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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.

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:

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: