Welcome to the Rensselaer Common Council
The Rensselaer Common Council represents the residents of the City of Rensselaer as the legislative body responsible for setting the governing policies of the city. The Council adopts the City budget and passes laws, policies and regulations that govern the City. It is made up of 9 elected officials, one representing each ward, and is chaired by the Common Council President, who is elected citywide. Its leadership includes the President Pro Tempore and Majority Leader. It is our job to work cooperatively with the Mayor and the City administration to insure that tax dollars are responsibly spent and that all residents have access to the services and programs that make urban living safe, affordable and desirable.
The Common Council meets the first and third Wednesday of each month in the City Court Chambers at City Hall. The formal meetings begin at 7 p.m. A informal session followed by a public comment period, is the first item of business that starts at 6:30 pm. Speakers are requested to keep their remarks to three minutes. Individuals may sign up in the court room at anytime before the opening of the session. Speakers will be called in the order they are signed up.
Public hearings are held on some City ordinances and are advertised. Speakers sign up the evening of the meeting and are called in order. The public hearing ends when all those wishing to speak have been heard.
Committees of the Common Council meet to discuss legislation before the Council and to review policies and procedures of City government. Meetings are scheduled on an as-needed basis with adequate public notice. The Clerk's office maintains the calendar of those meetings and they also can be found at City Clerk Section of this website.
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