City of Albany, NY
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[Adopted 5-15-2017 by Ord. No. 26.31.17[1]]
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Editor’s Note: This ordinance also repealed former Part 35, Office of the City Archaeologist, adopted 3-15-2004 by L.L. No. 3-2004, as amended.
Pursuant to § 81 of the General City Law of the State of New York, there is hereby established a Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) consisting of seven members appointed by the Mayor.
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The Board of Zoning Appeals shall have the power and duty to hear and decide appeals from any orders, requirements, decisions or determinations made by a City administrative official interpreting or implementing the provisions of Chapter 375, or as otherwise provided by law.
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The Board may interpret the provisions of Chapter 375, grant or deny variances as therein provided.
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The Board shall hear and decide appeals from the decision or determination of the City Clerk relative to the issuance of a cabaret license pursuant to Part 3 of Chapter 111 of the Code of the City of Albany and as called upon by any other chapters in the Albany City Code.
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The members of the Board serving during the effective date of Chapter 375 shall continue in office as members of the Board.
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The Mayor shall appoint subsequent Board members to three-year terms. Terms shall begin January 1 and expire at 12:00 midnight on December 31. A member shall continue to serve until a successor is appointed.
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An appointment to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of a term shall be for the remainder of the unexpired term. Board members may be compensated at a rate determined by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment.
The Mayor shall appoint a Board Chair, and the Board shall elect a Vice Chair from among its members. The Chair shall preside over all Board meetings. The Vice Chair shall preside over Board meetings in the absence of the Chair. If both the Chair and the Vice Chair are absent, the Board shall vote to determine who shall serve as acting Chair for the meeting.
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Meetings of the Board shall be held at least once a month on a regular schedule established by the Board members, with additional meetings to be held at the call of the Chair if determined to be necessary.
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All Board meetings shall be open to the public and held in strict compliance with Article 7 of the New York State Public Officers Law. All proceedings, including all deliberations of the Board, shall be open to the public.
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The presence of four members shall constitute a quorum of the Board. The concurring vote of four members shall be required to carry out any action of the Board, except as may be statutorily required.
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The Board shall keep minutes of its proceedings and shall keep records of all votes taken and all official actions. All Board records shall be part of the public record and shall be kept on file in the office of the Chief Planning Official and that of the City Clerk.
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All meetings shall comply with Chapter 34 (Meetings) of the Albany Code.