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City Mourns Passing of Planning Board Member

Mayor Rob Rolison and the City of Poughkeepsie would like to express condolences at the passing of Naomi S. Goldberg. Naomi was a treasure of the City, owning the House of Cards located on Main Street for fifty years until her retirement in 2007. She was a long-time member of the City of Poughkeepsie Planning Board, a former member of the Poughkeepsie Zoning Board of Appeals and a devoted fan of Poughkeepsie. Naomi had a strong conviction that the City would be revitalized and return to its old glory. She wanted to be part of seeing that dream come true by serving our community in several capacities. She will be truly missed.

Services will be held at Vassar Temple, 140 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie on Sunday, January 31st at 10:00 am.

“Naomi was passionate about her City and devoted to her role on the Planning Board. She believed in Poughkeepsie and faithfully served it knowing that she could make a difference. I would like to express my sincerest sympathy to her family at this difficult time,” said Mayor Rob Rolison.

Happy New Year Poughkeepsie!

Happy New Year Poughkeepsie!  I am very gratified by the support and confidence you showed by choosing me to be our City’s Mayor for the next four years.  As our journey begins I hope you are as excited about the coming year as I am.

Poughkeepsie is a city at a crossroad.  We have significant challenges in the areas of public safety and financial management, and we have great potential in our business district, the waterfront and the willingness of so many people to contribute to a better Poughkeepsie.  Most importantly, we have so much potential in the diverse fabric of our people and neighborhoods.

The challenges facing us are complex and difficult and will require the coordinated and concentrated efforts of many people and organizations, including the city workforce, residents, property owners, businesses, religious organizations, non-profits, and other government partners.

I have spent the time since November 3rd becoming more familiar with the details of the City’s current financial and operational landscape.  In the next few months my focus will be on stabilizing the City’s finances and building a responsive team in City Hall.  A key step will be recruiting and hiring a new City Administrator and Finance Commissioner to help carry out this important work.

I have already forged strong ties with the incoming Common Council Members and together we will work to rebuild trust, establish a strong financial base, support innovation, and implement projects that will improve our prosperity and strengthen our neighborhoods.

The election in November was not the end, it was the beginning.  As we move forward into 2016 I will need your support, and perhaps at times, your patience.  There is much work to do to address our challenges and maximize our opportunities, and I believe by working together we can make Poughkeepsie strong.

Thank you,

Rob Rolison

City of Poughkeepsie Sees Successful Allocations

The City of Poughkeepsie has been notified of its successful application for federal and state subsidies with regard to the design and construction of two major infrastructure projects;

  • City of Poughkeepsie College Hill Reservoir Replacement & Distribution System Improvements: The City will replace its sole, 95 year-old, 5 million gallon reservoir with two, 2.5 million reservoirs. The current structure has developed cracks and minor inflow issues.  Additionally, 23,000 linear feet of water mains, also dating from the early 1920’s, will be replaced.

The total cost of the project is $11,688,000.  The City has applied to New York State’s Environmental Facilities Corporation, which receives federal Environmental Protection Administration grants to support subsidies on interest rates, for project financing.  EFC is making available loan interest savings and subsidies up to $7,899,400 for this project through its Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

  • City of Poughkeepsie Wastewater Improvement Project: The City has also applied to New York State’s Environmental Facilities Corporation’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund to support improvements to its wastewater collections and treatment system. These include design and construction for sewage treatment plant upgrades, pump station improvements and Combined Sewer Overflow corrections at various locations throughout the City of Poughkeepsie to protect the water quality of the Hudson River. This $11,320,344 project, also financed through EFC, will receive up to $7,641,232 in interest savings and subsidies.

The City is pursuing additional grant sources to further offset the cost of these vital infrastructure improvements to its rate payers.  But the City would also like to acknowledge that, as of last week, the entire cost of these two projects has been reduced by more than 40%.  With this in mind, the City would like to thank the agencies and elected officials on the city, state and federal levels who have formed the partnership that is making this benefit to the City of Poughkeepsie a reality.

Additionally, the City of Poughkeepsie is the beneficiary of a range of awards through the Regional Economic Development Council, announced by Governor Cuomo.  These include:

  • $92,075 for the Kaal Rock Connector Feasibility Study: The City of Poughkeepsie will conduct a feasibility study for the Kaal Rock Connector Trail between Waryas Park and Kaal Rock Park along the Hudson River Waterfront with a view toward developing a continuous waterfront trail.
  • The City of Poughkeepsie is receiving $25,000 to develop a long-term redevelopment strategy and facilitate a collaborative planning process for converting its underutilized surface parking lots in the central business district into a new hub for business innovation, education and commerce.
  • With the sponsorship of Hudson River Housing, the Cardinal Court Complex at 40 Cannon St. in Poughkeepsie will receive $500,000 from NY Main Streets funds for its mixed-use revitalization.
  • Supported by a $300,000 investment of Empire State Development funding, Kearney Realty Development Corp. will construct a four-story, 85,000 square foot, mixed artist housing and commercial building on vacant land in the City of Poughkeepsie.
  • The Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge Company, Inc. will receive $600,000 in funding to enhance its visitor center and interpretive facilities through the adaptive reuse of historic structures on the City of Poughkeepsie’s waterfront.

“These projects are a work-in-progress and I am pleased to see them through to the end of my term as Mayor.  It has been my privilege working with City staff, Federal, State, and Local agencies as well as Private Developers on these projects that are making Poughkeepsie an even better place,” said Mayor John C. Tkazyik.

Property Tax Payment System Offline

Due to the Tax Lien Sale and the delay in processing online payments, online credit card payments will not be accepted after 3:00PM on Tuesday, December 8th 2015.  The system will be back online and accepting payments on Wednesday, December 9th 2015 at 3:00pm.

If you need to pay your property taxes, school taxes, or liens, during this period, please do so at in person at City Hall. Accepted payment methods include cash, money order, or certified check.

 

City of Poughkeepsie Real Estate Market Improves

As the Dutchess County Real Estate market improves so does the City of Poughkeepsie’s Real Estate market.  Sales of single family, detached homes rose by 27.5% in the first half of 2015 versus the same period last year according to Mid-Hudson Multiple Listing Service.

More importantly, the average sale price and high-end sales have shown marked improvement.  The average sale price has improved by 5.7% to $182,532 with sales exceeding $300,000 increased by 300%.  The highest sale was $379,000, 14% over last year’s highest sale at the same time.

Similar to the County, as a whole, the younger buyer appears to be driving the market with many coming from markets to the south, based on new applicants for the Basic STAR School Tax Relief Exemption. Continue reading City of Poughkeepsie Real Estate Market Improves

Media Advisory: “SAFER Grant” Press Conference

505 Main Street
(Public Safety Building)
Thursday, July 30th
12:00 PM

Congressman Maloney and Mayor Tkazyik will announce the City of Poughkeepsie as a recipient of the “SAFER Grant”, which will entitle the City to 7 additional firefighters with complete support from the Federal Government.

Mayor Calls for Additional Measures in Light of Recent Shootings and Homicides

There will be a press conference in the City of Poughkeepsie Common Council Chambers (City Hall, 62 Civic Center Plaza) on Friday, July 24, 2015 at 11am.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Additional overtime for Police patrols, including foot patrols
  • The seeking of funds from New York State for Anti-Violence Disrupter Programs modeled after other community’s programs
  • Meetings with Dutchess County and other agencies for additional resources
  • The formation of steering committee to implement a Civil Patrol program
  • Increased community awareness of the City’s Cash for Tips program

“I encourage continued cooperation by the public with the City’s Police Department. In the past, cooperation has resulted in a number of leads that were pursued by detectives. If you have any information, please call City Police at 845-451-4000 or the City’s tip line at 845-451-7577,” said Mayor John C. Tkazyik.

Traffic Advisory: Intersection Hooker and Woodland Avenue

A vehicle hit and damage the traffic light controller at the intersection of Hooker and Woodland Avenue on Thursday, July 16th. Temporary stop signs have been placed on both Woodland and Mildred Avenues.

If you have any questions or concerns please call DPW Dispatch at 845-451-4111.

Street Closing, N Clinton St – July 15th

Wednesday July 15th, Robinson Excavators have closed N Clinton Street. They will be working on lanes bordering the Mansion Square Park, between the north and south Mansion Street. Work zones are in place and emergency vehicles will be accommodated

If you have any questions or concerns, please call DPW Dispatch at (845) 451-4111. Thank you.

Street Closing, N Clinton St – Tuesday, July 14th

On Tuesday July 14th, beginning at 7:00am Robinson Excavators will be closing N Clinton Street . They will be working on N Clinton between the north and south Mansion Street lanes bordering the Mansion Square Park. Work zones will be in place and emergency vehicles will be accommodated.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call DPW Dispatch at (845) 451-4111. Thank you.