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Coronavirus Update: Mayor Outlines How to Reach City Services

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison announced steps today to limit the local government workforce to essential employees in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The mayor emphasized that essential workers — including public safety and the sanitation department — will be continuing their shifts. The mayor said there will be no physical public access to City Buildings until further notice.

“These are extraordinary times,” Mayor Rolison said. “We are taking these actions to help slow the spread of this virus, while maintaining public safety and as many services possible.”

The mayor said the first round of nonessential workers will go on paid leave for two weeks effective Wednesday, and another round will go on paid leave for two weeks starting April 1.

Non-essential employees are considered any person who does not need to be physically present to perform their job functions, or they are not currently required to meet the core functions of city government during this response.

Contact Information

If you have an emergency situation, please call 911. Otherwise, the Police Department’s non-emergency number is 845-451-4000.  

Between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., you will be able to contact via phone the following departments:

  • Assessor: 845-451-4039
  • Building, Planning and Community Development: 845-451-4007
  • Office of the Mayor: 845-451-4073
  • City Chamberlain: 845-451-4276
  • Corporation Counsel: 845-451-4065
  • Finance Department and Tax Collector: 845-451-4030
  • Public Works: 845-451-4111

Applications for Section 8 Housing must be made in person at 1 Civic Center Plaza between 9 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday. You can call 845-451-4020 for more information.

Payments for city services also can be done through the website at, by mail at 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 or by using the drop box near the front door at the Police Station on Mansion Street.

Mayor Rolison has cancelled other public meetings scheduled for this and next week. The mayor encourages residents to follow the city’s social media platforms for updates. He also urged the public to get the latest updates on the COVID-19 and the impacts on our area at the county website at