Because the speakers for Vacant Building Inventory will not be able to make the September 3 meeting as originally scheduled, Richard Conti, Common Council member, will present on the proposed charter amendment. Please see his e-mail below discussing the subject. The text of the proposed amendment below.
Richard Conti e-mail=========================================
On July 21 the Common
Council by a vote of 8-5 passed my local law (Local Law C of 2007)
that would require prior Common Council approval of any adjustment
to the adopted City budget that affects salary rates or salary totals.
The Mayor has decided not to veto it, it now goes before the voters in November
as an amendment to the City Charter (a copy is attached). I am requesting an
opportunity to discuss this at the September CANA meeting in hopes of having
CANA's support. The Mayor is opposed to the amendment.
Council Member 6th Ward
151 Chestnut Street, Albany, NY 12210
tel: 518-436-8546 / fax: 518-463-8992 / e-mail: email@example.com
Text of proposed Law=====================================================
LOCAL LAW C-2007 (As
LOCAL LAW AMENDING SECTION 603(D) OF THE CITY OF
BE IT ENACTED
by the Common Council of the City of
Subsection (D) of Section 603 of the Charter of the City of
(D) Budget transfer after adoption of budget
(a) The Board of Estimate and Apportionment, as provided for in Section 605 below, shall approve or disapprove transfers of budgeted funds that do not exceed, in the aggregate, four percent of the total annual City budget in any given year subject to paragraph (b) of this subsection.
(b) All transfers of budgeted funds that exceed four percent of the total annual City budget in any given year, [of] any transfer of budgeted funds that reduces the budget of any City department, office and commission in excess of 37.5% in any given year, or any transfer of budgeted funds that affects any salary rate or salary total, shall require the prior approval of a majority of the entire Common Council membership.
Section 2. This local law
shall take effect upon final passage, public hearing and approval
of the electors at a general election of state or local government officers held
not less than sixty days after the adoption of this local law
Affirmative: 8 (Calsoalro, McLaughlin, Ellis, Smith, Conti, Fahey, Scalzo, O’Brien)
Negative 5 (Timmons, Rosenzweig, Casey, Igoe, Fox)
Absent: 2 (Sano, Herring)