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City Sets Public Meeting Regarding Former YMCA Site

35 Montgomery Street (Former YMCA Site)

After taking ownership of the property earlier this year, the City of Poughkeepsie has set a public meeting regarding possible uses for the former Dutchess YMCA site. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday May 13 at the Family Partnership Center, 29 North Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie.

Mayor Rob Rolison will make introductory remarks. John Penney, community engagement director for the City of Poughkeepsie, will then moderate a discussion with Paul Calogerakis, Economic Development Director for the city, and Paul Hesse, Community Development Coordinator for the city. This conversation will be followed by questions from the public.

The City of Poughkeepsie is seeking development proposals for the more than 3-acre site located at 35 Montgomery Street. The building has been vacant since the YMCA closed its doors in 2009.

City officials are evaluating the condition of the property — and to establish whether the building is salvageable or must be torn down.

The city has released a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the property. The RFEI is intended to solicit ideas that will yield significant community benefit, such as economic development, social and neighborhood cohesion and/or the creation of facilities serving youth and young adults. The RFEI may lead to a Request for Proposals (RFP) process that may result in an award of a preferred developer to move the project forward and to fruition.

Public-private partnerships, including with the City of Poughkeepsie, are possible.

“We look forward to hearing more from the community about their thoughts for this site,” said City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison.

Questions from potential developers must be submitted in writing via mail, e-mail or fax by 4 p.m. Monday May 20. Proposals are due in to the City of Poughkeepsie Planning and Development Department by 3 p.m. on Monday June 3.

Details about the project can be found at http://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/35montgomerystreet

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City Releases Request for Interest in Former YMCA Property

After recently taking ownership of the property, the City of Poughkeepsie is seeking development proposals for the former Dutchess YMCA building. The more than 3-acre site — located at 35 Montgomery Street — is situated just south of Downtown Poughkeepsie and near Routes 44/55 and 9.

The city has released a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the property.  The building has been vacant since the YMCA closed its doors in 2009. The city took possession of the property at the beginning of this year. “For years, the city waited to see if private interests alone could resurrect this building, turning it into something positive for the community,” said City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison. “We can no longer afford to wait. The site is too important to sit idle for this long. We must be pro-active, if the progress we have made on so many other fronts is to continue.”

For more than 40 years, the site was a hub of community activity, with community rooms, a fitness center, gymnasium, indoor track and a large swimming pool. Since the YMCA closed, the building’s condition has deteriorated. City officials are evaluating the property to better ascertain the extent of environmental remediation necessary — and to establish whether the building is salvageable or must be torn down.

The RFEI is intended to solicit ideas that will yield significant community benefit, such as economic development, social and neighborhood cohesion and/or the creation of facilities serving youth and young adults.  “This is the start of a visioning process for the city and the community to determine what the best and most realistic future use of the site might be,” the Mayor said. The RFEI may lead to a Request for Proposals (RFP) process that may result in an award of a preferred developer to move the project forward and to fruition. Public-private partnerships, including with the City of Poughkeepsie, are possible.

The city will set at least two public outreach meetings in order to gather ideas about the property, and the public may submit written comments as well.

Questions from potential developers must be submitted in writing via mail, e-mail or fax by 4 p.m. Monday May 20. Proposals are due in to the City of Poughkeepsie Planning and Development Department by 3 p.m. on Monday June 3.

Details about the project can be found at http://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/35montgomerystreet

John Penney Named Director of Community Engagement

John Penney Named Director of Community Engagement

Assumes a Shared Services Role with City and County

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison announced today that John Penney has been named as Director of Community Engagement for the City.  The new role is a shared services partnership between the City of Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County.

As Director of Community Engagement, Mr. Penney will serve as liaison between various City departments and the local community, improving transparency and bolstering public participation in local governmental decision-making through increased community interaction.   He will participate in community meetings and other functions as well as assist in coordinating community events hosted by city government.   Additionally, he will assist in the development and publication of materials to inform residents about the various services and programs available to them.

Mayor Rolison said: “Rebuilding city government began and will continue with the stabilization of our finances, but also vital to our continued success is the need to strengthen government’s connection to our residents, our local businesses, our non-profits and our faith-based organizations. John joins the team at the perfect time as we face more choices, are presented with more options, and are rapidly recapturing our capacity to take on meaningful projects that will have long term impacts on our community.”

As a shared service partnership with Dutchess County, Mr. Penney will also serve the County part-time, focusing on various initiatives, many of which were mentioned in County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro’s recent State of the County Address, including the Path to Promise youth services plan; the Community Development Program and the redesign and reinvigoration of how homelessness services are delivered as the County seeks to bring homelessness and housing-service providers together with local government to more successfully address the complex needs of our homeless population.

County Executive Molinaro said, “In Dutchess County, we know the work we do has far greater meaning and achieves greater success when many people come to the table to be a part of the conversation.   John Penney has been at the heart of many of our most important community conversations over the years and is a natural fit for this new role. He has a unique ability to draw out new ideas and perspectives from many viewpoints with in our community.”

Mr. Penney previously served as Opinion Engagement Editor at the Poughkeepsie Journal for two decades, writing editorials often focused on local planning and development issues. He also edited and published letters to the editor from the community, attended community events and spearheaded numerous public forums. He is the recipient of dozens of editorial writing and community leadership awards from the Associated Press, the USA Today Network and other news organizations. He co-chaired the Poughkeepsie Journal’s “Greater Good Committee” organizing community-minded events and led the newspaper’s Multicultural Committee, meeting with the public to enhance Journal coverage of diversity issues.

“I am excited to begin my new role, continuing community engagement and outreach but in a whole new capacity,” Penney said. “Having covered government for more than three decades, I welcome this opportunity to work with City and County stakeholders on so many impactful issues we face today.”

Mr. Penney will begin serving on Monday, March 18th and will be based in City Hall.

Jessica O. Matthews to Speak at PKGO Getters Event

The buzz is back and bigger than ever! Join us on April 2nd, 2019, at 5:30pm at the Bardavon for the debut of PKGO Getters, when our guest speaker will be Poughkeepsie native Jessica O. Matthews, founder and CEO of Unchartered Power. This is a free event, but pre-registration through EventBrite is requested.

The mission of PKGO is to highlight the City of Poughkeepsie as a thriving and growing city, and to create a positive sense of community amongst current and future residents, businesses and visitors.  PKGO Getters is a planned event series that will celebrate the achievements of Poughkeepsie notables who have inspiring stories to share. As a PKGO Getter herself, Matthews exemplifies the very core of this campaign.

Matthews started Uncharted Power, a full-service power infrastructure technology company when she was just 22 years old. Her focus is the intersection of disruptive technology, renewable energy, humane behavior, and the psychology of self-actualization. She was named Fortune Magazine’s “Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs” and “10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs,” Forbes “30 Under 30,” and the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relation’s “Scientist of the Year.”  Former President Bill Clinton said of Matthews, “If ever there was an innovator, she’s it.”

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison said, “We are incredibly excited to bring these PKGO Getters events to the City of Poughkeepsie.  We look forward to hosting our first event April 2nd and are beyond thrilled to have Ms. Matthews as our featured speaker.  Her achievements are such an inspiration to our youth and community, and we are so very fortunate to have her join us here in Poughkeepsie.”

The press is welcome and encouraged to attend.

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

For updates and announcements, please visit local media outlets and the City website: www.cityofpoughkeepsie.com

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 www.npstw.org.