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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.

Dutchess County Public Transit to Host Info Meetings About New City of Poughkeepsie Bus Routes

As part of the County’s continuing efforts to enhance public transit service options for residents and visitors, Dutchess County Public Transit will host several public outreach meetings next week to provide an overview of the four new County bus routes expected to launch July 1st in the City of Poughkeepsie. The four new routes will offer improved service to City residents with extended daily operating hours and greater connections to other County bus routes.

The new routes are:

  • Route CJ (Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital, Route 9G, Dutchess Community College, Stop & Shop Hyde Park)
  • Route CK (Vassar Hospital, Beechwood Avenue, Hudson & Poughkeepsie Plazas)
  • Route CL (City School Tripper and Main Street, Riverfront, Poughkeepsie Train Station, Adams Fairacre Farms, Stop & Shop, Kmart)
  • Route CM (Earline Patrice Park, Dutchess Community College, Fox Hill)

Attendees at the information meetings will have the opportunity to learn about the new routes, view route maps and participate in a question and answer session. The first four meetings will each focus on a specific route and will conclude with a bus ride on the new route. The final Saturday, May 13th meeting will be a general overview of all of the routes, but will not have rides along the new routes.

Public Information Meetings

The scheduled public information meetings are:

  • Tuesday, May 9th at 9:30 a.m. at the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health Training Room, 230 North Road, Poughkeepsie to discuss Route CJ.
  • Tuesday, May 9th at 2:00 p.m. at the St. Simeon Apartments Community Room, 700 Second Mile Drive, Poughkeepsie to discuss Route CK.
  • Wednesday, May 10th at 10:00 a.m. at the City of Poughkeepsie Public Safety Building Community Room, 505 Main Street, Poughkeepsie to discuss Route CL.
  • Wednesday, May 10th at 6:00 p.m. at the Family Partnership Center Auditorium, 29 North Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie to discuss Route CM.
  • Saturday, May 13th at 10:00 a.m. at the Family Partnership Center Auditorium, 29 North Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie to discuss Routes CJ, CK, CL and CM.

Dutchess County Public Transit will provide free courtesy shuttle transportation to and from the meetings for those living and working within the City of Poughkeepsie. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, please call (845) 473-8424.

To learn more about the new routes, go to: www.dutchessny.gov/publictransit

City Sees Significant Financial Impact from Winter Storm Stella

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison announced today that as a result of the major snow event beginning in the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 14th, 2017, the City’s 6-day around the clock snow operations will cost an estimated $450,000.

This estimate includes the payroll cost of over 4,000 personnel hours between the Department of Public Works, the City Police Department and Fire Department. The total cost estimate also includes equipment and repairs, salt, fuel and contractual labor.

“Cost over-runs in our snow-removal budget must now be offset by savings in other budget lines. I have instructed our Commissioner of Finance to work with all Department Heads to identify areas where we may be able to tighten our belt through the remainder of the year. Our financial position has been improving, but managing through these types of events successfully is the best evidence that City government is serious about positive outcomes and improving quality-of-life issues in Poughkeepsie,” stated Mayor Rolison.

Our City crews worked around the clock for six (6) days until Sunday March 19 keeping snow emergency routes open, clearing streets and intersections city-wide and removing large snow banks from areas throughout the City, with special attention to school crossing intersections.

The City made a request to Governor Andrew Cuomo for assistance and as a result, the Governor committed NYSDOT personnel, equipment, and additional assistance from the NY Army National Guard, which provided traffic control and safety for NYDOT crews. The State worked continuously in 12 hour shifts from Wednesday at noon to Friday afternoon.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro offered the City assistance in and around the County Campus and other areas of the City. By Thursday afternoon, County operations utilizing County DPW personnel and equipment where underway in the City and they worked continuously until Sunday at 4 PM.

In addition, the City contracted with three (3) private companies to assist with snow removal.

“While this event placed a significant burden on us all, I see this as an example of government working at its best, of public-sector employees from three levels of government stepping up to get it done, and of what can be accomplished when we work together with coordination and efficiency,” stated Mayor Rob Rolison.

“I’d like to thank the dedicated City of Poughkeepsie employees along with Governor Andrew Cuomo and State personnel and Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and County personnel for their tireless efforts in getting our City back up and running as soon as possible. Thank you.”

State of the City Address – February 22, 2017

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison will deliver his annual State of the City Address at the Cunneen Hackett Arts Center at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

State of the City Address

Wednesday, February 22nd 2017 at 5:30 pm
Cunneen Hackett Arts Center
9 Vassar Street

Press is encouraged to attend.

City Prepares for Snow Storm

In preparation for the snow storm forecasted to begin early on Sunday, February 12, 2017, the City asks that all residents take note of the following:

  • Sanitation/Garbage collection and Bus Service is closed as per the regular schedule.
  • Residents are asked to try to wait until plow equipment has come through on their street before clearing your driveway.
  • Fire Hydrants must be clear and accessible. Please see attached Safety Message regarding clearing snow from Fire Hydrants near your property (see below).
  • We encourage residents to find alternative parking or to park their vehicles in public parking lots. The Crannell Street parking lot will be open for free public parking. In the case of a declared Snow Emergency, street parking on designated Snow Emergency Routes is prohibited.

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 attend to local media outlets and the City website: www.cityofpoughkeepsie.com

City Prepares for Imminent Snow Storm


Update 2/9/2017:  Snow Emergency Declared – Begins Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6:30 am


The City of Poughkeepsie anticipates having to declare a Snow Emergency in the middle of the night or early morning of February 9, 2017. The City asks that all residents take note of the following:

  • Sanitation/Garbage pick-up has been SUSPENDED for Thursday, February 9, 2017: Please do not put garbage on the street
  • Bus Service is SUSPENDED for Thursday, February 9, 2017. Bus Service is projected to start at 12:00pm February 9, 2017, weather permitting.
  • Residents are asked to try to wait until plow equipment has come through on their street before clearing your driveway.
  • Fire Hydrants must be clear and accessible. Please see attached Safety Message regarding clearing snow from Fire Hydrants near your property (see below).
  • We encourage residents who live on Snow Emergency Routes to find alternative parking or to park their vehicles in public parking lots. The Crannell Street parking lot will be open for free public parking. In the case of a declared Snow Emergency, street parking on designated Snow Emergency Routes is prohibited.

Attached is the City’s Snow Emergency Route Map (see below). 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)
  • Streep graded hills and sharp curves
  • Residential streets
  • Cul-de-Sacs and dead-ends
  • Service Drives

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

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Power Outage Reported in Central Business District, Waterfront and Southside

Earlier this evening, a large power outage was reported in sections of the Central Business District, Waterfront District and the Southside.  Approximately 2,600 customers have been affected by this outage. Central Hudson is mobilized and has crews working throughout the city to restore power as soon as possible.

Report an Outage

To report an outage in your neighborhood, please contact Central Hudson at (845) 452-2700 or online at www.cenhud.com.

If you see a downed power line or other potentially hazardous condition involving electrical equipment, stay at least 30 feet away from the wires and anything they are in contact with. The ground around downed or low hanging power lines, as well as surrounding objects such as fences, could be energized.

If the event of an emergency, please dial 9-1-1. For all non-emergency situations, please call the CPPD Front Desk at (845) 451-4000.

Moody’s Calls Adoption of 2017 Budget “Credit Positive”

Moody’s Investor Service, a leading credit agency, recently called the adoption of Mayor Rob Rolison’s 2017 budget a “credit positive” for the City. Moody’s cited the budget’s “action to bring recurring revenues more in line with recurring expenditures”. Moody’s further called it a “move towards structural balance” and recognized that the city has discontinued the practice of postponing its annual required pension contributions.

“This is welcome news as we enter the New Year. The administrative team and I are confident that our proposed and now adopted budget, while tough, is needed to put the city on firmer financial footing and to get us started down the right path for the future,” Rolison said.

“I am pleased with Moody’s response to our efforts and we will continue to work hard, face the challenges and make the tough decisions needed to keep Poughkeepsie on track towards fiscal stability.” Rolison continued.

Link: Moody’s Issues “Credit Positive” on Adoption of City’s FY-17 Budget

Brief Traffic Stoppages Expected on Route 9

Motorists are advised that beginning Tuesday, December 20, through Friday, January 27, brief traffic stoppages are expected to occur on Route 9, between Pine Street and Fox Street in the City of Poughkeepsie, while crews perform highway work permit activities between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., weather permitting. Stoppages are expected on weekdays and are not anticipated to last for more than 10 minutes at a time.

Motorists should expect delays and seek alternate routes when possible.

Drivers are asked to use caution when traveling through the work zone area and pay particular attention to all traffic control devices, including signs and flaggers.

Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver license.

For up-to-date travel information, call 511 or visit www.511NY.org.

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Regulations for City-Sponsored Holiday Displays on City-Owned Property

The City of Poughkeepsie will sponsor a holiday display on the City-owned vacant lot located at 253 Main Street to celebrate the winter holiday season.  The display planned by the City of Poughkeepsie is a secular celebration of the winter holiday season and a recognition of the diversity of the community.  City of Poughkeepsie area religious and secular groups may participate in the display.

The display begins the first Wednesday of December and ends the second Friday of January.  The attached application is for the upcoming season only and the approval by the City of this application shall not entitle your display to be accepted by the City of Poughkeepsie during future holiday seasons.

Groups wishing to participate in the holiday display must complete the attached application and return it to the office of the City Administrator by November 30, 2016.  The City Administrator will then communicate the City’s acceptance or rejection of your display to you.

 

The following regulations have been enacted by the City Administrator for the City-sponsored holiday display:

  1. Any City of Poughkeepsie area-based religious or secular group may participate in the holiday display on the City parcel by displaying one symbol or object. (The attached diagram indicates that the area designated has been divided into equal sections).  A group will have a choice of which section it wishes to display its symbol or object, on a first-come, first-served basis.  Space at this location is limited.
  2. The display or object must be of such dimensions as to fit on its intended space.
  3. The group displaying the symbol is responsible for the delivery of the display to the display site and pick-up from the site.  City personnel shall be available to assist in the erection and dismantling of the display.  Dates for the erection and dismantling of the display will be set by the City Administrator.  The City shall provide electrical service for lighting, but the group must provide necessary extension cords, etc.  The City is not responsible for the display while on City property, including, but not limited to, damage from vandalism.
  4. The display should be maintained in such a manner that is consistent with public safety and health.  After erection, the maintenance of the display shall be inspected by employees of the City of Poughkeepsie to ensure the safety of the display.  The group must take whatever action the City deems necessary to rectify any problems in the maintenance of the display so as to ensure public safety to the satisfaction of the City.
  5. The City does not favor or sponsor any particular religion.  Therefore, a religious ceremony may not accompany the erection or disassembly of the display or during any period in which the display is maintained.
  6. Upon submission of the attached application, a determination will be made by the City Administrator whether there is a requirement for insurance covering the display.  If insurance is required, the group must provide it prior to assembly of the display.  Proof of insurance must be provided to the City of Poughkeepsie in the form of a certificate of liability insurance covering the display and naming the City, its officers, employees, and agents as additional named insured.  Said policy of insurance must be written by an insurance company licensed to transact business in the State of New York and must be acceptable to the City of Poughkeepsie.  Said coverage shall be for the entire period of time that the display is on the city-owned property.  The necessity and amounts of said coverage will be determined by the City of Poughkeepsie upon review of the attached application.