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US Department of Agriculture

Poughkeepsie Farm Project is launching a new program to increase local food access.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney holds virtual press conference with NY-18 city fire chiefs, police chief, March 29, 2021
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney met virtually with a few local city police and fire chiefs in the 18th District Monday. They talked about how funding from the American Rescue Plan will help their departments. The chiefs also raised issues about access to PPE, or personal protective equipment, and other concerns.

Poughkeepsie house formerly owned by the late Joe Mendillo (Joe Netherworld) destroyed by fire in January 2021
Courtesy of Falon Eduard Blutig

Back in mid-January, an arsonist set fire to a well-known house in Poughkeepsie’s so-called “Witchcraft District.” It’s an area where some Church of Satan members reside, as well as residents who have a penchant for the macabre. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with one of the residents who lives near the now ruined local landmark.

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City officials in Poughkeepsie are boosting funding to fight gun violence.

City of Poughkeepsie virtual public meeting on draft police reforms, February 10, 2021
Courtesy of the City of Poughkeepsie

Poughkeepsie officials have been gathering public feedback on the city’s draft report on police reforms. The report is in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York state Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative, and is due by April 1st. 

Feb. 1, 2021 snowstorm, Clarkstown, Rockland County, NY
Courtesy of the Town of Clarkstown

Much of the WAMC listening area spent today digging out from Monday’s massive snowstorm. The Hudson Valley was among the areas with the greatest snowfall, and municipalities will be cleaning up for at least a few days.

Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison
Courtesy of the City of Poughkeepsie

The mayor of Poughkeepsie, New York is recovering at home after testing positive for COVID-19. Republican Mayor Rob Rolison says he wasn’t feeling well last Monday, November 23, and stayed home. On Tuesday, he told WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne how he’s doing.

Poughkeepsie Mayor Tests Positive For COVID-19

Nov 30, 2020
Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison
Courtesy of the Office of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison

The mayor of Poughkeepsie, New York has tested positive for COVID-19.

City of Poughkeepsie seal
Courtesy of the City of Poughkeepsie

City Hall in Poughkeepsie will be closed to the public starting Tuesday after a number of city employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

Poughkeepsie DPW Workers Test Positive For COVID-19

Nov 12, 2020
COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
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Seven Department of Public Works employees in Poughkeepsie have tested positive for COVID-19.

City of Poughkeepsie seal
Courtesy of the City of Poughkeepsie

A city in the Hudson Valley has released its proposal to use federal COVID-19 funding.

Courtesy of We Rise Poughkeepsie

A collaboration of artists, activists and organizations is celebrating the centennial of women securing the right to vote with more than two weeks of events in the City of Poughkeepsie, kicking off Thursday.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Poughkeepsie’s mayor on Thursday announced more financial cuts to help close the city’s projected multimillion-dollar budget shortfall from the COVID-19 pandemic.

City of Poughkeepsie seal
Courtesy of the City of Poughkeepsie

The mayor of Poughkeepsie, New York and the superintendent of the city’s school district are pleading for direct federal aid to help plug large budget deficits and continue services. The area’s Congressional representatives say they are pushing for such aid in the next COVID-19 relief package.

Poughkeepsie Creates A COVID-19 Parks Response Team

May 8, 2020
Courtesy of the City of Poughkeepsie

In New York, City of Poughkeepsie officials are reminding the public about park policies along with social distancing and mask-wearing rules during the coronavirus pandemic.

Voters To Elect Dutchess County Exec, DA, Clerk

Nov 4, 2019

Voters will decide on top Dutchess County offices and several local posts on Tuesday. There are races for county executive along with two mayoral contests. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief takes a look at who’s on the ballot.

Courtesy of Rob Rolison

Republican Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison is running for a second four-year term. He faces Democrat Joash Ward, who is new to running for elected office. Rolison spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about the state of the city.

The Poughkeepsie mayoral race pits first-term Republican incumbent Rob Rolison against Democrat Joash Ward. Ward, a political newcomer, has been knocking on doors for a year, on a mission to educate residents about the function of local government. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne sat down with Ward and talked about the race.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Last year, the city of Poughkeepsie Police Department sent out a survey on police-community relations. Now, the results are in.

Two HV Cities File Suit Over Opioid Epidemic

Jun 5, 2019

Two Hudson Valley mayors announced this week that their cities had filed lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, including Purdue Pharma.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

City of Poughkeepsie officials held a dedication ceremony Tuesday in honor of late New York state Assemblyman Frank Skartados. Skartados secured the funding for new fire apparatus and police vehicles, which were on display for the dedication.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department is striving to improve community relations. To this end, a few thousand residents are receiving surveys to fill out anonymously.


In what has become a rite of spring,  the Hannacroix eel net will be installed this afternoon in the Hannacroix Creek near the Albany/Greene County line. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has the next story in our spring series.

Adam E. Moreira, Wikimedia Commons

The Poughkeepsie Common Council was scheduled to hold a special meeting the 6 o’clock hour Tuesday evening on whether to fund city buses for three more months. This comes as a citizens group has hired a law firm to get involved amid continuing controversy.

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Controversy continues over the termination of the City of Poughkeepsie’s bus service. Dutchess County plans to expand its service in the city with four new routes. The latest salvo was a city common council vote to refuse a state grant for the county’s expanded system. And Mayor Rob Rolison is blasting that move.

Poughkeepsie Mayor Details Deficit, Proposed Budget

Nov 21, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Poughkeepsie’s fund-balance deficit is deeper into the red than city officials thought. Mayor Rob Rolison says an audit report for 2015 delivered Friday adds nearly $2 million more to an outstanding $11 million. Rolison says he is exploring options while his proposed 2017 operating budget is on the table.

Poughkeepsie City Administrator Is Appointed

Sep 3, 2016

Poughkeepsie’s mayor Friday announced the appointment of a city administrator.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Three state lawmakers from New York’s Hudson Valley gathered in the City of Poughkeepsie earlier this week to call on the Assembly to pass a so-called “punishment fit the crime” bill when it is re-introduced next session. They met at an intersection where a Poughkeepsie couple lost their lives four years ago.

Poughkeepsie Hires Seven Firefighters

Feb 20, 2016
Courtesy of City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department NY Local 596

Poughkeepsie has hired seven firefighters thanks to help from a federal grant. Officials say with the new hires, the city’s fire department will meet the National Fire Protection Association’s required minimums. .

Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and Republican Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison Friday announced the recent hirings. Earlier this year, Maloney secured an investment for more than $950,000 to hire additional firefighters through the Assistance to Firefighters Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response, or SAFER, grant program. Here’s Maloney:

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Some state and local officials today assailed the Poughkeepsie common council’s discussion of a safe storage gun law. They say Second Amendment rights are at risk and are threatening to sue to stop any such ordinance. Meanwhile, the common council member who raised the issue says opponents are blowing the matter out of proportion.