This Charter shall be known and may be cited as "Charter of the City of Beacon."
The purpose of this Charter is to provide the legal framework for organizing and operating the government of the City of Beacon.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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 or by sealed bid 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.
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obligations and liabilities of the city existing at the time of adoption of this Charter, unless explicitly superseded by this Charter, shall be in no way affected or changed by its adoption.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.
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.
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.
The city shall be divided into four wards, the boundaries of which shall be set forth in the City Code and reviewed and adjusted as appropriate within six months after publication of the results of each Federal decennial census.