City of Poughkeepsie Will Begin Issuing Municipal ID Cards Friday, June 7th

The City of Poughkeepsie will begin issuing municipal ID cards on Friday, June 7, a move designed to strengthen community relations, improve public safety and foster civic pride.

City officials believe municipal IDs will be particularly helpful for those who currently lack government-issued IDs, such as a driver’s license. Such barriers, according to the measure passed unanimously by the Common Council last year, leave “thousands of individuals — including immigrants, homeless people, transgender people, senior citizens, young people, and those who have been formerly incarcerated — without access to critical services, benefits, cultural, educational, and civic opportunities.”

City officials see a public-safety benefit to the ID program as well. They note that residents who cannot produce proof of identity are often reluctant to report crimes to the police that they suffer or witness.
Businesses are also encouraged to offer discounts to city ID holders.

The cards include the person’s photograph, name, date of birth, address, ID card number, and card expiration date. They are available to residents 14 years of age and older and will be valid for four years.  Municipal ID’s costs $10 for adults and $5 for those 14-17 years and seniors.

They are issued at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 62 Civic Center Plaza, on Monday and Fridays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. People have to establish proof of identity and residency to obtain a card. Applications are available in English and Spanish.

More information can be found at this website, http://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/municipalid

City Seeks Residents to Serve on the Board Of Assessment Review

The City of Poughkeepsie is currently seeking residents who would be interested in serving as a member of the Board of Assessment Review.

The Board of Assessment Review consists of three to five volunteers who have at least a general knowledge of property values in the community. The Common Council members vote to appoint BAR members.

The BAR’s sole purpose is to arrive at a fair and impartial decision regarding the assessment on property. The BAR conducts hearings in order to evaluate grievance applications and make a determination of assessed value based on evidence submitted by the property owner.

The BAR meets once a year, the fourth Tuesday in May – “Grievance Day”. However, members are usually required to participate in additional hearings and private deliberations. Additionally, Section 523 of the Real Property Tax Law requires BAR members attend a training session before they can participate in the hearing and determination of complaints.

Any City residents interested in being a member of the Board of Assessment Review are asked to contact City Chamberlain Deanne Flynn at [email protected] or by mail at 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie New York 12601 prior to Friday, March 22, 2019

Common Council Seeks Members for Board of Ethics

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City of Poughkeepsie Common Council is looking for members to serve on the City of Poughkeepsie Board of Ethics. Please send letters of interest and resumes to Deanne L.Flynn, City Chamberlain to City Hall, Office of the City Chamberlain, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601, [email protected] or by fax at 845-451-4239 by the end of the day, Friday, January 18, 2019.

Salary Review Commission Seeks Member

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City of Poughkeepsie Salary Review Commission is seeking a member to serve on the City of Poughkeepsie Salary Review Commission. Please send letters of interest and resumes to Deanne L. Flynn, City Chamberlain to City Hall, Office of the City Chamberlain, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601, [email protected] or by fax at 845-451-4239 by the end of the business day, Friday, August 3, 2018.

Under the new City Charter, adopted by voter referendum in November 2016, there will be a Salary Review Commission every four years to make recommendations to the Mayor and Common Council regarding salaries for elected officials.

The Salary Review Commission includes seven members.  Three are appointed by the Mayor, three are appointed by the Common Council, and one is selected by the members of the Commission.

The Commission will serve from June 2018 and issue recommendations by January 1, 2019.  The new salary levels will then be established by a majority vote of the Common Council.


Related: Salary Review Commission Meeting – July 26, 2018

Common Council 2018 Training Series

City of Poughkeepsie Common Council
2018 Training Series

All training sessions will be in City Hall Chambers and are open to the public.

Friday, June 22nd

9:00-11:00 a.m.      Overview of the City of Poughkeepsie Charter and Laws
The Benjamin Center, SUNY New Paltz
This workshop will provide an overview of the new City of Poughkeepsie Charter, the administrative code, municipal home rule, state laws governing cities, and other topics related to municipal governance.

11:00-11:10 a.m.    Break

11:10-12:15 p.m.   Municipal Finance Fundamentals
New York Conference of Mayors (Webinar)
This session is designed to help facilitate understanding of some of the most critical elements of municipal finance, including: property taxes and the tax cap; other revenue options; state aid; the budget process; and the expenditure of funds.

Thursday, June 28th

10:00-11:45 a.m.    Revitalizing Main Street
PB, Inc.
Participants will learn from a successful case study of Main Street revitalization in Columbia County, Philmont Beautification, Inc., including how their grass roots redevelopment began, how to utilize state funding sources, and maintaining momentum in community revitalization.

11:45-12:00 p.m.   Break

12:00 – 1:00 pm      The Empty House Next Door: The State of Vacancy in the U.S.
Center for Community Progress (Webinar)
Tackling vacant properties is a critical aspect of community and economic development. This session will use data and visuals to explore trends in vacancy in recent years, including where the challenge is worsening, with a focus on the growth in particularly distressed “hyper-vacant” areas. Translating data into action, the presentation will explore how different communities are attacking their vacant property challenges, and offer suggestions of how they can be adapted to meet other communities’ needs

1:00-1:30 p.m.        Break

1:30- 3:00 p.m.       Participatory Budgeting
Participatory Budgeting Project
Participatory budgeting (PB) is a different way to manage public money, and to engage people in government. It is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It enables taxpayers to work with government to make the budget decisions that affect their lives. This presentation will cover the basics of participatory budgeting and how it has worked across North America