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Common Council Meeting – April 19, 2021

Effective immediately and based upon notices and health advisories issued by Federal, State, and Local officials related to the Coronavirus, the City of Poughkeepsie Common Council will not hold in-person meetings. Until further notice, all future City Council meetings (including public hearings) will be held via videoconferencing, as permitted by
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Common Council Public Hearing – May 3, 2021

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to the Charter and Codes of the City of Poughkeepsie, Administrative Code, Section 14.04, a Common Council Public Hearing will be held on Monday, May 3, 2021 at 5:30, and will be held via videoconferencing, (as permitted by the NYS Open Meetings Law), for
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Finance Committee Meeting – April 7, 2021

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Finance Committee will hold a meeting on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. and will be held via videoconferencing, (as permitted by the NYS Open Meetings Law).

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City of Poughkeepsie Common Council

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2020-2021 City of Poughkeepsie Common Council
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The Common Council is the law-making body of the City of Poughkeepsie and is comprised of 9 members. 8 ward representatives and 1 member At-Large. Similar to Congress at the federal level, we are the City of Poughkeepsie’s legislative body. The Council is separate from the Mayor’s administration but an equal partner in how our City is run.

What we do:

  • Introduce and vote on legislation (proposed laws) having to do with all aspects of City of Poughkeepsie life.
  • Negotiate the City’s budget with the Mayor and approve its adoption.
  • Monitor City agencies and departments to make sure they’re effectively serving City of Poughkeepsie residents.

Common Council Meetings

Common Council meetings are legislative sessions where we discuss and vote on proposed resolutions and laws, receive updates from agency representatives, and hear feedback from residents, like you.

We invite the public to speak for up to 3 minutes at meetings of the Common Council.

Voting occurs only at Common Council meetings.

Committee of the Whole and Special Meetings will not be regularly scheduled, but will be scheduled with public notice on an as needed basis. Committee of the Whole Meetings are work sessions and the public is not allowed to speak.

All Common Council meetings are webcast and televised live. Meetings are televised on Time Warner Cable channel 23 and Verizon Fios channel 39. Once completed, the meetings are archived on the webcasting site for later viewing.  Visit Webcast»

Free parking is available under City Hall for those arriving before 8:00 p.m. Enter the parking garage from the westbound arterial highway.

We want to hear from you

With your insight, the Council discovers ways to improve the City we all call home. We want to meet you where you’re at—online and in person. Keep your feedback coming!

Email: [email protected]