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Ceremony to Commemorate the History of Shipbuilding in Poughkeepsie

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Shipyard Point (176 Rinaldi Blvd., lower lot of Shadows on the Hudson)

The bronze plaque set in local blue-stone commemorates over 100 years of shipbuilding in Poughkeepsie 1775- c.1890. This pivotal period officially began after the Continental Congress authorized Poughkeepsie to construct the two frigates CONGRESS and MONTGOMERY on December 13, 1775. The two vessels were completed at Poughkeepsie’s Shipyard Point in November, 1776 and were engaged in the Battle of Fort Montgomery in October, 1777, only to be scuttled and burned by the Americans themselves. This action caused the British to delay its advance up the Hudson River and thus helped turn the tide of the War away from the Hudson River Valley. Over the ensuing years many other significant sea and river vessels would be built at Poughkeepsie including the Steamboat RELIANCE, constructed in 1854 as a commercial vessel, was given to the U.S. Government in April, 1861 and was used as a transport vessel for Union troops to fight in the Civil War.

Mayor John Tkazyik and City Historian George Lukacs officially invite you to attend this acknowledgement of a significant historic location on the Hudson on Thursday, November 12th at 10am, Shipyard Point (lower lot of Shadows on the Hudson, 176 Rinaldi Blvd.) Revolutionary War reenactment uniform and historic overview will be provided by Colonel James M. Johnson of the Hudson River Valley Institute.

Reenactment members of the 150th Civil War Regiment will also be present to fire a rifle salute to the military contributions of Poughkeepsie’s ship building. Other invited guests will be present to contribute their respect for this historic location and salute the contributions of the millions of American Veterans.

Any questions please contact Historian George Lukacs,, or call (845)891-5380.

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.

Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular

The City of Poughkeepsie will host the annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday, July 4th at dusk (approx. 9:20pm).  The best places to view the show are from Waryas Park (free)The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum (tickets required), or the Walkway Over the Hudson (tickets required).

Waryas Park will be closed to vehicles beginning at 2pm on Saturday, July 4th.

Free parking is available in all municipal lots during the event. On-street metered parking is free. Handicap parking is available in the small lot on Main Street, adjacent to Waryas Park and River Station.

Rain Date: Sunday, July 5, 2015

Poughkeepsie Summer Youth Expo II – April 15, 2015 – 3pm

Just in time for summer! The Second Poughkeepsie Summer Youth Expo (Expo II) will connect local youth with quality, area programming. The expo — which is scheduled to run from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, at the Poughkeepsie Middle School — will feature food, prizes, games, and loads of opportunities. Some limited programming scholarship will also be available. We’d love to have your organization represented in what’s quickly becoming a Poughkeepsie staple.

As a community, our youth is our greatest asset. Please join us.

Facebook page: The Second Poughkeepsie Summer Youth Expo (Expo II)

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:

Pulaski Day Celebration – October 12

There will be a Pulaski Day celebration in the City of Poughkeepsie on Sunday, October 12, 2014 beginning at noon.  The celebration includes a parade that begins at the Italian Center (227 Mill St.) and goes through Mansion St., N. Bridge St., Main St., N. Clover St., Mt. Carmel Pl., Delafield St., Hoffman St., Bain Ave., and ends at Pulaski Park on Washington St.  There will be a laying of a wreath on the monument and brief remarks from invited guests.  After the ceremony, the celebration continues at the Italian Center with dancing to the music of Dennis Polisky and the Maestro’s Men from 2pm-6pm Admission is free, food, and beverages will be available for purchase.  In the event of rain, all festivities will be held at the Italian Center beginning at 1pm.

For more information, contact the City of Poughkeepsie Mayor’s Office at (845) 451-4073.

Bicycle Traffic Skills 101

Do you feel confident and safe riding a bike in traffic?

Do you know enough to teach your kids to ride cautiously and conspicuously on their own?

When you drive a car, are you comfortable sharing the road with people on bikes?

If not, Bicycle Traffic Skills 101 is for you!


The Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council and New York Bicycling Coalition are co-sponsoring Traffic Skills 101, a bicycling course to give you the confidence to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail.

The course is taught by League of American Bicyclists-Certified Instructor and Dutchess County resident Bill Barbour.

You will learn:

  • Your rights (and responsibilities) as a bicyclist
  • How to conduct bicycle safety checks
  • How to fix a flat
  • Safe riding skills: how to ride visibly and predictably on the road
  • Crash avoidance techniques

Ages 18+ only. Bicycle & helmet required.

Dates: October 17 & 18

  • Friday: 6:00-9:00pm (indoor classroom session)
  • Saturday: 8:30am-2:30pm (outdoor skills practice and group ride)

Cost: $20 per person – includes a 6-month trial membership to the New York Bicycling Coalition! (Registration is half price, thanks to Dutchess County and the Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council.)

Location: 84 Patrick Lane, Poughkeepsie (Noxon Business Park; near Rte 55/Noxon Rd and the WRS Dutchess Rail Trail)

Class size is limited to 20.

Register by October 15th : or call 518-436-0889.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for 9/11 Memorial Park

September 11, 2014 – 4:00pm

The groundbreaking ceremony for the City of Poughkeepsie’s new 9/11 Memorial park is set for 4pm, September 11, 2014 on the lawn next to City Hall facing the Poughkeepsie Journal building.

The Kiwanis Club of Poughkeepsie has secured two beams from the World Trade Center which will be installed in the park.

This park will eventually include an area to sit and reflect on the beams, surrounded by a bricked area with benches. Under the trees, on both sides of the beam installation, will be tables and benches where local workers and visitors can have lunch, congregate, and enjoy the bustle of downtown.


Rendering of the 9/11 Memorial

The City of Poughkeepsie as well as local businesses, including Healey Chevrolet, DCH Toyota, and Mid-Hudson Subaru have pledged time, talent, and resources to complete phase one of this project. Donations being collected by Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.

Two other local companies, Tinkelman Associates and Globe Industries, have designed the layout of the park and the beams’ construction.

“This is a wonderful community project to commemorate a very important part of our nation’s history. Many lives were lost that day and we are fortunate enough to be able to honor those heroes.  I am delighted that the City of Poughkeepsie could be part of this and that the City’s residents and visitors will be able to take part in this memorial and enjoy the beautiful space to be created,” said Mayor John C. Tkazyik.

Should you have any questions, please contact Randy Ross of the Kiwanis Club of Poughkeepsie at 914-489-5189.

Summer Food Service Program – Free Summer Meals for Youth in Poughkeepsie

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free meals, that meet Federal nutrition guidelines, are provided to all children 18 years old and under at approved SFSP sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children.

Promoting summer feeding sites in your community is one of the most important things you can do to ensure no child goes hungry this summer. The more parents, children, and teenagers know about where sites are located, the more children will come to eat.

All kids & teens 18 years and younger can receive a nutritious meal for FREE during the summer!

  • It’s Free: Kids eat free meals and families save money.
  • It’s Easy: No residency or citizenship rules, no registration, and no forms to fill out. Any kid can receive a free meal this summer.
  • It’s Fun: There will be occasional events & activities at the lunch site.
  • It’s Good Food: A nutritious meal is served

Free meals are served Monday through Friday. For a complete list of locations and for additional information about outreach events, download the flyers below: