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    Board of Alders
    Albert Lucas

    Board of Alders/Office of Legislative Services

    Albert Lucas, Director
    165 Church St.
    New Haven, CT 06510
    (203) 946-8371
    Fax: (203) 946-7476

    The Office of Legislative Services provides professional staff support to the Board of Alders, enabling them to fulfill their powers and duties as the City's legislative body.

    Special message from the Board of Alders: How We Function

    You elected us. Don't let your interest stop there. If we can be of service, please contact us. Visitors are welcome at all of our meetings.

    The presiding officer of the full board meetings is the President, elected from and by the Board of Alders. The President Pro Tempore, who is also elected from and by the board members, presides when the President is absent or wishes to participate in debate.

    To make certain every member has the opportunity to become acquainted with legislation, bills are printed before they can be acted on. Each bill with its committee report is read twice, at two successive meetings, with the final vote taken at the time of the second reading. All the proceedings are recorded and published in the Journal of the Board of Alders.

    During an average year, some 950 bills will be introduced and about 700 will receive final action.

    Much of the board's business takes place in its committees. At committee hearings, you can tell your representatives what you think about important issues like the City budget, the use of federal funds in your neighborhood, and the level and type of services the City should provide for its residents.

    For specific meeting dates, times and agendas, call the Office of Legislative Services Information line at 946-6483, or watch the legal notifces in the daily paper.


    The Board of Alders meets at 7 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month (September through May) and on the 1st Monday of each month (June through August), unless otherwise noted. All meeting are held in the Board of Alders Aldermanic Chambers located at 165 Church Street, New Haven on the 2nd Floor.

    Please view our online Legistar Center to find the Agendas and Minutes of the City Council and other meeting bodies. Links are provided to detailed information and history on each legislative item.

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