City of Plattsburgh, NY
Clinton County
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A. 
The Mayor shall be the chief executive officer of the City.
B. 
The Mayor shall be elected by the electors at large and shall serve a four-year term.[1]
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Note: The term of Mayor was changed from three years to four years by voter referendum at the 2015 general election.
C. 
The Mayor shall be a qualified resident and elector of the City of Plattsburgh 30 days prior to Election Day and shall have a principal place of residence in the City of Plattsburgh during his or her term.
D. 
The Mayor shall devote himself or herself exclusively to the affairs of the City during the hours City hall is open to the public.
The compensation of the Mayor shall be established by local law except that changes may not be effective during the term of office during which the change is approved.
The Mayor shall be the chief executive officer of the City, responsible to the Council for the management of all City affairs placed in the Mayor's charge by or under this Charter. The Mayor shall:
A. 
Appoint and suspend or remove all City employees and appointive administrative officers provided for by or under this Charter, except as otherwise provided by law, this Charter or personnel rules adopted pursuant to this Charter. The Mayor may authorize any administrative officer subject to the Mayor's direction and supervision to exercise these powers with respect to subordinates in that officer's department, office or agency;
B. 
Direct and supervise the administration of all departments, offices and agencies of the City, except as otherwise provided by this Charter or by law;
C. 
Attend all Council meetings. The Mayor shall have the right to take part in discussion but shall not vote, except in the case of a tie or when all Councilors present and voting are in favor or opposed to a measure and the Mayor's vote is necessary to pass or defeat the measure;
D. 
See that all laws, provisions of this Charter and acts of the Council, subject to enforcement by the Mayor or by officers subject to the Mayor's direction and supervision, are faithfully executed;
E. 
Prepare and submit the annual budget message, budget and capital program to the Common Council, and implement the final budget approved by Council to achieve the goals of the City;
F. 
Submit to the Council and make available to the public a complete report on the finances and administrative activities of the City as of the end of each fiscal year;
G. 
Make such other reports as the Council may require concerning operations;
H. 
Keep the Council fully advised as to the financial condition and future needs of the City;
I. 
Make recommendations to the Council concerning the affairs of the City and facilitate the work of the Council in developing policy and a five-year plan;
J. 
Provide staff support services for the Mayor and Council members;
K. 
Assist the Council to develop long-term goals for the City and strategies to implement these goals;
L. 
Encourage and provide staff support for regional and intergovernmental cooperation;
M. 
Promote partnerships among Council, staff, and citizens in developing public policy and building a sense of community; and
N. 
Perform such other duties as are specified in this Charter or may be required by the Common Council.
A. 
At the first meeting of the Common Council in each official year, or as soon thereafter as practicable, the Common Council shall choose a Councilor to be the Mayor pro tem.
B. 
When the Mayor is absent from a Council meeting or temporarily unable to perform the duties of Mayor due to illness or disability, the Mayor pro tem shall be the presiding officer of the Common Council and have all the powers and duties and be subject to all the obligations and liabilities of the Mayor, except that the Mayor pro tem shall not make any appointment or removal from office, or have the power to veto Council action, or cast a vote on a tie; however, the Mayor pro tem shall not lose his or her vote as a Councilor while acting as presiding officer of the Common Council.
C. 
When the Mayor is absent or unable to perform the duties of the office for an extended or frequent period(s) of time because of illness or disability, and the Mayor pro tem performs the duties of Mayor on substantially a full-time basis, the Common Council shall increase the Mayor pro tem's compensation commensurate with the duties assumed.