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Reminder: Re-Register for Basic STAR

New York homeowners have until December 31, 2013 to re-register for Basic STAR Tax Relief. To re-register, please visit the New York State Department of Taxation & Finance website or call (518) 457-2036.

If you have any questions about Basic STAR, please contact the Office of the Assessor at (845) 451-4039.

Celebration of Lights Cancelled, Fireworks Moved to Saturday

The Bardavon and the River District regrets to announce that due to the impending winter storm this afternoon and evening, and for everyone’s safety, the 20th annual Celebration of Lights Parade and Fireworks has been cancelled BUT the fireworks will now be the climax to Family Day on Saturday, December 7th, when the Poughkeepsie River District Business Association together with the Bardavon will present the 3rd Annual Family Day & Holiday Scavenger Hunt and Tree Lighting and FIREWORKS FINALE. The day’s entertainment begins at 12 noon and will include the Two by Two Petting Zoo with goats, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs and a miniature horse, Dubois Farm Hayride, Radio Disney games & prizes, kid’s entertainers: Uncle Rock & Story Laurie, carolers and face painters, plus Santa Claus, his Elf Ila and more.

Participation is free, and scavenger hunt registration begins at 11am at Caffe Aurora, where registrants will pick up their item card and area map for a Holiday Scavenger Hunt within Poughkeepsie’s River District and Little Italy. Prizes will then be awarded randomly from all those who complete their cards, with drawings held at 4pm at The Derby.

At 4pm the Dongan Square Christmas Tree will be lit up followed by the Legion Fireworks display!

Sponsors include: Central Hudson, TD Bank Foundation, Rhinebeck Bank, Dutchess Dodge/Kia, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, The Poughkeepsie Journal, Adams Fairacre Farms, Dorsey Gage, Bonura Hospitality Group. WPDH/WRRV/, WDST, WKZE, Pamal, Clear Channel, The City of Poughkeepsie PBA &CSCA, Dutchess Beer Distributors, McCabe & Mack, Hodgkins Agency, Prime Retirement Asset Management, Riverside Bank and Torsone’s Funeral Home.

Parking is readily available in City of Poughkeepsie Municipal lots. For further info check out the Bardavon web site at or call the Bardavon at (845) 473-2072 or check out Poughkeepsie River District website at

This is the 4th and final event in the Bardavon’s 4 Seasons of the Hudson Valley Festival, a celebration of the arts and culture of the Mid-Hudson Valley, made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council and the New York State Legislature.

20th Annual Celebration of Lights & Fireworks

The 20th Annual Celebration of Lights Parade & Fireworks is scheduled for Friday, December 6, 2013. 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:


Parking Meter Pilot Program

New Regulations Effective on Monday, December 9, 2013

Pay Station on Market Street

Pay Station on Market Street

The City of Poughkeepsie recently installed three Pay Stations on Market Street as part of the Parking Meter Pilot Program. The intent of the pilot program is to assess the functionality of the parking meter pay stations prior to expanding the program to the downtown area.

A metered parking zone has been established on Market Street, between Church Street and Main Street. The zone includes all parking spaces on the East side of Market Street. The regulations for the metered zone will take effect on Monday, December 9, 2013. The parking zone is active Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm and Saturdays 9:00am to 3:00pm. The parking fees for this zone are $.50 for 15 minutes, $1.00 for 30 minutes, and $1.50 per hour. Pay stations are located in front of 17 Market Street, 31 Market Street, and 53 Market Street.

To pay the parking fee, follow the directions on the Pay Station. Cash, credit cards, and debit cards are accepted. Once your transaction is complete, simply place your ticket on the drivers-side dashboard of your vehicle, face up.  Failure to pay the parking fee or correctly display the parking ticket will result in a fine.

Metered Zone & Pay Station Map

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For additional information about the Parking Meter Pilot Program, please contact the Parking Department:

Diane Steen, Senior Parking Lot Attendant
[email protected]
(845) 451-4120 Office
(845) 451-4355 Fax
(845) 242-1189 Cell

Fire Department Seeks Toy Donations


The City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department will be collecting new and unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. Donations will be accepted day or night through December 15th at the Public Safety Building Firehouse (505 Main Street). Please ring the bell near equipment bay doors for assistance or call (845) 451-4086 to schedule a drop-off. Thank you for your support.

Public Safety Building (505 Main Street)

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Public Notice: Draft Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)

The City of Poughkeepsie has completed a Draft Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the 2012 program year.  The document identifies all Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS Grant (HOPWA) funded activities from 3/1/12 to 2/28/13.  The 2012 CAPER will be available for public review and comment for a fifteen (15) day period from 11/25/13 to 12/9/13 at the Office of Community Development, City Hall, City of Poughkeepsie and on the City’s website at  Written comments may be sent to Paul Hesse, Community Development Director, City of Poughkeepsie, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.  All written comments received will be included in the final CAPER submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Public Hearing: Receive Comments on Tax Cap Override

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to the Charter and Codes of the City of Poughkeepsie, Administrative Code, Section 14.04, a Common Council Public Hearing will be held on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 5:30 p.m., in the Common Council Chambers, Third Floor, Municipal Building/City Hall, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, New York, for the purpose of receiving comments on the proposed Local Law LL-13-3, to override the tax cap.

Transit Hub Ribbon Cutting – November 21st at 11am

On Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 11:00am, there will be a ribbon cutting of the City of Poughkeepsie’s new transit hub located on Market Street.  The location is in front of the Financial Plaza Parking deck across from the Mid-Hudson Civic Center.  Parking will be available to those attending at the Financial Plaza Parking Deck. All are invited to attend.

Poughkeepsie Transit Hub - Platform Rendering

Poughkeepsie Transit Hub – Platform Rendering

City Partners with CUNY on Solar Initiative

The City of Poughkeepsie is pleased to announce a new partnership with City University of New York (CUNY) on an initiative to lower the cost and ease the process of solar installation in New York State.  CUNY is the recipient of a $1.4 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II.  The collaborative effort between CUNY; New York Power Authority (NYPA); New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA); and 16 New York cities, towns and villages, including the City of Poughkeepsie, will establish best practices on solar installation and encourage the development of local solar markets. Continue reading City Partners with CUNY on Solar Initiative

New Bus Schedule and Routes

The City Bus Service has recently updated the City bus schedule and route map. The updated schedule and route map are available for download below and also under the Bus Service section on the Downloads page.

For additional information about the changes, please contact the City Bus Service at (845) 451-4118