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.
classes begin in the Poughkeepsie City School District Thursday, I want to wish
all the students much success this year, and I am encouraged by the stronger
bond that has emerged between the district and the city.
The city school district has the wind at its back,
having recently hired Dr. Eric Rosser as its superintendent. We want him and
the rest of the school district to know that the city is here to work in partnership.
School Board President Felicia Watson and I were among those recently attending
the ‘Poughkeepsie Summit at Harvard University.’ This summit focused on
developing citywide solutions to help children succeed.
district can’t do it alone. The broader community has an obligation to teach
our children, to ensure they are safe and in nurturing environments. We have to
be in this together, and the city is committed to that effort.”
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.”
The City of Poughkeepsie will host its annual
Independence Day Fireworks Display on Thursday, July 4th shortly after dusk
(approximately 9:20 pm). The best places
to view the show are from Waryas Park (free), The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum
(tickets required), or the Walkway over the Hudson (tickets required).
Parking is free in municipal parking lots beginning
at 5 p.m. and in metered spaces after 6 p.m. Handicapped parking will be
available at Waryas Park. No Parking zones will be in place along North Water
Street and in the lots of Waryas Park. John M. Flowers Circle at Waryas Park
will be closed to vehicular traffic.
“We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Fourth of
July,” said City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison. “There is no better place
to celebrate the holiday than on the waterfront in Poughkeepsie. We hope to see
Following two parades in a 48-hour period and other
events in between, City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison thanks the community
for coming together and for fostering such positive energy in the city.
“This past weekend was extraordinary,” the mayor said.
Under pleasant skies on Friday afternoon, people
lined both sides of Main Street to watch a parade featuring the Poughkeepsie
High School basketball and crew teams, both state champions. The parade
continued through downtown and made its way to City Hall where the mayor,
School Board President Felicia Watson, coaches from both teams and others
greeted the players and presented them with awards. Many of the parade
participants and watchers then went over to Mansion Square Park where First
Friday festivities – featuring food vendors and music – were underway. The park
was jam-packed with people, and the event lasted until nightfall.
Poughkeepsie Pride Weekend
On Saturday afternoon, Poughkeepsie Pride Weekend organizers painted the crosswalk at Main and Bridge streets the colors of a rainbow flag, one of many events that culminated with a parade on Sunday afternoon. Approximately 1,000 participated in the city’s first pride parade and festival, an event held in correlation with the 50-year anniversary of the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village.
“Sunday’s parade was a joyful sight,” said the
mayor. “Having this parade in Poughkeepsie was truly fitting. The city embraces
diversity, and we compliment the organizers for working with us and putting on
such a great event. I also want to thank
our Police, Fire and Public Works departments for their outstanding work this
weekend. Having parades back to back presented some challenges, but, once
again, city employees were up to the task. Last weekend will be one that many people
will long remember.”
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.
On Friday, June 7, 2019
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.
Mayor Rob Rolison will
officiate a ceremony on the steps of City Hall in honor of the team. After the ceremony, they will continue to
Mansion Square Park for First Friday festivities.
This Memorial Day Weekend, towns, villages and
cities across the mid-Hudson Valley and the rest of the United States will hold
ceremonies, parades and tributes honoring our fallen veterans. It is, indeed,
hoped the country has learned the importance of remembering and paying their
Originally called “Decoration Day,” the observance
began in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal
holiday in 1971.
This weekend, we remember the brave men and women
who paid the ultimate sacrifice in our country’s wars. It will be a time of
somber ceremonies and reflections, of gratitude and remembrances.
On Sunday, City of Poughkeepsie and American Legion
Lafayette Post 37 will host a Memorial Day Ceremony at Soldiers Fountain on
South Avenue at 3 p.m. Later that day, the Walkway Over the Hudson State
Historic Park will continue its tradition of a sunset tribute by illuminating
the Walkway and conducting a Memorial Day Flag Changing
Ceremony. That event begins at 7:30 p.m. and continues to 10:15 p.m.