Common Council

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  • 6:30 pm
  • 1st and 3rd Mondays of Month
    (except holidays, July, August)

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.

Free parking is available under City Hall for those arriving before 8 pm. Enter the parking garage from the westbound arterial highway.

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.


  • 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.

Finance Committee

  • Debra Long, Chair
  • Nedra Thompson
  • Megan Diechler
  • Evan Menist

Helpful Resources

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 the Common Council.

PEG Channels

  • Spectrum: 23
  • Verizon Fios: 39

Replay Schedule

  • Sunday: Midnight, 4 pm
  • Monday: 6 am, noon, 5 pm
  • Tuesday: Midnight, 9 am
  • Wednesday: 6 am, noon, 5 pm
  • Thursday: Midnight, 9 am
  • Friday: Noon
  • Saturday: Midnight, 6 am, noon