City Council Meetings Calendar 2021

Coronavirus update:  In response to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202, and guidance from the Monroe County Department of Health, all meetings of the Rochester City Council will be closed for public attendance until
further notice.

The Council is committed to transparency and open communication, and will be  streaming meetings online, so they are available to the public. Public comments to the Council are welcome and can be shared with the Council by email at Council@cityofrochester.gov or by phone at 585-428-7538. 

Regular Council Meetings

City Council, following a calendar created each year, meets on certain Tuesday evenings. The "Speak to Council" session, at which citizens can address Council on any issue, starts at 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:

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.

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. 

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.

Contact: Comments can be emailed directly to Council@Cityofrochester.gov or by phone to the City Council’s Office at 585-428-7538

Interpreters for Speak to Council

If you need an interpreter for "Speak to Council", please call (585) 428-7421 or TDD/TTY (585) 428-6054 or email your request to council@cityofrochester.gov by 4:00 p.m. on the Thursday prior to Council Meeting day. All requests should include your name, address, the organization you are representing (if any), and the topic you plan to speak about.

If you would like to cancel a request for an interpreter, please call or email our Office by 10 a.m. on the Monday or the day before our Council Meeting.

The Council Meeting itself begins at 7:30 p.m. Each Committee presents to the entire Council the legislation it has considered along with its recommendations. Council then votes on each individual piece of proposed legislation, including any amendments.

After Council votes to adopt legislation, it is sent to the Mayor for signature. Enacted legislation is then filed with the City Clerk and printed in the annual "Proceedings of the Council of the City of Rochester".

All meetings of the Rochester City Council and its Committees are open to the public. They are usually held in Council Chambers, Room 302A, in City Hall, 30 Church Street, at the corner of North Fitzhugh Street. 

  • Please Note: Public Hearings will now be held following the monthly Committee Meeting; which is held on the Thursday before Council Meeting.

Click here for past and present Council agendas, minutes, and proceedings.  

2021 Council Calendar

Agenda Review

Committee Meeting

City Council Meeting

Thursday, January 7

Thursday, January 14

Tuesday, January 19

Thursday, February 4

Thursday, February 11

Tuesday, February 16

Thursday, March 4

Thursday, March 11

Tuesday, March 16

Thursday, April 1

Thursday, April 8

Tuesday, April 13

Thursday, April 29

Thursday, May 6

Tuesday, May 11

Thursday, May 27

Thursday, June 10

Tuesday, June 15

Thursday, July 8

Thursday, July 15

Tuesday, July 20

Thursday, August 5

Thursday, August 12

Tuesday, August 17

Thursday, September 2

Thursday, September 9

Tuesday, September 14

Thursday, September 30

Thursday, October 7

Tuesday, October 12

Thursday, October 28

Thursday, November 4

Tuesday, November 9

Thursday, December 2

Thursday, December 9

Tuesday, December 14