City of Beacon, NY
Dutchess County
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Sec. 9.00 Personal financial interest.

No officer or employee of the City of Beacon shall engage in any conduct constituting a conflict of interest or a prohibited action, as provided in Article 18 of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York, nor shall such officer or employee fail to disclose any interest required to be disclosed under such law. In addition to any penalty provided by state law, such officer or employee who shall knowingly and intentionally violate this section shall be removed from office or employment in the manner provided by law or by this Charter.

Sec. 9.02 Prohibitions.

A. 
Activities prohibited.
1. 
No person shall be appointed to or removed from or in any way favored or discriminated against with respect to any city position or appointive city administrative office because of age, handicap, race, sex or political or religious opinions or affiliations.
2. 
No person shall willfully make any false statement, certificate, mark, rating or report in regard to any test, certification or appointment under the personnel provisions of this Charter or the rules and regulations made thereunder or in any manner commit or attempt to commit any fraud preventing the impartial execution of such provisions, rules and regulations.
3. 
No person who seeks appointment or promotion with respect to any city position or appointive city administrative officer shall directly or indirectly give, render or pay any money, service or other valuable thing to any person for or in connection with his test, appointment, proposed appointment, promotion or proposed promotion.
4. 
No person shall orally, by letter or otherwise solicit or assist in soliciting any assessment, subscription or contribution for any political party or political purpose whatever from any person holding any compensated appointive city position.
5. 
No person who holds any elected or compensated appointive city position shall solicit any contribution to the campaign funds of any political party or any candidate for public office during working hours, nor shall such person at any time use the name of the city or his office for such purposes.
B. 
Penalties. Any officer or employee of the city who shall: (1) make a false or deceptive report or statement in the course of his or her duties; (2) receive compensation except for payment from the city for performance of any official duty; or (3) accept or receive any gratuity from any person whose interest may be affected by his official action shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, if convicted, shall forfeit his or her office or employment immediately upon conviction.

Sec. 9.04 Charter review.

The Mayor, with the consent of the City Council, shall appoint a commission at least every ten (10) years after the effective date of this Charter to review the Charter and to make recommendations to the Mayor and the City Council for revision or amendment.

Sec. 9.06 Amendment or repeal.

[Added 7-1-1991 by L.L. No. 5-1991]
This Charter shall only be amended by adoption of a local law pursuant to the procedures set forth in the Municipal Home Rule Law.

Sec. 9.08 Penalty for violation.

[Added 7-1-1991 by L.L. No. 5-1991]
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this Charter for the violation of which no punishment has been provided herein shall be deemed guilty of a violation and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding two hundred fifty dollars ($250.) or by imprisonment not exceeding fifteen (15) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Sec. 9.10 Limitation of actions against city.

[Added 7-1-1991 by L.L. No. 5-1991; amended 7-1-1996 by L.L. No. 6-1996]
No action or proceeding to recover or enforce any claim, debt or demand against the city shall be brought until the expiration of thirty (30) days after the same has been presented, in writing, to the City Council. All actions brought against the city, upon any contractual liability, express or implied, must be begun within one (1) year from the time when the cause of action accrued; or, for injury to a person or property because of negligence, within one (1) year from the time of receiving such injuries; and, in all other cases, within six (6) months after the cause of action accrued. No civil action shall be maintained against the city for damages or injuries to persons or property sustained in consequence of the existence of snow or ice upon any sidewalk, crosswalk, street, path or place or in consequence of any street, highway, bridge, culvert, sidewalk, crosswalk, grating, opening, drain or sewer being of faulty design or construction, defective, out of repair, unsafe, dangerous or obstructed unless, previous to the occurrence resulting in such damages or injuries, written notice of the existence of such snow or ice at the particular place or of the defects or unsafe, dangerous or obstructed condition of the particular place shall have been filed in the office of the City Administrator of the city, and it shall be made to appear that there was a failure or neglect within a reasonable time after the filing of such notice to remedy the condition.
No civil action shall be maintained against the City of Beacon for damages or injuries to person or property sustained in consequence of the existence of a defect in any of the playground equipment, playing fields, paths, grounds of any playground or public park owned, operated or maintained by the City of Beacon or for a defect in any such equipment, place or facility maintained at a public bathing beach, skating rink or pond owned, operated or maintained by the City of Beacon unless, prior to the occurrence resulting in such damage or injury, written notice of the existence of such defect relating to the particular equipment, playing fields, paths, grounds of any playground or public park owned, operated or maintained by the City of Beacon shall have been filed in the office of the City Administrator of the city and unless it shall be made to appear that there was a failure or neglect to remedy or repair such alleged defect or condition in the equipment, facility or place or to cause the equipment, facility or place to be otherwise made reasonably safe within a reasonable time after the filing of such notice.
All claims against the city for damages or injuries to person or property alleged to have been caused by the misfeasance or negligence of the city or any of its officers or employees shall be presented to the City Council, in writing, within thirty (30) days after the happening of the accident or injury out of which the claim arose. Such writing shall describe the time when, the particular place where and the circumstances under which the damages or injuries were sustained and the cause thereof; it shall also state, so far as then practicable, the nature and extent of the damages or injuries; shall also state the place of residence of the claimant by street and number, and, if there be no street or number, it shall contain such statement as will disclose the place of residence; and all such claims shall be verified by the oath of the claimants. The omission to present such claim within thirty (30) days from the date when such alleged injuries were received and to commence an action within one (1) year from the time of such alleged injuries shall be a bar to any claim or action therefor against the city; but no action shall be brought upon any such claim until thirty (30) days have elapsed after the presentation of the claim to the City Council.
Nothing contained in this section shall be held to repeal or modify any existing requirement or statute of limitations which is applicable to this class of actions, but on the contrary shall be held to be an additional requirement to the rights to maintain such action, nor shall anything herein contained be held to modify any existing rule of law relative to the question of contributory negligence nor to impose upon the city any greater duty or obligation than that it shall keep its streets and public places in a reasonably safe condition for public use and travel.
The place of trial of all actions or proceedings against the city or any of its officers, boards or departments shall be the County of Dutchess.