City of Beacon, NY
Dutchess County
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Sec. 1.00 Short title.

This Charter shall be known and may be cited as "Charter of the City of Beacon."

Sec. 1.02 Purpose.

The purpose of this Charter is to provide the legal framework for organizing and operating the government of the City of Beacon.

Sec. 1.04 Corporate name.

The City of Beacon, hereinafter referred to as the "city," shall continue to be a municipal corporation in perpetuity, as heretofore established and as provided by law, under the name "City of Beacon."

Sec. 1.06 Powers of the city.

The city shall have all powers granted to a city of its population under the constitution and laws of the State of New York, as fully and completely as though they were specifically enumerated in this Charter.

Sec. 1.07 Authorization to sell or convey city-owned property.

[Added 5-1-1995 by L.L. No. 3-1995; amended 9-3-1996 by L.L. No. 10-1996; 6-7-2010 by L.L. No. 9-2010]
The purpose of this chapter is to supersede General City Law § 23(2)(b) so as to authorize the public or private sale or lease of real property owned by or in the control of the city through public or private transaction.
A. 
Authorization for sale or lease. The City Council may by a resolution adopted by majority vote, sell, convey, exchange, grant or release any city real estate or franchise belonging to or under the control of the city at public or private sale, and grant rights or interests in, over, under and across any real property in which the city has any right, title or interest, for such consideration and upon such terms and conditions as the City Council may deem proper, and with respect to the sale of surplus real property, such terms and conditions may include purchase money mortgages, installment contract sales and any other means of selling and financing.
B. 
Procedure for sale at public auction. Real property owned by the city leased, sold or otherwise alienated by public sale shall be at public auction to the highest bidder, under proper regulations as to the giving of security and after public notice of the time and place and terms of such sale has been published at least once in the official newspaper of the city at least one week prior to such sale.

Sec. 1.08 Vested rights and duties.

All property, power, contracts, local laws, ordinances, rules, regulations, obligations and liabilities of the city existing at the time of adoption of this Charter, unless explicitly superseded by this Charter, shall be in no way affected or changed by its adoption. All actions and proceedings pending for or against the city at the time that this Charter takes effect shall be continued unless the parties shall otherwise stipulate.

Sec. 1.10 Construal.

The powers of the city under this Charter shall be construed liberally in favor of the city, and the specific mention of particular powers in the Charter shall not be construed as limiting in any way the general powers stated in this Article or provided by the laws of the State of New York.

Sec. 1.12 Intergovernmental relations.

The city may exercise any of its powers or perform any of its functions and may participate in the financing thereof, jointly or in cooperation, by contract or otherwise, with any one (1) or more states or civil divisions or agencies thereof, as authorized by the Constitution and Laws of the State of New York.[1]
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Editor's Note: Original Sec. 1.14, Boundaries of the City, which immediately followed this section, was deleted 3-16-1992 by L.L. No. 2-1992.

Sec. 1.16 Boundaries of the wards.

[Added 7-1-1991 by L.L. No. 5-1991; amended 5-21-2012 by L.L. No. 11-2012; 3-2-2015 by L.L. No. 1-2015]
The city shall be divided into four wards, the boundaries of which shall be reviewed and adjusted as appropriate within six months after publication of the results of each Federal decennial census. The current ward boundaries are as follows (all references to a street refer to its center line; all references to a compass point are approximate):
A. 
Ward One.
1. 
From the point on the western city boundary where it touches Red Flynn Drive; then
2. 
South on Red Flynn Drive, across the railroad overpass to Beekman Street; then
3. 
Northeast on Beekman Street to North Avenue; then
4. 
South on North Avenue to Main Street; then
5. 
East on Main Street to Fishkill Avenue; then
6. 
North on Fishkill Avenue to Verplanck Avenue; then
7. 
West on Verplanck Avenue to Matteawan Road; then
8. 
North on Matteawan Road to Camp Beacon Road; then
9. 
North on Camp Beacon Road and continuing in the same direction to the northern city boundary; then
10. 
Along the northern and western city boundaries back to the starting point.
B. 
Ward Two.
1. 
From the point on the western city boundary where it touches Red Flynn Drive; then
2. 
South on Red Flynn Drive, across the railroad overpass to Beekman Street; then
3. 
Northeast on Beekman Street to North Avenue; then
4. 
South on North Avenue to Main Street; then
5. 
East on Main Street to Teller Avenue; then
6. 
South on Teller Avenue to Wolcott Avenue; then
7. 
West on Wolcott Avenue to Sargent Avenue; then
8. 
South on Sargent Avenue to South Avenue; then
9. 
South on South Avenue to the midpoint of Fishkill Creek; then
10. 
South along the midpoint of Fishkill Creek to the southern city boundary; then
11. 
Along the southern and western city boundaries back to the starting point.
C. 
Ward Three.
1. 
From the point on the eastern city boundary where Mount Beacon Monument Road crosses; then
2. 
West on Mount Beacon Monument Road to East Main Street; then
3. 
West on East Main Street to Washington Avenue; then
4. 
North on Washington Avenue to Grove Street; then
5. 
West on Grove Street to Liberty Street; then
6. 
South on Liberty Street to East Main Street; then
7. 
West on East Main Street to Main Street; then
8. 
North on Main Street to Verplanck Avenue; then
9. 
West on Verplanck Avenue to Matteawan Road; then
10. 
North on Matteawan Road to Camp Beacon Road; then
11. 
North on Camp Beacon Road and continuing in the same direction to the northern city boundary; then
12. 
Along the northern and eastern city boundaries back to the starting point.
D. 
Ward Four.
1. 
From the point on the eastern city boundary where Mount Beacon Monument Road crosses; then
2. 
West on Mount Beacon Monument Road to East Main Street; then
3. 
West on East Main Street to Washington Avenue; then
4. 
North on Washington Avenue to Grove Street; then
5. 
West on Grove Street to Liberty Street; then
6. 
South on Liberty Street to East Main Street; then
7. 
West on East Main Street to Main Street; then
8. 
North on Main Street to Verplanck Avenue; then
9. 
West on Verplanck Avenue to Fishkill Avenue; then
10. 
South on Fishkill Avenue until it turns into Teller Avenue; then
11. 
South on Teller Avenue to Wolcott Avenue; then
12. 
West on Wolcott Avenue to Sargent Avenue; then
13. 
South on Sargent Avenue to South Avenue; then
14. 
South on South Avenue to the midpoint of Fishkill Creek; then
15. 
South along the midpoint of Fishkill Creek to the southern city boundary; then
16. 
Along the southern and eastern city boundaries back to the starting point.