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Water Meter Installation Program Deadline: May 2, 2014

The City of Poughkeepsie is in the process of completing a City-wide project to upgrade existing water meter and billing system.  The new Advanced Metering Infrastructure will require MOST of the meters in the City to be replaced, and ALL of the meters are to be fitted with a Meter Transceiver Unit (MTU).

For the Residents that responded promptly in scheduling and replacing the existing meters, the City appreciates and thanks you for your cooperation.

If your meter is not installed by In Line Services by May 2, 2014, you will be responsible to pay for the water meter upgrade.  

Pursuant to 6-157.1 of the City Code, failure to permit the replacement of your water meter will result in a 100% surcharge to your water rate until such time as the meter is replaced, plus the cost of replacing the meter.   

Depending on the size of the meter, the cost of the replacing the meter is  $650.00 – $3500.00 or more per unit.    In addition,  your account will be subject to the City’s surcharge until such time as the meter is upgraded.

The Building Department will not issue any permits for a property until the water meter has been replaced. In addition, when a title search is issued for a property transfer,   failure to replace the water meter will be an open item and the property will not be able to close until the meter has been replaced.

To schedule an appointment, please contact InLine Services:

  • Phone:   1-800-557-3088 (weekdays 8:00 – 5:00)
  • Online:    You will be required to enter the PIN number that appears on the postcard you received.

If you have already scheduled your appointment, it is important that you keep your appointment. Your cooperation in scheduling an appointment is of the utmost importance in completing this project in a timely manner.  The water meter upgrade is mandatory.

If you have any questions, please contact the City of Poughkeepsie Water Billing Department at (845) 451- 4044.

Additional Information

Snow Emergency Lifted at 3pm on Friday; Bus Service Resumes Saturday

The Snow Emergency declared on January 2, 2014 will be lifted as of 3:00pm today, January 3, 2014. Residents and business owners are reminded to clear snow from sidewalks and around fire hydrants adjacent to their property. Please refrain from shoveling snow into roadways

Bus Service will resume tomorrow, Saturday, January 4th.

Garbage and recycling pickup will resume as scheduled on Monday, January 6, 2014.

Snow Emergency Declared, Begins January 2, 2014 at 3:00pm

A snow emergency will be declared today beginning at 3:00pm, Thursday, January 2, 2014.  Mayor John C. Tkazyik would like to take the opportunity to remind City residents and visitors about the regulations that are put into effect when a “Snow Emergency” is declared.

Bus Service Cancelled for Thursday, January 2nd

All City Bus Services are cancelled as of 2pm today, January 2nd, until further notice.

Sanitation & Recycling Pickup Cancelled for Friday, January 3rd

Sanitation and recycling pickup is cancelled for Friday, January 3rd. Pickup will occur on next scheduled day.

Snow Clearing – Sidewalks & Fire Hydrants

Residents and business owners must clear the sidewalk in front of their residences and businesses as required by the City ordinance.  There must be compliance of all parking regulations for your street, and snow must not be put into any roadway.  This is a violation of the City of Poughkeepsie Code of Ordinances. Residents must clear all fire hydrants on their properties.

Consider helping your elderly neighbors, or those with medical conditions, by shoveling out the hydrant or sidewalk in front of their home. This act of kindness will benefit the entire neighborhood.

Snow Emergency Routes & Procedures

During a declared Snow Emergency, immediately move your vehicle from streets that are designated as a snow emergency route. (See below for a list of the designated emergency snow routes in accordance with the City of Poughkeepsie Code of Ordinances Section 13-124.). You may park your legally registered, inspected and insured vehicle in any City of Poughkeepsie parking lot that is open to the public, free of charge, during a snow emergency.

Vehicles that are parked on a designated snow emergency route during a snow emergency are subject to being ticketed, towed and impounded at the vehicle owner’s expense. If your vehicle is towed, you will need to pay the impound fee prior to your vehicle being released by first calling the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department at 451.4000 for further instructions.

Do not park your vehicle on snow emergency routes until the snow emergency has been cancelled. The media, including the area radio stations will be notified of both the declaration and cancellation of snow emergencies.

The following is a list of “Snow Emergency” routes:

  • Academy Street from Main Street to North-South Arterial Highway
  • Beechwood Avenue from Ferris Lane to City line
  • South Cherry Street from Main Street to Hooker Avenue
  • Civic CenterPlaza from Mansion Street to Main Street
  • North Clinton Street from Mansion Street to Route 44/55, westbound
  • Columbia Street from North-South Arterial Highway to Lincoln Avenue
  • North Clover Street from Mill Street to Main Street
  • South Clover Street from Main Street to Union Street
  • Ferris Lane from Hooker Avenue to Beechwood Avenue
  • Grand Avenue from City line at Main Street to Hooker Avenue
  • North Hamilton Street from Parker Avenue to Main Street
  • South Hamilton Street from Main Street to Livingston Street
  • Hooker Avenue from South Hamilton Street to City line
  • Jefferson Street, Route 44/55 to Lincoln Avenue
  • Lincoln Avenue from Montgomery Street to Livingston Street
  • Main Street from Hudson River to City line at Grand Avenue
  • Mansion Street from Smith Street to North Clinton Street
  • Market Street from Main Street to Montgomery Street
  • Montgomery Street from Lincoln Avenue to South Hamilton Street
  • Parker Avenue from Washington Street to City line
  • Reade Place from South Avenue to Young Street
  • Smith Street from City line to Clinton Square
  • South Avenue from Montgomery Street to North-South Arterial Highway
  • Washington Street from City line to Main Street
  • Wilbur Boulevard from Hooker Avenue to City line

More Information:

Holiday Schedule: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Day

In observance of Christmas Day and New Years Day, the following services are closed or suspended:

Christmas Eve – December 24, 2013

  • City Hall: Open
  • Transfer Station: Open
  • Bus Service: Running on Saturday schedule
  • Sanitation: Regular Tuesday Schedule

Christmas Day – December 25, 2013

  • City Hall: Closed
  • Transfer Station: Closed
  • Bus Service: Suspended. Resumes on December 26th.
  • Sanitation: No Garbage or Recycling Pickup

New Years Day – January 1, 2014

  • City Hall: Closed
  • Transfer Station: Closed
  • Bus Service: Suspended. Resumes on January 2, 2014
  • Sanitation: No Garbage or Recycling Pickup

HDLPC Meeting Cancelled

The HDLPC meeting scheduled for this evening, December 18, has been cancelled.

Boil Water Advisory Lifted for Commons at Cedar Complex

On Monday, December 16, a water leak occurred in the City of Poughkeepsie water system on Knights Bridge in the Commons at Cedar complex (Townhouse/Condominiums).  This leak has been repaired and the water quality has has passed Coliform and Chlorine Residual tests taken on December 17, 2013. There is no need to boil your water before using it. 

Please share this information with other people who drink this water, especially anyone who may not get this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

Planning Board Meeting Cancelled

The Planning Board Meeting that was schedule for 7pm this evening has been cancelled due to the weather.

Precautionary Boil Water Notice for “Commons at Cedar” Complex

Due to a water leak found on Knights Bridge, it is advised that residents of the Commons at Cedar boil their water during repairs. Repairs were started at 4pm on December 16th. Follow up water testing will take place on December 17th and December 18th to verify that the water is potable.

It is likely that residents of the Commons at Cedar will need to boil water during repairs from Monday, December 16th to Thursday, December 19th. You will be informed when tests show that you no longer need to boil your water. The suspension of this notice will also be posted on the City of Poughkeepsie’s website.

Low water pressure during repairs indicates that harmful microbes may be present in your drinking water.  Harmful microbes in drinking water can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms and may pose a special health risk for infants, some elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems.  But these symptoms are not just caused by microbes in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you should seek medical advice.

Bring tap water to a rolling boil, boil for one minute, and cool before using.  Or use bottled water certified for sale by the New York State Department of Health.  Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and preparing food until further notice.

For additional information, please download the notice below:

For question about the notice, please contact Jesse Purcell of the Department of Public Works at (845) 451-4111

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.