[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Mount Vernon 4-14-1965. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Mount Vernon Youth Bureau, hereinafter referred to as "the Bureau," is hereby established in and for the City of Mount Vernon, in accordance with Article 19-A of the Executive Law of the State of New York.
The Bureau shall consist of 14 members. Twelve members shall be appointed by the Mayor; the remaining two members shall be the Commissioner of Public Safety and the Chairman of the Committee on Parks, Recreation and Youth of the City Council, who shall serve as members of the Bureau by virtue of their office but shall not be eligible to become an officer of the Bureau.
Of the members first appointed, four shall be appointed for terms of office of one year each, four for terms of office of two years each and four for terms of office of three years each. Thereafter, all appointments, except to fill vacancies for unexpired terms, shall be for terms of office of three years each.
All members of the Bureau, including the Chairman, shall serve without salary or compensation but shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties.
In making appointments to the Bureau, the Mayor shall take into account professional competence and/or distinguished service rendered in any and all areas of youth work.
Vacancies on the Bureau occurring otherwise than by expiration of term shall be filled by the Mayor for the unexpired term.
[Amended 11-22-1978, approved 11-24-1978]
The Bureau shall meet at least once each month on a stated day to be selected by the Bureau and may hold such other meetings as it may determine from time to time. Eight members shall constitute a quorum. Whenever the approval of the Bureau is required, the affirmative vote of a majority shall be required.
[Amended 11-9-1977, approved 11-10-1977]
The Bureau shall have the duty, subject to applicable civil service requirements, to screen and interview all candidates for Executive Director of the Youth Bureau, to evaluate the qualifications and recommend to the Mayor candidates for Executive Director of the Youth Bureau, and the Mayor shall appoint an Executive Director and deputy as may be determined and whose salaries shall be fixed by the Bureau of Estimate and Contract.
On or before the 15th of September in each year, the Chairman shall furnish to the Mayor estimates in writing of the amount of expenditure for the next fiscal year, including a statement of the salaries of all his subordinates. The fiscal year of the Bureau shall commence on the first day of January.
The Bureau is hereby authorized and empowered to:
Work with existing City youth agencies so as to encourage a greater use of the facilities of such agencies.
Determine youth problems and needs.
Bring about community awareness of their problems and needs.
Develop an effective overall program for the prevention of delinquency, youth crime and neglect.
Encourage close cooperation between employers, labor, schools, churches, federal, state and local employment bureaus, service groups and other public and private agencies so as to stimulate employment for youth at fair wages and initiate sound youth programs in the community.
Foster educational programs in connection with youth, including parental and adult education in relation to prevention of crime, neglect and delinquency among youth.
Apply for, receive and expend municipal, federal and state moneys for the purpose of carrying out its objectives.
Do all things necessary and desirable to carry out the powers and duties herein granted.
This chapter shall take effect immediately.