Rolison Endorsed by City of Poughkeepsie Police Benevolent Association

POUGHKEEPSIE – City of Poughkeepsie mayoral candidate and County Legislature Chairman Rob Rolison today announced that he has won the endorsement of the City of Poughkeepsie Police Benevolent Association (PBA). The organization consists of more than 90 active and retired Officers, Detectives, Sergeants and Lieutenants from the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department. Rolison has 26 years of experience in law enforcement as a Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Patrolman and Detective.

 

Rolison’s anti-crime platform can be found here

 

“After careful consideration of both City of Poughkeepsie Mayoral candidates, the City of Poughkeepsie Police Benevolent Association is pleased to endorse Rob Rolison as the next Mayor of the City of Poughkeepsie. The PBA feels strongly that Rob Rolison’s legislative experience and law enforcement background will greatly assist the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department in obtaining critical resources needed to combat crime in the City. A collaborative working relationship between the Mayor and the organization representing the nearly 100 Officers is vital to the City’s crime-fighting efforts. For the reasons stated, we fully endorse Rob’s candidacy for Mayor on November 3,” said Sergeant Sean Fitzgerald, City of Poughkeepsie PBA President.

 

“The safety of families and individuals living and working in Poughkeepsie should be a top priority for our city’s next mayor. I am grateful to Sgt. Fitzgerald and our brave men and women at the City of Poughkeepsie Police Benevolent Association for all their support. Together, we will make Poughkeepsie safer, cleaner, and stronger,” said Rolison.

 

For a full list of Rob Rolison’s endorsements for mayor, please visit his website

Rolison Endorsed by Town of Poughkeepsie Police Retiree Association

POUGHKEEPSIE – City of Poughkeepsie mayoral candidate and County Legislature Chairman Rob Rolison today announced that he has been endorsed by the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Retiree Association (TPPRA).

 

On July 29 Rolison announced a joint county-city plan to provide Poughkeepsie with additional resources to combat a recent string of shootings in the Queen City. The plan included doubling the number of patrols involving Sheriff’s Office and City of Poughkeepsie Police Department personnel in crime hot spots. A description of steps already enacted as well as future crime-prevention policies can be found here.

 

“I have known fellow TPPRA member Rob Rolison for 26 years, including 13 years in the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Detective Division. He is a friend, a leader, and a dedicated member of our law enforcement community committed to the safety of the public. He is the only candidate with the experience and record of results necessary to lead Poughkeepsie as its next mayor starting on day one,” said Roger Kroll, President of the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Retiree Association.

 

“Poughkeepsie’s comeback must include keeping our families safe and providing our brave men and women in law enforcement with the tools they need to do their jobs. My combined 26 years as a detective and patrolman provide me with the experience to keep our streets safe starting on day one. I am grateful to Roger Kroll and the members of TPPRA for their support of our campaign to make Poughkeepsie safer, cleaner, and stronger,” said Rolison.

 

For a full list of Rob Rolison’s endorsements for mayor, please visit his website

PoJo: Rolison’s skills match city’s needs

The City of Poughkeepsie has been besieged and befuddled by an array of problems, from spikes in violent crime to severe financial stresses. There are far too many vacant properties and even providing basic government services has proven alarmingly difficult at times.

 

A mayor can’t solve all these problems, but having the right leader surely will make a difference. At this particular juncture, that choice should be Republican Rob Rolison, who has a wealth of legislative and law enforcement experience.

 

Rolison is facing Democrat Randy Johnson, who brings his own talents to this race, being a professional engineer, having served on the city school board and involving himself so deeply in the community for years.

 

But Rolison offers the city an intriguing and promising direction. He will not only put a professional face on the office, his deep ties to higher levels of government unquestionably will help the city — and, in fact, are exactly what the city desperately needs at this moment.

 

Rolison has been a member of the Dutchess County Legislature for more than a decade and ascended to chairman in 2010. He also is a former Town of Poughkeepsiepolice officer, who worked up the ranks to detective.

 

Frankly, the city could not ask for someone more qualified to step forward and seek the mayoral position, considering the tasks ahead.

 

Rolison vows to move aggressively to address the city’s crime problem with a variety of measures, including implementing community-policing practices, setting up more surveillance cameras and ensuring law enforcement officers are better equipped to do the job.

 

“If the city isn’t safe, it really doesn’t matter what else we do,” Rolison told thePoughkeepsie Journal.

 

He also wisely embraces the strategic planning effort undertaken by consultants who have focused on revitalizing Main Street, from the waterfront to the Arlington district. These consultants, who have spent considerable time engaging the community in various public settings, suggest bolstering bus service along Main Street and reducing the amount of surface parking in the central business district and replacing it with more housing. They also are keenly aware that the city must capitalize on the positive developments along the waterfront, from Shadows on the Hudson and the Grandviewto the south, to the opening of the Walkway Over the Hudson to the north.

 

Johnson has not fully embraced this initiative, believes planning matters need more study, and he also wants to put a moratorium on waterfront development “pending a true review of what is best for the city and not just for a few developers.”

 

Actually, planning issues have been studied to death in the city; it is time for bold, decisive action.

 

Rolison also vows the city will open a youth center during his first term in office, recognizing that healthy and productive alternatives must be offered to the city’s younger residents if Poughkeepsie is going to prosper.

 

For his part, Johnson would implement a zero-based budgeting practice, in which all budget lines start from zero and must be justified, rather than relying on the previous year’s number as the starting point. He promises to build a better relationship between the police department and community and create a community task force to help the city best prioritize needed services and ways to pay for them. He also said he would work to have city school facilities open on Saturdays and Sundays to provide recreation and educational opportunities.

 

Johnson has run a worthy, honorable race, but this November, the city is facing one of those pivotal moments. Rolison has the perfect match of skills to do the job required — to focus effectively on public safety while working with other levels of government, nonprofits and the private sector so that Poughkeepsie can better realize its potential.

 

On behalf of the city, voters must make the most of this exceptional opportunity.

Rolison Endorsed by Representative Sean Patrick Maloney for Poughkeepsie Mayor

POUGHKEEPSIE – City of Poughkeepsie mayoral candidate and County Legislature Chairman Rob Rolison today announced that he has received the endorsement of Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D-18) in his candidacy for mayor of the City of Poughkeepsie.

 

The endorsement was delivered Tuesday at a public event on the 300-block of Main Street. County Executive Marcus Molinaro, members of the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation, Main Street business owners, and former Democratic candidate for mayor Lance Hardy were also in attendance. 

 

This is not the first time Rolison and Maloney have worked together; in September, the two collaborated to secure a $625,000 COPS Hiring Program grant to fund five new officers at the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department. Rolison’s anti-crime platform can be found here.

 

“Rob Rolison has a proven record of working with Democrats and Republicans at every level of government to make Poughkeepsie a better place to live and work. Fellow Democrats, if you want someone who will get results for the City of Poughkeepsie, create jobs, keep the city safe, and grow our local economy — you should join me in supporting Rob Rolison for Mayor,” said Maloney.

 

“I am grateful to Congressman Maloney for his endorsement at this critical time in our city’s history. Poughkeepsie needs a leader who has a demonstrated track record of working across the aisle to improve public safety, balance budgets, and deliver results for our residents. This is what effective government should look like. I look forward to continuing my close partnership with Representative Maloney and all of our state and federal partners as we work to make Poughkeepsie safer, cleaner, and stronger,” said Rolison.

Rolison Wins New Union Endorsement

POUGHKEEPSIE – City of Poughkeepsie mayoral candidate and County Legislature Chairman (District 8) Rob Rolison today announced that he has received another union endorsement from a public safety organization. Local 596, City of Poughkeepsie Professional Firefighters, pledged their support for Rolison’s candidacy.

 

“As a former firefighter, Rob understands the critical place of public safety in our city. We fully endorse his candidacy for Mayor of Poughkeepsie. He has had our backs in the County Legislature, and will continue to be an advocate for firefighters and public safety personnel in City Hall,” said Jim McPadden, President, Local 596.

 

The firefighters union, established in January 1939, currently has 57 members. The City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department is a career-staffed department offering around-the-clock protection to the Queen City’s residents.

 

“I am grateful to Local 596 for their support for our campaign. The individuals protecting us deserve a mayor who has experience in public safety and will stand up for those who put their lives on the line every day. With their help, and the assistance of all those invested in the public safety of our city, we will make Poughkeepsie safer, cleaner, and stronger starting on day one,” said Rolison.

 

A comprehensive list of organizations offering their support for Rolison’s candidacy can be found here.

Rolison Receives Union Endorsement

Poughkeepsie, NY – Rob Rolison, candidate for Mayor of Poughkeepsie, today announced that he received an important endorsement from the Dutchess County Central Labor Council.

 

In a letter written to Rolison, Council President Ron Diaz wrote, “We are confident that your decisions as an elected official will reflect the values of the working families throughout your district.”

 

Rob Rolison, currently the Chairman of the Dutchess County Legislature representing the City of Poughkeepsie, expressed his pleasure in receiving the endorsement. “I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Dutchess County Central Labor Council representing more than 30,000 Union Members and their working families, from 3 dozen labor organizations,” Rolison said.

 

“My campaign continues to transcend party politics and traditional barriers and is picking up support from residents who are interested in a better future for Poughkeepsie,” Rolison continued.

 

A link to the official endorsement letter can be found here.

Rolison Highlights Federal Distressed Cities Grant Opportunities Available to Poughkeepsie

POUGHKEEPSIE – County Legislature Chairman (District 8), Hudson Valley Regional Council (HVRC) Chairman, and City of Poughkeepsie mayoral candidate Rob Rolison joined Andrew Reid, an Economic Development Specialist for New York with the US Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), to address a group of municipal leaders, nonprofits, businesses, and local residents at a September 18 seminar at the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange. The purpose of the speech was to raise awareness about federal economic development grants to attract, retain, and expand jobs in Hudson Valley communities identified as economically distressed. Rolison was appointed HVRC chairman in 2013.

 

In April 2015 HVRC produced its “Hudson Valley Region Distress Criteria Statistical Report,” a snapshot of communities in the region experiencing economic distress defined as high unemployment and low income growth to be used to determine eligibility for investment assistance through the EDA. The report identified three Dutchess County municipalities as distressed: City of Poughkeepsie, City of Beacon, and the Village of Tivoli. EDA awarded $21,053,085 to 24 New York State projects in 2013.

 

“Income and employment distress are primarily concentrated in our urban communities, including Poughkeepsie. The Queen City’s economy is reeling from mismanagement and the longest recession since the Great Depression. These problems will not be solved overnight, but we can begin to make the smart investments we need by exploring state and federal funding sources. Our work at HVRC can direct EDA and other job-creation funding here in order to make Poughkeepsie more competitive and improve the quality of life of its residents,” said Rolison.

 

The Hudson Valley Region Distress Criteria Statistical Report can be found here.

Rolison Endorsed By Poughkeepsie Mayors Lafuente, Buccellato

POUGHKEEPSIE – County Legislature Chairman (District 8) and City of Poughkeepsie mayoral candidate Rob Rolison today announced that former Poughkeepsie mayors Colette Lafuente and Paul Buccellato have endorsed his candidacy. Lafuente led the Queen City from 1996 to 2003 and Buccellato served as chief executive from 1992 through 1993. A mayoral Primary Election will take place on Thursday, September 10.

 

“Rob Rolison is uniquely prepared to serve as mayor of the City of Poughkeepsie. He will make the hard decisions and will work with the citizens of the city and the Council Members to move the city forward. Rob brings his experience as chair of the county Legislature and a police officer in the Town of Poughkeepsie, which will inform his leadership of the city,” said Lafuente.

 

“As a former mayor, I understand what it will take to overcome Poughkeepsie’s current challenges and make our city great again. Rob is the only candidate who can put Poughkeepsie back on the right track. He has my support, and my vote, on September 10,” said Buccellato.

 

“The people of our city have a choice on September 10: backwards or forward, economic growth or stagnation, rise or decline. I am the only candidate in this race who will be ready on Day One to bring Poughkeepsie back. I am grateful to mayors Lafuente and Buccellato for their support, and I look forward to building on their legacy of accomplishment and results,” said Rolison.

 

For more information on Rob’s campaign for Our City, including endorsements, please visit robrolison.com.

Sheriff’s Employees Union Supports Rolison for Mayor

POUGHKEEPSIE – County Legislature Chairman (District 8) and City of Poughkeepsie mayoral candidate Rob Rolison today announced that the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Employees Association (DCSEA) has officially endorsed his candidacy. Rolison served the law enforcement community as a Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Patrolman and Detective for a total of 26 years. DCSEA represents approximately 340 county employees comprised of correctional and civilian staff at the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office.

 

This is the third law enforcement endorsement Rolison has captured since August 14: he previously received commitments from the Dutchess County Deputy Sheriffs PBA and Town of Poughkeepsie PBA, as well as an earlier endorsement from Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson.

 

“Rob’s extensive history in serving the people of Dutchess County as a County Legislator and a 26-year veteran in law enforcement makes him the most qualified candidate capable of addressing the needs of our community. His experience and dedication to law enforcement makes him the only candidate that can successfully collaborate efforts with local agencies to cut down on the crime in Poughkeepsie starting on day one. Knowing that Rob will do everything he can to better the City of Poughkeepsie for everyone that works and lives there has earned him full support from the members of the DCSEA,” said President Timothy DeGelormo in the union’s official endorsement letter.

 

On July 29 Rolison announced a joint county-city plan to provide Poughkeepsie with additional resources to combat a recent string of shootings in the Queen City. The plan includes doubling the number of patrols involving Sheriff’s Office and City of Poughkeepsie Police Department personnel in crime hot spots. A description of steps already enacted as well as future crime-prevention policies can be found here.

 

“The Sheriff’s Employees Association includes some of the hardest-working men and women we have in Dutchess County. Their efforts keep our jail safe and support the great work performed by the Sheriff’s Office. I am honored to receive this latest endorsement from the law enforcement community,” said Rolison.

 

For more information on Rob’s campaign for Our City, including his platform to defeat crime in Poughkeepsie, please visit robrolison.com.

Rolison Wins Another Local Law Enforcement Endorsement

Town of Poughkeepsie PBA commits to ‘problem-solver’ as next mayor of city


POUGHKEEPSIE – 
County Legislature Chairman (District 8) and City of Poughkeepsie mayoral candidate Rob Rolison today announced that the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Benevolent Association (PBA) has officially endorsed his candidacy. Rolison served the law enforcement community as a Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Patrolman and Detective for a total of 26 years. This is the second law enforcement endorsement for Rolison in less than a week: On August 14 the Dutchess County Deputy Sheriffs PBA announced its support.

 

“Rob Rolison is an experienced problem-solver and a true friend of law enforcement. He is a longtime member of our local law enforcement community, having served alongside our men and women for nearly three decades. The Town of Poughkeepsie PBA fully endorses Rob for mayor of the City of Poughkeepsie,” said Jason Guy, President of the Town of Poughkeepsie PBA.

 

On July 29 Rolison announced a joint county-city plan to provide Poughkeepsie with additional resources to combat a recent string of shootings in the Queen City. The plan includes doubling the number of patrols involving Sheriff’s Office and City of Poughkeepsie Police Department personnel in crime hot spots. A description of steps already enacted as well as future crime-prevention policies can be found here.

 

“The Town of Poughkeepsie PBA not only advocates on behalf of its members but the law enforcement community as a whole. It ensures that the brave men and women who risk their lives for the safety of our residents have the resources they need to get the job done. I was proud to serve as the organization’s former president, and I am deeply grateful for their full support of our campaign to make Poughkeepsie a safer, cleaner, and stronger city,” said Rolison.

 

For more information on Rob’s campaign for Our City, please visit robrolison.com.