Borough of Hawthorne, NJ
Passaic County
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The legislative power of the municipality shall be exercised by the Municipal Council, in accordance with and subject to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:69A-36.
Legislative powers shall be exercised by ordinance, except for those powers that, under this plan of government or general law, do not require action by the Mayor as a condition of approval for the exercise thereof and may, therefore, be exercised by resolution, including, but not limited to, the following:
The override of a veto of the Mayor;
The exercise of advice and consent to actions of the Mayor;
The conduct of a legislative inquiry or investigation;
The expression of disapproval of the removal by the Mayor of officers or employees;
The removal of any municipal officer for cause;
The adoption of rules for the Council;
The establishment of times and places for Council meetings;
The establishment of the Council as a committee of the whole and the delegation of any number of its members as an ad hoc committee;
The declaration of emergencies respecting the passage of ordinances;
The election, appointment, setting of salaries and removal of officers and employees of the Council, subject to any pertinent civil service requirements and any pertinent contractual obligations, and within the general limits of the municipal budget;
Designation of official newspapers;
Approval of contracts presented by the Mayor;
Actions specified as resolutions in the "Local Budget Law" (N.J.S.A. 40A:4-1 et seq.) and the "Local Fiscal Affairs Law" (N.J.S.A. 40A:5-1 et seq.);
The expression of Council policies or opinions which require no formal action by the Mayor (N.J.S.A. 40:69A-36);
Require any municipal officer, in its discretion, to prepare and submit sworn statements regarding his official duties in the performance thereof, and otherwise to investigate the conduct of any department, office or agency of the municipal government; and
Remove, by at least two-thirds vote of the whole number of the Council, any municipal officer, other than the Mayor or a member of Council, for cause, upon notice and opportunity to be heard (N.J.S.A. 40:69A-37).
The compensation of each member of the Council shall be fixed by the Annual Salary Ordinance.
The President of the Council, by reason of his or her additional duties, shall receive an additional payment as fixed by the Annual Salary Ordinance.