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City Lowers Flags in Honor of Fallen NYPD Officers

Poughkeepsie Mayor John C. Tkazyik has ordered all flags on City buildings to be flown at half-staff until Wednesday at noon in honor of NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos who were brutally slain in the line of duty on Saturday, December 20th in Brooklyn.
The Mayor offers his sincerest condolences to the family of the officers and to the brave men and women of the NYPD.

Mayor Tkazyik Vetoes Four City Council Resolutions

Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik vetoed four different resolutions passed by the City Council. Three (R-14-70; R-14-71; R-14-72) concern the Council’s acquisition of a property located at 204 Church Street.

“The Council voted to acquire this property with no plan, no cost analysis, no notion of what the property is worth, absent any knowledge of potential environmental issues or a professional appraisal,” said Tkazyik. “I can’t allow this to stand knowing it could become an albatross around the necks of our taxpayers.”

Tkazyik also vetoed Resolution R-14-66, which would have required the publication of names, email addresses and phone numbers of people who volunteer their time and/or serve in quasi-judicial capacities. “Volunteers who generously give of their time and talent are entitled to some measure of privacy,” said Tkazyik.

“Furthermore, doing what the Council wants will not serve its stated purpose. The public is entitled to hear, see and witness the dialogue between applicants with business before entities such as the Planning and Zoning Boards. The council’s action will only serve to encourage private dialogue between applicants and board members that should be done in public.”

Celebration of Lights – Friday, December 5

The 21st Annual Celebration of Lights Parade & Fireworks is scheduled for Friday, December 5, 2014. The parade will commence at 6:30pm on Main Street and Garden Street and proceed to the evening’s first Christmas tree lighting on Main Street, near Market Street. The parade will proceed down Main Street to Clover Street where the parade will conclude at Dongan Square Park for the second Christmas tree lighting. At 7:15pm, Poughkeepsie River District Business Association and Legion Fireworks will present the area’s only winter fireworks display along Poughkeepsie’s waterfront.


Free parking is available in all downtown City parking lots during the event. A temporary “No Parking” zone will be in effect on Main Street, between Academy Street and Market Street, on Friday from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.  City of Poughkeepsie Police will post the zone Thursday evening.

For additional information about the event, please visit the Bardavon website:

Update: Upcoming Snowstorm Procedures – Nov 26, 2014

Update: Procedures for Upcoming Snowstorm in City of Poughkeepsie

In anticipation of the snowstorm, whichever side of the street you are parked legally on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, please continue parking on that same side through Saturday, November 29, 2014 to facilitate the clearing of snow by the Department of Public Works. Also, remember to shovel your fire hydrants.

Please note that due to the holiday, there is no garbage pick-up on Thursday or Friday. The City of Poughkeepsie Transfer Station is closed on Saturday.

On Friday, November 28, 2014, City buses will run on a Saturday schedule.

Please check the city’s website at and other media outlets for updates and a possible snow emergency declaration.

2015 Budget Review Session Schedule

Budget review sessions will be held in the Common Council Chambers at City Hall (3rd Floor, 62 Civic Center Plaza).  Parking is available in the City Hall garage, accessible from Mill St.  The sessions are open to the public.

Monday, September 29, 2014 at 5:30pm

General Administration

  • Assessor
  • Chamberlain
  • Common Council
  • City Administrator
  • Mayor
  • Corporation Counsel
  • Finance
  • Debt Service
  • Revenue

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 5:30pm

Public Safety/Building

  • Building/Planning/Zoning/Engineering
  • Fire
  • Police

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 5:30pm

Public Works

  • Recreation
  • Joint Water
  • Joint Sewer
  • Buildings & Grounds
  • Trees
  • Streets
  • Street Lights
  • Transit
  • Parking
  • Sanitation

Tentative – Monday, October 20, 2014 at 5:30pm (before Common Council Meeting)

  • Public Hearing

Tentative – Monday, November 3, 2014 at 6:30pm (at Common Council Meeting)

  • Budget Adoption

City Seeks Members for Charter Review Commission

Application Deadline: September 26, 2014

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City of Poughkeepsie is looking for seven (7) members to serve on the City of Poughkeepsie Charter Review Commission. The Commission is advisory and will be charged with reviewing the City’s current form of government. Members must be at least eighteen (18) year old, residents of the City of Poughkeepsie and cannot be employees, hold a public office or an appointed position of the City of Poughkeepsie. Applicants should have a basic understanding of city government. Please send letters of interest to Deanne Flynn, City Chamberlain to City Hall, Office of the City Chamberlain, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601 by September 26, 2014.

Deputy Sheriff/Police Officer Exam Notice & Prep Classes

Deputy Sheriff/Police Officer Civil Service Examination Notice
Dutchess County

Examination Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014

Application Information:

Dutchess County Department of Human Resources
22 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone# (845) 486-2169
24-Hour Exams Hotline (845) 486-2167

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must meet the following requirements on or before November 15, 2014; Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma AND Either: (A) completion of sixty (60) standard credit hours at a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university or (B) Two (2) years of satisfactory active military service with the armed forces of the United States; or (C) Two (2) years of full-time paid work experience as a police officer, correction officer, licensed security guard, or as an emergency service dispatcher*; or (D) An equivalent combination of education and experience within the limits of (A),(B) and (C) above. * Note: Work as an “emergency services dispatcher” would include work experience that primarily involved police, fire or emergency medical services. Unless otherwise specified, part-time experience will be pro-rated towards meeting the full-time experience requirements.  

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Parking Ticket Amnesty Program – Ends October 31, 2014

The City of Poughkeepsie has approved the Parking Ticket Amnesty Program to be held from September 2, 2014 until October 31, 2014.  During this period, all penalties shall be waived with the payment of the original fine.  Please call the Tax Department at (845) 451-4030 to inquire about any unpaid parking tickets.

CPPD Help Launch “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” Campaign

School's-Open_8.5x11-posterSergeant Todd King and Patrolman George McSpedon of the Poughkeepsie Police Department, along with local school children, helped AAA New York to launch its 69th annual “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign at Poughkeepsie Police Headquarters.
Colorful “School’s Open” posters will be mounted in Poughkeepsie to warn motorists to be extra careful as thousands of local youngsters return to school.

“The help that we get from our club-area police departments adds to the effectiveness of our ‘School’s Open’ campaign,” said Donna Galasso, Assistant Director of the club’s Traffic Safety unit. “We appreciate the efforts of Sergeant King, Patrolman McSpedon and the Poughkeepsie Police Department, which will result in increased safety for all students,” said Galasso.

 Sergeant Todd King (right) and Patrolman George McSpedon helped to launch AAA’s “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign at the Public Safety Building in Poughkeepsie, NY. The Young family, (left to right) Tristan, Connor, Shane, Caylee and Cole participated in the ceremony. Christopher McBride Traffic Safety Specialist (back center) represented AAA.

Sergeant Todd King (right) and Patrolman George McSpedon helped to launch AAA’s “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign at the Public Safety Building in Poughkeepsie, NY. The Young family, (left to right) Tristan, Connor, Shane, Caylee and Cole participated in the ceremony. Christopher McBride Traffic Safety Specialist (back center) represented AAA.

Ms. Galasso reminds drivers, including bicyclists, to be especially cautious in school areas, keeping their speed at or below posted limits and being prepared to stop, on both sides of the street, for school buses with flashing red lights, as required by New York State law.
The club’s annual “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign is conducted with local government and police agencies. Thousands of posters, bumper stickers and other educational materials are distributed through the program.

AAA New York State’s “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” program began in 1945. Since then, it has helped to prevent injuries and deaths among children of elementary school age.
AAA New York, the local AAA affiliate, provides automotive, travel and financial services to more than 1.6 million members in New York City, and in Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Herkimer and parts of Lewis, Madison and Oneida counties.

Photo Caption: Sergeant Todd King (right) and Patrolman George McSpedon helped to launch AAA’s “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign at the Public Safety Building in Poughkeepsie, NY. The Young family, (left to right) Tristan, Connor, Shane, Caylee and Cole participated in the ceremony. Christopher McBride Traffic Safety Specialist (back center) represented AAA.

Public Notice: Federal Transportation Program Application

The City of Poughkeepsie is requesting Capital and Operating Federal Funds in the amount of $1,581,000 under Section 5307 and the Surface Transportation Program of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991. Funding in the amount of $1,581,000 is to be used as reimbursement of Preventive Maintenance, from January 1, through December 31, 2015. These funds will also be used as reimbursement of Operating funds for January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2015 expenses. Additionally, these funds will be used for the purchase of two Hybrid Electric buses to replace two diesel fuel buses once they have passed their useful life.

Project Description         Federal       Local/State       Total
Operating Assistance             $ 340,000    $340,000      $ 680,000
Preventive Maintenance       $ 169,000     $ 42,250        $ 211,250
Bus Replacement                    $1,072,000    $268,000    $1,340,000
Total                                       $1,581,000   $650,250   $2,231,250

A copy of the application is available for viewing during business hours, 8:30am–4:30pm, Monday-Friday at City Hall, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Comments will be accepted at this address for thirty days, attn: Karen Sorrell. This program of projects becomes the final program of projects if not amended. Comments and or request for a public hearing must be received by 4:30pm, September 11, 2014. If requested a public hearing will be held.