After reading Timer's chicken post, Tim's comment and then reading Warren's post on the city charter I decided to follow-up and discovered that all 3 are directly related. Timer wrote about a nonsensical chicken proposal, endorsed by Mayor Bramson, to appease north end constituents. Tim took it a step further in discovering that mommy & daddy are Bramson campaign donors. I'll will tie in Warren's charter dilemma in a minute.
New Rochelle has a city manager form of government as Warren points out. The manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of New Rochelle and a ceremonial mayor cuts ribbons, kisses babies and represents the city in governmental affairs. The city council is the legislative branch controlling everything from terminating firefighters, raising taxes, imposing fees and yes considering the proposed fowl-odor chicken legislation.