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Mayor Rolison Issues Statement on Passing of Assemblyman Frank Skartados

The City of Poughkeepsie has lost a true champion of our community and a tireless advocate for common-sense and important legislation designed to improve our quality of life. Frank lived his life asking every day what he could do to help others.  He represented the best of New York politics because he brought people of different views together to solve real problems. His impact on our City will be seen and felt for many years and we will miss him tremendously

Frank Skartados’ death is deep loss for community: EditorialPoughkeepsie Journal

Opening Day Parade: City of Poughkeepsie Youth Baseball/Softball League

When:  Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 9:00am
Parade Route:  Krieger Elementary School (S. Grand Ave) to Spratt Park Ball Fields (Wilbur Blvd)

The City of Poughkeepsie will celebrate the start of the 2018 Youth Baseball/Softball season with a parade on Saturday, April 14 at Krieger Elementary School on S. Grand Avenue.  The parade will step-off at 9:00am and will go to Spratt Park for the opening day ceremony.  “I love the excitement that opening day brings to the city each year,” said Mayor Rob Rolison.

This year there are 20 teams organized for the City of Poughkeepsie Baseball/Softball League with a total of 216 participants.  The season runs from April 14 through June 30 and all games are played at the Spratt Park Ball Fields. Currently there are 16 volunteers; however, more are needed.  To volunteer please contact Satara Brown at [email protected]

Statement from Mayor Robert Rolison Regarding the Unexpected Closing of Ridley Lowell Business & Technical Institute

City of Poughkeepsie
New York


April 5, 2018

For Immediate Release: (TODAY)
City of Poughkeepsie Mayor
Robert G. Rolison
[email protected]


Statement from Mayor Robert Rolison Regarding the Unexpected Closing of Ridley Lowell Business & Technical Institute


POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – The city has learned today that the Ridley Lowell Business & Technical Institute, a technical and proprietary school located in the City of Poughkeepsie which had been operating since 1998, abruptly shut its doors as of April 4, 2018.

“The sudden closure of Ridley Lowell—apparently without notice to its students, regulatory agencies, and other stakeholders—is very unfortunate,” said Mayor Rob Rolison.

“The City of Poughkeepsie has begun conversations within our community in an effort to provide help and assistance to affected students at this time. We have had discussions with the NYS Department of Education Bureau of Proprietary Services. They have advised us to have students fill out the Complaint form available at City Hall in the City Chamberlain’s Office and online at Any completed forms dropped off at City Hall will be submitted to the NYS Department of Education.”

For more information, contact:

Mayor’s Office: (845) 451-4073
Kathy Vacca: [email protected]



Spring Free Transit Pass – Dutchess County Public Transit

City of Poughkeepsie Seniors & Persons with Disabilities Can Apply Now
to Ride Free On Dutchess County Public Transit in April And May

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison, announced in his State of the City message that Dutchess County Public Transit will offer special opportunities for Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities, who have proof of residence in the City of Poughkeepsie, to take advantage of the newly enhanced Dutchess County Public Transit bus routes.

Marcus Molinaro, Dutchess County Executive, said Dutchess County’s Public Transit’s expanded route system is for everybody. “With the City of Poughkeepsie integrated into the County system and many of our routes enhanced based on user feedback, bus service is more sustainable and more efficient for both residents and visitors.”

Mayor Rolison added: “The revised transit services will have at least one bus route serve the front door of each major senior and/or public housing complex. With front door access to shopping, medical centers, pharmacies, social services, education, recreation and quality-of-life activities for City of Poughkeepsie residents, this is a golden opportunity to explore not only the City of Poughkeepsie, but beautiful Dutchess County, in the spring.”

Spring Free Transit Pass for Qualified Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

Beginning March 24th, free Dutchess County Public Transit passes will be available for City of Poughkeepsie Seniors presenting proof of age 60 years and older and Persons with Disabilities who have an ADA, Special Transit ID, or Medicare card for a period of two months (April and May 2018) through the use of 31-Day passes (two can be applied for at the same time). The pass can be used to travel anywhere on the Dutchess County Public Transit system, excluding Dial-a-Ride services.

Free Transit Pass Opportunity Funded by New York State

Mayor Rolison stated that funding for the Spring Free Transit Pass was provided by New York State. He said, “The City of Poughkeepsie thanks the N.Y.S. Governor’s Division of the Budget Office and the N.Y.S. Financial Restructuring Board for funding the City/County transit consolidation. We also thank the Federal Transit Administration team at Region II, the N.Y.S. Department of Transportation, and the many stakeholders who worked tirelessly to assure a long-term, efficient and sustainable public bus system for our City.” County Executive Molinaro congratulated Dutchess County Public Transit and noted, “The route revisions are already resulting in increased ridership around Dutchess County. We hope that when people realize how easy it is to use these routes to where they need to go, it will increase even more.”

Information Sessions:

Staff from Dutchess County Public Transit will be available at the following locations to answer questions about the program and to offer assistance in applying for the pass:

  • St. Simeon – Tuesday, April 3rd, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Maplewood – Wednesday, April 4th, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • Interfaith Towers – Friday, April 6th, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Phillip Allen Schwartz Residence– Friday, April 6th, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Where to Apply for a Free Transit Pass

Application forms will be available at:
Poughkeepsie City Chamberlain’s Office
First Floor of City Hall
62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Hours: 8:30AM – 4:30PM

Bus Routes A, B, C, D, E, H, J, K, L, M and P serve this facility.

Dutchess County Public Transit Offices
14 Commerce Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Open Monday through Friday: 8:00AM – 5:00PM

Bus Route E services this facility.

Public Transit Information Line: (845) 473-8424

Applications will also be available at the following locations:
St. Simeon, 700 Second Mile Drive Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
134 Cannon Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Maplewood 457 Maple Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Interfaith Towers 66 Washington Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phillip Allen Schwartz Residence 378 Mansion Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Poughkeepsie Transit Hub 11-13 Market Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Mayor’s Office Seeks Volunteers for Poughkeepsie Housing Authority Board

The City of Poughkeepsie Mayor’s Office is seeking volunteers interested in serving on the Poughkeepsie Housing Authority Board.  Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and resume to the Mayor’s email address at [email protected].  Application deadline is March 30, 2018.

The Poughkeepsie Housing Authority Board meets the second Wednesday of the month at 5:15 pm at Poughkeepsie Housing Authority on Howard Street.  For any further information, contact Kathy Vacca at 845-451-4073

City Sees Housing Market Improvements

City Sees Housing Market Improvements

Gains in Total Numbers of Sales & Time-On-Market Data

Following similar trends state-wide, the City of Poughkeepsie housing market has seen appreciable improvements in the key metrics of ‘number of sales’ and ‘time-on-market’.

According to data compiled by the Mid-Hudson Multiple Listing Service annual sales of single family homes increased from 93 in 2013 to 159 in 2017, a 71% increase. Multifamily home annual sales also increased in the same period, from 52 to 88 – a 69% increase.

“Local housing sales data is a leading economic indicator for us and clearly a robust local housing market is important news for our homeowners and taxpayers, who have seen values decline significantly over the last ten years”, said Mayor Rob Rolison.

Average days-on-market, the time it takes a property to sell once listed, declined from 183 to 100 for multifamily homes between 2013 and 2017, an improvement of 45% – while sales of single family homes spent an average of 113 days on the market in 2017, an improvement of 4.2%

“We’re talking with our local real estate professionals regularly and listening carefully to their ideas and concerns. Improving access to information, streamlining application processes, and making local government easier to work with are all important objectives at City Hall. If we keep our local realtors aware of planned improvements, such as what we’re doing at our Department of Public Works, our water and sewer plant improvements, our investment in our Fire and Police Departments and in our sanitation division, then obviously their marketing efforts become all the more engaging”, said Mayor Rolison. Sandy Tambone of the Mid-Hudson Multiple Listing Service said “there is growing optimism on the part of sellers, and increasing interest on the part of buyers, and clearly the City is an increasingly attractive market.”

Senior Planner Joins City Development Team

Mayor Rolison announced today that Natalie Quinn has joined the city team as its new “Senior City Planner”. The position had been vacant since 2011 as the City grappled with successive years of budget deficits.

Natalie Quinn
Senior City Planner

Ms. Quinn is an urban planner who emphasizes community-engagement and transition strategies as integral approaches to development policy and neighborhood revitalization. Prior to joining the City, Ms. Quinn worked in the private, public and non-profit sectors in New York City, most recently at Kevin Dwarka. LLC, a leading Land Use & Economic Consulting firm, where she provided municipal clients with regulatory and policy analysis focusing on the rejuvenation of commercial districts. While in that role, in partnership with the Pace Land Use Law Center, she worked on analysis specific to the City of Poughkeepsie including the “Innovation District Plan and Zoning Update” and the “Transit and Complete Streets Analysis”. Prior to her time with Kevin Dwarka LLC, Ms. Quinn worked at the N.Y.C. Department of City Planning, Bike New York, and the Citizen’s Planning Association of Santa Barbara, California.

“We are thrilled to bring such a highly-qualified and talented individual to Poughkeepsie. Natalie has the practical experience which perfectly complements our mission, and she joins us at just the right time”, said Mayor Rolison.

A native Californian, Ms. Quinn received her M.S. degree in urban planning from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has guest-lectured at Yale University and New York University.

Mayor Rolison and City Council Chairwoman Cherry Plan for Smooth Transition for Newly-Elected Council Members

Four new members will join the Common Council in January, 2018, as the Council expands from eight members to nine as the result of a Charter change approved by voters in 2016. Mayor Rob Rolison announced today that Council Chair Natasha Cherry will oversee the transition and serve as liaison with the administration during the next two months. “It is important that the new council hit the ground running in January. With so many pressing items to address, I am grateful that Chairwoman Cherry has agreed to lead this transition and I look forward to working with her and the new council”, Mayor Rolison said.

The Mayor’s recommended budget for 2018, which lowers sewer rates and stays under the NYS tax cap, awaits approval of the current council. Chairwoman Cherry said “Preparation is the backbone of success. A successful transition period which embraces our new colleagues will lay the groundwork for collaboration among us”.

The outgoing Council has three more meetings, November 20, December 4th and December 18th, and faces a looming deadline from the Federal Transit Authority to transfer its transit assets to Dutchess County or face a $2 Million Federal grant recapture penalty. The FTA sent the City a strongly-worded letter dated November 3rd, warning the City that it had thirty days to comply with the approved disposition plan. Chairwoman Cherry said “I’ve voted several times to transfer these assets. Obviously the current Council owns this problem, and I hope it acts to resolve it now, rather than leaving the incoming Council to face the consequences – enough is enough – and I certainly will not support putting this burden on our taxpayers”

A public hearing on the Mayor’s 2018 budget is expected to be scheduled for December 4th. The Mayor’s annual budget message is available at

City Announces 2016 Surplus: Pays-Down General Fund Deficit by $873,904



Mayor Rob Rolison said today that the City of Poughkeepsie ended 2016 with a surplus in its General Fund of $873,904, which is applied to reduce the City’s cumulative fund balance deficit.

“The City ended 2015 with a $1.9 Million Dollar deficit, so clearly our efforts to cut costs and stabilize the budget are having a real impact on our overall financial condition”, said the Mayor.

The City’s general fund deficit has now been reduced to approximately $11.9 Million.

City Finance Commissioner, Marc Nelson, said “with a negative fund balance, we obviously have zero reserves, which makes budgeting and forecasting accuracy absolutely essential. It’s very clear that the decisions made since the beginning of 2016 are behind the stabilization of the City’s finances.”

In December, 2016 Moody’s Investors Service issued a “Credit Positive” statement about the City’s financial condition, saying its 2017 budget signaled a move towards “structural balance”.

Seven months later, in July, 2017, the credit rating agency upgraded their outlook for the City from “negative” to “stable”.

“Our Finance Committee, Councilmen Lee Klein (R-4th Ward) and Mike Young (D-2nd Ward), have provided important leadership on financial matters, and their team approach on problem-solving has made a big difference”, said Mayor Rolison.

“These financial results signal an improving ability to govern more proactively and to address more of the issues that have gone unattended in our community for far too long”, the Mayor said.

Statement from Mayor Rolison regarding Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Corey George Ingram

The City of Poughkeepsie
New York

It is with great sadness we learn today that City of Poughkeepsie resident Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Corey George Ingram is among those listed as missing following the recent accident involving the USS John McCain.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Corey’s family, friends, and fellow shipmates.

As the search continues, the Queen City sits with a heavy heart as we await the return of our hero, Corey George Ingram.

We also extend our prayers to the families of the other missing sailors.