(The 2016-2017 Yonkers City Council, Council members Mike Breen, Michael Sabatino, Christopher Johnson, Corazon Pineda, Council President Liam J. McLaughlin, Council member Dennis Shepherd and Majority Leader John Larkin.)
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Office of the City Council
The City Council is comprised of seven members, each elected to a four year term. Council members from Districts 1, 3 and 5 were last elected in 2015 and will be up for election again in 2019. The Council President, who is directly elected city-wide, and Council Members from Districts 2, 4 and 6 were last elected in 2013 and will be up for election again in 2017.
The City Council routinely meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, with preliminary rules meetings on the first and third Tuesdays. Special meetings may also be called at the discretion of the Council Presidents necessary. The Council's authority is defined in the City Charter; its primary function is to pass or reject the Mayor's budget, approve zoning changes, provide advice and consent to Mayoral appointees and to introduce and approve legislation that affects all Yonkers residents.
Office of the Council President
The City Council President is the presiding officer of the City Council and was last elected in 2013. The Council President leads all meetings of the City Council, and chairs the Rules Committee. Additionally, the Council President acts as a city-wide ombudsman responding to individual constituent requests and community concerns. The Council President is also a voting member of all standing committees of the City Council, the Board of Contract and Supply, and the Community Development Agency (CDA). As a member of the CDA, the City Council President actively promotes economic development in the City.