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Richard Thomas
Mayor

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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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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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Special City Council Finance & Planning / Human Resources Meeting

Please be advised that there will be a Special Meeting of the Committee of Finance and Planning  on Wednesday September 12, 2018 at 2pm in the City Council Committee Room. Following the above meeting the Committee for Human Resources will also hold a meeting. George W. Brown City Clerk

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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 Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. in the Mayor’s Conference Room, First Floor, City Hall, Mount Vernon, New York for the purpose of approving a resolution authorizing the transfer of funds within the Department of Public Works, and […]

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Board of Ethics Meeting Dates

Please be advised that the Board of Ethics will meet on the following dates. August 27, September 10, September 24, October 15, October 22,  and November 5, 2018. Meetings will be held at City Hall and generally begins at 7:00pm. Submitted by Secretary of the Board of Ethics Gregory J. Cannata, Esq.  

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