City Lowers Flags in Honor of Fallen NYPD Officers

Poughkeepsie Mayor John C. Tkazyik has ordered all flags on City buildings to be flown at half-staff until Wednesday at noon in honor of NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos who were brutally slain in the line of duty on Saturday, December 20th in Brooklyn.
The Mayor offers his sincerest condolences to the family of the officers and to the brave men and women of the NYPD.

  Press_Release--Mayor_Orders_Flags_Lowered_in_Honor_of_Fallen_Officers.pdf (119.6 KiB, 182 hits)

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Mayor Vetoes Council Budget Amendments

Mayor John C. Tkazyik vetoed another resolution passed by the City Council concerning the Council’s amendment of the Mayor’s budget by increasing appropriations.

Tkazyik vetoed Resolution R-14-76, which would increase appropriations by almost $328,000.   “While many of the appropriations are worthwhile, they have not been adequately funded and will lead to a general deficit and possibly a cash flow shortage as early as the first fiscal quarter for the year 2015, said Mayor Tkazyik.”

The Mayor continued saying, “Property sales are too speculative to account for revenue, especially when a majority of the revenue is purported to be derived from one sale, specifically 36 North Clover Street.”

Even if the proceeds from the sale of 36 North Clover Street are in fact realized, those monies would be attributable to the 2014 budget and not the 2015 budget due to the City’s external auditor’s opinion that monies realized from a property sale are attributable to the year the sale was authorized.  The sale of 36 North Clover Street was authorized in 2014 and as such, is attributable accordingly.

  Mayor Vetoes Resolution R-14-76 (127.0 KiB, 180 hits)

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Holiday Schedule: Christmas Eve, Christmas & New Years Day

In observance of Christmas and New Years Day, the following services are closed or suspended:

Christmas Eve – Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • City Hall: Open
  • Transfer Station: Open
  • Bus Service: Regular Schedule
  • Sanitation: Collecting Thursday Routes and bagged & bundled yard debris. Final yard debris pickup until Spring 2015.

Christmas – Thursday, December 25, 2014

  • City Hall: Closed
  • Transfer Station: Closed
  • Bus Service: Suspended. Resumes on December 26th.
  • Sanitation: Thursday Routes Collected on Wednesday, December 24th.

New Years Day – Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • City Hall: Closed
  • Transfer Station: Closed
  • Bus Service: Suspended. Resumes on January 2, 2015
  • Sanitation: Thursday Routes Collected on Wednesday, December 31st.
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Section 8 Program Expands Services in City & Town

On January 1, 2015, Interfaith Towers at 66 Washington Street in the City of Poughkeepsie will be receiving project-based vouchers under HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program.  The City anticipates administering 128 project-based vouchers to existing residents at the building.

“We are pleased to offer project based vouchers to our income eligible residents through this RAD conversion and look forward to working with Section 8 Administrator, Margaret Palumbo and her staff as they administer the vouchers” said Mary Scileppi, Manager of Interfaith Towers Apartments. Continue reading

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December WAC Meeting Cancelled

The December 23, 2014 Waterfront Advisory Committee (WAC) meeting has been cancelled due to a lack of agenda items. The next WAC meeting will be scheduled for January 2015.

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Request for Proposals: 178-182 Main St. & 11 S. Bridge St.

  Bid Package: 178-182 Main St. & 11 S. Bridge St. Sale (371.1 KiB, 566 hits)

The City of Poughkeepsie (the CITY) is issuing this Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking high quality proposals for the purchase and development of three vacant, City-owned parcels, totaling approximately 0.8 acres, located in a desirable downtown location on Main Street.

“Subject Property” is located at 178- 182 Main Street and 11 South Bridge Street, in the City of Poughkeepsie, County of Dutchess and State of New York. It is more specifically known as Tax Id # 6062-84-941122, 6062-76-942131 and 6062-76-945130. The adjacent parcels are currently vacant. Continue reading

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Common Council Special Meeting – December 23, 2014

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to Section 2.04 of the City Charter, the Common Council of the City of Poughkeepsie will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 6:30 P.M., in the Common Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, New York.

DATED: December 17, 2014


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RFP: Purchase of New and Recap Tires

  Bid Package: Purchase New & RecapTires (112.9 KiB, 561 hits)

Beginning immediately, sealed bids are sought and invited by The City of Poughkeepsie for the purchase of NEW & RECAP Tires for City Vehicles -RFB-COP-12-14-01, as set forth in the specifications prepared by the City of Poughkeepsie Purchasing Department.

Bids will be received by the Board of Contract and supply, c/o Purchasing Agent, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 on or before 2:30 p.m. on January 7, 2015 after which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud in the third floor Common Council Chambers, with the contract being awarded as soon as practicable thereafter.

Specifications and Contract are subject to provisions of Chapter 605, Laws of the State of New York of 1959, Section 103-A of the General Municipal Law and Federal Procurement Regulations 24CFR Part 85.36.

Specifications and bid forms are attached hereto. All mailed proposals will be sealed and distinctly marked “Proposal for RFB-COP-12-14-01: “NEW & RECAP TIRES FOR CITY VEHICLES” The City of Poughkeepsie officially distributes bidding documents from the Purchasing Office , the City of Poughkeepsie website, or through the Hudson Valley Municipal Purchasing Group’s Regional Bid Notification System. Copies of bidding documents obtained from any other source are not considered official copies. Only those vendors who obtain bidding documents from the Purchasing Office, the City of Poughkeepsie website, or the Regional Bid Notification System will be sent addendum information, if such information is issued. If you have obtained this document from a source other than the City of Poughkeepsie Purchasing Office, or the HVMPG Regional Bid Notification System it is recommended that you obtain an official copy. You may obtain an official copy by registering on the HVMPG Regional Bid Notification System at or by visiting

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Planning Board Meeting – December 16, 2014

The Planning Board will meet on December 16, 2014 at 7:00pm in the Common Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, City Hall. All Planning Board meetings are open to the public. Parking is available in the City Hall parking garage.

  Planning Board Agenda - December 16, 2014 (37.5 KiB, 213 hits)

Planning Board Agenda
December 16, 2014



Amended Site Plan regarding change in use of existing building to 8 unit (4 Studio & 4 1-Bedroom) multi-family dwelling; Applicant: Donato Germmati; Grid#6162-71-288157; Zoned R-4; File #2014-047.


Site Plan and special permit review regarding site plan for change in use to Auto repair and sales.  Applicant: John Stofa; Architect: Liscum McCormack Van Voorhis, LLP; Grid # 6162-79-252067; Zoned C-3; File#2014-055.




Site Plan review regarding change in use to 4 Unit Apartment.  Applicant: Jay Diesing, RA, MAURI Architects PC; Grid # 6161-22-168887; Zoned R-3; File#2014-059.




Facade review regarding addition of a cellular antenna on the roof of the existing building.  Applicant: Orange County-Poughkeepsie Limited Partnership dba Verizon Wireless;   Grid # 6162-69-090193; Zoned C-2; File#2014-056.


Sign review regarding non-illuminated awning sign on two sides of building.  Applicant: Faud Aljamal; Grid # 6161-23-326997; Zoned C-3; File#2014-057.


Facade review regarding update of building façade and windows.  Applicant: Lawrence Bartolotti;   Grid # 6161-23-365980; Zoned C-1; File#2014-058.

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Mayor Tkazyik Vetoes Four City Council Resolutions

Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik vetoed four different resolutions passed by the City Council. Three (R-14-70; R-14-71; R-14-72) concern the Council’s acquisition of a property located at 204 Church Street.

“The Council voted to acquire this property with no plan, no cost analysis, no notion of what the property is worth, absent any knowledge of potential environmental issues or a professional appraisal,” said Tkazyik. “I can’t allow this to stand knowing it could become an albatross around the necks of our taxpayers.”

Tkazyik also vetoed Resolution R-14-66, which would have required the publication of names, email addresses and phone numbers of people who volunteer their time and/or serve in quasi-judicial capacities. “Volunteers who generously give of their time and talent are entitled to some measure of privacy,” said Tkazyik.

“Furthermore, doing what the Council wants will not serve its stated purpose. The public is entitled to hear, see and witness the dialogue between applicants with business before entities such as the Planning and Zoning Boards. The council’s action will only serve to encourage private dialogue between applicants and board members that should be done in public.”

  Press Release - Mayor Vetoes Four Council Resolutions (94.3 KiB, 232 hits)

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