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City Releases 2019 Youth Grant Program Application

City Releases 2019 Youth Grant Program Application

The City has released its 2019 Youth Grant Program Application and Youth Grant Policy and Guidelines to all eligible applicants. The application is available on the City’s website and is also available in the Office of Social Development.

The “Youth Activities & Opportunities Program”, which was introduced as part of the City’s 2018 budget, has helped local organizations by providing funding to support clubs and leagues as well as summer and educational programs. These programs have allowed Poughkeepsie youth to participate in community-based programs that emphasize active lifestyles, provide creative outlets, and build long-lasting relationships.

All applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of Social Development with any questions and to discuss program eligibility. Applications must be submitted by February 28, 2019 either via email or to the following address:

[email protected]

 City of Poughkeepsie
Office of Social Development
62 Civic Center Plaza
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

City Prepares for Snow Storms

In preparation for the series of snow storms forecasted to begin early on Friday, January 18th and continuing through Sunday, January 20th, the City asks that all residents take note of the following:

  • We encourage residents to find alternative off-street parking or to park their vehicles in public parking lots. All City-owned parking lots will be open for free public parking through Monday, January 21st. In the case of a declared Snow Emergency, street parking on designated Snow Emergency Routes is prohibited. Please see the Snow Emergency Route Map below for additional information.
  • A Warming Center will be open at the Public Safety Building (505 Main Street) on Monday, January 21st and Tuesday, January 22nd from 8am to 5pm. Individuals who need a warm place during the day are encouraged to utilize the center.
  • Sanitation & recycling collection will occur on Friday, January 18th for all Friday collection routes. Collection is suspended on Monday, January 21st due to the holiday (Martin Luther King Jr. Day).
  • Residents are asked to wait until the roads have been cleared by City plows before beginning to clear snow from driveways & sidewalks.
  • Fire hydrants must remain clear and accessible in case of emergency. Please see attached Safety Message regarding clearing snow from Fire Hydrants near your property (see below).

Snow Emergency Route Map

Attached is the City’s Snow Emergency Route Map (see below). In the event of a Snow Emergency declaration, all residents are advised to check the map to inquire if your street is part of the Emergency Route. Each one of the seven snow fighting sections has a pre-established priority listing of streets to salt and plow. Priorities are established by the following street designations:

  • Snow Emergency Routes (heavily traveled/hospital access roads)
  • Arterials (Routes 44 and 55)
  • Steep graded hills and sharp curves
  • Residential streets
  • Cul-de-Sacs and dead-ends
  • Service Drives

Snow Information

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City Receives $50,000 Grant for Street Tree Inventory & Management Plan

Mayor Rob Rolison announced today that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has awarded the City of Poughkeepsie $50,000 through the Urban and Community Forestry Project for a comprehensive street tree inventory and management plan.  The endeavor will prove integral to the City’s comprehensive tree care program, and will help Poughkeepsie better understand its urban forest’s composition, structure, and tree maintenance needs; plan for short-term and long-term resource allocation; develop risk management strategies; and enable the city to promote the economic, environmental, and social benefits its trees provide to our community.

City Administrator Marc Nelson said, “If the value of all our city trees were included in our balance sheet, the City wouldn’t have a deficit. We’ve seen the results of not having a management plan for our trees, now we can look forward to seeing what a difference it makes when you have one. Thanks to this DEC grant, we’ll be able to become more strategic and forward-thinking when it comes to the work we do on city trees.”

Shade Tree Commission Chairwoman Virginia Hancock said, “We are grateful for the DEC’s help. After some years of decline, our return to proper care and maintenance of our city trees requires we take a new inventory and devise a new management plan. This important work will allow us to maximize the return on our investment in our trees for years to come.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) received a total of 115 applications which were evaluated and awarded on a competitive basis. The program aims to encourage municipalities, grassroots organizations and volunteers to work in partnership to further improve New York’s urban forests for generations to come. The inventory will take place on a city-wide basis and is expected to begin in Spring 2019.

City Receives $75,000 Grant for Improvements to College Hill Park

Mayor Rob Rolison announced today that the Hudson River Valley Greenway has awarded the City of Poughkeepsie $75,000 for improvements and a trail connection at College Hill Park.  The city is partnering with the Revive College Hill Park Coalition to construct a trail that leads from the Dutchess County Rail Trail to the Reservoir Walk at College Hill, a historic path that circles the city’s original Victorian-era reservoir.  Signage and bike racks will also be installed along the new trail connection.   Once completed, the project will enable users to access College Hill Park from the Walkway-over-the Hudson via the Dutchess County Rail Trail, reactivating the park as a source of outdoor recreation and neighborhood pride.

Interim Economic Development Director Paul Calogerakis said, “The administration, along with Councilwoman Yvonne Flowers (D-5th Ward), has been working closely with the Revive College Hill Park Coalition to identify critical improvements needed to College Hill Park.  A connection with the Dutchess County Rail Trail has long been sought as a means of opening up College Hill to current residents and new visitors who may not be as familiar with the park.  Now people will be able to more easily access College Hill and enjoy all that the park has to offer.”

City Administrator Marc Nelson said, “This is particularly exciting because of how this project fits with our upcoming parks improvement plan, and with work already underway at College Hill Park. Mayor Rolison and the entire team at City Hall are committed to making Poughkeepsie’s park system second to none, and the connection of the Rail Trail with the park will prove to be another high-water mark in its already storied history.”

Hudson River Valley Greenway is a state agency created to advance New York’s commitment to preserving and enhancing the scenic, natural, historic, cultural and recreational resources of the Hudson Valley.  College Hill Park, located in the Fifth Ward, is the largest park in the city.  Construction of the trail connection is expected to begin in Spring 2019 and be completed by Summer 2019.

9/11 Memorial Service – September 11, 2018

In conjunction with the Kiwanis Club of Poughkeepsie, a 9/11 Memorial Service will be held at City Hall at 9:00am on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.  Mayor Rob Rolison will officiate.

In the event of inclement weather, the Memorial Service will be held inside City Hall

City 911 Celebrates National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

City of Poughkeepsie 911 is celebrating the second full week of April (April 8-14) as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. This week, sponsored by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International and celebrated annually, honors the thousands of men and women who respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, and render life-saving assistance to the world’s citizens.

Public Safety Dispatchers Visit Morse Elementary

On Monday April 9, 2018, Public Safety Dispatchers Sarah Benson, and Christopher Beyer both 13-year veterans, were welcomed by Assistant Principal Nicole Penn to the Morse Elementary School in the City of Poughkeepsie School District accompanied by Mayor Robert Rolison. The group sat down with Mrs. McIntosh’s second grade class and spoke about the importance of 911 to her class.  They spoke about when to call 911, they reviewed every student’s address in a packet they took home and how important it was to have a home safety plan.

Mayor Robert Rolison has recognized National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week and the important role the Public Safety Dispatchers have as a first responder in public safety in the City of Poughkeepsie. The City of Poughkeepsie 911 Center answered 81,448 phone calls in 2017.  Answering 17,264 911 calls and 64,184 7-digit phone calls. The 911 calls were answered in under 10 seconds 99.5 % of the time and 98.7 % for the 7-digit phone calls. The national standard is Ninety percent (90%) of all 9-1-1 calls arriving at the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP or 911 Center) shall be answered within ten (10) seconds. In 2017 the 911 center processed 37,386 Police Incidents, 4,851 Fire Incidents, 6700 EMS Incidents as well as 228 Public Works calls in 2017. Answering 17,264 911 calls and 64,184 7-digit phone calls.

About City of Poughkeepsie 911

The City of Poughkeepsie 911 Center employs public safety dispatchers and senior public safety dispatchers who are responsible for receiving emergency and non-emergency phone calls from individuals requesting assistance from emergency medical personnel, firefighters, and police.  Public safety dispatcher’s direct resources to locations of need and monitor situations for changes and additional requests for resources.  The operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The City of Poughkeepsie 911 center is overseen by the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department under the direction of Chief Thomas Pape.

For additional information about National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, please visit

Poughkeepsie Hires Interim Economic Development Director

Mayor Rob Rolison announced today that Paul Calogerakis has joined the city’s development team as Interim Director of Economic Development.

The position will spearhead the city’s economic development efforts and will be responsible for overseeing the Development Department, including Planning, Economic Development, Social Development and the boards and commissions falling under the purview of the Development Department.  The Interim Director of Economic Development will act as a primary contact for various city organizations, business groups and professional associations, the real estate community and non-profits as their activities relate to economic development in the city.

Mr. Calogerakis, a City of Poughkeepsie resident, has more than 30 years of commercial banking experience and has been on the board of directors of numerous civic and non-profit organizations over the years, including Chairing the former Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce, the Council of Industry, Poughkeepsie Rotary Club, and is a founding member and past chairman of the Poughkeepsie Alliance.  He is also a former City of Poughkeepsie Common Council member and member of the City Planning Board.  Mr. Calogerakis was most recently the chairman of the Poughkeepsie Industrial Development Agency.

“This city is incredibly fortunate to have someone of Paul’s caliber and dedication working for us,” said Mayor Rob Rolison.  “We continue to grow staff capacity as the city’s momentum grows.  With so many projects and initiatives happening right now, Paul’s demonstrated ability to build relationships and get projects done couldn’t come at a better time.  He will be a fantastic addition to the team.”

Mr. Calogerakis is a graduate of Vassar College, holds an MBA in Finance and was elected “Banker of the Year” by the New York Business Development Corporation.

City Offices to Close at 2:00 pm (February 7, 2018)

Due to the inclement weather and hazardous travel conditions anticipated for this afternoon, City Offices will close at 2:00 pm today (Wednesday, February 7, 2018).

City Offices are scheduled to reopen on Thursday, February 8th at 8:30 am.

Salvation Army Warming Center – 19 Pershing Avenue

The Salvation Army Poughkeepsie Corps has opened a warming center at 19 Pershing Avenue in the City of Poughkeepsie. The warming center will be open Friday, January 5th and Saturday, January 6th, from 7:30am to 4:00pm.

Individuals who need a warm place during the day are encouraged to utilize the center.

For further information on the center, please call (845) 471-1210.

Winter Storm Warning in Effect – January 4, 2018

A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect for Dutchess County with a Wind Chill Warning in effect tonight for Dutchess County. Heavy snow will continue to fall mainly before 5pm. Areas of blowing snow could present additional hazards after 1pm. Sustained winds of 18-22mph with gusts as high as 36mph are expected. Latest daytime accumulation expectation is 3-7 inches on the west side of Dutchess County and 4-8 inches on the east side of the Dutchess County.

Tonight, areas of blowing snow will present potentially hazardous conditions. Sustained winds will range from 16-21mph. Wind chill values as low as -14 degrees. Nighttime snow accumulation expected to be minimal.

Dangerously low wind chill values are expected on Thursday and Friday night.

* Take precautions to stay warm *

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