Posted September 19th, 2019 — Filed under Press Release
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City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison announced
today that Tom Lawrence, Director of Poughkeepsie Public Library District, has
been appointed City of Poughkeepsie Historian.
Lawrence will serve as a resource for the general
public and will aid in the preservation of documents, maps, photographs and
other materials relating to the city’s history.
“Tom Lawrence’s devotion to the community and his
exceptional work with the Library District will serve him well as City
Historian,” said Mayor Rolison.
Lawrence, a native of Central New York, graduated
from the College of St. Rose in Albany with a BA in Social Sciences, from the
University of Oklahoma with a Masters in Library Science, and from Long Island
University with a Certificate of Advanced Study on public library
management. He has held librarian
positions in New York and Connecticut and has been at the Poughkeepsie Public
Library District for the last 24 years.
“As City Historian, I want to work with members of
the community to not only preserve the record of our past but to increase the
awareness and understanding of the Queen City’s rich history as we explore the
potential for its future,” he said.
Over the centuries, Poughkeepsie has transformed from a hamlet to a village to city. Poughkeepsie served as state capital following the burning of Kingston by the British in 1777. In 1788, members of the state convention in Poughkeepsie ratified the U.S. Constitution, with New York forging a new union with the original 13 colonies to become the United States of America. Among other significant landmarks, the city is the site of a Franklin D. Roosevelt-inspired Post Office; the Poughkeepsie Journal, the state’s oldest newspaper and the second oldest in the nation; and the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, the oldest continuously operating entertainment venue in the state, “The city’s history is all around us, and it’s not just in the history books,” Mayor Rolison said. “But the documentation of the city’s history – and the preservation of that history – is critically important. Tom Lawrence has been one of the trusted caretakers of these records and artifacts. We are grateful he has accepted this appointment.”
Posted September 6th, 2019 — Filed under Press Release
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The City of
Poughkeepsie has released the applicant submissions it has received regarding
possible future uses of the former YMCA property on Montgomery Street.
The city will hold a public information
session at a later date to receive input about the plans from residents. The
city also has appointed an advisory committee that includes members of the
public to review the applications and make recommendations to the administration.
Dutchess County Legislator Barbara Jeter Jackson of the City of
Poughkeepsie will chair the committee, which also will include Common Council
member Sarah Salem of the Second Ward, where the former YMCA is located. Other
members of the committee are city residents Tamoya Norwood, Sashawna Isaacs and
Arthur T. Rollin; Paul Calogerakis, the city’s economic development director; and John
Penney, the city’s community engagement director.
“I’m looking forward to hearing the
committee’s recommendations – and also eager to hear what the public at large
has to say about these ideas,” said City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison.
Earlier this year, the city took ownership of the
property as part of its anti-blight initiative. It then released a Request for
Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the property, with the goal of soliciting
ideas for future uses of the property that will yield significant community
Here is a summary of the submissions:
Montgomery Community Coalition – which includes Community Matters 2, Inc., DAY
ONE Early Childhood Learning Community, Dutchess Community College, Dutchess
County, MASS Design Group, Nuvance
Health, Poughkeepsie Farm Project, Poughkeepsie Public Library District, Vassar College, and YMCA
of Kingston and Ulster County – is proposing a multi-use facility that would
provide services connected to their respective missions in the community.
proposal re-establishes the former YMCA site as a community and recreation
resource that can be a safe, structured and horizon expanding space for
Poughkeepsie’s youth and families,” the coalition wrote in a submission sent by
Chris Kroner, principal of MASS Design Group.
just a building, our proposal and the coalition behind it represent a
comprehensive, cross-sector commitment to giving Poughkeepsie’s children the
best possible start in life.”
Gori and Ambre Kelly, co-founders of The They Co., are proposing to establish a
Poughkeepsie Museum of Contemporary Art. “Our 9 year history in revitalizing
New York City and Los Angeles spaces and boroughs gives us great excitement to
do the same in our hometown of Poughkeepsie, while also including a sensitivity
to community retention that could serve as a model for future towns.”
aquatic consultant at Swimming Past the Boundaries, is proposing The Swimming
Past the Boundaries Aquatic Center (SPBAC), a 22,000-square-foot indoor aquatic
facility that would “provide an asset to the immediate surrounding community
and Dutchess County as a whole.”
Artist Carolyn Hutchings Edlund is proposing an
Art Museum. “The newly available YMCA property would make an outstanding museum
location having already the bones of the structure, parking, and surrounding
parkland in which to display sculptures, host out-of-doors performing arts
The submission date for ideas was Thursday Sept.
process, the city held two well-attended meetings and then
answered dozens of questions the public posed at those meetings. The city also presented to the public
a video showing extensive damage to the inside of the building that has
been vacant for about a decade.
The prevailing view at
the public meetings was that the former YMCA site should be used again for
youth activities in some respect. Residents have suggested everything from an
indoor sports center arena to a place for employment and job-training programs.
Posted August 27th, 2019 — Filed under Press Release
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decades, industrial pollution in the Hudson River has devastated the commercial
fishing industry, and efforts to restore the majestic river to a healthier
state have proven entirely unsatisfactory.
commend the State of New York for filing a lawsuit against
the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for prematurely issuing a
‘Certificate of Completion’ for the Hudson River PCB Cleanup.
General Electric should, indeed, conduct additional
remediation to clean up the river.
Furthermore, I commend Dutchess County Executive
Marcus J. Molinaro’s decision to file an amicus-curiae brief in support of the
state’s lawsuit. By doing so, on behalf of all county residents — including
those living in the City of Poughkeepsie — the County Executive is
appropriately emphasizing the economic and environmental impacts of the Hudson River on the area. Pronouncing GE’s cleanup of PCBs
complete at this point is premature and not in the public’s best interest or
I also appreciate the steadfast work of
environmental groups – including Riverkeeper, Clearwater and City of
Poughkeepsie-based Scenic Hudson – in insisting for better remedies for our
The City of Poughkeepsie is among those communities
relying on the Hudson River for drinking water. Making the river as clean as
possible is in everyone’s interest – and should be everyone’s goal.”
Posted May 30th, 2019 — Filed under Press Release
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Last year, the City of Poughkeepsie established a Poughkeepsie-Oaxaca Friendship City Committee, in recognition of the many people from that Mexican city who live or have ties to Poughkeepsie.
The committee, which includes city officials and community members, explores connections between the two cities.
Two members of the Committee – Uriel Pinelo and Linda Marston-Reid — had separately planned vacations to Oaxaca and recently carried greetings on behalf of the City of Poughkeepsie to the mayor of Oaxaca.
For the trip, artist and filmmaker Jan Muller made a video that focuses on Poughkeepsie’s Oaxacan student body, its Oaxacan community members, and includes comment from City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison talking about the importance of education and acknowledging the vibrant Oaxacan community.
Posted April 5th, 2019 — Filed under Press Release
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On Friday, April 26 at 4:00pm, the City of Poughkeepsie will host a parade in honor of the Poughkeepsie High School Basketball Team – our State Class A Champions.
All participants and floats will gather at the Crannell Street parking lot at 4:00pm. Step off will be at 4:15 pm from the Crannell Street lot. The parade route will be from the Crannell lot to Catharine Street, down Main Street to City Hall at 62 Civic Center Plaza. Mayor Rob Rolison will officiate a ceremony on the steps of City Hall in honor of the team.
Posted March 18th, 2019 — Filed under Press Release
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with great pride I congratulate the Poughkeepsie High School Boys Basketball
Team on winning the Class A New York State Championship over the weekend. It is the first time that Poughkeepsie has
captured a State title since 1995; and, it is the first time that any Dutchess
County basketball team has won a State title since 1999.
are not only winners on the court, but they also learned an important life
lesson as they now enjoy the rewards of their many months of hard work,
dedication, and resilience.
It is my hope that the entire City of Poughkeepsie will join me in congratulating our new State Champs. In the near future, the team will be invited to join me at the Mayor’s Office, and we will plan a parade to properly celebrate our champions.”
Posted March 15th, 2019 — Filed under Press Release
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The following is a statement by Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob
Rolison regarding an ongoing investigation
into an altercation between two Poughkeepsie City School students which
occurred along the Eastbound Arterial Highway on Monday, March, 11th
at approximately 4:00 p.m.
At this time, it
appears that during an altercation between two female students, which was
viewed and video-recorded by a large group of individuals, two juveniles were
arrested for interfering with the police effort to break-up the fight. The
fight is believed to be a continuation of an earlier altercation involving the
same two students in the 4:00 p.m. fight. The Poughkeepsie Police Department
responded to the original altercation and successfully de-escalated the
review of the incident is progressing in a timely but deliberate manner, and I
am receiving frequent updates from Police Chief Pape and our City
Administrator. Additional video, as well
as written witness statements and facts uncovered from a number of
eye-witnesses have advanced our understanding of the situation. At this time,
we are waiting for more information in this developing investigation, so that
we may make a fair and reasonable judgement as to what actually occurred.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the residents
of Poughkeepsie, members of our community, and community leaders for their
patience and understanding while we continue to fully and thoroughly
investigate this matter.”
Continuing a trend of increasing grant revenue, more than $2 million dollars were awarded this week for development and green infrastructure projects in the City of Poughkeepsie. The award announcement came during the most recent round of the New York State Consolidated Funding Applications. A project at 33-35 Academy Street known as “The Hive” was awarded $1,205,000 to convert two vacant buildings into a food hall and market, brewery, co-working space and apartments in the heart of downtown. Nearby, two city-owned parking lots will be retrofitted with green infrastructure elements to treat stormwater runoff onsite, helping to improve water quality in the Fall Kill and Hudson River.
Mayor Rob Rolison said, “These latest grant awards demonstrate that New York State recognizes the upward trajectory of the City of Poughkeepsie. Momentum and interest in our city continues to build, and we are seeing increasing private investment such as The Hive coming into downtown as well as other areas of the city. For our part, the city is increasingly focused on sustainability and protecting the environment, such as through green infrastructure improvements to our downtown parking lots. These two projects complement each other and demonstrate what can happen when the public and private sectors work together toward common goals.”
Mayor Rob Rolison announces the appointment of Scott L. Volkman who was rated “highly qualified” by the Judicial Screening committee, to serve as a City of Poughkeepsie Court Judge. Scott L.Volkman will fill the vacancy created by the mandatory retirement of Judge Thomas J. O’Neill on January 1, 2019.
Scott Volkman is an attorney and a lifelong resident of Poughkeepsie. He graduated from the University at Albany with a BA in political Science in 1982 and received his Juris Doctor from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in 1985.
Posted November 28th, 2018 — Filed under Press Release
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The City of Poughkeepsie in conjunction with the Bardavon 1869 Opera House and the Poughkeepsie River District Business Association will present the 25th annual Celebration of Lights Parade and Fireworks on Friday, November 30 at 6:30pm. Each year thousands of people attend this popular, family-friendly event, voted by Dutchess County Tourism as the “Best Event” of the holiday season.
The line-up for the parade begins at 5:30pm and will commence at 6:30pm from the Crannell Street Parking Lot on Catharine Street and proceed down Main Street to the evening’s first Christmas tree lighting at Mural Square. The Celebration of Lights Parade is led by City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison along with County Executive Marcus Molinaro and members of the City of Poughkeepsie Common Council.
The parade ends at Dongan Square Park at the intersection of Mill Street and North Clover Street where a second Christmas tree lighting will take place in conjunction with several short performances. The festivities conclude with the area’s only winter fireworks being displayed along the Poughkeepsie waterfront. These activities will take place at approximately 7:15pm.
Following the parade and fireworks at 8:00pm there will be a screening of Home Alone at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House for a price of $6 per person. It is suggested to purchase tickets ahead of time as the movie tends to sell out.
The parade will assemble in the city parking lot at Crannell St., beginning around 5:30PM and will step off at 6:30 PM.
The parade will pause at Mural Sq. on Main St. for a brief tree lighting ceremony and then continue to its final destination at Dongan Park. During the parade, Main St will be closed from Academy St. to N. Clover St., and North Clover St will be closed from Main St. to Mill St. Mill St. from N. Perry St. to Verrazano Blvd will be closed for the duration of the event, including the parade and fireworks, which will be setting off approximately 7:30PM.
During the event, heavy delays are to be expected in the downtown area, including Mill St., Columbus Dr. (Rt 44/55 westbound), Main St. and points west. Alternate routes to the Poughkeepsie Train Station are strongly urged during this time period. Rinaldi Blvd and North Water St. via Rt 9 access to the lower river front area is likely the best alternate route to get to the train station.