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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.




Snow Emergency Lifted: January 27 at 8:00am

The Snow Emergency declared on January 26, 2015 has been lifted as of 8:00am today, January 27, 2015.

Services Resume on Wednesday

City Transit and Sanitation will resume as normally scheduled and City Hall will reopen on Wednesday, January 28.

City to Embark on Important Energy Saving Project

The City of Poughkeepsie Common Council approved unanimously the financing of $3.2 Million for the City’s LED Project. Phase I of the project will replace 1,880 pole lights owned by the City with energy saving LED lights. Working under an Energy Performance Program, the City is projected to have savings of over $400,000 on its City street light bills on the very first year of operation. The City is also expected to earn $190,000 in grants from NYSERDA. The City’s target is to complete Phase I before the FERC increases, which can raise rates between 20% – 40%, are implemented.

Embarking on this all important energy saving, green project, Mayor Tkazyik commented, “The City is facing spiraling costs in energy. We saw the LED project as a major step in rolling back these costs and providing the City with a long-term commitment to green energy.”

City Lowers Flags in Honor of Fallen NYPD Officers

Poughkeepsie Mayor John C. Tkazyik has ordered all flags on City buildings to be flown at half-staff until Wednesday at noon in honor of NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos who were brutally slain in the line of duty on Saturday, December 20th in Brooklyn.
The Mayor offers his sincerest condolences to the family of the officers and to the brave men and women of the NYPD.

Mayor Tkazyik Vetoes Four City Council Resolutions

Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik vetoed four different resolutions passed by the City Council. Three (R-14-70; R-14-71; R-14-72) concern the Council’s acquisition of a property located at 204 Church Street.

“The Council voted to acquire this property with no plan, no cost analysis, no notion of what the property is worth, absent any knowledge of potential environmental issues or a professional appraisal,” said Tkazyik. “I can’t allow this to stand knowing it could become an albatross around the necks of our taxpayers.”

Tkazyik also vetoed Resolution R-14-66, which would have required the publication of names, email addresses and phone numbers of people who volunteer their time and/or serve in quasi-judicial capacities. “Volunteers who generously give of their time and talent are entitled to some measure of privacy,” said Tkazyik.

“Furthermore, doing what the Council wants will not serve its stated purpose. The public is entitled to hear, see and witness the dialogue between applicants with business before entities such as the Planning and Zoning Boards. The council’s action will only serve to encourage private dialogue between applicants and board members that should be done in public.”

Celebration of Lights – Friday, December 5

The 21st Annual Celebration of Lights Parade & Fireworks is scheduled for Friday, December 5, 2014. 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:

Update: Upcoming Snowstorm Procedures – Nov 26, 2014

Update: Procedures for Upcoming Snowstorm in City of Poughkeepsie

In anticipation of the snowstorm, whichever side of the street you are parked legally on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, please continue parking on that same side through Saturday, November 29, 2014 to facilitate the clearing of snow by the Department of Public Works. Also, remember to shovel your fire hydrants.

Please note that due to the holiday, there is no garbage pick-up on Thursday or Friday. The City of Poughkeepsie Transfer Station is closed on Saturday.

On Friday, November 28, 2014, City buses will run on a Saturday schedule.

Please check the city’s website at and other media outlets for updates and a possible snow emergency declaration.