, reports and a Poughkeepsie Journal interview can be found on its website: http://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/charterreview/.