Road Work on High Street

Central Hudson contractor, Precision Pipeline, has closed High Street between Elm Place and Garden Street. Work zones are in place and emergency vehicles will be accommodated.

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Common Council Meeting – January 2, 2015

Common Council meeting begins at 11:30 a.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:

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

Common Council Agenda

  Common Council Agenda & Packet - January 2, 2015 (4.5 MiB, 378 hits)

    1. Common Council Meeting of August 18, 2014
    2. Common Council Meeting of August 25, 2014
    3. Public Hearing of September 2, 2014
  3. READING OF ITEMS by the City Chamberlain of any resolutions not listed on the printed agenda.
  4. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: Three (3) minutes per person up to 45 minutes of public comment on any agenda and non-agenda items.
    1. FROM BARBARA COUGHLIN, a notice of personal injury sustained on October 25, 2014
    2. FROM MICHAEL T. ADSMOND, a notice of personal injury sustained on September 15, 2014.
    3. FROM TONYA L. NORWOOD, a notice of property damage sustained on October 27, 2014.
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Common Council Organizational Meeting – January 2, 2015

  Common Council Organizational Meeting Agenda - January 2, 2015 (1.2 MiB, 115 hits)

Common Council Chambers
11:00 a.m.
Friday, January 2, 2015

    1. Chairman
    2. Vice – Chairman
    3. Majority Leader
    4. Minority Leader
    1. Resolution R15-01 adopting the 2015 Rules of Conduct and Procedure: By- Laws of the Common Council of the City of Poughkeepsie.
    2. Resolution R15-02 adopting Robert’s Rules of Order.
    3. Resolution R15-03 setting bonds for Commissioner of Finance and City Chamberlain.
    4. Resolution R15-04 authorizing the Commissioner of Finance to pay public debt, salary and wages for 2015.
    5. Resolution R15-05 approving designation of banks for deposits.
    6. Resolution R15-06 approving The Poughkeepsie Journal as the official newspaper.
    7. Resolution R15-07 appointing the City Chamberlain and Deputy City Chamberlain as a Marriage Officers for the City of Poughkeepsie.
    8. Resolution R15-08 Adoption of City’s purchasing policy.
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All City Bus Routes in Service – December 30, 2014

All City Bus Routes are back in service as of today, Tuesday, December 30, 2014.

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Road Work Notice: Conklin Street

Central Hudson contractor, J Mullen, has closed Conklin Street between Mill Street and Mansion Street. They will be installing a gas tap in the street. Work zones are in place and emergency vehicles will be accommodated.

For additional information, please contact DPW Dispatch at (845) 451-4111

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City to Embark on Important Energy Saving Project

The City of Poughkeepsie Common Council approved unanimously the financing of $3.2 Million for the City’s LED Project. Phase I of the project will replace 1,880 pole lights owned by the City with energy saving LED lights. Working under an Energy Performance Program, the City is projected to have savings of over $400,000 on its City street light bills on the very first year of operation. The City is also expected to earn $190,000 in grants from NYSERDA. The City’s target is to complete Phase I before the FERC increases, which can raise rates between 20% – 40%, are implemented.

Embarking on this all important energy saving, green project, Mayor Tkazyik commented, “The City is facing spiraling costs in energy. We saw the LED project as a major step in rolling back these costs and providing the City with a long-term commitment to green energy.”

  Press Release - City Embarks on Energy Saving Project (121.0 KiB, 282 hits)

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RFQ-12-22-14 Fallkill Creek CSO Abandonment

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The purpose of the work is to formally abandon an existing CSO overflow at an existing 6’-0” x 7’-9” x 10’ deep concrete structure. The work will involve a confined space entry.

The successful bidder will install a concrete barrier to block an existing 15” diameter penetration through the floor of the manhole per the detail on the attached drawings and specifications.

Interested firms shall provide the city with a proposal of work including, project scope of work, timeline for delivery, and a not to exceed quote.

January 23, 2015: Pre-Bid meeting on-site at 2:00 P.M.
February 06, 2015: Proposal due by 4:00 P.M.

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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, 288 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, 282 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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