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City of Poughkeepsie Releases Requests for Development Proposals for Two-City Owned Properties

The city is seeking qualified parties interested in purchasing and developing city-owned properties at 204 Church St. and 61 Academy St.

204 Church St. is a vacant, three-story 2,765-square-foot building once used as a residence and office. 61 Academy St, is a vacant 7,405-square-foot lot.

These parcels are highly visible and accessible, located on (or just off of) the city’s busy eastbound arterial (Church Street), which sees an average of 25,000 vehicles daily. The parcels are also located on the periphery of the city’s downtown, two blocks south of Main Street and within walking distance of shops, restaurants and offices.

“The Church Street property is a unique piece of Poughkeepsie’s history and is located within steps of some of the city’s most exciting planned development,” said City Administrator Marc Nelson. “Built by well-known local architect, Arnout Cannon Jr., the building is part of ‘Church Street Row,’ a group of buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also designated a local historic landmark. We welcome innovative and exciting proposals that will combine historic preservation with a creative design and utility we can all be proud of.”

The city’s goals for the sites include maximizing both sites’ development potential, contributing to the vibrancy of the city’s Downtown District. Mixed-use development is preferred where possible.

Proposals are due in the City Chamberlain’s office at City Hall, First Floor, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie NY, 12601, no later than 3 p.m. on Oct. 9. For more details and specifics about how to submit an application, click here.

Dutchess County City of Poughkeepsie Land Bank Approved by Empire State Development

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison have announced the Empire State Development Corporation has approved the creation of a land bank by Dutchess County and the City of Poughkeepsie to return vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties in the community to productive use.

County Executive Molinaro said, “Too often properties that are abandoned and not maintained become a safety risk and discourage local businesses or families from moving into a neighborhood. These properties could, and should, be put to better use, and this land bank will be an important tool for transforming some of the blighted properties within the City of Poughkeepsie. We are grateful to the Empire State Development Corporation for their support of this opportunity and look forward to working collaboratively to redevelop these properties to better serve the community as a whole.”

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison said, “The city has made great progress with its Anti-Blight Task Force, which was established in 2018 and has reduced the number of vacant properties from approximately 600 to under 270. The land bank should prove another valuable asset in these critically important efforts. We look forward to working with the county to reduce blight and foster positive redevelopment in our city.”

Under the New York State Land Bank Program, local municipalities can apply to create land bank not-for-profit corporations in their communities to acquire properties that are tax delinquent or foreclosed, vacant and/or abandoned, and help eliminate the harms and liabilities caused by such properties.

County and City officials, including representatives of the County Legislature and Common Council, as well as staff from the City and the County departments of Finance, Law, and Planning and Development, have been working for more than a year to develop the process to form a Dutchess County and City of Poughkeepsie Land Bank.

“After having worked with my colleagues in the common council for more than two years to bring a land bank to Poughkeepsie, I am overjoyed at the news today of the state’s approval,” said Council Member Sarah Brannen, a co-sponsor of the original resolution. “I’m grateful for everyone in the city, county, and among the local community who helped us reach this important milestone. I look forward to us taking the next step toward encouraging redevelopment and bringing vitality to our neighborhoods.”

Poughkeepsie City Council Chair, Sarah Salem, said, “Hard work and collaboration really does pay off. The Dutchess Poughkeepsie Land Bank will help to ensure that, as the City of Poughkeepsie recovers and grows, our community members will have access to affordable housing and be able to achieve homeownership, thereby building community wealth. County/City Land Bank models are relatively new, but they have been very successful across the state. I’m proud to see our application approved by New York State and proud of the work myself and my colleagues put into its development over the last year and a half.”

The land bank will have nine board members – two each appointed by the County Executive, County Legislature, Mayor and the Common Council – and one being a joint County and City appointee. The land bank board will hold an organizational meeting to discuss the adoption of by-laws, filing incorporation papers with the State, and staffing within the next two months. The County and City will then work collaboratively to identify properties to be transferred to the land bank.

For more information, contact the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development at (845) 486-3600.

City of Poughkeepsie Bolsters Staff in Anticipation of Storm Response

The City of Poughkeepsie has been readying its response as Tropical Storm Isaias made landfall in anticipation of heavy rains and wind gusts in our area.

The city will have additional resources available to provide assistance today and tonight. Additional personnel have been assigned to the 911 Center in anticipation of a higher volume of calls.

The City’s Department of Public Works also will make additional personnel available, specifically tree crews and heavy-equipment operators. The DPW office will be staffed until at least 11 p.m. today to take storm-related calls at 845-451-4111. Non-emergency calls to the 911 center should go to 845-451-4000.

“I want to thank our city workers in advance for doing what is necessary during this storm,” said Mayor Rob Rolison. “I also encourage all residents to use caution and to stay inside and not travel if at all possible as this storm moves through our area.”

Poughkeepsie City Hall to Reopen to the Public on Thursday, June 25th

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison announced today that City Hall will reopen to the public on Thursday, June 25th. New health and safety protocols will be in place to protect citizens and staff

  1. Some Departments will operate by appointment only, in order to assure social distancing is adhered to, and in order to ensure that members of the public may conduct their business swiftly, and spend as little time as possible in the building. Mayor Rolison said: “No one liked to wait in line even before the Coronavirus hit, and anything we can do to ensure our citizens get served promptly is job-one in the post-COVID world of public service.” City Administrator, Marc Nelson, said “the days of taking a number or standing around waiting one’s turn are over, and visitors to City Hall will be having an entirely better experience than they may have had in the past.”
  2. Face coverings will be required when conducting business at City Hall. Staff is required to wear a mask when interacting with customers, and at all times during the work-day when unable to practice social distancing, and when using elevators even if alone.
  3. Enhanced daily cleaning has been implemented as well as regular “deep cleaning” of City Hall, the Court and Police Department, including all public areas.
  4. Sanitizer stations have been positioned throughout the building for public use.
  5. Parking for citizens and visitors to City Hall will be free in the underground garage, which will be open from 8:00AM until 5:00PM, Monday through Friday.

No appointment is required to visit the City Cashier, Parking Division, or City Chamberlain, all located on the ground floor, however the public is strongly encouraged to make payment for all city services by mail, or online, or to use the drop-box located in front of entrance to the police department on the north side of City Hall.

City Hall Hours of Operation: 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday-Friday

Appointment Necessary

  • Building Inspector
  • Code Enforcement Officers
  • Economic & Community Development
  • City Assessor
  • Planning & Zoning

No Appointment Necessary

  • Cashier – Tax, Water, Sewer & Sanitation
  • City Chamberlain (except for marriage licenses)
  • Parking Enforcement & Permits
  • Mayor, City Administrator
  • Community Engagement

Appointments may be made online at:

Payments should be made via the city website: or by mail to: 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601, or by using the drop box near the front door of the Police Station on Mansion Street.

Residents may contact city staff and officials by phone, and a contact list is available at

City Providing Coronavirus Updates, Creates Resource Guide

The City of Poughkeepsie is continually updating the public on information pertaining to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and has created a resource guide. The city’s coronavirus webpage includes information from federal, state and Dutchess County resources, in addition to informing the public about how to contact city departments during this time. Information ranging from health and food distribution to aid for businesses and nonprofits can be found on the webpage at

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

City of Poughkeepsie Takes Measures to Lessen Potential Impact of COVID-19

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison announced that City Hall will be closing at 3 p.m. today in preparation for a deep cleaning to the facility over the weekend.

“Due to the evolving situation involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) issue, we feel it is prudent to take these steps at this time,” the Mayor said.

The Mayor said he is encouraging the public to avoid all but essential trips to City Hall when it reopens on Monday. Residents can contact City officials by phone, and a list of appropriate contacts is available at and by using the various tabs at that link to find the appropriate department.

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.

“While we understand this will be an inconvenience for people in some instances, we believe it is a wise decision at this time,” the Mayor said. The Common Council has cancelled its meeting set for Monday, and the Mayor has cancelled other public meetings scheduled for next week.”

The Mayor encourages residents to follow the city’s social media platforms for updates.

He also noted that to get the latest updates on the COVID-19 and the impacts on our area, the public should go to

Poughkeepsie Arts Commission Seeks Member to Serve

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City of Poughkeepsie Arts Commission is looking for a member to serve. Commission members must be city residents and either a working artist, arts professional or member of the community interested in the arts.

Those wishing to be considered for the position on the Public Arts Commission can send an email to [email protected]. Or can be dropped off to the City Chamberlain’s Office Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 The commission was created in July of 2016 by Mayor Rob Rolison to advocate for the arts and raise awareness of local cultural offerings. The Hudson Valley has a rich artistic legacy dating back more than a century and the arts leave a multi-million dollar impact on Dutchess County economy.

Please submit all letters of interest no later than Friday, February 28, 2019 by 4:00 p.m.

City Hall Will Be Closed Monday, December 2, 2019

Due to inclement weather, Poughkeepsie City Hall will be closed Monday, December 2, 2019. The public hearing on the proposed 2020 budget and the Common Council meeting scheduled for Monday are both being postponed until Monday, Dec. 9. Emergency personnel and crews will continue in operation.

City of Poughkeepsie officials to Give Updates About Economic, Community Development at Chamber Breakfast

City of Poughkeepsie economic and community development officials will be the featured presenters at the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s monthly breakfast in November.

Image of Paul Hesse,  Community Development Coordinator
and Paul Calogerakis, Economic Development Director
(left) Paul Hesse, Community Development Coordinator
(right) Paul Calogerakis, Economic Development Director

Paul Calogerakis, economic development director for the city, and Paul Hesse, community development coordinator for the city, will be providing updates on various projects and will take questions from the audience. The Chamber breakfast will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 at The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center, 40 Civic Center Plaza.

The City has seen a considerable uptick in economic activity in the last few years, including new residential units and businesses.

“We have been making great strides,” said Mayor Rob Rolison. “I am looking forward to having part of our team here at City Hall give key details of what has been happening — and why it is good for the city.”

More than 1,200 housing units have been either recently completed or are under construction — and one third of them are below market rate. And one million square feet of commercial space has been recently completed, under construction or in the approval process.

City officials also say the Federal Opportunity Zone Program is attracting more interest from developers, people who want to invest in the city.

“The combined forces of greater personnel capacity at City Hall, Opportunity Zone tax legislation, creation of the Innovation District, abundant available real estate inventory and the high demand for housing has created a ‘perfect storm’ for development in the City of Poughkeepsie,” Calogerakis said.

A map of the City of Poughkeepsie Innovation District
A map of the City of Poughkeepsie Innovation District

Frank Castella Jr., president and CEO of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, said, “The Chamber’s monthly breakfast events include presentations regarding economic issues that are relevant for our membership. With the growing number and scale of developments in the City of Poughkeepsie, we wanted to provide this update for our audience so they can see the increased level of activity that is happening in and around downtown.”

City officials recently created an Innovation District to streamline projects in the downtown area and are working to overhaul the City’s comprehensive plan and waterfront vision. As its finances have improved, the City has been able to leverage grant money from the state to undertake pedestrian safety and green infrastructure projects.

The City also has created an Anti-Blight Task Force that includes non-profit housing partners Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County, Rebuilding Together Dutchess County, and Hudson River Housing. Since its inception in 2018, the task force has addressed more than 100 vacant properties. The City had slightly more than 600 in 2018; that number is now below 500. As part of this effort, the City also took ownership of the former YMCA site on Montgomery Street and has held three well-attended public meetings focusing on a community-minded reuse of the property.

Artist rendering of Catharine Street housing proposal 
(Image Credit: Kearney Realty & Development Group)
Artist rendering of Catharine Street housing proposal
(Image Credit: Kearney Realty & Development Group)

Hesse said, “The City’s been making strategic policy shifts, particularly with respect to planning and zoning, that have signaled our soundness for investment, and you’re now seeing the fruits of those policy shifts blossom.  At the same time, the City is now investing in places for people, undertaking meaningful improvements to public spaces that enhance the quality of life for residents.  We’re demonstrating our commitment to investing in our community, and the private sector is taking notice.”

Chamber members and guests will need to pre-register for the Contact Breakfast by visiting or calling 845.454.1700 x 1000. Tickets are $25 for members, and $35 for non-members.