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Issues with Tax Escrow Payments

Recently, the City of Poughkeepsie received notice from banks and mortgage institutions that they will not honor the Common Council resolution of December 2013.  They will not pay the sanitation portion of the tax bills that were mailed to the escrow financial institutions.  These involved over 2100 escrow accounts from over 70 institutions, including over 400 from one local bank.  The City had no obligation to inform the taxpayers involved of their financial institutions’ decision.  As a matter of customer service, the City decided to inform our residents and taxpayers involved of their financial institutions’ decision.  Please see the attached letter sent to almost 1800 residents and taxpayers.  The City has received very positive responses to the letters.

 

 

Holiday Schedule: Presidents’ Day (Monday, February 16, 2015)

In observance of Presidents’ Day (Monday, February 16, 2015), the following services are closed or suspended:

  • City Hall: Closed
  • Transfer Station: Closed
  • Bus Service: Running on Saturday schedule
  • Sanitation & Recycling:
    • Routes normally scheduled for Monday collection will be picked up on Tuesday, February 17th. Tuesday collection routes will be picked up on Wednesday, Wednesday, February 18th.
    • Yard Debris collection remains closed through the season.

Snow Emergency Lifted: Tuesday, February 10, 12:00am

The Snow Emergency declared on Monday, February 9th will be lifted on Tuesday, February 10th at 12:00am.

City Buses will be running a regular schedule on Tuesday, February 10th.

Sanitation & Recycling collection remains on a staggered schedule. Monday routes will be picked up on Tuesday. Tuesday routes will be picked up on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015.

Snow Emergency Declared – Begins Monday, February 9 at 9:00am

A Snow Emergency has been declared beginning at 9:00am, Monday, February 9, 2015.  The Snow Emergency will remain in effect until further notice. Updates on the Snow Emergency will be available on this website, all City social media and local media outlets.

Mayor John C. Tkazyik would like to take the opportunity to remind City residents and visitors about the regulations that are put into effect when a “Snow Emergency” is declared.

City Bus Service

City Bus Service is cancelled for Monday, February 9, 2015 . Service will resume Tuesday, February 10.

Sanitation & Recycling Collection 

Sanitation & Recycling is cancelled for Monday, February 9, 2015.  Monday routes will be picked up on Tuesday. Tuesday routes will be picked up on Wednesday, February 11.

Snow Removal

Residents and business owners must clear sidewalks in front of and adjacent to their residences and businesses, as required by the City ordinance.  Placing snow into any roadway is a violation of the City of Poughkeepsie Code of Ordinances. Please comply with all parking regulations for your street.

Clearing Snow from Hydrants

When shoveling your driveway and sidewalk, please remove the snow from around any fire hydrant common to your home or property. Clearing the snow around the hydrant and shoveling a path to it from the street will give the Fire Department the access that they need.

Under the Codes of the City of Poughkeepsie there is a responsibility of the owner/lessee of property fronting a hydrant to maintain the area clear around the hydrant. Failure to clear and keep clear a hydrant may result in a $100 fine or more.

Snow Emergency Routes

During a “Snow Emergency,” vehicles are required to be removed from streets that are designated as a snow emergency route. The City is also encouraging those who do not live along a snow emergency route to relocate their vehicles to City Municipal lots during the storm to facilitate clean-up. Vehicles that are legally registered, inspected, and insured may be parked in a City of Poughkeepsie municipal parking lot that is open to the public, free of charge, during a declared snow emergency.  Vehicles that are parked on snow emergency routes during a declared snow emergency are subject to ticketing, towing, or impounding at the vehicle owner’s expense.  If your vehicle is towed, an impound fee must be paid prior to it being released.  Instructions for release can be obtained by calling the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department at (845) 451-4000.  Vehicles should not be parked on snow emergency routes until the snow emergency is cancelled.  Snow emergency routes can be found below. Please check the website for updates throughout the storm.

Designated Snow Emergency Routes:

    • Mill Street from Civic Center Plaza to Dongan Square Park
    • Academy Street from Main Street to North-South Arterial Highway
    • Beechwood Avenue from Ferris Lane to City line
    • South Cherry Street from Main Street to Hooker Avenue
    • Civic Center Plaza from Mansion Street to Main Street
    • North Clinton Street from Mansion Street to Route 44/55, westbound
    • Columbia Street from North-South Arterial Highway to Lincoln Avenue
    • North Clover Street from Mill Street to Main Street
    • South Clover Street from Main Street to Union Street
    • Ferris Lane from Hooker Avenue to Beechwood Avenue
    • Grand Avenue from City line at Main Street to Hooker Avenue
    • North Hamilton Street from Parker Avenue to Main Street
    • South Hamilton Street from Main Street to Livingston Street
    • Hooker Avenue from South Hamilton Street to City line
    • Jefferson Street, Route 44/55 to Lincoln Avenue
    • Lincoln Avenue from Montgomery Street to Livingston Street
    • Main Street from Hudson River to City line at Grand Avenue
    • Mansion Street from Smith Street to North Clinton Street
    • Market Street from Main Street to Montgomery Street
    • Montgomery Street from Lincoln Avenue to South Hamilton Street
    • Parker Avenue from Washington Street to City line
    • Reade Place from South Avenue to Young Street
    • Smith Street from City line to Clinton Square
    • South Avenue from Montgomery Street to North-South Arterial Highway
    • Washington Street from City line to Main Street
    • Wilbur Boulevard from Hooker Avenue to City line

Street Closings for Snow Removal – Begins February 5, 2015 at 4:00pm

The City of Poughkeepsie Department of Public Works has advised that effective today, Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. through Friday, February 6, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. the following streets below will have No Parking due to snow removal:

  • Dean Place
  • Carroll Street
  • Franklin Street between Carroll and Hamilton & between South Avenue and Lincoln Avenue.
  • Gifford Avenue
  • Duane Street

Signs and flyers will be posted and distributed during the day and at least one Traffic Officer will be assigned to the area to assist DPW with having cars moved or towed. If needed, residents can utilize the Chance Parking Lot from the above times at no charge per the City Parking Department.

Street Closings for Snow Removal – Begins February 4, 2015 at 4:00pm

The City of Poughkeepsie Department of Public Works has advised that effective today, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. through Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. the following streets below will have No Parking due to snow removal. Signs and flyers were posted and distributed during the day and at least one Traffic Officer will be assigned to the area to assist DPW with having cars moved or towed. If needed residents can utilize the Chance Parking Lot from the above times at no charge per the City Parking Department.


The following streets are effected:
1) Union St. from Columbus Drive to S. Clover St.
2) Delano St.
3) Grand St.
4) S. Bridge St
5) S. Perry St.

Suspect in Animal Abuse Case Surrenders to Police

On December 28, 2014, at 7:56 a.m. a man was videotaped beating a dog in Pulaski Park near Talmadge Street. The man and the dog were gone when City of Poughkeepsie Police officers arrived. Since that day the members of the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department have worked relentlessly to identify and locate the man and the dog.

The man has been identified as THEOPHILUS J BURKE, a 37-year-old Brooklyn man, and the dog has been identified as BURKE’s dog “GIZMO”. GIZMO is described as being a two- to three-year-old small white dog, possibly a Maltese. A Dutchess County Court arrest warrant has been filed against BURKE charging him with Animal Cruelty.

On January 29, 2015, Detective Sergeant John Zeltmann and Detective Garth Mason recovered GIZMO at an address in Brooklyn, New York. The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department was assisted in this by members of the NYPD’s 67th and 69th Precincts. GIZMO was transported back to the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department. GIZMO appears to be healthy, but is being checked out by a Veterinarian. GIZMO will be sheltered at a local facility until the Court case is resolved.

On February 3, 2015 THEOPHILUS J BURKE turned himself into City of Poughkeepsie Police. He was booked and is being held pending his arraignment in front of Judge Foreman in County Court at 3:00 p.m. today.

Snow Emergency Lifted: February 3, 2015 at 8:30am

The Snow Emergency declared on Monday, February 2 has been lifted as of 8:30am today, February 3, 2015.

City Transit is running on a regular schedule.

Sanitation & Recycling collection is running on a staggered schedule. Monday routes will be picked up today. Tuesday routes will be picked up on Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

Snow Emergency Declared – Begins February 2, 2015 at 9:00am

A Snow Emergency has been declared beginning at 9:00am, February 2, 2015.  The Snow Emergency will remain in effect until further notice. Updates on the Snow Emergency will be available on this website, all City social media and local media outlets.

Mayor John C. Tkazyik would like to take the opportunity to remind City residents and visitors about the regulations that are put into effect when a “Snow Emergency” is declared.

Common Council Meeting Postponed

The Common Council meeting scheduled for this evening has been postponed until Thursday, February 5 at 6:30pm.

City Transit, Sanitation & Recycling Collection 

All City Transit is cancelled for today. Service will resume tomorrow, February 3, 2015.

Sanitation & Recycling is cancelled for today, Monday, February 2. Monday routes will be picked up on Tuesday, February 3rd. Tuesday routes will be picked up on Wednesday, February 4.

Snow Removal

Residents and business owners must clear sidewalks in front of and adjacent to their residences and businesses, as required by the City ordinance.  Placing snow into any roadway is a violation of the City of Poughkeepsie Code of Ordinances. Please comply with all parking regulations for your street.

Clearing Snow from Hydrants

When shoveling your driveway and sidewalk, please remove the snow from around any fire hydrant common to your home or property. Clearing the snow around the hydrant and shoveling a path to it from the street will give the Fire Department the access that they need.

Under the Codes of the City of Poughkeepsie there is a responsibility of the owner/lessee of property fronting a hydrant to maintain the area clear around the hydrant. Failure to clear and keep clear a hydrant may result in a $100 fine or more.

Snow Emergency Routes

During a “Snow Emergency,” vehicles are required to be removed from streets that are designated as a snow emergency route. The City is also encouraging those who do not live along a snow emergency route to relocate their vehicles to City Municipal lots during the storm to facilitate clean-up. Vehicles that are legally registered, inspected, and insured may be parked in a City of Poughkeepsie municipal parking lot that is open to the public, free of charge, during a declared snow emergency.  Vehicles that are parked on snow emergency routes during a declared snow emergency are subject to ticketing, towing, or impounding at the vehicle owner’s expense.  If your vehicle is towed, an impound fee must be paid prior to it being released.  Instructions for release can be obtained by calling the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department at (845) 451-4000.  Vehicles should not be parked on snow emergency routes until the snow emergency is cancelled.  Snow emergency routes can be found below. Please check the website for updates throughout the storm.

Designated Snow Emergency Routes:

    • Mill Street from Civic Center Plaza to Dongan Square Park
    • Academy Street from Main Street to North-South Arterial Highway
    • Beechwood Avenue from Ferris Lane to City line
    • South Cherry Street from Main Street to Hooker Avenue
    • Civic Center Plaza from Mansion Street to Main Street
    • North Clinton Street from Mansion Street to Route 44/55, westbound
    • Columbia Street from North-South Arterial Highway to Lincoln Avenue
    • North Clover Street from Mill Street to Main Street
    • South Clover Street from Main Street to Union Street
    • Ferris Lane from Hooker Avenue to Beechwood Avenue
    • Grand Avenue from City line at Main Street to Hooker Avenue
    • North Hamilton Street from Parker Avenue to Main Street
    • South Hamilton Street from Main Street to Livingston Street
    • Hooker Avenue from South Hamilton Street to City line
    • Jefferson Street, Route 44/55 to Lincoln Avenue
    • Lincoln Avenue from Montgomery Street to Livingston Street
    • Main Street from Hudson River to City line at Grand Avenue
    • Mansion Street from Smith Street to North Clinton Street
    • Market Street from Main Street to Montgomery Street
    • Montgomery Street from Lincoln Avenue to South Hamilton Street
    • Parker Avenue from Washington Street to City line
    • Reade Place from South Avenue to Young Street
    • Smith Street from City line to Clinton Square
    • South Avenue from Montgomery Street to North-South Arterial Highway
    • Washington Street from City line to Main Street
    • Wilbur Boulevard from Hooker Avenue to City line

Dog Recovered in Animal Abuse Case; $1,000 Reward for Information

Theophilus Burke

Theophilus Burke

On December 28, 2014 at 7:56am, a man was videotaped beating a dog in Pulaski Park near Talmadge Street, the man and the dog were gone when the Officers arrived. Since that day the members of the City of Poughkeepsie Police have worked relentlessly to identify and locate the man and the dog.

The man has been identified as, THEOPHILUS J BURKE a 37 year Brooklyn man, and the dog has been identified as BURKE’s dog “GIZMO”. “GIZMO” is described as being a 2 to 3 year old small white dog, possibly a Maltese. A Dutchess County Court Arrest Warrant has been filed against BURKE charging him with Animal Cruelty.

“Gizmo” Recovered

Gizmo with Detective Garth Mason

Gizmo with Detective Garth Mason

On January 29, 2015 Detective Sergeant John Zeltmann and Detective Garth Mason recovered GIZMO at an address in Brooklyn New York. The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department was assisted in this by members of the NYPD’s 67th and 69th Precincts. GIZMO was transported back to the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department. GIZMO appears to be healthy, but is being checked out by a Veterinarian. GIZMO will be sheltered at a local facility until the Court case is resolved.

At this time the suspect THEOPHILUS J BURKE is still at large and wanted. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the City of Poughkeepsie Police at (845) 451-7577.

$1,000 Reward for Information

The New York State Humane Association, headquartered in Kingston, NY, is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man who was videotaped beating his dog in Pulaski Park near Talmadge Street in Poughkeepsie, on January 28. Police have identified the man as Theophilus J. Burke, 37, and the dog as Gizmo a small white dog belonging to him. According to Police, Burke lives in Brooklyn, however, he was no longer at his last known address. A warrant for Burke’s arrest on animal cruelty charges has been issued, and police believe Burke and the dog are still in the New York City area.

This individual videotaped committing this crime must be brought to justice. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Poughkeepsie Police Department Detectives at (845) 451-4169.

The New York State Humane Association has conducted animal cruelty investigation workshops for police and humane investigators throughout the state for the past fifteen years and has offered rewards to assist police with their investigations. A key segment of the NYSHA workshop focuses on the strong correlation between animal abuse and human violence. NYSHA is currently scheduling its workshops for 2015.

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Gizmo