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Mid-Hudson Region Begins Phase Two Reopening

Jun 9, 2020
Courtesy of the City of Newburgh

Phase Two of reopening began Tuesday in the Mid-Hudson region of New York. Hair salon and restaurant managers are among those who have been prepping for the day, while a number of residents have been waiting to occupy a barbershop chair or outdoor table at their favorite restaurants.

Poughkeepsie Is Getting Tough On Reckless Driving

May 12, 2020
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The City of Poughkeepsie’s police department is cracking down on reckless driving.

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.

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

The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department will be a using a federal grant to hire new officers. New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was outside the police department Tuesday to announce the grant that’s been waiting in the wings since 2015.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

U.S. Democratic Senator Charles Schumer was in the Hudson Valley Tuesday. He was there telling local police departments and elected officials that he will try to secure funding for high-tech detection tools in the battle against opioid addiction.

Remembrance Ceremony Honors A Dutchess County Marine

Jan 11, 2019
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A fallen Marine who was a resident of Dutchess County, New York, was remembered during a memorial service Friday in Poughkeepsie.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Several police departments in the Hudson Valley are embarking on ways to improve community relations. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with police chiefs from two cities on each side of the Hudson River that have different approaches but the same goal.

Poughkeepsie Officials Cite Equipment Needs

Nov 19, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Thanks, in great part, to state funding, the City of Poughkeepsie was able to purchase two new fire trucks and 10 police cars in the past year or so. But officials want more. As WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, the mayor and fire chief have a wish list.

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.

Courtesy of Temple Beth-El, Poughkeepsie

There is a vigil Tuesday night in New York’s Hudson Valley to honor the 11 lives lost over the weekend at a shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue.

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.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Democratic New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was in Poughkeepsie Monday to announce legislation to ensure low-income tenants have alternate housing in the event of an emergency. Maloney and the city’s mayor say a recent occurrence at an affordable housing complex in Poughkeepsie is an example of why such a bill is needed.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The funeral service for Petty Officer First Class Corey Ingram was held Tuesday at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie. Family, friends, service and community members filed in past lined-up Patriot Guard riders to pay their respects.

Adam E. Moreira, Wikimedia Commons

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 Says CDBG Cuts Would Hurt His City

Apr 23, 2017
Courtesy of Rob Rolison

Many local elected officials are concerned about a variety of proposed cuts in President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 federal budget. And one worry is over the potential axing of the Community Development Block Grant program.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was in Dutchess County Monday, reintroducing his bill to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic by creating pre-booking drug diversion programs. The idea is to allow police officers to use their discretion to divert individuals directly to treatment instead of booking them and processing them through the criminal justice system. Maloney made the announcement in the Dutchess County Stabilization Center, whose grand opening was last week.

Poughkeepsie City Administrator Is Appointed

Sep 3, 2016

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

Courtesy of Mayor Rob Rolison

Two months into the job, Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison has begun to chip away at some of his promised initiatives. Rolison succeeds fellow Republican John Tkazyik, who did not run again because of term limits. Rolison, formerly Dutchess County legislature chairman and a cop for 29 years, spoke with WAMC Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about his challenges and plans. He starts with an update on two top positions.