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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

State of the City Address – March 20, 2018

Mayor Rob Rolison will deliver his State of the City address on Tuesday, March 20, at 5:00 pm at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 9 Vassar Street, Poughkeepsie.  The public is invited to attend.

The Mayor will review the progress made over the last year and provide details on the 2018 initiatives as well as an update on the city’s improving financial condition.

“100 Cups of Coffee” Community Gathering – March 13, 2018


The primary goal of 100 Cups of Coffee, the Poughkeepsie Transformative Dialogue Project is to help improve community relations in Poughkeepsie by providing spaces for people to come together to talk about the things that are of concern to them in their neighborhoods.  This includes ordinary citizens, community leaders from civic organizations, faith organizations, police, and local leaders.  Supporting these conversations will help change the nature of conflict interaction in Poughkeepsie, affecting how individuals understand and react to the situations they find themselves in and allowing groups to deal with their differences in non-violent ways.  The secondary goal of the project is to document the changes in the community and the effectiveness of the dialogue process, allowing Poughkeepsie to serve as a model for other communities interested in becoming kinder, safer and more connected.

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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.”

City Projects 2017 Surplus

City Projects 2017 Surplus

Projected $759,000 Surplus in FY-2017 will further reduce General Fund deficit

Mayor Rob Rolison said today that the City of Poughkeepsie is projecting a year-end general fund surplus of approximately $759,000. The favorable result for 2017 will reduce the city’s cumulative general fund deficit, and further builds on the success achieved in 2016. “This result not only continues our march in the right direction, but it validates our decision to stay under the tax cap in 2018, and to give our restructuring efforts time to take hold”, said Mayor Rolison.

City Commissioner of Finance William Brady said “This is an encouraging finish to a year where we also adopted a strong debt management policy, and began to replace aging equipment, vehicles and infrastructure. We also note improving liquidity and more stable cash flow, which provides flexibility needed to take advantage of cost savings on an opportunity basis without resorting to short-term borrowing”.