Access to City Council Public Meetings

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Use this page to gain access to Rochester City Council Public Meetings.

Rochester City Hall is located at 30 Church St. (map) 

The Open Meetings Law has been suspended by Executive Order of the Governor.  During this time meetings will be held using video conferencing and streamed online for public access.  Links to relevant meeting information, including: attachments, where you can view the meeting, and how to participate (if applicable) are below.  A list of public meetings held since April 2020 is available here>>.


May 2021 Meetings  

 

  •  May 3, 2021 – 12:30 p.m.  
    City Council Chairs - The Meeting will be held online, and can be streamed live on the Council's Facebook Page or YouTube Page.  
    • View the agenda when available. 
    • Contact: Questions or comments can be emailed directly to Council@Cityofrochester.gov or by phone to the City Council’s Office at 585-428-7538.
  •  May 5, 2021 - 4:00 p.m. 
    City Council Work Session - The Meeting will be held online, and can be streamed live on the Council's  Facebook Page or YouTube Page.   
    • Contact: Comments can be emailed directly to Council@Cityofrochester.gov or by phone to the City Council’s Office at 585-428-7538.
  •  May 6, 2021 - 4:00 p.m.
    Special Meeting - 
    The Meeting will be held online, and can be streamed live on the Council's Facebook Page or YouTube Page
      • View the agenda here>> 
      • View proposed legislation here>>    
      • Contact: Questions or comments can be emailed directly to Council@Cityofrochester.gov or by phone to the City Council’s Office at 585-428-7538.
  • May 6, 2021 - 4:10 p.m.
    City Council Committees Meetings - The Meeting will be held online, and can be streamed live on the Council's Facebook Page or YouTube Page.  Committee start times will be posted when available
    •  Committee Start times:
      •  4:10 p.m. - Finance Committee
      •  4:20 p.m. - Neighborhood and Business Development Committee
      •  4:25 p.m. - Parks and Public Works Committee
      •  4:40 p.m. - Public Safety, Recreation, and Human Services Committee   
    • View the agenda here>> 
    • View proposed legislation here>>
    • View additional proposed legislation (Int. No. 187) here>>
    • View additional proposed legislation (Int. No. 188) here>>
    • View additional proposed legislation (Int. No. 190) here>>
    • View additional proposed legislation (Int. No. 191) here>>
    • Contact: Questions or comments can be emailed directly to Council@Cityofrochester.gov or by phone to the City Council’s Office at 585-428-7538. 
  •   May 6, 2021 - 5:00 p.m.  
    City Council Public Hearings - The Meeting will be held online, and can be streamed live on the Council's Facebook Page or YouTube Page
    • View the agenda here>> 
      • Certain marked agenda items will be subject to a Public Hearing  
    • Individuals who would like to make comments on a designated Public Hearing should email them directly to Council@cityofrochester.gov or submit them by mail to
               City Council Public Hearing
               City Hall Room 301A 
               30 Church Street
               Rochester, NY 14614  
    • Individuals names and up to 3 minutes of comments will be shared on the live cast; the full text of the comments will be shared with the Council in advance of the meeting.   
    • In order to be shared comments must include the individual's name, address, and Public Hearing on which they wish to speak, anonymous comments will not be read. Comments are due no later than 1 p.m. the day of the Public Hearing.
  •  May 11, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. 
    Speak to Council - The Meeting will be held online, and can be streamed live on the Council's  Facebook Page or YouTube Page. 
    • Speak to Council is an opportunity for the public to address the Council on a topic they are voting on that month or express their opinion on any other topic. Speak to Council sessions are held the same day as the City Council Meeting at 6:30PM. There are three ways to participate in Speak to Council:
  1. The first option is to send comments via email to council@cityofrochester.gov. Your email must include the topic you are addressing, your first and last name, address, and phone number. A City Council Staff member will read your comments into the record during the Zoom live stream.  
  2. The second option is to participate in the Zoom live stream. If you are available at 6:30PM, email council@cityofrochester.gov to sign up. Your email must include the topic you are addressing, your first and last name, address, and phone number. You will receive confirmation that you have been added to the “A” or “B” list prior to the meeting. On the day of Speak to Council, between 5:00 - 6:00PM, you will receive information to join the Zoom live stream. At 6:30 PM, you will be placed in the Waiting Room of Zoom, and let in when it is your turn to speak. You will only be allowed to join the live stream if you login using the same first and last name you provided during signup. 
  3. The final option is to leave a voicemail of your comments by calling 585-428-7538.  To do this, simply state your name and follow with your remarks. Council staff will play the recording during Speak to Council. A staff member will call you back to obtain your first and last name and address. 
    • If you wish to participate in Speak to Council, you must register using one of the three options by 3PM on the day of the meeting. No anonymous comments will be accepted – you must include all of the information listed, and present comments will not be aired if there is explicit or derogatory language included.
    • Up to 3 minutes of each comment will be shared on the Zoom live stream and only 2 minutes will be shared if there are more than 20 comments total. The entire "A List" will be read prior to the meeting starting, if there are comments on the "B List" left unread after the hour expires, those comments will be read at the conclusion of the City Council Meeting here>> 
    • Contact: Comments can be emailed directly to Council@Cityofrochester.gov or by phone to the City Council’s Office at 585-428-7538
  •  May 112021 - 7:30 p.m.
    City Council Meeting - The Meeting will be held online, and can be streamed live on the Council's Facebook Page or YouTube Page.  Committee start times will be posted when available
    • View the agenda when available here>>  
    • View proposed legislation when available here>> 
    • View additional proposed legislation when available here>> 
    • Contact: Questions or comments can be emailed directly to Council@Cityofrochester.gov or by phone to the City Council’s Office at 585-428-7538. 
  •  May 13, 2021 - 4:30 p.m. 
    City Council Work Session - The Meeting will be held online, and can be streamed live on the Council's  Facebook Page or YouTube Page.   
    • Contact: Comments can be emailed directly to Council@Cityofrochester.gov or by phone to the City Council’s Office at 585-428-7538. 
  •  May 19, 2021 - 4:00 p.m.  
    City Council Work Session - The Meeting will be held online, and can be streamed live on the Council's  Facebook Page or YouTube Page.   
    • Contact: Comments can be emailed directly to Council@Cityofrochester.gov or by phone to the City Council’s Office at 585-428-7538.
  •  May 20, 2021 - 4:30 p.m.  
    City Council Work Session - The Meeting will be held online, and can be streamed live on the Council's  Facebook Page or YouTube Page.   
    • Contact: Comments can be emailed directly to Council@Cityofrochester.gov or by phone to the City Council’s Office at 585-428-7538.
  •  May 27, 2021 - 4:30 p.m.
    City Council Agenda Review - June 2021 - 
    The Meeting will be held online, and can be streamed live on the Council's Facebook Page or YouTube Page.  
    • View the agenda when available here>> 
    • View proposed legislation when available here>>  
    • Contact: Questions or comments can be emailed directly to Council@Cityofrochester.gov or by phone to the City Council’s Office at 585-428-7538.