Cities in New York State are created by Charter. The City of Geneva's Charter outlines a Council-Manager form of government (PDF), in which a City Council provides policy and legislative direction to the City Manager, who oversees a staff charged with execution of Council's mission and vision.
Review a copy of our Rules of Procedures (PDF).
The City of Geneva is governed by a nine-member City Council. Six members are elected by wards divided geographically by population.
Short History of Geneva, New York
Standing on the ancestral lands of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Geneva appears to have received its present-day name by the late 1780s, with a population that fluctuated between three and six permanent family dwellings. In 1793 roads were laid out for what had become a growing settlement, establishing streets that overlooked the lake and away from “swampy” areas. Geneva became a village in 1806, although incorporation papers were not made official until 1812. With its steady growth, village leaders began looking to change its charter in the 1890s. By a vote of 475-302, citizens passed a charter to make Geneva a city in 1897. The state legislation approved the charter later that year, and, on January 1, 1898, this community officially became the City of Geneva, New York.
Agendas & Minutes
Access easily searchable meeting agendas and minutes for various boards, commissions, and committees.
Look through the City of Geneva Audited Basic Financial Statements.
Boards & Commissions
Discover information about the many boards and commissions that work to help create policies, laws, and other governing factors for the City of Geneva.
Browse the Municipal Budget for this year and prior years.
The City of Geneva’s Charter outlines a Council-Manager form of government, in which a City Council provides policy and legislative direction to the City Manager, who oversees a staff charged with execution of Council’s mission and vision.
Discover information about the many departments of the City of Geneva.
Downtown Construction Activity
Keep up-to-date with the most recent projects going on in Downtown Geneva.
Police Reform Initiatives
The Governor has charged local municipalities’ Chief Executive Officer and Chief of Police to present an action plan by April 1, 2021 to their governing body after a comprehensive review of current police force deployments, strategies, policies, procedures and practices, along with input from stakeholders.
Updates Due to COVID-19
Find important updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Find information about current Urban Initiatives.
Zoning Code Update 2020
A new draft for the City’s zoning code update will be ready for community review soon.