This Charter, together with all amendments, if any, shall provide for and constitute the form of government of the City of Oneonta, New York, and be known as the "City of Oneonta Charter." This Charter provides for the separation and balance of legislative and executive functions and responsibilities in order to promote clarity, efficiency, and responsibility within City government. In addition, the Charter is intended to implement the City's full home rule authority in accord with New York State law.
The following terms used in this Charter shall be defined as follows:
- This City of Oneonta Charter and amendments, if any.
- The City of Oneonta, New York.
- CIVIL SERVICE LAW
- The Civil Service Law of the State of New York.
- The Code of the City of Oneonta as adopted by local law of the Common Council on February 16, 1999, and as amended.
- The County of Otsego.
- ELECTRONIC MEANS
- Any method of transmission of information between computers or other machines designed for the purpose of sending and receiving such transmissions and which allows the recipient to reproduce the information transmitted in a tangible medium of expression, and does not permit additions, deletions, or other changes to be made without leaving an adequate record of such changes.
- GENERAL CITY LAW
- The General City Law of the State of New York.
- LOCAL LAW
- A legislative act of the Common Council adopted pursuant to the Municipal Home Rule Law, but shall not mean or include a resolution, ordinance, or other action taken by the Common Council. The term "ordinance" shall mean a legislative act of the Common Council adopted pursuant to state law or this Charter that adopts a regulatory measure. The term "resolution" shall mean a legislative act of the Common Council that takes a particular action, including appropriating funds, or expresses the wishes of the Common Council.
- MUNICIPAL HOME RULE LAW
- The Municipal Home Rule Law of the State of New York.
- PUBLIC OFFICERS LAW
- The Public Officers Law of the State of New York.
- REAL PROPERTY TAX LAW
- The Real Property Tax Law of the State of New York.
- The redrawing of the physical boundaries of the City's wards to reflect population changes identified in the decennial census or at other times.
- A person who maintains a fixed, permanent, and principal home within the geographic boundaries of the City of Oneonta and to which he or she, wherever temporarily located, always intends to return.
- The State of New York.
- UNIFORM CITY COURT ACT
- The Uniform City Court Act of the State of New York.
The City shall be and remain a municipal corporation and exercise all of the rights, privileges, functions, and powers conferred upon it by this Charter and state law. In addition, the City shall be subject to all duties and obligations imposed by local laws not inconsistent with this Charter and by state law, and enjoy all necessary incidental powers to duly exercise the duties and obligations so imposed.
This Charter provides a contemporary form and structure of City government pursuant to the provisions of the Municipal Home Rule Law. Within the limitations imposed by state law, wherever and whenever any special state law conflicts or is otherwise inconsistent with this Charter, such laws shall be repealed and superseded by this Charter in their application to the City to the extent of such conflict or inconsistency.
All local laws, ordinances, and resolutions of the Common Council previously adopted and in effect as of the adoption of this Charter, including the Code of the City of Oneonta as adopted by local law of the Common Council on February 16, 1999, shall continue in full force and effect, except to the extent that such local laws, ordinances, and resolutions have been repealed, amended, modified, or superseded in their application to the City by the adoption of this Charter.
The City's geographic boundaries shall continue to be and remain intact as established prior to the adoption of this Charter; existing boundaries are hereby ratified and confirmed and may subsequently be altered or expanded pursuant to applicable law.
[Amended 12-4-2012 by L.L. No. 2-2012; 6-7-2016 by L.L. No. 1-2016]
The City shall be divided into eight wards. The ward boundaries established by Local Law No. 2 - 2012, and which became effective on June 1, 2014, shall remain in force and effect until changed by local law.
Editor’s Note: This local law provided an effective date of 6-1-2014 and stated the following: “From the effective date of this local law until new Council members are elected and sworn into office from each of the new wards as described herein however, the then current sitting Council members for each ward shall continue to represent the citizens of that ward.”
The civil and fiscal year of the City shall be the calendar year.