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Rezone Downtown Poughkeepsie: Building Blocks for Revitalization

The City of Poughkeepsie is excited to announce our first public workshop concerning future zoning changes for downtown.  Join us for a discussion and walking tour of the downtown district and share your ideas for opportunities and desired types of uses.

The program will begin at 6:00 pm on September 15th at the Indotronix Building on Main Street (use the 14 Catharine Street entrance) with a brief presentation and conversation about issues and opportunities, and then we will commence with a walking tour of downtown.  Please wear comfortable shoes for this leisurely paced tour.

Objectives for updated zoning in the downtown district include maximizing fiscal productivity of land uses; diversifying retail mix; redressing issues of vacancies within buildings; considering redevelopment potential of vacant parcels; and ensuring that downtown is a high quality, accessible and affordable urban place.

Whether you live downtown or elsewhere in the city, or whether you work downtown or simply come to enjoy restaurants and entertainment venues, we want to hear from you.  This is your downtown, so come and be heard.  Hope to see you there!


2016 National Night Out – August 2, 2016

2016 National Night Out

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 – 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm – City Hall

Sponsored by the City of Poughkeepsie Police Athletic League

On Tuesday, August 2nd, join the City of Poughkeepsie Police Athletic League at City Hall for a great night of live music, public safety demonstrations, children’s entertainment, face painting, and other fun activities. This FREE event kicks off at 5:00 pm with a K9 demonstration featuring City of Poughkeepsie Police Department K9s Kiah, Ace & Falcone!

National Night Out is an annual community building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.

Follow the City of Poughkeepsie Police Athletic League on Facebook for updates!

National Night Out

Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular – July 2, 2016

The City of Poughkeepsie will host its annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday, July 2nd at dusk (approx. 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).

Rain Date: Sunday, July 3, 2016

Parking: Parking is free in municipal parking lots beginning at 5:00 pm. Handicapped parking will be available at the at the top of Waryas Park. Please see an officer for access and directions. No Parking zones will be in place along North Water Street and in the lots at Waryas Park. John M. Flowers Circle at Waryas Park will be closed to vehicular traffic.

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Traffic Patterns for Walkway Marathon’s Think Differently Dash – June 11, 2016

Walkway Marathon’s Think Differently Dash— a one-mile run/walk celebrating individuals in our community with cognitive, developmental, and physical disabilities — will take place on Main Street on Saturday, June 11, 2016 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

No Parking, starting 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., on Main Street from Market East to Hamilton Street.  Cars parked here during these hours will be towed by City of Poughkeepsie Police Department.

Road closures in the area will be in place between 6:00 12:00 p.m., as follows:

  • Main Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic both eastbound and westbound from Hamilton to Market Street.
  • Academy Street will be closed northbound from Cannon to Main Street.
  • Catherine Street will be closed southbound from Mill to Main Street.
  • All parking for this event will be in the Crannell Street parking area beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Bus Route Detours:

  • The Main Street route will detour from Cannon Street to South Clinton Street
  • The Northside route will follow the Main Street route
  • The Southside route will detour to Cannon Street to Market Street

The Think Differently Dash race route is as follows: Start on Main Street near Hudson Valley Office Furniture, continue west on Main to turnaround point near Commercial Park, head east back to second turnaround point at Hudson Valley Office Furniture,continue west to the finish line arch across from Commercial Park.


Motorists should expect road closures from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Thank you for your cooperation.

With regards,

City of Poughkeepsie Government, Dutchess County Government, & Walkway Over the Hudson

“Mission Literacy” Initiative Launched by City School District & City Government

The Poughkeepsie City School District is striving to reach its goal of ranking in the top 10% of the 700 school districts in New York State by 2020.  In their relentless pursuit of excellence for the almost 4,700 students they serve, the district is enhancing its Mission Literacy initiative with the help of City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison and the members of the Common Council.

In the upcoming unveiling of the Mission Literacy framework at City Hall, the Mayor, the District, and City government will pledge to encourage all City of Poughkeepsie stakeholders to participate in a literacy initiative that improves student achievement, graduation rates, college placement, and career readiness. This initiative is a unique synergy between the City of Poughkeepsie government and the Poughkeepsie City School District that includes Book Baskets, summer reading logs, and Summer Pak, a reading program designed to decrease “summer learning loss.”

“It is so important for City government to support the efforts of our school district.  Working together, we can achieve real results for the residents of our City who are our future leaders.  I am proud of the symbiotic relationship that has formed between the City school district and our City government,” said Mayor Rob Rolison.

School Superintendent Dr. Nicolé Williams said, “We are both honored and privileged to partner with Mayor Rolison and the members of the Common Council, our elected officials, the Poughkeepsie Public Library District-the Adriance Memorial Library, our community-based organizations, our business community, the faith-based community, parents, students, and staff members in this mission-critical work focused purposefully on providing rich and valuable literacy experiences for students across the City of Poughkeepsie. Our goal is to work collectively, in a coordinated effort, to launch strategic literacy initiatives that incentivize and support the development of exemplary practices to improve interdisciplinary literacy and ensure that our students have the opportunity to develop a life-long love for the key domains in their educational trajectory: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and analytical reasoning.”

The Mission Literacy framework will be unveiled at City Hall, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, on Thursday, June 9, 2016, at 10:30 am.

Dutchess County Tick Task Force Education Workshop

tickpreventionThe Dutchess County Tick Task Force Education Workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 11th at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park, New York.

Workshops will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 12:00 p.m.  A tentative list of speakers with times can be found at:

In addition, New York State Senator Sue Serino, chairperson of the New York State Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases has partnered for this event. With spring in full swing, now is the best time to be raising awareness throughout the community about how to prevent the spread of Lyme and tick-borne diseases,” said Senator Serino. “This event is all about prevention and protection and will arm community members with the information they need to safeguard themselves and their families against Lyme.”

For more information, residents may contact the Dutchess County Legislative office at 486-2100.

Hope to see you on May 11 at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home!

First Friday is back on May 6th!

The buzz is back!

And next week, that buzz you hear will be the sound of a drone taking to the skies over Main Street.

First Friday Poughkeepsie is excited to partner with Walkway Over the Hudson for a very special announcement…

Next month’s First Friday – on MAY 6 – will be kicking off with the premiere of a stunning, 4-minute aerial film produced by Walkway Over the Hudson.

Shot entirely by drone, over four months, the film features local landmarks and scenery like you’ve never seen them before. The film will showcase the Greater Walkway Experience, a tremendously exciting initiative to promote the local area and its attractions to the Walkway’s 500,000 annual visitors.

All are invited to the film’s premiere on Friday, May 6, at 5:15pm at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House. Admission is free.

The event will be hosted by Mayor Rob Rolison; Town of Lloyd Supervisor Paul Hansut; and Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart, executive director of Walkway Over the Hudson.

After the premiere, at 5:45pm, everyone is invited to meet the filmmakers and see an actual drone live and in action on Main Street.

A wide range of restaurants and businesses along Main Street and downtown will be offering specials, promotions, tours and samples.

The evening will also feature live music along Main St. and activities for kids.

More details to be announced this week! Follow First Friday Poughkeepsie on Facebook for more details.

First Ward Neighborhood Meeting – April 30, 2016


Join the Celebration of Poughkeepsie Earth Day!

A special day of activities will take place Saturday, April 16th, 2016, celebrating the City of Poughkeepsie as an ecosystem—its communities, diversity and biodiversity. Inspired by the national Earth Day Celebration created in 1970, this first-time Poughkeepsie Earth Day event is an opportunity to celebrate the City, the environment, and the beautiful mid-Hudson River Valley that we live in. A multitude of events are planned, for all ages and all types of involvement, including: Continue reading Join the Celebration of Poughkeepsie Earth Day!

Community Meet-Up: A Healthy Poughkeepsie

April Community Meet-Up!

Topic: A Healthy Poughkeepsie

Local programs that promote  a healthy lifestyle for ALL Poughkeepsie residents.

Thursday, April 21st, 6-8pm
Mid-Hudson Heritage Center
317 Main Street, Poughkeepsie

Contact Nora at (845) 454-5176 ext.119
[email protected] for more information