[Amended 6-7-2016 by L.L. No. 1-2016]
This Charter shall become effective on January 1, 2012, upon approval by public referendum in the manner provided by applicable law. An Administrative Code may be adopted and amended by local law at any time subsequent to the approval and adoption of this Charter.
This Charter may be amended in the manner provided by the Municipal Home Rule Law. At least once every 20 years following the effective date of January 1, 2012, this Charter shall be reviewed and revised as deemed necessary pursuant to the Municipal Home Rule Law.
The provisions of this Charter shall constitute a continuation of City functions for the purpose of succession to all rights, powers, duties, and obligations attached to such functions. Proceedings or other business undertaken or commenced prior to the effective date of this Charter may be conducted and completed by the City officer or department responsible. This Charter shall not invalidate any obligations previously issued by the City or by any of its commissions, boards, or agencies, and such obligations shall be and remain binding obligations of the City. In the event any obligation has been issued in anticipation of the issuance of bonds by the City or by any of its commissions, boards, or agencies, the City is hereby empowered to issue such bonds as legal and binding obligations of the City.
Continuity of City officers' rights and privileges. Nothing in this Charter, except as otherwise specifically provided, shall affect or impair the rights or privileges of persons who are City officers or employees at the time of its adoption.
Continuity of appointed officials. Appointed officials whose offices are continued pursuant to this Charter shall continue to hold their respective offices until the expiration of the term for which they were originally appointed, and shall perform the duties of their respective offices as prescribed in this Charter, and shall be subject to removal only as originally provided at the time of their appointment.
Continuity of powers and duties. Any powers which are conferred and duties which are imposed upon an officer, board, commission, or department under any laws of the state or by any ordinance or local law in force at the time this Charter takes effect shall be retained and exercised by the officer, board, commission, or department except as amended by the provisions of this Charter.
Continuity of officers and employees. All officers and employees of the City who shall hold office or be employed subject to Civil Service Law and Rules when this Charter takes effect shall continue in their respective positions and employment and in their respective civil service classifications and status as officers or employees of the City, consistent with the provisions of this Charter.
Transfer of functions, powers, and duties. This Charter provides that any functions, powers, or duties exercised by an officer, department, board, commission, or agency, including the officers and employees in the classified civil service, who are engaged in the performance of such functions, powers, or duties at the time this Charter takes effect shall be transferred to the office, department, board, commission, or agency to which such functions, powers, or duties are assigned by this Charter without examination and without affecting existing compensation, pension or retirement rights, privileges, or obligations of such officers and employees.
Transfer of records, property, and equipment. All records, property, and equipment whatsoever of any office, department, board, commission, or agency the powers and duties of which are assigned by this Charter to any other office, department, board, commission, or agency shall be transferred and delivered to the office, department, board, commission, or agency to which such powers and duties are assigned.
Transfer of powers and duties. If a City department, office, or agency is abolished by this Charter, the powers and duties given it by law shall be transferred to the City department, office, or agency designated in this Charter or, if the Charter makes no provision, designated by the Common Council.
Transfer of Chamberlain's powers and duties. Upon adoption of this Charter, all powers and duties of the City Chamberlain shall be vested in the Director of Finance.
If part of any provision of this Charter shall be adjudged by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such adjudication shall not affect, impair, or invalidate the remainder of such provision, but shall be confined in its operation to the clause, sentence, paragraph, section, or article thereof directly involved in the proceeding in which such adjudication shall have been rendered.
If any date specified in this Charter falls, in any year, on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal City holiday, then such date shall be deemed to refer to the next succeeding date which is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal City holiday.