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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.

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 *

For storm updates, please follow:

 

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.

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
518-339-7558
[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.”