Access to City Council Public Meetings

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

Rochester City Hall is located at 30 Church St. (map) Council Chambers is located in City Hall, Room 302-A and the Council Conference Room is located in City Hall, Room 208-A.  Please visit the Council's YouTube page here to view livestreams of past meetings.   

Links to relevant meeting information, including: attachments, where you can attend the meeting, and how to participate (if applicable) are below.  

 Upcoming 2024 City Council Public Meetings

Date

Time

Topic

Tuesday, May 28th

6:00PM

City Council Reassessment Forum

Wed., May 29th  

 

9:00AM

10:00AM

11:30AM

11:45AM

12:30PM

1:15PM

2:45PM

3:00PM

Budget Hearings – Day 1*

Overview

Administration

Break

Undistributed and Contingency

Lunch

Finance

Break

Neighborhood and Business Development

Thurs., May 30th    

 

9:00AM

10:00AM

11:00AM

11:15AM

12:15Am

1:00PM

2:00PM

3:00PM

3:15PM

Budget Hearings – Day 2*

Information Technology

City Council and Clerk

Break

Library

Lunch

Recreation and Human Services

Emergency Communications

Break

Fire Department

Friday, May 31st  

 

9:00AM

10:30AM

10:45AM

12:30PM

1:15PM

3:45PM

Budget Hearings – Day 3*

Police

Break

Environmental Services

Lunch

Capital

Adjourned Hearings

Monday, June 3rd 5:00PM Work Session - CDBG/HUD

Tuesday, June 4th  

6:00PM

City Council Reassessment Forum

Wed., June 5th

4:00PM

5:30PM

Committees – Day 1*

Chief Technology Officer Confirmation Hearing

Thurs., June 6th

4:00PM

Committees – Day 2*

Thurs., June 13th  

6:00PM

Joint Hearing with the RCSD Board of Education

Public Hearings and Speak to Council

Full list of Public Hearings TBD

Tuesday, June 18th

6:00PM

City Council Regular Meeting*

 
*This meeting will be streamed by WXXI to City 12 TV and YouTube (youtube.com/user/RochesterCityCouncil),  and will be shared on Facebook (facebook.com/RochesterCityCouncil).
**This meeting will be streamed to YouTube (youtube.com/user/RochesterCityCouncil)  
 Instructions to Access and Participate in Public Meetings 

 

Any meeting where City Council is taking action on items (i.e. voting on resolutions or ordinances) will be streamed live on City 12 TV,  youtube.com/user/RochesterCityCouncil, and shared on facebook.com/RochesterCityCouncil

ASL interpreters are provided at City Council Committee Meetings, Public Hearings, Speak to Council, and the full City Council meetings. Interpreters can be requested for other City Council meetings by emailing Council@CityofRochester.gov or by calling 585-428-7421 at least 24 hours in advanced. Please note, City staff will request interpreters but cannot guarantee the request will be fulfilled by the providing agency. 

ATTENTIONPublic Hearings and Speak to Council differ in nature.  PLEASE READ BELOW:

  • Public Hearings are required by Law for certain legislative items, such as amending the Official Map. The list of legislative items requiring Public Hearings is below.  The public is invited to speak about those specific items at Public Hearings.  Advanced sign up prior to the meeting date is not required for Public Hearings.  Public Hearings begin at 6:00PM the day of the meeting. 
  • Speak to Council is not required by Law and not restricted by certain pieces of legislation.  Advanced sign up is required ahead of time for Speak to Council.  Sign ups close at 4:30PM the day of the meeting and we cannot accept any additional speakers after this time or during Speak to Council.  Speakers signed up ahead of time that do not show up to the meeting may not "give" their spot to someone not signed up. Speak to Council begins immediately after Public Hearings conclude.  

To participate in the Public Hearings: Anyone wishing to participate in Public Hearings may sign up ahead of time, or simply join in-person attend in-person - the City Clerk will open the floor to comments at 6:00PM. 

  • Participants must include their first and last name, mailing address, phone number, and the Introductory Number they are commenting on
  • If you cannot attend in-person, you may share comments via email or mail. Please note, these comments will be shared with the Council but will not be read into the record during the Public Hearings
  • Email written comments directly to council@cityofrochester.gov  
  • Mail written comments directly to the City Council and Clerk's Office - Attn: Public Hearings, Room 301A, 30 Church Street, Rochester, NY 14614 
  • Participants must include their first and last name, mailing address, phone number, and the Introductory Number they are commenting on

To participate in Speak to Council: Anyone wishing to participate MUST sign up ahead of time. Sign ups close at 4:30PM on the day of Speak to Council. 

Speak to Council is an opportunity for the public to address the Council directly. Speakers are welcome to address a topic Council is voting on that month, or may comment on any topic they are interested in. 

  • Speak to Council sessions are held after the Public Hearings are complete.  
  • Speakers will have either two minutes or three minutes to speak at the session.    
  • If there are 20 or less speakers signed up to speak, each speaker will be allotted three minutes to speak.  
  • If there are more than 20 speakers signed up to speak, time is reduced to two minutes to speak.  
  • A staff member will time each speaker.         
  • Speakers can sign up by calling 585-428-7538 or 585-428-7421 or emailing council@cityofrochester.gov  
  • if you cannot participant in person, you may share comments via email or mail. Please note, these comments will be shared with the Council but will not be read into the record during Speak to Council. 
  • Participants must include their first and last name, mailing address, phone number, and the Introductory Number they are commenting on.    

For more information, please call  585-428-7538 or 585-428-7421, or email council@cityofrochester.gov