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New Community Development Coordinator to Support City’s Revitalization Efforts

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced today Paul Hesse has been appointed to serve as Dutchess County’s new Community Development Coordinator for urban development efforts, in particular the City of Poughkeepsie’s revitalization efforts. Mr. Hesse will officially begin on Monday, January 11th, 2016 and will be based in City Hall.

From left, Mayor Rob Rolison, Community Development Coordinator Paul Hesse, Councilman Tracy Hermann, County Executive Marc Molinaro, and County Legislator Barbara Jeter-Jackson

From left: Mayor Rob Rolison, Community Development Coordinator Paul Hesse, Councilman Tracy Hermann, County Executive Marc Molinaro, and County Legislator Barbara Jeter-Jackson

As the Community Development Coordinator, Mr. Hesse will coordinate the City’s planning efforts, including providing support for the City’s planning and zoning boards, finalizing the update of the City’s zoning code, and implementing components of the County’s Waterfront Redevelopment Strategy, among other efforts.

“The City is extraordinarily grateful the County has agreed to provide this support to the City, and we are even more grateful the County was able to bring someone with Paul’s reputation and experience back to City Hall,” said Mayor Rolison.

County Executive Marc Molinaro stated, “Poughkeepsie is Dutchess County’s ‘front porch’, for so many, their first opportunity to experience Dutchess County. We know the prosperity of Dutchess County is directly linked to the City of Poughkeepsie’s prosperity. The County has invested a tremendous amount of time and resources into planning efforts such as the Waterfront Redevelopment Strategy that are designed to restore and reinvigorate our Queen City. Having the new Community Development Coordinator based right in the City of Poughkeepsie will ensure those plans can finally become realities all our county residents can benefit from.”

Mr. Hesse is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and holds a Master of Urban Planning degree from the Urban Affairs and Planning Program at Hunter College – City University of New York. Most recently, he has served as the Senior Research Planner for Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, where he was involved in a multi-year planning initiative – the Urban Action Agenda – to promote population growth and economic development in the Hudson Valley’s urban centers. His career actually began in the City of Poughkeepsie, where he started in the City’s Building, Planning & Zoning department. He later served in the City’s Office of Social Development, where he was responsible for the administration of the Community Development Block Grant, among other responsibilities.

“I am thrilled to return to the City of Poughkeepsie and am eager to get to work on moving projects forward that will have a tremendous benefit to the City. I look forward to working with the great team of people at the Dutchess County Department of Planning & Development who I know want to see these plans and projects come to fruition. It is an exciting time to be in the City of Poughkeepsie and I am honored to work with Mayor Rolison, as well as County Executive Molinaro and the Dutchess County team, to be part of the City’s revitalization.”

City of Poughkeepsie Common Council Chair Chris Petsas said, “In 1950, our city had 10,000 more people than it does today. We must bring people back to our city if we want a thriving Main Street and jobs for our residents. But we don’t want just any type of development, we want quality development that will honor our past and move us into the future. On behalf of the Common Council, I want to thank the County for bringing a planner of Paul’s reputation back to the City.”

The new Community Development Coordinator partnership is critical in moving forward the collaborative efforts between the City and County that began in 2012, with the City and County as well other partners working together to develop an integrated waterfront plan to create connections up Main Street, and to surrounding neighborhoods.

Dutchess County Commissioner of Planning & Development Eoin Wrafter noted, “The addition of a Community Development Coordinator is vital to foster the implementation of the Waterfront Development Strategy and other plans like the City Center Revitalization and Middle Main, and to help bring appropriate development to the City. The County is pleased that we can provide shared services to the City as they restructure.”

The addition of the Community Development Coordinator will enable the City of Poughkeepsie to restructure planning and building function operations. Mr. Hesse will oversee planning and zoning functions, enabling the Building Department to focus on its core responsibilities.

Mayor Rolison noted, “This restructure will provide additional time and opportunity for the Building Department to focus on our expanded efforts to address distressed properties in the City.” The new partnership has drawn praise from the local community as well.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to see the planning function at the City of Poughkeepsie restored under the able leadership of Paul Hesse. Paul has been a tremendous partner and resource to many efforts in the City of Poughkeepsie, and brings the skills and passion that the City needs to move forward at this critical moment,” said Elizabeth Celaya, Director of Organizational & Community Development at Hudson River Housing.

City Awarded $2 Million in New York State Water Grants

The City of Poughkeepsie recently received notice of their successful award for their water systems projects.

“Great news!  The NYS Water Grants have been announced and the City has been awarded $2 million for the…project – congratulations!” said Allene Endres, Financial Analyst for the NYS EFC.

The City of Poughkeepsie has been notified of its successful application for federal and state subsidies with regard to the design and construction of two major infrastructure projects;

City of Poughkeepsie College Hill Reservoir Replacement & Distribution System Improvements: The City will replace its sole, 95 year-old, 5 million gallon reservoir with two, 2.5 million reservoirs.  The current structure has developed cracks and minor inflow issues.  Additionally, 23,000 linear feet of water mains, also dating from the early 1920’s, will be replaced.

The total cost of the project is $11,688,000.  The City has applied to New York State’s Environmental Facilities Corporation, which receives federal Environmental Protection Administration grants to support subsidies on interest rates, for project financing.  EFC is making available loan interest savings and subsidies up to $7,899,400 for this project through its Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

City of Poughkeepsie Waste Water Improvement Project: The City has also applied to New York State’s Environmental Facilities Corporation’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund to support improvements to its waste water collections and treatment system.  These include design and construction for sewage treatment plant upgrades, pump station improvements and Combined Sewer Overflow corrections at various locations throughout the City of Poughkeepsie to protect the water quality of the Hudson River. This $11,320,344 project, also financed through EFC, will receive up to $7,641,232 in interest savings and subsidies.

Mayor John C. Tkazyik said, “I would like to thank New York State and the Federal Government for providing the City with a much needed $2 Million grant for improvement for its water systems.  This has been an important award for the City and I would also like to thank City Staff for their hard work and dedication to this grant award.”

Mayor Releases 2016 Preliminary Budget Overview

The Mayor of the City of Poughkeepsie, John C. Tkazyik, released his 2016 Preliminary Budget today.  Below, for your reference, is the budget overview.

“The 2016 budget reflects the continued effort to strengthen the City’s financial position.  For the second year, the 2014 General Fund ended in a surplus.  The 2014 City financial operations reflected the City’s financial improvement with a “distressed designation” upgraded to “moderate”.  The Mayor’s 2016 proposed budget contains conservative, realistic numbers that follow the New York State OSC recommendations and the expectations of Moody’s,” said Mayor John C. Tkazyik.

Press Release: 2016 Preliminary Budget Overview, Budget Summary & Commissioner’s Certification (.pdf)

Media Advisory: Parking Agreement Press Conference

Press Conference

Top floor of Financial Plaza Parking Deck
(Parking Garage across from Civic Center)
Friday, August 14, 2015

City of Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County reaches agreement
to provide free parking to jurors

City of Poughkeepsie Real Estate Market Improves

As the Dutchess County Real Estate market improves so does the City of Poughkeepsie’s Real Estate market.  Sales of single family, detached homes rose by 27.5% in the first half of 2015 versus the same period last year according to Mid-Hudson Multiple Listing Service.

More importantly, the average sale price and high-end sales have shown marked improvement.  The average sale price has improved by 5.7% to $182,532 with sales exceeding $300,000 increased by 300%.  The highest sale was $379,000, 14% over last year’s highest sale at the same time.

Similar to the County, as a whole, the younger buyer appears to be driving the market with many coming from markets to the south, based on new applicants for the Basic STAR School Tax Relief Exemption. Continue reading City of Poughkeepsie Real Estate Market Improves

Mayor’s Advisory on Additional Police Patrols

In light of the recent shootings in the City of Poughkeepsie, the Police Department has already instituted additional patrols and resources which will continue until at least early next week. At that time, these extra patrols and resources will be reevaluated contingent on the investigation and its progress.

“At the same time, I encourage the public to continue to cooperate with the City Police Department. Cooperation thus far has already resulted in a number of leads being pursued by detectives. The more information the Police Department can gather concerning the identification of the persons involved in the shootings, the quicker this situation will be brought to a successful conclusion,” said Mayor John C. Tkazyik.

If you have any information, please call City Police at (845) 451-4000 or the City’s tip line at (845) 451-7577.

Firefighter Timothy Gunther Funeral Service – Monday, May 11, 2015

Calling Hours

The wake for Firefighter Timothy Gunther will be held at McHoul’s Funeral Home, Rte. 82 Hopewell Junction, on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 2:00pm to 7:00pm.  Uniform of the day is Class A.  Black badge band and white gloves are required.  Retirees are also welcome to wear their Class A’s.

Funeral Service

A full Line of Duty Death funeral service will be held at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, New York, on Monday, May 11, 2015 at approximately 10:00am.  Uniform of the day is Class A.  Black badge band and white gloves required.  Retirees are also welcome to wear their Class A’s.

It is recommended that firefighters begin assembling no later than 9:00 AM in front of the Mid-Hudson Civic Center.

Transportation & Parking for Service

Parking is available in the parking lot across from Shadows Restaurant on Rinaldi Blvd. Shuttle buses will begin running from there at approximately 8:45 AM.  This parking lot can also accommodate buses. If full, an overflow lot will be available. Additional parking is available at various locations throughout the downtown area.

Any personnel who arrive by Metro-North, it is a short 4 block walk straight up Main St. to the Civic Center.

There is a limited number of free rooms available at three local hotels for any uniformed personnel who require overnight lodging. For the rooms, additional transportation needs or general questions, please contact George Cacchione, President L596 at (845) 656-3915.

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Verizon Phone Lines Back in Service

Update: Verizon phone lines are back in service at this time. 

Verizon is currently experiencing technical difficulties with their phone lines and are working to solve the problem. Land lines and some cell phones are experiencing connection problems in Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, Rockland and Putnam Counties.

If you dial your local seven digit number for police, fire or ambulance services, you may not get through at this time.

If you cannot contact your local emergency response personnel by their local seven digit phone number, please dial 911 for assistance.

Verizon is working to solve this issue as soon as possible. Updates will be posted as they become available.

Street Closings for Snow Removal – Begins February 5, 2015 at 4:00pm

The City of Poughkeepsie Department of Public Works has advised that effective today, Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. through Friday, February 6, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. the following streets below will have No Parking due to snow removal:

  • Dean Place
  • Carroll Street
  • Franklin Street between Carroll and Hamilton & between South Avenue and Lincoln Avenue.
  • Gifford Avenue
  • Duane Street

Signs and flyers will be posted and distributed during the day and at least one Traffic Officer will be assigned to the area to assist DPW with having cars moved or towed. If needed, residents can utilize the Chance Parking Lot from the above times at no charge per the City Parking Department.

Dog Recovered in Animal Abuse Case; $1,000 Reward for Information

Theophilus Burke

Theophilus Burke

On December 28, 2014 at 7:56am, a man was videotaped beating a dog in Pulaski Park near Talmadge Street, the man and the dog were gone when the Officers arrived. Since that day the members of the City of Poughkeepsie Police have worked relentlessly to identify and locate the man and the dog.

The man has been identified as, THEOPHILUS J BURKE a 37 year Brooklyn man, and the dog has been identified as BURKE’s dog “GIZMO”. “GIZMO” is described as being a 2 to 3 year old small white dog, possibly a Maltese. A Dutchess County Court Arrest Warrant has been filed against BURKE charging him with Animal Cruelty.

“Gizmo” Recovered

Gizmo with Detective Garth Mason

Gizmo with Detective Garth Mason

On January 29, 2015 Detective Sergeant John Zeltmann and Detective Garth Mason recovered GIZMO at an address in Brooklyn New York. The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department was assisted in this by members of the NYPD’s 67th and 69th Precincts. GIZMO was transported back to the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department. GIZMO appears to be healthy, but is being checked out by a Veterinarian. GIZMO will be sheltered at a local facility until the Court case is resolved.

At this time the suspect THEOPHILUS J BURKE is still at large and wanted. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the City of Poughkeepsie Police at (845) 451-7577.

$1,000 Reward for Information

The New York State Humane Association, headquartered in Kingston, NY, is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man who was videotaped beating his dog in Pulaski Park near Talmadge Street in Poughkeepsie, on January 28. Police have identified the man as Theophilus J. Burke, 37, and the dog as Gizmo a small white dog belonging to him. According to Police, Burke lives in Brooklyn, however, he was no longer at his last known address. A warrant for Burke’s arrest on animal cruelty charges has been issued, and police believe Burke and the dog are still in the New York City area.

This individual videotaped committing this crime must be brought to justice. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Poughkeepsie Police Department Detectives at (845) 451-4169.

The New York State Humane Association has conducted animal cruelty investigation workshops for police and humane investigators throughout the state for the past fifteen years and has offered rewards to assist police with their investigations. A key segment of the NYSHA workshop focuses on the strong correlation between animal abuse and human violence. NYSHA is currently scheduling its workshops for 2015.