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Richard Thomas


The Mayor is the chief executive officer of the City of Mount Vernon. The person holding this office has the responsibility of overseeing the operation of city departments.

The mayor is chosen by a citywide election for a four-year term. The Mayor has a leadership role in budget-making, authority to organize and reorganize administrative agencies and to appoint and remove their heads, and a strong veto. The Comptroller, elected on a citywide basis for a four-year term, recommends financial policies and advises the Mayor and the City Council in the preparation of the budget.

How Government Works

Legislative authority is vested in the City Council, made up of 5 members, who are elected for four-year terms. The presiding officer is the Council President. He or she is elected for a one-year term at the statutory meeting of the City Council (first public meeting of the year). The Council President is the spokesperson for the City Council and appoints the heads of the various Council committees to one-year terms. The Council introduces and enacts all laws and approves the budget and it can override a mayoral veto by a vote of four-fifths of all the members.

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As the Office of Records Management, the City Clerk’s Office is involved with many aspects of city government including the City Council, our legislative body, and The Board of Estimate and Contract, which approves city expenditures.

The City Clerk’s Office is also known as the Licensing Bureau. Over 91 different types of City and New York State licenses and permits are issued to individuals and businesses. In addition, Primary and General Elections for the City of Mount Vernon are coordinated by the City Clerk’s Office. The City Clerk, as Registrar, is responsible for maintaining Mount Vernon’s Birth and Death Records.

The Board of Estimate and Contract is the arm of local government that grants approval for spending that is not within the jurisdiction of members of the electorate separately. The Board is composed of the Mayor, the Comptroller and the President of the City Council. In order for expenditures to be approved by the Board of Estimate and Contract it must be passed by a majority of members. Legislation is then enacted authorizing the expenditure. The Board of Estimate and Contract convenes following meetings of the City Council.


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Resolution Establishing The Standard Work Day For Elected Officials

Be it Resolved, that City Council of the City of Mount Vernon, NY hereby establishes the following standard work day for elected officials and will report the  following days worked to the New York State and Local Employees’ Retirement System based on the record of activities maintained and submitted by these officials to the Clerk […]

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Special City Council Meeting Notice

Please be advised that a Special Meeting of the Mount Vernon City Council will be held on Thursday, Morning November 8, 2018 at 8:30 A.M. in the City Council Chambers, second floor, Mount Vernon City Hall, Mount Vernon, New York for the purpose of enacting legislation authorizing the Executive Director and one staff member to […]

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Special Legislation & Public Works Committee Meeting 10/26/18

Please be advised that there will be a Special Legislation and Public Works Committee meeting on October 26, 2018, at 6:00:pm in the City Council Committee Room. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss legal matters. Regards George W. Brown City Clerk

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The Office of the City Clerk and Registrar’s Office will close for business at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

The Office of the City Clerk and Registrar’s Office will close for business at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 On Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 Mesquite Productions will be filming in City Hall.  As a result, the City Clerk (Room 104) and Registrar (Room 115) Offices will close at 3:00 PM.

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Board of Estimtate and Contract Meeting Recessed

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Estimate and Contract held on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 has been recessed and will continue on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in the Mayor’s Conference Room.   George W. Brown City Clerk  

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