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Hours of Operation Resume at City Pools

Beginning on Thursday, August 18th, the hours of operation at Spratt Park Pool and Pulaski Park Pool will return to the regular schedule, closing each evening at 7:00 pm.


Garden Street Mural Dedication – August 18, 2016


Hours of Operation Extended at City Pools


20160813_111505Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison declares that City pools will extend hours to provide residents relief from the current heat and humidity conditions.

City pools normally close at 7:00 pm, but starting tonight (Saturday, August 13th) the operating hours at Spratt Pool will be extended to 8:00 pm (Pulaski Pool will close at its normal time, 7:00 pm).

On Sunday, August 14th, both pools will remain open until 8:00 pm. The pools will continue to operate on this extended schedule during the current heat wave. City Staff will monitor the weather outlook and work with the pool staff to facilitate these hours.

The Mayor extends his thanks to the operators of the pools, Kimberly and Thomas Bell, for their dedication to providing this invaluable resource to the residents of our community. They have committed to ensuring that staff is in place in order to facilitate this task. The pools are one of those assets we take for granted until we have a heat wave such as we are currently in.

Poughkeepsie to Hire Member of Hartford, CT Finance Team

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison announced today that after in depth consideration and a national search by the Fiscal Advisory Team, the City will be hiring Marc Nelson for the position of Finance Commissioner.

At a special meeting held last night, a majority of the Common Council supported the resolution to adjust the salary for Finance Commissioner.

Marc Nelson previously served as tax collector in the City of Hartford, Connecticut. Nelson, who has held a variety of fiscal positions for Hartford since 2008, will assume the responsibilities of Finance Commissioner for the City of Poughkeepsie starting in early September.

The City’s Fiscal Advisory Team, which was headed by former Dutchess County Budget Director Valerie Sommerville, had interviewed numerous candidates for this position. In her letter to the acting City Administrator Ronald Knapp, she wrote:

“Mr. Nelson clearly understands the fiscal challenges the city faces having dealt with similar issues at the City of Hartford.  His unique experience working in a diverse urban environment as well as his strong background in finance, tax, budgeting, collective bargaining and labor relations make him the ideal candidate for this position.”
William Brady, the City’s interim Finance Commissioner, also finds Nelson to be highly qualified.

“Marc’s resume is most impressive. He has also served Hartford on the Committee on Restructuring City Government and holds additional experience which includes deficit management.” stated Brady. “Marc is both engaging and enthusiastic.  I am confident that his personality and his experience will make him an asset to Poughkeepsie’s management team.”

“In my work with Poughkeepsie’s Fiscal Advisory Team, we’ve found a serious need for increased and additional revenue sources,” stated Council Member Mike Young. “Mr. Nelson was instrumental in improving Hartford’s revenue stream and I’m optimistic he can make real improvements here using that experience. I look forward to working with him as we enter a tough budget season for 2017.”

“The Finance position is critical to the future of our City,” stated Ronald Knapp, Acting City Administrator. “I am delighted that a candidate with the background and qualities of Marc Nelson was recommended by the Fiscal Advisory Team.

Mayor Rob Rolison stated, “At no time in the City’s recent history has the position of Finance Commissioner been so critical to Poughkeepsie’s future. Marc Nelson’s background in municipal finance and his work in the City of Hartford is exactly what our City needs at this time. I want to thank the members of the Common Council who voted in favor of the resolution last night and look forward to having Marc as a part of our team as we work with the Common Council and other stakeholders to help move this City towards fiscal stability.”

Tough Road Ahead for City Finances

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison today announced that the city has been able to stabilize its spending, but unrealistic revenue projections of the past are still taking their toll.

Rolison and city officials have recently begun taking a look at revenue and spending as part of the 2017 budget process.

“Unrealistic revenue projections from past budgets are our problem.  For too long the city has relied on budget revenues that have exceeded reality,” Rolison said.

One example he referred to was from 2015 when expenses exceeded revenues by more than $1.5 million.  Revenue projections that same year fell short by nearly $4 million, more than $1 million less then they were in the previous year 2014.

This trend doesn’t end there as the 2016 budget, inherited by the first-term Mayor, is trending the same way.  2016 revenue projections are looking to come in approximately $2.2 million under budget with the expectation of a deficit of $1.5 million for the current fiscal year.

“I was elected to right this fiscal ship and that’s exactly what we need to start doing with the 2017 budget.  However, turning a ship around can’t be done with a quick and easy solution, we will need to make tough budget decisions,” Rolison said.

Continue reading Tough Road Ahead for City Finances

City Receives Additional $1 Million for Water Upgrades

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison announced today that the City will receive an additional $1 million in grant monies from the New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement Act, increasing the total funding amount to $3 million.

These monies will fund the construction of (2) 2.5 million gallon storage tanks at College Hill Park adjacent to the existing reservoirs. This project will provide greater tank reliability for the City of Poughkeepsie while simultaneously improving water quality and fire flow.

The project will also include water distribution system improvements, such as replacing the existing, aging and undersized water main with new a Cement Lined Ductile Iron water main. Other sections of the water main are proposed to be replaced due to increased frequency of leaks causing interruptions in service and reduced water quality.

“Under Governor Cuomo, New York State leads the nation with the largest annual investment in water-quality infrastructure,” said Sabrina M. Ty, President and CEO of the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, “As New York State moves aggressively to modernize our statewide infrastructure, this $3 million grant, coupled with EFC’s zero-interest financing, will enable the City of Poughkeepsie to continue to provide reliable access to safe drinking water.”

City Creates Public Arts Commission

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison announced today that a Public Arts Commission has been created for the City of Poughkeepsie.

The Commission was created on July 11th, 2016 by executive order and holds the purpose and authority to advocate for the role and value of arts and culture in civic life by expanding community awareness and the presence of art in various ways.

The Mayor, along with Arts Mid-Hudson and City Council member Matthew McNamara led the creation of this Commission at the request of the Arts community, in efforts to build a direct linkage between City government and the Arts.

“On behalf of all in the Arts community, we applaud Mayor Rolison on his executive order in creating the first City of Poughkeepsie Public Arts Commission,” stated Linda Marston-Reid, Executive Director of Arts Mid-Hudson. “The Commission will promote public participation and strengthen the local economy by attracting and promoting local artists, encourage cultural tourism, and create opportunities for training and employment in a range of creative fields.”

“We as a community need to recognize that the Arts are an essential part of the City of Poughkeepsie’s cultural vitality,” stated 8th Ward Council member Matthew McNamara.

The commission will consist of seven (7) members: three (3) appointed by the Mayor, three (3) appointed by the Common Council, and (1) shall be appointed by majority vote of the Commission.

Mayor Urges City Residents to Be Vigilant of Neighboring Vacant Properties

In light of recent fires at three vacant properties in the City of Poughkeepsie (13 Harrison Street, 25 Hewlett Road, and 8 Worrall Avenue), Mayor Rob Rolison has urged residents to be vigilant of any activity at a known vacant or abandoned property.  If someone sees anyone trespassing or any other activity at one of these properties, they should call 911.

Anyone with information about these fires is urged to call the City of Poughkeepsie Tip Line at 845-451-7577.

Greater Walkway Experience Aerial Video Launched During City’s ‘First Friday’ Celebration at Bardavon

The Walkway Over the Hudson organization premiered the Greater Walkway Experience’s new 4-minute “Discovery” film highlighting dramatic aerial drone footage of the City of Poughkeepsie, Town of Lloyd and Walkway State Historic Park during  Poughkeepsie’s “First Friday” celebration at the Bardavon Opera House on Friday for over 250 people.

Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison, Town of Lloyd Supervisor Paul Hansut, County Executive Molinaro and Walkway Executive Director Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart hosted the presentation, along with representatives from Greater Walkway Experience (GWE) partners Scenic Hudson and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.  The GWE aerial tour film complements physical signage that has been installed in the newly created Discovery Zones throughout the City of Poughkeepsie and the Town of Lloyd.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said, “The “Greater Walkway Experience” film highlights the vast array of entertainment, dining, arts, cultural and outdoor activities available to visitors and residents alike in Dutchess County and the City of Poughkeepsie. Viewers catch a glimpse of the many sites and offerings that make our County notable around the region, country and the world including the Walkway Over the Hudson and the historic Hudson River Valley landscape. We are proud to partner with the Walkway Over the Hudson and the City of Poughkeepsie for the First Friday initiative to showcase the best of the best in the Queen City and Dutchess County.” Continue reading Greater Walkway Experience Aerial Video Launched During City’s ‘First Friday’ Celebration at Bardavon

Join Us on a Journey of Discovery – Friday, May 6th

Please join us when the Greater Walkway Experience’s Aerial Tour takes flight at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House on Friday, May 6th. Starting at 5:15 pm, Walkway Executive Director Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart, in partnership with City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison and Town of Lloyd Supervisor Paul Hansut will kick-off the campaign with the video and wayfinding program as part of Poughkeepsie’s’  First Friday celebration.

Greater Walkway Experience from First Friday Poughkeepsie on Vimeo.

The Greater Walkway Experience builds on the success of the Walkway by connecting it’s 500,000 annual visitors to the rich array of natural, historical, cultural and hospitality resources found throughout the Hudson Valley.  The Greater Walkway Experience project highlights  newly created Discovery Zones in Poughkeepsie & Highland  and provides a proud showcase of these resources and the stunning natural beauty of the region. The memorable 4 minute video is sure to leave a lasting impression on all those who see it.

Admission is free.

Walkway Volunteers and the video producers will be  available after the kick-off ceremony to meet attendees and highlight the distinctiveness of the Discovery Zones!

A wide range of restaurants and businesses along Main Street and in the downtown area will be offering specials, promotions, tours and samples.

The evening will also feature music and special activities for children along Main St.