Snow Emergency Lifted: February 3, 2015 at 8:30am

The Snow Emergency declared on Monday, February 2 has been lifted as of 8:30am today, February 3, 2015.

City Transit is running on a regular schedule.

Sanitation & Recycling collection is running on a staggered schedule. Monday routes will be picked up today. Tuesday routes will be picked up on Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

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Public Hearing Rescheduled to Thursday, February 5 at 6:00pm

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to the Charter and Codes of the City of Poughkeepsie, Administrative Code, Section 14.04, a Common Council Public Hearing will be held on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 6:00 p.m., in the Common Council Chambers, Third Floor, Municipal Building/City Hall, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, New York, for the purpose of receiving comments on the proposed designation of 204 Church Street as a local historic landmark.

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Snow Emergency Declared – Begins February 2, 2015 at 9:00am

A Snow Emergency has been declared beginning at 9:00am, February 2, 2015.  The Snow Emergency will remain in effect until further notice. Updates on the Snow Emergency will be available on this website, all City social media and local media outlets.

Mayor John C. Tkazyik would like to take the opportunity to remind City residents and visitors about the regulations that are put into effect when a “Snow Emergency” is declared.

Common Council Meeting Postponed

The Common Council meeting scheduled for this evening has been postponed until Thursday, February 5 at 6:30pm.

City Transit, Sanitation & Recycling Collection 

All City Transit is cancelled for today. Service will resume tomorrow, February 3, 2015.

Sanitation & Recycling is cancelled for today, Monday, February 2. Monday routes will be picked up on Tuesday, February 3rd. Tuesday routes will be picked up on Wednesday, February 4.

Snow Removal

Residents and business owners must clear sidewalks in front of and adjacent to their residences and businesses, as required by the City ordinance.  Placing snow into any roadway is a violation of the City of Poughkeepsie Code of Ordinances. Please comply with all parking regulations for your street.

Clearing Snow from Hydrants

When shoveling your driveway and sidewalk, please remove the snow from around any fire hydrant common to your home or property. Clearing the snow around the hydrant and shoveling a path to it from the street will give the Fire Department the access that they need.

Under the Codes of the City of Poughkeepsie there is a responsibility of the owner/lessee of property fronting a hydrant to maintain the area clear around the hydrant. Failure to clear and keep clear a hydrant may result in a $100 fine or more.

  Clearing Snow Around Fire Hydrants (89.1 KiB, 1,739 hits)

Snow Emergency Routes

During a “Snow Emergency,” vehicles are required to be removed from streets that are designated as a snow emergency route. The City is also encouraging those who do not live along a snow emergency route to relocate their vehicles to City Municipal lots during the storm to facilitate clean-up. Vehicles that are legally registered, inspected, and insured may be parked in a City of Poughkeepsie municipal parking lot that is open to the public, free of charge, during a declared snow emergency.  Vehicles that are parked on snow emergency routes during a declared snow emergency are subject to ticketing, towing, or impounding at the vehicle owner’s expense.  If your vehicle is towed, an impound fee must be paid prior to it being released.  Instructions for release can be obtained by calling the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department at (845) 451-4000.  Vehicles should not be parked on snow emergency routes until the snow emergency is cancelled.  Snow emergency routes can be found below. Please check the website for updates throughout the storm.

Designated Snow Emergency Routes:

    • Mill Street from Civic Center Plaza to Dongan Square Park
    • Academy Street from Main Street to North-South Arterial Highway
    • Beechwood Avenue from Ferris Lane to City line
    • South Cherry Street from Main Street to Hooker Avenue
    • Civic Center Plaza from Mansion Street to Main Street
    • North Clinton Street from Mansion Street to Route 44/55, westbound
    • Columbia Street from North-South Arterial Highway to Lincoln Avenue
    • North Clover Street from Mill Street to Main Street
    • South Clover Street from Main Street to Union Street
    • Ferris Lane from Hooker Avenue to Beechwood Avenue
    • Grand Avenue from City line at Main Street to Hooker Avenue
    • North Hamilton Street from Parker Avenue to Main Street
    • South Hamilton Street from Main Street to Livingston Street
    • Hooker Avenue from South Hamilton Street to City line
    • Jefferson Street, Route 44/55 to Lincoln Avenue
    • Lincoln Avenue from Montgomery Street to Livingston Street
    • Main Street from Hudson River to City line at Grand Avenue
    • Mansion Street from Smith Street to North Clinton Street
    • Market Street from Main Street to Montgomery Street
    • Montgomery Street from Lincoln Avenue to South Hamilton Street
    • Parker Avenue from Washington Street to City line
    • Reade Place from South Avenue to Young Street
    • Smith Street from City line to Clinton Square
    • South Avenue from Montgomery Street to North-South Arterial Highway
    • Washington Street from City line to Main Street
    • Wilbur Boulevard from Hooker Avenue to City line

  Snow Emergency Route Map (200.8 KiB, 4,324 hits)

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Dog Recovered in Animal Abuse Case; $1,000 Reward for Information

Theophilus Burke

Theophilus Burke

On December 28, 2014 at 7:56am, a man was videotaped beating a dog in Pulaski Park near Talmadge Street, the man and the dog were gone when the Officers arrived. Since that day the members of the City of Poughkeepsie Police have worked relentlessly to identify and locate the man and the dog.

The man has been identified as, THEOPHILUS J BURKE a 37 year Brooklyn man, and the dog has been identified as BURKE’s dog “GIZMO”. “GIZMO” is described as being a 2 to 3 year old small white dog, possibly a Maltese. A Dutchess County Court Arrest Warrant has been filed against BURKE charging him with Animal Cruelty.

“Gizmo” Recovered

Gizmo with Detective Garth Mason

Gizmo with Detective Garth Mason

On January 29, 2015 Detective Sergeant John Zeltmann and Detective Garth Mason recovered GIZMO at an address in Brooklyn New York. The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department was assisted in this by members of the NYPD’s 67th and 69th Precincts. GIZMO was transported back to the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department. GIZMO appears to be healthy, but is being checked out by a Veterinarian. GIZMO will be sheltered at a local facility until the Court case is resolved.

At this time the suspect THEOPHILUS J BURKE is still at large and wanted. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the City of Poughkeepsie Police at (845) 451-7577.

$1,000 Reward for Information

The New York State Humane Association, headquartered in Kingston, NY, is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man who was videotaped beating his dog in Pulaski Park near Talmadge Street in Poughkeepsie, on January 28. Police have identified the man as Theophilus J. Burke, 37, and the dog as Gizmo a small white dog belonging to him. According to Police, Burke lives in Brooklyn, however, he was no longer at his last known address. A warrant for Burke’s arrest on animal cruelty charges has been issued, and police believe Burke and the dog are still in the New York City area.

This individual videotaped committing this crime must be brought to justice. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Poughkeepsie Police Department Detectives at (845) 451-4169.

The New York State Humane Association has conducted animal cruelty investigation workshops for police and humane investigators throughout the state for the past fifteen years and has offered rewards to assist police with their investigations. A key segment of the NYSHA workshop focuses on the strong correlation between animal abuse and human violence. NYSHA is currently scheduling its workshops for 2015.

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Gizmo

 

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Snow Emergency Lifted: January 27 at 8:00am

The Snow Emergency declared on January 26, 2015 has been lifted as of 8:00am today, January 27, 2015.

Services Resume on Wednesday

City Transit and Sanitation will resume as normally scheduled and City Hall will reopen on Wednesday, January 28.

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Common Council Meeting – February 5, 2015

Meeting Postponed: This meeting was postponed on February 2, 2015 due to weather. The meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, February 5 at 6:30pm

The Common Council meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Third Floor, Municipal Building, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, New York.

Parking is available under City Hall. Enter the parking garage from the westbound arterial highway. For additional information, contact the City Clerk, at (845) 451-4225.

All Common Council meetings are webcasted live at: http://www.totalwebcasting.com/live/cop/

Once completed, the meetings are archived on the site for later viewing.

  Common Council Agenda & Packet - February 2, 2015 (6.3 MiB, 725 hits)

Common Council Agenda

6:00 p.m. Public Hearing regarding proposed designation of 204 Church Street as an historic landmark

  1. ROLL CALL
  2. REVIEW OF MINUTES:
  3. Common Meeting of September 2, 2014
  4. READING OF ITEMS by the City Chamberlain of any resolutions not listed on the printed agenda.
  5. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: Three (3) minutes per person up to 45 minutes of public comment on any agenda and non-agenda items.
  6. MAYOR’S COMMENTS:
  7. CHAIRMAN’S COMMENTS AND PRESENTATIONS:
  8. MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS:
  9. ORDINANCES AND LOCAL LAWS:
  10. PRESENTATION OF PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS:
    1. FROM CITY ADMINISTRATOR BUNYI, a communication regarding full time employment in transit.
    2. FROM ASSISTANT CORPORATION COUNSEL AQEEL, a communication regarding Police Tow Regulations.
    3. FROM CORPORATION COUNSEL ACKERMANN, a communication regarding the redevelopment of vacant properties located at 21 Hooker Avenue and 36 Gifford Avenue.
    4. FROM CAROL PEMBERTON, a notice of personal injury sustained on November 20, 2014.
    5. FROM KRYSTINE ABREU, a notice of property damage sustained on December 18, 2014.
    6. FROM LORI D. JOHNSON, a notice of property damage sustained on December 27, 2014.
    7. FROM MICHAEL LABRADA, a notice of property damage sustained on January 2, 2105.
  11. UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
  12. NEW BUSINESS:
  13. ADJOURNMENT:
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Snow Emergency Declared – Begins January 26 at 6:00pm

A Snow Emergency has been declared beginning at 6:00pm this evening, January 26, 2015.  The Snow Emergency will remain in effect until further notice. Updates on the Snow Emergency will be available on this website, all City social media and local media outlets.

Mayor John C. Tkazyik would like to take the opportunity to remind City residents and visitors about the regulations that are put into effect when a “Snow Emergency” is declared.

City Hall

Due to the severity of the storm, City Hall is closed to the public and to all non-emergency personnel on Tuesday, January 27. City Hall will reopen on Wednesday, January 28.

City Transit System

All City transit services are cancelled for Tuesday, January 27 and Wednesday, January 28. Service will resume on Thursday, January 29.

Dial-a-Ride

Dutchess County Dial-a-Ride is cancelled for Tuesday, January 27. For more information, please visit the Dial-a-Ride website

Sanitation & Recycling

Sanitation and recycling collection is cancelled for Tuesday, January 27 and Wednesday, January 28.  Sanitation and recycling collection will resume on Thursday, January 29.

Snow Removal

Residents and business owners must clear sidewalks in front of and adjacent to their residences and businesses, as required by the City ordinance.  Placing snow into any roadway is a violation of the City of Poughkeepsie Code of Ordinances. Please comply with all parking regulations for your street.

Clearing Snow from Hydrants

When shoveling your driveway and sidewalk, please remove the snow from around any fire hydrant common to your home or property. Clearing the snow around the hydrant and shoveling a path to it from the street will give the Fire Department the access that they need.

Under the Codes of the City of Poughkeepsie there is a responsibility of the owner/lessee of property fronting a hydrant to maintain the area clear around the hydrant. Failure to clear and keep clear a hydrant may result in a $100 fine or more.

  Clearing Snow Around Fire Hydrants (89.1 KiB, 1,739 hits)

Snow Emergency Routes

During a “Snow Emergency,” vehicles are required to be removed from streets that are designated as a snow emergency route. The City is also encouraging those who do not live along a snow emergency route to relocate their vehicles to City Municipal lots during the storm to facilitate clean-up. Vehicles that are legally registered, inspected, and insured may be parked in a City of Poughkeepsie municipal parking lot that is open to the public, free of charge, during a declared snow emergency.  Vehicles that are parked on snow emergency routes during a declared snow emergency are subject to ticketing, towing, or impounding at the vehicle owner’s expense.  If your vehicle is towed, an impound fee must be paid prior to it being released.  Instructions for release can be obtained by calling the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department at (845) 451-4000.  Vehicles should not be parked on snow emergency routes until the snow emergency is cancelled.  Snow emergency routes can be found below. Please check the website for updates throughout the storm.

Designated Snow Emergency Routes:

    • Mill Street from Civic Center Plaza to Dongan Square Park
    • Academy Street from Main Street to North-South Arterial Highway
    • Beechwood Avenue from Ferris Lane to City line
    • South Cherry Street from Main Street to Hooker Avenue
    • Civic Center Plaza from Mansion Street to Main Street
    • North Clinton Street from Mansion Street to Route 44/55, westbound
    • Columbia Street from North-South Arterial Highway to Lincoln Avenue
    • North Clover Street from Mill Street to Main Street
    • South Clover Street from Main Street to Union Street
    • Ferris Lane from Hooker Avenue to Beechwood Avenue
    • Grand Avenue from City line at Main Street to Hooker Avenue
    • North Hamilton Street from Parker Avenue to Main Street
    • South Hamilton Street from Main Street to Livingston Street
    • Hooker Avenue from South Hamilton Street to City line
    • Jefferson Street, Route 44/55 to Lincoln Avenue
    • Lincoln Avenue from Montgomery Street to Livingston Street
    • Main Street from Hudson River to City line at Grand Avenue
    • Mansion Street from Smith Street to North Clinton Street
    • Market Street from Main Street to Montgomery Street
    • Montgomery Street from Lincoln Avenue to South Hamilton Street
    • Parker Avenue from Washington Street to City line
    • Reade Place from South Avenue to Young Street
    • Smith Street from City line to Clinton Square
    • South Avenue from Montgomery Street to North-South Arterial Highway
    • Washington Street from City line to Main Street
    • Wilbur Boulevard from Hooker Avenue to City line

  Snow Emergency Route Map (200.8 KiB, 4,324 hits)

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Suspect Named in Animal Abuse Case

Theophilus Burke

Theophilus Burke

On December 28, 2014 at 7:56am a man was videotaped beating a dog in Pulaski Park near Talmadge Street, the man and the dog were gone when the Officers arrived. Since that day the members of the City of Poughkeepsie Police have worked relentlessly to identify and locate the man and the dog.

The man has been identified as, THEOPHILUS J BURKE a 37 year Brooklyn man, and the dog has been identified as BURKE’s dog “GIZMO”. “GIZMO” is described as being a 2 to 3 year old small white dog, possibly a Maltese. A Dutchess County Court Arrest Warrant has been filed against BURKE charging him with Animal Cruelty. BURKE’s last known address in Brooklyn has been checked, he is not living there anymore.

It is believed BURKE is still living in New York City with “GIZMO”. Anyone with information on BURKE’s whereabouts is asked to call the City of Poughkeepsie Police at (845) 451-7577

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January WAC & HDLPC Meetings Cancelled

The January 27th Waterfront Advisory Committee (WAC) and the January 28th Historic District and Landmarks Preservation Commission Meeting (HDLPC) have been cancelled due to a lack of agenda items. For additional information about the WAC or HDLPC, please contact the Planning Department.

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Statement from Mayor John C. Tkazyik Regarding City of Poughkeepsie High School’s Black History Month Essay Contest

Without the knowledge of the Office of the Mayor of the City of Poughkeepsie, there was a public posting on Facebook last night, made by a member of the Common Council, regarding the Poughkeepsie City School District’s Black History Month essay contest. While the mayor has always been extremely supportive of the Black History Month Essay Contest in the past, this year there were statements made in the aforementioned Facebook post that the mayor was unaware of and did not approve. The mayor adamantly refuses to support or sign his name to a topic that may divide the public and the police. As soon as the mayor was made aware of this particular Facebook posting, his office immediately contacted the councilmember and asked that the mayor be removed as a sponsor of this year’s Black History Month essay contest. By the end of business today, there will be an Executive Order prohibiting the use of the “Office of the Mayor” and the city seal without prior written approval of the City Administrator.

  2015 Black History Month Essay Contest (1.3 MiB, 1,000 hits)

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