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Posted on: December 7, 2022

Nelson Selects Transition Team

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City Administrator Marc Nelson has named former City Corporation Counsel Paul Ackermann to lead his transition team as Nelson prepares to assume the office of Mayor in January. Ackermann, an attorney, joined the City as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in...

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Posted on: November 21, 2022

Nelson to Become Mayor in 2023

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Mayor Rob Rolison has won election to the State Senate and his two-year term will begin in January.Per the rules of the City’s Charter, City Administrator Marc Nelson will become mayor once Mayor Rolison resigns to assume his Senate duties.Nelso...

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Posted on: November 10, 2022

Celebration of Lights Delights Crowd

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The city's Celebration of Lights event took place last Friday, Dec. 2, and featured dance and musical performances, food trucks, floats, Santa Claus and fireworks.

This year, the various festivities centered around Dongan Square Park, and a &l...

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Posted on: January 19, 2022

Check Out Latest Issue of The Buzz!

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Celebration of Lights event takes place today, Pulaski Pool to get new bathhouse, check out some upcoming community events, all this and more in The Buzz: City of Poughkeepsie E-Newsletter — December 2, 2022 - 

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Posted on: November 30, 2022

Trash Receptacles Program Expands

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City officials are continuing to have new sanitation receptacles deployed throughout the city, replacing privately owned cans and providing uniformity to the garbage pickup and recycling system. 

Two years ago, the city launched a pilot&a...

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Posted on: December 6, 2022

Parise Named Deputy Fire Chief

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City officials have announced that Lt. Vinnie Parise of the City’s Fire Department has been named department’s next Deputy Fire Chief, effective immediately. Lt. Parise is a resident of the City of Poughkeepsie and a graduate of Poughkeepsie High School. ...

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Posted on: October 31, 2022

City Names First Youth Services Director

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Mayor Rob Rolison announced today that Karen Williams has been named director of youth services, a new position and division that will nurture and focus on child development in the city.

Williams will be tasked with the analysis, development, promotion and...

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Posted on: October 31, 2022

City Celebrates Pershing Park Improvements

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The city Friday celebrated the substantial renovations made to Pershing Avenue Park, which include resurfacing the basketball courts and replacing hoops and backboards, in addition to new playground equipment, benches and tables, and a new walking path --...

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Posted on: October 17, 2022

Mayor Releases Preliminary 2023 Budget

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Mayor Rolison has released his 2023 preliminary budget that would keep the city under the New York State property tax cap for the sixth straight year, in addition to lowering the tax rate, maintaining essential city services and continuing to put addition...

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Posted on: October 11, 2022

Soccer Mini Pitches Open at Pulaski Park

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Two soccer mini-pitches honoring USMNT star Tyler Adams were officially unveiled Wednesday at Pulaski Park. Students from Poughkeepsie City School District’s soccer teams celebrated the opening of the new mini-pitches by playing in an inaugural scrimmage....

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Posted on: October 24, 2022

Pershing Park Celebration set for Friday, Oct. 28

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To celebrate the restoration of Pershing Avenue Park and the conclusion of another growing season at the Pershing Avenue Neighborhood Farm and Community Garden, the City of Poughkeepsie, New City Parks and Scenic Hudson are hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremo...

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Posted on: September 7, 2022

City Approves Comprehensive Plan

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The Common Council on Monday approved a new Comprehensive Plan, charting a vision for future growth and development in the city that will help guide priorities, strategies, and policies in the years ahead. 

City officials are now working on amendm...

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Posted on: September 7, 2022

Malcolm X Park Upgrades to Start

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City officials are pleased to announce that Malcolm X Park Improvements will begin this month.The Department of Public Works will oversee the reconstruction of Malcolm X work, which the city has planned and funded in conjunction with New City Par...

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Posted on: September 26, 2022

Latino Outreach Event Set For October 6

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The City of Poughkeepsie and the Poughkeepsie City School District invite you to a joint gathering for our Latino community. All are welcome. Free refreshments will be served. Free kids' activities!The event will be held from 5-7 p.m. ...

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Posted on: September 9, 2022

City Holds 9/11 Memorial Service

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Under beautiful blue skies, the city held a 9/11 Memorial Service this morning outside City Hall that featured the Pledge of Allegiance led by members of the Morse Elementary School Fifth-Grade Class and remarks by Mayor Rolison and the Rev. Jesse Bottoms...

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Posted on: August 30, 2022

City Pools Close After Successful Season

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City pools had lots of activity on their closing day on Monday – and throughout the season! The pools opened in late June and entrance fees were waived once again this year. Both the Pulaski Park Pool located on Washington Street and Spr...
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Posted on: August 4, 2022

Bilingual Outreach Person Hired

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Mayor Rolison and Poughkeepsie City School District Superintendent Dr. Eric Jay Rosser announced today the hiring of L. Julee Molina as a bilingual Public Information Officer, a new shared position between the school district and the city

Molina brings wit...

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Posted on: October 20, 2021

Find Out The Latest About The YOU Project

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Dutchess County has website, www.the-you.org, which provides County residents with updates about the forthcoming “Youth Opportunity Union,” formerly known to as the Youth Opportunity Center and referred to moving forward as “the YOU,” the state-of-the-art...

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Posted on: August 11, 2022

Fourth Open House Set for 'PK4Keeps'

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City officials are continuing to work on updating the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code and will hold a fourth open house for the “PK4Keeps” initiative on Wednesday, August 24.This event, which will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., in the City Hall Lobby, wi...

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Posted on: July 7, 2022

New Police Officers Sworn In To Duty

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The City today swore in seven new police officers, promoted one officer to Sergeant and appointed another to Detective.

The new officers bolster the Police Department’s ranks from 79 to 86. The official ceremony took place this afternoon in the Common Coun...

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Posted on: June 17, 2022

City Reports Further Deficit Reduction

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Greatly aiding its effort to close a longstanding deficit in its general fund, the City has received an upfront $3 million payment connected to the recently completed sales tax agreement with Dutchess County and the City of Beacon.

The new 10-year agreemen...

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Posted on: April 12, 2022

City Releases Draft Comprehensive Plan

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City officials have released a draft of a new comprehensive plan and are seeking public feedback by April 18 before beginning the process of going before the Common Council for review and approval. The Common Council will also hold a public hearing to rec...

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Posted on: June 23, 2022

City to Host Fireworks on July 4th

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The city will host its annual Independence Day Fireworks Display on Monday, July 4th shortly after dusk (approximately 9:20 pm).  Watch for free from Waryas Park, at the base of Main Street; or purchase a ticket for a vantage point at the &nb...

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Posted on: May 25, 2022

City Distributes $339,000 in Funds for Youth-Related Activities

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Mayor Rolison announced today that $339,000 in funds have been allocated for youth-related programs, more than doubling the annual investment the city has been able to make in these endeavors over the years.

The city awarded $140,000 from its youth grant p...

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Posted on: April 12, 2022

City Begins Work on Pershing Park Improvements

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City officials are pleased to announce that that Pershing Avenue Park improvements started this week. The Department of Public Works will oversee the reconstruction of recreational facilities in the park. The work has been planned and funded in conjunctio...

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Posted on: March 24, 2022

Children’s Cabinet Releases Unprecedented Reports on Early Childhood, Out-of-School Time

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The Poughkeepsie Children’s Cabinet has released two unprecedented reports that provide in-depth analysis of Early Childhood Development and Out-of-School Enrichment and Learning in the city and make a series of recommendations to improve opportunities fo...

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Posted on: March 30, 2022

Mayor Rolison Delivers State of the City Address

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Mayor Rolison delivered his State of the City address at the Changepoint Theatre Thursday, reflecting on what the city has accomplished during a global pandemic, thanking city employees and residents for their contributions to the community and pointing t...

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Posted on: March 15, 2022

City’s Share of County Sales Tax to Increase Under New 10-Year Agreement

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The cities of Poughkeepsie and Beacon and Dutchess County have reached a new 10-year agreement governing the distribution of sales tax by the county to cities and towns. 

The agreement was recently approved by the Beacon City Council and was appro...

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Posted on: March 11, 2022

Mayor to Deliver State of the City Address on Thursday, March 31

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Mayor Rolison will deliver his State of the City address at 5:30 p.m. Thursday March 31 at the Changepoint Theatre, 260 Mill St., Poughkeepsie.   The public is invited to attend. RSVP to Stacey Bottoms at 845-451-4073, sbottoms@cityofpoughkeepsie...

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Posted on: January 19, 2022

City Sets Third Open House for ‘PK4Keeps’ Planning Project

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City officials are continuing to update the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Codes and have scheduled a third open house — this one focusing on the mission to “convert goals into action.” The city has been gaining considerable pu...

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Posted on: February 16, 2022

Regents Hears Children's Cabinet Presentation

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Poughkeepsie City School District Superintendent Dr. Eric Jay Rosser and Mayor Rob Rolison, co-chairs of the Poughkeepsie Children’s Cabinet, presented to the New York State Board of Regents about the cabinet at the Regents meeting on Feb. 15 in Albany.&a...

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Posted on: February 28, 2022

City Releases Housing Needs Assessment

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City officials have released a comprehensive study that highlights the challenges and opportunities it is facing regarding recent housing trends.

The report was prepared by Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, a not-for-profit policy, planning, advocacy and...

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Posted on: September 21, 2021

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Posted on: January 31, 2022

City to Distribute Limited Supply of Free COVID-19 Test Kits

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The city has received a limited supply of COVID-19 test kits and will begin distributing them on a first-come, first-serve basis from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the front desk at the City Police Station, 62 Civic Center Plaza. 

The city also wil...

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Posted on: January 5, 2022

City Completes COVID Test Kit Distribution

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The City has completed its distribution of a limited supply of free COVID-19 test kits and will let the public know when it receives more. The city distributed 1,100 kits, each containing two tests, in just over two hours near City Hall Thursday morning.

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Posted on: December 7, 2021

City of Poughkeepsie Puts More Funding Into Emergency Rent Relief Program

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Mayor Rob Rolison announced today that more funding is being made available through a COVID-19 Emergency Rent program for low- and moderate-income households struggling through the pandemic. 

Tenants who are eligible can receive up to six consecut...

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Posted on: July 18, 2022

Mayor Names Franco as New Fire Chief

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Mayor Rob Rolison announced today that Joseph Franco has been named the city’s Fire Chief.

Franco, who has been serving as acting chief and has been with the city’s Fire Department for 27 years, succeeds Mark Johnson, who retired earlier this year.

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Posted on: December 29, 2021

The City's Newsletter The Buzz Produces a Special Year in Review Issue!

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As 2021 winds down, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the year and offer some highlights amid challenging times that nevertheless have witnessed progress on many fronts, thanks to the work of city employees and so many in the community.This “Year i...

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Posted on: October 15, 2021

Mayor Rolison Releases Proposed 2022 Budget

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Mayor Rob Rolison announced today that, despite considerable fiscal challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, his 2022 preliminary budget stays under the state’s property tax cap, lowers the tax rate, bolsters youth services and maintains other essenti...

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Posted on: September 21, 2021

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By clicking “Log In” on the MyAccount bar at the top of the screen, users may create a login for the site or use their Facebook profile to access MyAccount. Once logged in, visitors can choose the modules, features and keywords that they’d like to see mos...

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Posted on: October 28, 2021

City Creates Website Devoted To American Rescue Plan Act

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Mayor Rob Rolison has announced the creation of a website that enables the public to find out more about the federal American Rescue Plan Act, provide important feedback and track the city’s use of these funds.

The city has been awarded a total o...

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Posted on: October 5, 2021

Notice of Substantial Amendment For Annual Action Plan 2021

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PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City of Poughkeepsie has completed its 2021 Annual Action Plan (AAP). The Annual Action Plan outlines the proposed projects to be funded through entitlement funds from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Developme...

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Posted on: September 27, 2021

Mayor Announces Major Funding Commitment to Parks

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City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison today announced a $4 million commitment in investments to the city’s parks, a blueprint that includes rebuilding and replacing aging equipment and making major upgrades at these vital green and recreational spaces.

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Posted on: October 20, 2021

Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact and Request for Release of Funds

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NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS

City of Poughkeepsie, Office of Social Development62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601(845) 451-4046jgreenwald@cityofpoughkeepsie.com

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Posted on: September 21, 2021

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