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City of Poughkeepsie to Welcome Sculpture Event That Will Culminate With Fireworks

City officials announced today that a Special Event “Upstate Immersive” will be held the weekend of Aug. 28-29 at Dongan Park and on the site of the former Pelton Manor. The immersive sculpture show is part of a biennial arts activation and emulates past presentations in city malls, such as
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City Teams Up with Community Coalition to Bring Activities to Eastman Park the Next Two Saturdays

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 activities launched last week to celebrate the
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Mayor Rob Rolison Responds to Favorable Ruling on Legal Dispute with Common Council

“I am pleased that State Supreme Court Justice Hal Greenwald has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Poughkeepsie Common Council and ruled my decision to veto the Council’s resolution R-20-68 was ‘neither an error of law, nor arbitrary and capricious.’ The City Charter establishes the mayor’s veto authority. It also
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Mayor Robert G. Rolison

Robert G. Rolison was elected to his second, four-year term as Mayor of the City of Poughkeepsie in November 2019.

Mayor Rolison

During his tenure, the city has stabilized its finances and is witnessing an economic resurgence. A massive budget deficit has been drastically reduced, and the Mayor has worked with Poughkeepsie City School District Superintendent Dr. Eric Rosser to form a “Children’s Cabinet” to create a shared vision and cradle-to-career agenda for child and youth development in the city. He was recently appointed to the Executive Committee of the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials and serves that organization’s Community Revitalization Committee.

Rob has been a leading voice for public safety and has been a tireless advocate on behalf of families and children in the city – and throughout Dutchess County. Prior to becoming Mayor, Rob was a member of the Dutchess County Legislature for 13 years, from 2003-2015, representing the Town and City of Poughkeepsie. In 2010, he was elected by his colleagues in the County Legislature to serve as Chairman, a position he held for six consecutive years. Throughout his tenure as Chairman, he championed fiscal discipline, transparency and bipartisan.

Rob began his public safety career at 18 years old with the Croft Corners Fire Company. He continued his service as an active volunteer firefighter for the next 14 years. He worked part time for the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Hyde Park Police Department while pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice at Marist College.

In 1982, he joined the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department where he served 12 years in the Patrol Division. He worked up the ranks and was promoted to Detective, a post he held for 14 years.

Rob was elected PBA President for two-consecutive 5-year terms before retiring in
February 2008. Upon his retirement, Rob-concluded a 26-year career protecting the residents of the Town of Poughkeepsie.

Rob serves on the Board of Directors at St. Simeon’s which operates affordable senior apartments in the city.

Previously, he served as Chairman of the Hudson Valley Regional Council and was a State Advisory Board member of the Office of Children and Family Services, as well as a member of the Cider Mill Friends. He also served a member of the Board of Trustees of Dutchess Community College; the board of directors of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation; the Salvation Army Advisory Board; Catharine Street Community Center’s Board of Directors; the American Red Cross Dutchess County Chapter Board of Directors, and the Purple Heart Hall of Honor.

Rob is the son of the late Senator Jay P. Rolison. He is a lifelong resident of Poughkeepsie where he has proudly raised his son Christopher and lives with his wife, Lori, and their dog, Madison.