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Posted on: January 4, 2022

City of Poughkeepsie Awarded $3.5 Million State Grant to Repair Sewer Line, Protect Environment

The city has been awarded an approximate $3.5 million state grant to reduce groundwater infiltration into the sanitary sewer system, combating the impacts of water runoff that can overwhelm the city’s sewer system and cause “combined sewer overflows” or C...

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Posted on: December 8, 2021

City Takes Steps to Make it Easier for People to Gain Access to Public Documents

The city announced today an online system that will make it much easier for people to gain access to public records.

This online, user-friendly portal will improve transparency and efficiency when the public files Freedom of Information requests with the c...

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Posted on: December 7, 2021

City of Poughkeepsie Puts More Funding Into Emergency Rent Relief Program

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Mayor Rob Rolison announced today that more funding is being made available through a COVID-19 Emergency Rent program for low- and moderate-income households struggling through the pandemic. 

Tenants who are eligible can receive up to six consecut...

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Posted on: October 26, 2021

City of Poughkeepsie Corporation Counsel Ackermann to Leave Position Next Month

City Officials announced today that city attorney Paul Ackermann will be leaving his position of Corporation Counsel next month, after nearly 14 years of service. Mr. Ackermann joined the City as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in February of 2008 before...

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Posted on: October 15, 2021

Mayor Rolison Releases Proposed 2022 Budget

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Mayor Rob Rolison announced today that, despite considerable fiscal challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, his 2022 preliminary budget stays under the state’s property tax cap, lowers the tax rate, bolsters youth services and maintains other essenti...

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Posted on: September 29, 2021

Statement by Mayor Rolison on the Passing of Sheriff Adrian ‘Butch’ Anderson

"Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian ‘Butch’ Anderson served this county with dignity and civility for decades, and he will be long remembered as one of the truly gifted leaders of the Hudson Valley. Butch took his vital role to heart and worked earnestly...

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Posted on: September 27, 2021

Mayor Announces Major Funding Commitment to Parks

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City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison today announced a $4 million commitment in investments to the city’s parks, a blueprint that includes rebuilding and replacing aging equipment and making major upgrades at these vital green and recreational spaces.

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Posted on: September 16, 2021

City of Poughkeepsie to Return to Virtual Public Meetings

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Effective September 16, the City of Poughkeepsie will be holding virtual public meetings in order to continue government business while keeping the community safe.

Gov. Kathy Hochul and the State Legislature recently authorized the continuation of virtual ...

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Posted on: October 20, 2021

Find Out The Latest About The Youth Opportunity Union

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Dutchess County has website, www.the-you.org, which provides County residents with updates about the forthcoming “Youth Opportunity Union,” formerly known to as the Youth Opportunity Center and referred to moving forward as “the YOU,” the state-of-the-art...

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Posted on: November 9, 2021

City Names Poughkeepsie Attorney Valk to Lead Its Corporation Counsel

Mayor Rob Rolison announced today the appointment of city resident Rebecca A. Valk as Corporation Counsel, pending Common Council approval.

Attorney Valk served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the city for two years, from 2013 to 2015, when she gained...

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Posted on: November 16, 2021

City Sets Second Open House And Survey for ‘PK4Keeps’ Project

City officials are continuing the work to update the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Codes and have scheduled another open house, created a second survey and have made updates to the project website, PK4Keeps.org.

The city is seeking public input as it build...

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Planning Board
Posted on: October 28, 2021

City Creates Website Devoted To American Rescue Plan Act

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Mayor Rob Rolison has announced the creation of a website that enables the public to find out more about the federal American Rescue Plan Act, provide important feedback and track the city’s use of these funds.

The city has been awarded a total o...

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Posted on: September 22, 2021

City Teams Up with Community Coalition to Bring Activities to Eastman Park

The City of Poughkeepsie is teaming up with members of The 35 Montgomery Community Coalition to offer “Summer Fun Saturdays at Eastman Park” on July 24 and July 31.

“Summer Fun Saturdays at Eastman Park” is a weekly pop-up series of games and acti...

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Posted on: September 21, 2021

Mayor Rolison Calls for Creation of City Division of Youth Services

“In the last few years, we have formed the Poughkeepsie Children’s Cabinet with the City School District, created a Youth Grant program, and struck a deal with Dutchess County that will lead to the creation of a new Youth Opportunity Center. Having key ci...

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Posted on: September 21, 2021

City Bolsters Funding to Youth-Related Programs

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Mayor Rob Rolison has announced that an addition monies ill be allocated to community organizations through the city’s Youth Activities & Opportunities Grant program.

The city created this program in 2018 and the funds enable local nonprofits...

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Posted on: March 30, 2021

Mayor Rolison Delivers State of the City Address Highlights on Video

 Mayor Rolison delivered his State of the City Address in writing Tuesday and presented a video highlighting the challenges the city has faced during the COVID-19 crisis — and the opportunities that lie ahead. 

“Throug...

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Posted on: June 15, 2021

Fire Chief Mark Johnson to Retire After More Than 30 Years of Service

Culminating 36 years of service to the City of Poughkeepsie, Fire Chief Mark Johnson will retire at the beginning of next year.

Johnson first served the city as a police officer before transferring to the Fire Department in 1991. As a police officer, Johns...

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Posted on: October 26, 2021

City of Poughkeepsie Attains Bronze Level in State’s Climate Smart Communities Program

The City of Poughkeepsie has achieved bronze level certification in the New York State Climate Smart Communities program, which recognizes the accomplishments of local governments that are reducing greenhouse gas emissions and responding to climate change...

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Planning & Zoning
Posted on: January 5, 2022

City Completes COVID Test Kit Distribution

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The City has completed its distribution of a limited supply of free COVID-19 test kits and will let the public know when it receives more. The city distributed 1,100 kits, each containing two tests, in just over two hours near City Hall Thursday morning.

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Posted on: December 29, 2021

The City's Newsletter The Buzz Produces a Special Year in Review Issue!

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As 2021 winds down, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the year and offer some highlights amid challenging times that nevertheless have witnessed progress on many fronts, thanks to the work of city employees and so many in the community.This “Year i...

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Posted on: January 19, 2022

Check Out The Latest Issue of The City’s Newsletter The Buzz!

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Vaccine and COVID testing efforts are continuing, the city and school district are teaming up to make schools safer, and city releases 2022 Community Development Block Grant application -- all this and more in latest issue of The Buzz.

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Posted on: January 19, 2022

City Moving Forward With Updates to Comprehensive Plan

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City officials are continuing their work to update the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code. 

Through open houses, surveys, and other means, the city has been receiving feedback from the public throughout the process and will continue seeking input ...

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