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City to Embark on Important Energy Saving Project

The City of Poughkeepsie Common Council approved unanimously the financing of $3.2 Million for the City’s LED Project. Phase I of the project will replace 1,880 pole lights owned by the City with energy saving LED lights. Working under an Energy Performance Program, the City is projected to have savings of over $400,000 on its City street light bills on the very first year of operation. The City is also expected to earn $190,000 in grants from NYSERDA. The City’s target is to complete Phase I before the FERC increases, which can raise rates between 20% – 40%, are implemented.

Embarking on this all important energy saving, green project, Mayor Tkazyik commented, “The City is facing spiraling costs in energy. We saw the LED project as a major step in rolling back these costs and providing the City with a long-term commitment to green energy.”

City Lowers Flags in Honor of Fallen NYPD Officers

Poughkeepsie Mayor John C. Tkazyik has ordered all flags on City buildings to be flown at half-staff until Wednesday at noon in honor of NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos who were brutally slain in the line of duty on Saturday, December 20th in Brooklyn.
The Mayor offers his sincerest condolences to the family of the officers and to the brave men and women of the NYPD.

Mayor Vetoes Council Budget Amendments

Mayor John C. Tkazyik vetoed another resolution passed by the City Council concerning the Council’s amendment of the Mayor’s budget by increasing appropriations.

Tkazyik vetoed Resolution R-14-76, which would increase appropriations by almost $328,000.   “While many of the appropriations are worthwhile, they have not been adequately funded and will lead to a general deficit and possibly a cash flow shortage as early as the first fiscal quarter for the year 2015, said Mayor Tkazyik.”

The Mayor continued saying, “Property sales are too speculative to account for revenue, especially when a majority of the revenue is purported to be derived from one sale, specifically 36 North Clover Street.”

Even if the proceeds from the sale of 36 North Clover Street are in fact realized, those monies would be attributable to the 2014 budget and not the 2015 budget due to the City’s external auditor’s opinion that monies realized from a property sale are attributable to the year the sale was authorized.  The sale of 36 North Clover Street was authorized in 2014 and as such, is attributable accordingly.

Central Hudson Storm Advisory December 9th, 2014

Celebration of Lights – Friday, December 5

The 21st Annual Celebration of Lights Parade & Fireworks is scheduled for Friday, December 5, 2014. The parade will commence at 6:30pm on Main Street and Garden Street and proceed to the evening’s first Christmas tree lighting on Main Street, near Market Street. The parade will proceed down Main Street to Clover Street where the parade will conclude at Dongan Square Park for the second Christmas tree lighting. At 7:15pm, Poughkeepsie River District Business Association and Legion Fireworks will present the area’s only winter fireworks display along Poughkeepsie’s waterfront.


Free parking is available in all downtown City parking lots during the event. A temporary “No Parking” zone will be in effect on Main Street, between Academy Street and Market Street, on Friday from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.  City of Poughkeepsie Police will post the zone Thursday evening.

For additional information about the event, please visit the Bardavon website:

Update: Upcoming Snowstorm Procedures – Nov 26, 2014

Update: Procedures for Upcoming Snowstorm in City of Poughkeepsie

In anticipation of the snowstorm, whichever side of the street you are parked legally on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, please continue parking on that same side through Saturday, November 29, 2014 to facilitate the clearing of snow by the Department of Public Works. Also, remember to shovel your fire hydrants.

Please note that due to the holiday, there is no garbage pick-up on Thursday or Friday. The City of Poughkeepsie Transfer Station is closed on Saturday.

On Friday, November 28, 2014, City buses will run on a Saturday schedule.

Please check the city’s website at and other media outlets for updates and a possible snow emergency declaration.

Snow Information, Policies & Procedures

Snowfall and Snow Emergency information is available for download below. The downloads include Public Works snow removal policies & procedures, Snow Emergency guidelines, Snow Emergency routes and maps, and Fire Hydrant clearing instructions.

When shoveling snow from sidewalks and driveways, please refrain from dumping snow into any roadway. Consider helping your elderly neighbors, or those with medical conditions, by shoveling out the hydrant or sidewalk in front of their home. This act of kindness will benefit the entire neighborhood.

Residents and business owners are reminded to clear snow from fire hydrants and sidewalks on or near their property. Cleared fire hydrants allow the Fire Department quick access to the hydrant during emergency situations. 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.


City of Poughkeepsie Transit Hub Selected for Prestigious Award

The judges in the 2015 Engineering Excellence Awards Competition have selected Urban Engineering’s entry, Design of City of Poughkeepsie Transit Hub, for a 2015 ACEC New York (American Council of Engineering Companies of New York) Silver Award in the category of Transportation.

The concept and 30% design work was done in-house by the City’s Engineering Department.  The final design team was led by Urban Engineers.  Wiley Engineering, the Clarient Group and QPK Design were sub consultants.

The construction contract was awarded to Arold Construction.  Electrical subcontractor, Mannino Electric completed the electrical and IT portion of the project.  Construction administration and oversight was provided by Urban and the City Engineering Department.

Mayor John C. Tkazyik said, “I am so proud of our City staff who worked tirelessly to complete this important project.  It has become an integral part of our City’s infrastructure and will be extremely instrumental in the continuation of Main Street’s Revitalization.  The fact that the City’s work was recognized in such a prestigious way is a testament to our dedication of serving the public.”

Project Highlights:

In 2013, a new Transit Hub opened in the City of Poughkeepsie’s downtown, to facilitate transportation connections within the City, the surrounding Hudson Valley and Northeastern US Region. The Hub facility fosters and strengthens Poughkeepsie’s role as a regional hub, and serves a myriad of transportation users including local residents, professionals, students and tourists.  In addition to bus stops, the Hub also includes service monitors, passenger shelters and other amenities. It serves approximately 150 buses daily, including those for the City of Poughkeepsie Transit, Dutchess County LOOP, Ulster County Area Transit and various private bus routes in the Region. Travelers can easily transfer between buses, or connect to Poughkeepsie’s rail station nearby.  Project goals included upgrading from the previous older, more crowded facility, with improvements including:

  • Efficient bus route drop off and pick up
  • Customer amenities
  • Provision of transit information
  • Ease of intermodal transfers
  • Ease of vehicular, pedestrian, and taxi access
  • Safety and security of these connections
  • Aesthetically pleasing environment

Holiday Schedule – Veterans Day

In observance of Veteran’s Day, the following services will be closed or suspended on Tuesday, November 11, 2014:

  • City Hall: Closed
  • Transfer Station: Closed
  • Bus Service: Running on a Saturday schedule. Full service resumes Wednesday, November 12.
  • Sanitation: No Garbage or Recycling Pickup on Tuesday. Tuesday’s routes will be picked up on Wednesday. Yard Debris pickup is suspended for Wednesday.

Halloween Tips for Parents & Homeowners

Halloween Tips for Parents

  • Make sure costumes fit well and that they are short enough to prevent tripping.
  • Consider using hypoallergenic make-up instead of masks, which can obstruct your child’s vision.
  • Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Make certain that costumes are flame-retardant.
  • Trick-or-treaters should have a flashlight with fresh batteries.
  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children; older kids should trick-or-treat in groups.
  • Set a time when your children should be home and know what route they plan to take.
  • Remind your children not to enter strange houses or cars. Children should not approach homes where the front lights are not turned on.
  • Remind your children to stay on the sidewalk and not cut across yards or through alleys; remind them to cross streets only at corners and never from between parked cars.
  • Do not allow your children to consume their treats until they have checked by an adult at home. Throw away any unwrapped or spoiled items. Give any candy that could be a choking hazard (such as hard candies) to older children.

Halloween Tips for Homeowners

  • Clear your yard and sidewalk of any obstacles or decorations that may be hard to see in the dark. Check around your property for flower pots, low tree limbs, garden hoses or anything that may be hazardous to young children rushing through the neighborhood.
  • Keep your home well lit, inside and out.
  • Always keep Jack O’ Lanterns and hot electric lamps far away from drapes and decorations, and out of the way of young children and pets.
  • Consider keeping pets confined in an area of the house where they will not be in the way or become frightened by the increased activity.
  • The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department will be dispatching extra patrols for Halloween and Mischief Night. Report any suspicious or criminal activity immediately by calling 451-4000, or 911 in case of an emergency.