The legislative body of a Village, the board of trustees, is composed of the Mayor and six trustees.
The Board meets on the first and third Mondays of each month at 5:30 p.m. (These meetings are often broadcast live on cable Lighthouse TV23.)
Village Law §4-412 set forth the authority of the board. The general power of the board under this section provides that:
"In addition to any other poswers conferred upon villages, the board of trustees of a village shall have management of village property and finances, may take all measures and do all acts, by local law, not inconsistent with the provisions of the constitution, and not inconsistent with a general law except as authorized by the municipal home rule law, which shall be deemed expedient or desirable for the good government of the village, its management and business, the protection of peroperty, the safety, health, comfort, and general welfare of its inhabitants, the protection of their property , the preservation of peace and good order, the suppression of vice, the benefit of trade, and the preservation and protection of public works. The board of trustees may create or abolish by resolution offices, boards, agencies and commissions and delegate to said offices, boards, agencies and commissions so much of its powers, duties and functions as it shall deem necessary for effectuating or administering the board of trustees duties and functions."
The extremely broad grant of power enables the board of trustees to adopt a wide range of local laws to address village concerns, as long as the action is not inconsistent with the constitution or general laws of the state.
The Village Board of Trustees sets policies, approves budgets, and generally oversees the activities of the Village. Much of a Trustee's work involves reviewing and approving the work of the various appointed boards and committees.
Beyond what's listed under "Description", Village Law §4-412 grants additional, more specific, powers to the board as follows:
Additionally, the board may determine the rules of its procedure, as no specific rules are set forth in the law for conduct of meetings.