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City Hall Opening on a Two-Hour Delay – Monday, March 4, 2019

City Hall Opening on a Two-Hour Delay – Monday, March 4, 2019

Due to the impending winter storm forecast, City Administrator Marc Nelson has declared a two-hour delayed opening for City Hall employees on Monday, March 4th. City Hall will open at 10:30am.

For more information contact:

Mayor’s Office: 845-451-4073
Kathy Vacca: [email protected]

City Offices Closing Early Due to Weather – February 12, 2019

City Offices Closing Early Due to Weather – February 12, 2019

City Hall will close today at 1:30 pm due to deteriorating weather conditions. City offices will reopen tomorrow morning at 8:30AM.

The ZBA meeting scheduled for tonight has been cancelled. All items on the agenda will be rescheduled for review at the next regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 12th, 2019.

Meeting Cancellations – January 16, 2018

Due to the inclement weather, the following meetings are cancelled for this evening, Tuesday, January 16th:

The meetings will be rescheduled at a later date.

City Hall to Close Early – January 2, 2018

Due to issues with the heating system, City Hall will close at 2:00 pm today (January 2nd).

City Hall will re-open on Wednesday, January 3rd, at 10:00 am.

The Common Council Swearing-In Ceremony, Common Council Organizational Meeting and Common Council Meeting will take place this evening as scheduled.

Mayor Rolison and Common Council Seek Arts Commission Members

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison announced today that the Public Arts Commission is seeking letters of intent for those interested in serving.

The Commission was created in July by executive order of the Mayor and holds the purpose and authority to advocate for the role and value of arts and culture in civic life by expanding community awareness and the presence of art in various ways.

The commission will consist of seven (7) members: three (3) appointed by the Mayor, three (3) appointed by the Common Council, and (1) shall be appointed by majority vote of the Commission.

The Common Council’s initial appointments serve a two (2) year term of office and the Mayor’s initial appointments shall serve a three (3) year term of office.  After the initial terms of office, all commission posts shall be for three (3) year terms of office.

Members must be residents of the City of Poughkeepsie consisting of working artists, arts professionals, and community members with an interest in the arts that represent the diverse community of the City of Poughkeepsie.

Letters of intent will be accepted until October 13, 2016.
Letters can be sent by email or mail to:

Kelsey Bradley
[email protected]
62 Civic Center Plaza
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Mayor Urges City Residents to Be Vigilant of Neighboring Vacant Properties

In light of recent fires at three vacant properties in the City of Poughkeepsie (13 Harrison Street, 25 Hewlett Road, and 8 Worrall Avenue), Mayor Rob Rolison has urged residents to be vigilant of any activity at a known vacant or abandoned property.  If someone sees anyone trespassing or any other activity at one of these properties, they should call 911.

Anyone with information about these fires is urged to call the City of Poughkeepsie Tip Line at 845-451-7577.

City Mourns Passing of Planning Board Member

Mayor Rob Rolison and the City of Poughkeepsie would like to express condolences at the passing of Naomi S. Goldberg. Naomi was a treasure of the City, owning the House of Cards located on Main Street for fifty years until her retirement in 2007. She was a long-time member of the City of Poughkeepsie Planning Board, a former member of the Poughkeepsie Zoning Board of Appeals and a devoted fan of Poughkeepsie. Naomi had a strong conviction that the City would be revitalized and return to its old glory. She wanted to be part of seeing that dream come true by serving our community in several capacities. She will be truly missed.

Services will be held at Vassar Temple, 140 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie on Sunday, January 31st at 10:00 am.

“Naomi was passionate about her City and devoted to her role on the Planning Board. She believed in Poughkeepsie and faithfully served it knowing that she could make a difference. I would like to express my sincerest sympathy to her family at this difficult time,” said Mayor Rob Rolison.

Happy New Year Poughkeepsie!

Happy New Year Poughkeepsie!  I am very gratified by the support and confidence you showed by choosing me to be our City’s Mayor for the next four years.  As our journey begins I hope you are as excited about the coming year as I am.

Poughkeepsie is a city at a crossroad.  We have significant challenges in the areas of public safety and financial management, and we have great potential in our business district, the waterfront and the willingness of so many people to contribute to a better Poughkeepsie.  Most importantly, we have so much potential in the diverse fabric of our people and neighborhoods.

The challenges facing us are complex and difficult and will require the coordinated and concentrated efforts of many people and organizations, including the city workforce, residents, property owners, businesses, religious organizations, non-profits, and other government partners.

I have spent the time since November 3rd becoming more familiar with the details of the City’s current financial and operational landscape.  In the next few months my focus will be on stabilizing the City’s finances and building a responsive team in City Hall.  A key step will be recruiting and hiring a new City Administrator and Finance Commissioner to help carry out this important work.

I have already forged strong ties with the incoming Common Council Members and together we will work to rebuild trust, establish a strong financial base, support innovation, and implement projects that will improve our prosperity and strengthen our neighborhoods.

The election in November was not the end, it was the beginning.  As we move forward into 2016 I will need your support, and perhaps at times, your patience.  There is much work to do to address our challenges and maximize our opportunities, and I believe by working together we can make Poughkeepsie strong.

Thank you,

Rob Rolison

City of Poughkeepsie Sees Successful Allocations

The City of Poughkeepsie has been notified of its successful application for federal and state subsidies with regard to the design and construction of two major infrastructure projects;

  • City of Poughkeepsie College Hill Reservoir Replacement & Distribution System Improvements: The City will replace its sole, 95 year-old, 5 million gallon reservoir with two, 2.5 million reservoirs. The current structure has developed cracks and minor inflow issues.  Additionally, 23,000 linear feet of water mains, also dating from the early 1920’s, will be replaced.

The total cost of the project is $11,688,000.  The City has applied to New York State’s Environmental Facilities Corporation, which receives federal Environmental Protection Administration grants to support subsidies on interest rates, for project financing.  EFC is making available loan interest savings and subsidies up to $7,899,400 for this project through its Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

  • City of Poughkeepsie Wastewater Improvement Project: The City has also applied to New York State’s Environmental Facilities Corporation’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund to support improvements to its wastewater collections and treatment system. These include design and construction for sewage treatment plant upgrades, pump station improvements and Combined Sewer Overflow corrections at various locations throughout the City of Poughkeepsie to protect the water quality of the Hudson River. This $11,320,344 project, also financed through EFC, will receive up to $7,641,232 in interest savings and subsidies.

The City is pursuing additional grant sources to further offset the cost of these vital infrastructure improvements to its rate payers.  But the City would also like to acknowledge that, as of last week, the entire cost of these two projects has been reduced by more than 40%.  With this in mind, the City would like to thank the agencies and elected officials on the city, state and federal levels who have formed the partnership that is making this benefit to the City of Poughkeepsie a reality.

Additionally, the City of Poughkeepsie is the beneficiary of a range of awards through the Regional Economic Development Council, announced by Governor Cuomo.  These include:

  • $92,075 for the Kaal Rock Connector Feasibility Study: The City of Poughkeepsie will conduct a feasibility study for the Kaal Rock Connector Trail between Waryas Park and Kaal Rock Park along the Hudson River Waterfront with a view toward developing a continuous waterfront trail.
  • The City of Poughkeepsie is receiving $25,000 to develop a long-term redevelopment strategy and facilitate a collaborative planning process for converting its underutilized surface parking lots in the central business district into a new hub for business innovation, education and commerce.
  • With the sponsorship of Hudson River Housing, the Cardinal Court Complex at 40 Cannon St. in Poughkeepsie will receive $500,000 from NY Main Streets funds for its mixed-use revitalization.
  • Supported by a $300,000 investment of Empire State Development funding, Kearney Realty Development Corp. will construct a four-story, 85,000 square foot, mixed artist housing and commercial building on vacant land in the City of Poughkeepsie.
  • The Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge Company, Inc. will receive $600,000 in funding to enhance its visitor center and interpretive facilities through the adaptive reuse of historic structures on the City of Poughkeepsie’s waterfront.

“These projects are a work-in-progress and I am pleased to see them through to the end of my term as Mayor.  It has been my privilege working with City staff, Federal, State, and Local agencies as well as Private Developers on these projects that are making Poughkeepsie an even better place,” said Mayor John C. Tkazyik.

Property Tax Payment System Offline

Due to the Tax Lien Sale and the delay in processing online payments, online credit card payments will not be accepted after 3:00PM on Tuesday, December 8th 2015.  The system will be back online and accepting payments on Wednesday, December 9th 2015 at 3:00pm.

If you need to pay your property taxes, school taxes, or liens, during this period, please do so at in person at City Hall. Accepted payment methods include cash, money order, or certified check.