Charter Review Commission

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/.

Charter Review Commission Meeting – September 6, 2016

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Charter Review Commission of the City of Poughkeepsie, will meet hold a meeting on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Police Training Room, Parking Floor One (P1), City Hall/Municipal Building, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, New York. During this meeting, the Charter Review Commission will vote on the final text of proposed Charter to be submitted for inclusion on the ballot for November.

Charter Review Commission Meeting – September 1, 2016

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Charter Review Commission of the City of Poughkeepsie, will meet hold a meeting on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in the Common Council Chambers (3rd Floor), City Hall/Municipal Building, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, New York. During this meeting, the Charter Review Commission will vote on the final text of proposed Charter to be submitted for inclusion on the ballot for November.

Charter Review Commission Meeting – August 30, 2016

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Charter Review Commission of the City of Poughkeepsie, will meet hold a meeting on Tuesday, August 30 2016 at 6:15 p.m. in the Common Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, City Hall/Municipal Building, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, New York. Followed by a Public Hearing between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at which time the Commission will entertain comments and questions from members of the public concerning the proposed changes to the City of Poughkeepsie Charter. A three-minute limit for each speaker will apply as usual to allow time for all who may wish to be heard, but members of the public may also submit comments of any length in writing for consideration by the Commission. The public is encouraged to read the text changes being proposed for the charter as posted on the website.

Agenda

  1. Adopt minutes of August 10th meeting,
  2. Adopt minutes of July 25th Public Hearing,
  3. Discuss and vote on question of whether the proposed Charter (4th Revised Charter is attached) should provide that the 120 day residency requirement that we will apply to the City Administrator (a) should also be applied in the Charter to the Department Heads, or alternatively (b) should be left to the administrative code, as is the case in the current charter. (See Section 3.11),
  4. Discuss and vote on question of whether the Council Chair should (a) be empowered but not required to form a finance committee, or (b) be required to form a finance committee. (In either case, a majority of the common council may also form committees.) (See Section 2.06),
  5. Discuss any other text changes to the 4th Revised Charter as may be proposed by members of the Commission,
  6. Adjourn at or near 7:00 PM so that we may begin the Public Hearing,
  7. Conduct Public Hearing from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.

Proposed-4th Revised Charter


 

Charter Review Commission Meeting – August 10, 2016

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Charter Review Commission of the City of Poughkeepsie, will meet hold a meeting on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. in the Police Training Room, Parking Floor One (P1), City Hall/Municipal Building, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, New York.

Agenda

  1. Adopt minutes of August 1st meeting if available,
  2. Discuss generally any further comments, points or issues as members may have gleaned from public comment,
  3. Discuss and vote on specific proposal regarding possible title designation for the At-Large Councilmember,
  4. Discuss and decide on times, locations and nature of further meetings and hearings.

 

Charter Review Commission Meeting – August 1, 2016

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Charter Review Commission of the City of Poughkeepsie, will meet on Monday, August 1, 2016 at 4:00 p.m., Police Training Room, Parking Floor One (P1), City Hall/Municipal Building, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, New York.

Agenda

  1. Adopt minutes of last meeting, and any minutes of previous meetings, if available,
  2. Discuss question of whether to seek a postponement and extension of our committee,
  3. Discuss generally any comments, points or issues as members may have gleaned from public comment,
  4. Discuss and hopefully vote on specific proposals for changes in the draft Revised Charter set forth by any members (to date, proposals have been submitted by Ron McGaw and Pat Watson),
  5. Discuss and decide on times, locations and nature of further meetings and hearings.

 

Charter Review Commission Public Hearing – July 25, 2016

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Charter Review Commission will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 5:30 p.m., in the Common Council Chambers, Third Floor, Municipal Building/City Hall, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, New York, for the purpose of receiving comments on the proposed amendments to the City Charter. This meeting will be held following their regular meeting scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Charter Review Commission Meeting – July 25, 2016

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Charter Review Commission of the City of Poughkeepsie, will meet hold a meeting on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. in the Common Council Chambers (3rd Floor), City Hall/Municipal Building, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, New York.

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