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Richard Thomas
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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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Special Board of Estimate and Contract Meeting

A special meeting of the Board of Estimate and Contract will be held on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Mayor’s Conference Room for the purpose of adopting the annual estimate for 2019, and any other business that may be presented before said meeting. George W. Brown City Clerk  

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Special Board of Estimate and Contract Meeting Recessed

The special meeting of the Board of Estimate and Contract scheduled to be held on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. has been recessed.  The meeting will resume at 4:00 p.m. for the purpose of adopting the annual estimate for 2019 and any other business that may be presented at said meeting. George W. […]

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Special Board of Estimate and Contract Meeting

A special meeting of the Board of Estimate and Contract is scheduled to be held on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in the Mayor’s Conference Room, Mount Vernon, New York for the purpose of adopting the annual estimate for 2019 and any other business that may be presented before said meeting. George W. […]

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Mount Vernon City Hall Two Hour Delayed Start Today

(Thursday, January 31, 2019) Due to winter weather and today’s extreme cold temperatures, Mount Vernon City Hall will open at 10:30 am. Additionally, the City’s sanitation workers will be on a  limited schedule today. Any trash not collected today will be picked up tomorrow. DPW crews do not have the equipment, gear, or training needed […]

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Board of Estimate and Contract Public Hearing

The Board of Estimate and Contract will hold a public hearing on the annual estimate for 2019.  The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, Mount Vernon, New York.   George W. Brown City Clerk   Click on the links below to view the 2019 […]

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