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City of Poughkeepsie Charter Proposition

City of Poughkeepsie Charter Proposition

Efficiency, Transparency and Communication


What is the Charter?

The City of Poughkeepsie Charter outlines the basic structure of government for the City of Poughkeepsie.

Who is the Charter Commission and why is the Charter being revised?

The Charter was last reviewed in 1993, so in 2015, the Mayor created the Charter Commission, composed of nine citizens, to review the outdated Charter and make recommendations to increase governmental efficiency, transparency and communication.

What has the Charter Commission recommended?

All the recommended changes can be found at  The recommendations are

  • Full Time Mayor
  • New City Administrator position
  • Educational Requirement for Elected Officials
  • City-wide elected “At Large” Council Member
  • Salary Review Commission
  • Common Council Oversight of Mayor
  • Increased Mayoral Reporting to Common Council
  • Residency Requirement for Department Heads and City Administrator

Review the full charter below or at along with other supporting materials.

Exercise your right to vote in November.

Flip over the Ballot for the Charter Proposition.


Proposed Revised Charter



Final Proposed Revised Charter

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