February 11, 2015

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Rolison officially announces for Poughkeepsie mayor

Rolison: "... lift the entire
city up"

POUGHKEEPSIE – Long-time Dutchess County Legislature member and chairman for the past six years, Robert Rolison, wants a new job. Speaking to about 75 enthusiastic supporters on Wednesday, in his headquarters on the 400 block of Main Street in Poughkeepsie, Rolison said there is work to be done in the city.

Among goals, opening a youth services center, a point raised frequently by citizens speaking at city council meetings. Also on the list, more drug prevention and mental health services, making streets safer, and, one he says it the top priority.

“The issue of economic development and maybe that would be the number one clause, so to speak, where we really have to take a hard look at how we bring economic development in because when we do that, we prosper and we bring dollars into the city, which lift the entire city up.”

Among those attending the brief midday announcement is current two-term mayor John Tkazyik.

“Rob cares about the same things we care about, continuing to rid our streets of drugs and crime, holding the line on spending and taxes, and bringing in new development and new jobs to Poughkeepsie.”

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro is also solidly in Rolison’s corner.

“I am, and Dutchess County is willing to work with anyone who is honest and earnest about their service, and what Rob Rolison is, I know, is honestly and earnestly to the City of Poughkeepsie and we look forward to working with him.”

Rolison, who has enjoyed generally solid bipartisan support as leader of the Republican-dominated county legislature, says he has regrets about wanting to move on.

“You know, everything has a shelf life. The county legislature has been good to me; I’ve been the chairman for six years. I want to continue to give back and what a better place to do that here in this City of Poughkeepsie where I’ve lived for 23 years.”

Two Democrats have announced for mayor – Poughkeepsie School Board Member Randall Johnson and Alderman Robert Mallory.

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