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Common Council Meeting – January 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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City of Poughkeepsie Common Council Files Petition Seeking Third Party Opinion to Clarify Separation of Powers Charter Change, as Adopted by City Of Poughkeepsie Voters, and Confirm Their Authority to Hire/Retain Professional Staff to Assist Them in Their Legislative Responsibilities.

On Monday, November 16, 2020, a Motion to accept an addendum to the retention of professional staff for the Common Council passed with a vote of the Common Council, with 7 votes in favor, 1 opposed (see Figure 1). This expansion of the scope of representation allowed for our contracted
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Poughkeepsie Common Council Seeks Judgement on Separation of Powers Dispute

The City of Poughkeepsie’s Common Council took the first formal step towards resolving once and for all the Mayor’s claim that he has the right to violate the Constitutionally enshrined separation of powers doctrine by telling the Council whether, when and how to carry out its obligations as a co-equal
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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]