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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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Common Council Adopts Mayor Rolison’s 2018 Recommended Budget

Mayor Rob Rolison announced today that the City of Poughkeepsie’s Common Council has voted to approve his 2018 recommended budget. “It took a lot of work to get us to this point, and we have seen significant improvement in the City’s financial condition. This budget continues our multi-year plan to stabilize our finances while addressing the vital quality-of-life issues that are so important to our City”, the Mayor said.

The new fiscal plan invests in the City’s Department of Public Works – long the target of budget cuts over the years – increases funding for youth programs, and restores several key positions which had been previously eliminated, such as code-enforcement officer, Recreation Director, and Senior City Planner. “We will continue our work to reduce the deficit and improve efficiencies throughout government, but we can no longer leave these critical positions vacant and expect others to invest in our city”, the Mayor said.

Councilmembers Cherry (D – 6th Ward), Klein (R – 4th Ward), McNamara (D – 8th  Ward), Lorraine Johnson (D – 3rd Ward), and Mike Young (D – 2nd  Ward) voted in favor of the budget, which stays under the N.Y.S. tax cap and lowers sewer rates by 10%. Councilman Chris Petsas (D – 1st Ward) and Randall Johnson (D – 7th Ward), voted against.

“I thank Chairwoman Cherry for crafting an improved council review process this year. It has also been a pleasure working with outgoing councilmembers Klein and Young, both of whom served on our Finance Committee for the last two years”, Mayor Rolison said.

The budget takes effect on January 1st. The new Council is seated and holds its first meeting on January 2nd.

PCSD Board of Education Meeting – November 15, 2017

The Board of Education of the Poughkeepsie City School District will hold a Board Meeting on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall (62 Civic Center Plaza, 3rd Floor, Common Council Chambers). City Hall doors will open to the public beginning at 6:30pm.