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City No Longer Self-Insured, Returns to Best Practices for Risk Management & Claims Resolution

Mayor Rolison announced today that the City of Poughkeepsie, after a thorough review of risk management and the adequacy of insurance protection, has transitioned to coverages offered by the New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal (NYMIR). The transition back to conventional coverage eliminates the City’s self-insurance retention of $1 Million, replacing
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State of the City Address 2017 – “Safer, Cleaner, Stronger”

Mayor Rob Rolison’s 2017 State of the City Address, as delivered at the Cunneen Hackett Arts Center February 22, 2017 I would argue that one of the most breathtaking scenes anywhere in the world is a sunrise over the City of Poughkeepsie. The sun peeking over the hillside; the first light
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City Protecting Bus Service Through Collaboration with Dutchess County

Mayor Rob Rolison said today that the City of Poughkeepsie saw a steady decline in ridership of City buses again for 2016.  Ridership and its associated revenues have been declining for several years, including a 121,124 decrease in ridership from 2012 to 2016 and this trend is continuing.  Between 2015
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The City of Poughkeepsie Mayor serves four-year terms. The Mayor’s roles include:

  • Appointing the City Administrator, City Chamberlain, and City Judges
  • Approving or disapproving laws proposed by the Common Council
  • Proposing the City budget to the Common Council
  • Serving as the City’s chief ceremonial representative

About Mayor Rob Rolison

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Robert G. Rolison was elected Mayor of Poughkeepsie on November 3, 2015 and took office on January 1, 2016.

Prior to becoming Mayor, Rob was a member of the Dutchess County Legislature for 13 years, from 2003-2015, representing the Town and City of Poughkeepsie. In 2010, he was elected by his colleagues in the County Legislature to serve as Chairman, a position he held for six consecutive years.

Throughout his tenure as Chairman, he championed fiscal discipline, transparency and ending unfunded mandates. As an expert in law enforcement, Rob has been a leading voice for public safety and has been a tireless advocate on behalf of families, children and crime victims in Dutchess County.

Rob began his public safety career at 18 years old with the Croft Corners Fire Company. He continued his service as an active volunteer firefighter for the next 14 years. He worked part time for the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Hyde Park Police Department while pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice at Marist College.

In 1982, he joined the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department where he served 12 years in the Patrol Division. He worked up the ranks and was promoted to Detective, a post he held for 14 years.

Rob was elected PBA President for two-consecutive 5-year terms before retiring in
February 2008. Upon his retirement, Rob-concluded a 26-year career protecting the residents of the Town of Poughkeepsie.

Rob previously served on the Board of Directors of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation and St. Simeon’s which operates affordable senior apartments in the city.  In 2013, he was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Hudson Valley Regional Council.  He is a State Advisory Board member of the Office of Children and Family Services, as well as a member of the Cider Mill Friends.

He recently ended his term as a member of the Board of Trustees of Dutchess Community College. Formerly, he served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board, Catharine Street Community Center’s Board of Directors, and the American Red Cross Dutchess County Chapter Board of Directors, and the Purple Heart Hall of Honor.

Rob is the son of the late Senator Jay P. Rolison. Rob is a lifelong resident of Poughkeepsie where he has proudly raised his son Christopher and lives with his wife, Lori.