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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.

Rip Van Winkle Apartments – PK Management Updates

PK Management Updates – Rip Van Winkle

For the past 72 hours, the site team, city building inspectors, and electricians have been working around the clock to restore electric service to Rip Van Winkle. We are pleased to announce that the electricity is back on the West Wing of the building! PK Management is working with the Poughkeepsie Building Department to ensure that it is safe for residents to return. Once it is safe to return, PK Management will provide transportation from the Civic Center to Rip Van Winkle on Saturday November 4, 2017.

Residents located in the West Wing have been notified during the tenant meeting on Friday evening. If you have questions regarding the location of your unit (East or West), please contact the hotline below and we will be happy to assist you.

Unfortunately, those residents located on the East Wing of the building will not be able to return to the building until further notice. Starting on Sunday, November 5th, we will provide hotel accommodations for those households. We will contact each of you directly regarding your individual hotel arrangements. Please make sure you have a photo ID at the time of check-in.

Due to the power outage, all food was removed from all unit refrigerators. Due to this inconvenience, we will provide every Rip Van Winkle household with a $100 reimbursement check. These checks can be picked at Rip Van Winkle beginning Monday November 6, 2017. The checks will be remitted in the name of head of household for the unit.

On Saturday, November 4, 2017, we will continue to provide transportation to and from the Civic Center to Rip Van Winkle for anyone that would like to pick up items from their apartments. The shuttle will run from 10:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday November 4th.

If you are in need of transportation for your children to and from school, please call 845-372-6452. Please leave a detailed message with your name, your child’s name, the pickup location, and school name.

If you have any questions or need any accommodations, please contact the Rip Van Winkle Hotline at (845) 645-9613.

City Residents at Rip Van Winkle Apartments Displaced By Fire

The Rip Van Winkle Apartments, located on Rinaldi Boulevard and operated by PK Management in the City of Poughkeepsie, reported a fire yesterday at 3:40pm.  It was determined that the fire originated in the basement and was electrical in nature.   The City of Poughkeepsie Building Inspector has determined that the building is unsafe at this time.  As a result, all residents are required to vacate the building by 5:00pm this evening.  A temporary shelter has been set-up at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center by the American Red Cross.

At this time it is not known how long repairs will take to restore electrical service to the building.

Accommodations for bussing of school children has been arranged between Dutchess County Transit and the Poughkeepsie City School District. If a family has “temporary contact information” it should be shared with the student’s primary school location.  Forms and phone numbers for school locations can be obtained from PK Management Offices.

Dinner will be provided by the City of Poughkeepsie School District for students upon dismissal at Morse Elementary School, Poughkeepsie Middle School and Poughkeepsie High School.

Free parking permits for displaced residents have been provided by the City of Poughkeepsie to PK Management for distribution to their residents.

A Halloween parade for the children who wish to participate has been arranged and will begin at 6:30pm immediately in front of the Civic Center.

For information contact:

American Red Cross
Ms. Kimmy Venter
[email protected]

City of Poughkeepsie Police Department “Roll-Out” 4 New Police Vehicles

City of Poughkeepsie Police Chief Tom Pape, Mayor Rob Rolison and New York State Senator Sue Serino announced the “roll-out” of 4 new marked vehicles and one unmarked vehicle to the Poughkeepsie Police Department fleet.  The vehicles were purchased in part by a grant obtained through the Department of Criminal Justice Services and secured by Senator Serino.

“We are very grateful for the assistance Senator Serino has provided to us in purchasing and outfitting these 4 brand new vehicles,” said Mayor Rolison.  “These 2017 AWD Ford Explorers will be the first new cars we have put into service since 2015.”

“We are extremely grateful to Senator Serino for making the purchase of these vehicles possible.  It is very important to have the proper tools for the officers to do their job efficiently and safely,” said Chief Pape.  “A patrol vehicle is the Officers “office” for eight hours.  That “office” needs to be safe, reliable and comfortable.  Senator Serino has provided us the necessary funding to supply our Police Officers the tools to get the job done.”

“Our local law enforcement goes above and beyond to keep our community safe, and I am proud to have the opportunity to help deliver funding that will provide them with additional resources they need to perform their critical duties,” said Senator Serino. “City Police spend countless hours in their patrol vehicles in order to advance public safety and outfitting the City’s police force with these safe, dependable vehicles is one small way we can help those who have chosen to dedicate their lives to helping us.”


9/11 Memorial Service

In conjunction with the Kiwanis Club of Poughkeepsie, a 9/11 Memorial Service will be held at City Hall at 9:00 am on Monday, September 11, 2017. Mayor Rob Rolison will officiate.

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

When: Monday, September 11, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Where: City of Poughkeepsie, City Hall – 9/11 Memorial
62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie NY 12601


City Flags Will Fly at Half-Staff



It is with tremendous sadness that we in the City of Poughkeepsie learn what we all feared of the fate of Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Corey George Ingram.

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with his family and friends as they, along with all of us, mourn the loss of this great American and hero.

Mayor Rolison has ordered all flags in the City of Poughkeepsie lowered to half-staff.

City of Poughkeepsie Bond Rating Improves: Moody’s Removes “Negative Outlook”, Outlook Now “Stable”

Mayor Rob Rolison announced today that the City of Poughkeepsie has been notified by Moody’s Investors Service that the negative outlook associated with the City’s bond rating has been improved to a “stable outlook”, effective immediately. The change by Moody’s, which was published yesterday, marks the first time since December, 2010 the agency has called the city’s position “stable”. It has remained “negative” since that date, with a number of successive downgrades to the rating itself over recent years.

“While Moody’s action is not a full upgrade, it is a clear indication that our actions and the results of our policies are being viewed favorably by the markets, specifically our consolidation of our city bus service with the County’s transit system, our earning $3 Million in Special Assistance from the State’s Financial Restructuring Board, and our ability to resolve long-outstanding collective bargaining issues with the various city-employee unions, all of which were cited by Moody’s as justification for their action today”, the Mayor said.

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City Flags Will Fly at Half-Staff

Our City is saddened by the loss of life which occurred Monday afternoon when a KC-130 refueling plane crashed in Mississippi, and will lower city flags to half-staff in tribute to our fallen heroes. 16 service members lost their lives in the tragedy, including 9 stationed at Stewart Air Force Base in Newburgh, New York.

“The KC-130’s stationed at Stewart fly over our city all the time. They are a welcome sight in our skies and so recognizable when we hear them and look up. On behalf of all our residents, and all our City employees, we express our deep condolences to the families and friends of the fallen, and to our neighbors to the South, we salute you at this time of great loss”, Mayor Rolison said in the order directing flags be lowered.

State’s Financial Restructuring Board Approves up to $3 Million Dollars in Special Aid for City

Mayor Rob Rolison said today that the City of Poughkeepsie has been awarded up to $ 3 Million Dollars in Special Assistance by the State of New York’s Financial Restructuring Board (FRB).

The aid package supports efforts to operate city government more efficiently, rewards and acknowledges efforts already underway, and presents meaningful recommendations which will guide City leaders over the coming year. Specifically, the award targets efforts to increase economic development, along with the enhancement and upgrade of municipal parking operations, and it assists with the City’s shared-services efforts.

“Working with the FRB, their staff and leadership, has been a very positive experience. Their professionalism and expertise is unmatched in municipal finance, we left no stone unturned in what has arguably been the most detailed review and analysis our City Government has ever been a part of”, said Mayor Rolison.

The award is one of the largest ever approved for a single municipality since the FRB was created in 2013.

“The FRB isn’t in the business of putting Band-Aids on the financial problems of local government”, the Mayor said. “Their mission is to explore opportunities for fundamental changes which yield long-term benefits. I believe that this award acknowledges that the work we’ve done so far has helped earn our City this additional investment, and we are grateful to the Board for this strong vote of confidence” said the Mayor.

Councilman Mike Young (D-2nd Ward), a member of the City’s Finance Committee, said “I’m excited by today’s decision. This is wonderful news for the City, and it is proof-positive that making difficult structural changes and hard work does pay dividends. I’m proud to have served on both the Mayor’s Fiscal Advisory Group and the Council’s Finance Committee. The award of these funds will move us from a reactive stance to a proactive one; making investments where they are needed to best serve our residents and realize efficiencies for future years.”

Councilman Lee Klein (R-4th Ward), also a member of the City’s Finance Committee, said “This very strong support from the F.R.B is welcome news. Clearly our efforts thus far in the key areas of restructuring played a role in the deliberations of the decision-makers for this award. Fortunately, we were able to sustain decisions which have led to these very positive developments. It is also gratifying to see that we are making good progress in key areas like managing debt and reducing expenses. Good fiscal management needs to continue to be given priority by this Council, because we still have much work to do.

Mayor Rolison noted the application marked the culmination of a complex and coordinated application process which spanned more than a full year.

“I thank Governor Cuomo, State Budget Director Mojica, and other members of the Board, for their support of the City of Poughkeepsie’s proposals. On the City side, Commissioner of Finance Marc Nelson, William Brady and our entire finance department did extraordinary work to get us to this point. All around our city, so many are a part of what we do each day. I think we can all see this good news for what it really is. It doesn’t just inject cash, it injects optimism and hope because others believe in us. Apart from the funding itself, the recommendations made by the FRB today will become a roadmap for the work still ahead of us”, the Mayor said.

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City Awarded Zero Interest Loan and $2.8 Million Dollar Grant to Finance Waste Water Improvement Project

Mayor Rob Rolison announced today that the City of Poughkeepsie has been notified of its successful application for interest rate subsidies and New York State grants with regard to the design and construction of a major waste water infrastructure project.

City of Poughkeepsie Waste Water Improvement Project:
The City has successfully applied to New York State’s Environmental Facilities Corporation’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund to support improvements to its waste water collection and treatment system. These include design and construction for sewage treatment plant upgrades, pump station improvements and Combined Sewer Outflow corrections at various locations throughout the City of Poughkeepsie to protect the water quality of the Hudson River. This $11,256,000 project, financed through EFC, will receive up to $7,641,232 in interest savings and subsidies.

Additionally, the City of Poughkeepsie is the recipient of a New York State Water Grant (Round 2) for $2,806,500, to reduce the City of Poughkeepsie’s cost to $8,449,500, which is being financed at 0% for over a 30-year term.

“Every single American deserves access to clean water, and we should all thank Mayor Rolison for taking proactive steps to keep our water supplies safe and healthy,” said U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. “This plant is truly the story of collaboration between the local, state, and federal governments, and it shows the importance of a fully-funded and engaged EPA.”

“I’d like to thank Governor Cuomo, whose dedication to clean water and to the modernization of aging infrastructure is to be commended, as well as the professionals and dedicated public servants working at the Environmental Facilities Corporation and the E.P.A” stated Mayor Rob Rolison

“The City of Poughkeepsie has an extraordinary group of legislative leaders in Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, Senator Sue Serino, and Assemblyman Frank Skartados and I thank them on behalf of all our residents. This project is one for a generation. This vital improvement in maintaining critical infrastructure in our City symbolizes the progress our City is making across the board,” stated Rolison.