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The Strategic Plan

Executive Summary

Like many legacy cities, Poughkeepsie struggles with economic and racial segregation, failing public schools, rising violent crime, and blighted neighborhoods. Families have moved out lowering the demand for housing. This depreciates property values and degrades the funding source for our City and schools. The quality of life is declining in our City. These patterns are not new, but many cities have transformed themselves with a plan.

My plan creates strong physical, economic and social linkages between the North and South sides, the Waterfront and Main street to reverse the decisions that segregated this city. We are a city of neighbors, and my plan will enhance the cultural, artistic, and historic assets that bring us closer together.  Rebuilding our tax base and forging a reliable path to the middle class for all residents will be hard work. But communities can grow by choice or by chance. My plan chooses growth that leaves no one behind. My plan is Poughkeepsie’s chance to develop on its own terms. 

 

Jobs

Poughkeepsie will go from a city that has a 40% unemployment rate among young people to a City that educates, graduates and employs ALL its young people.

Right Now, Poughkeepsie household incomes are less than half of our neighbors in Dutchess County and we have 2X national poverty rate, disproportionately impacting Black and Latino communities.

By focusing on jobs, not jails, the City can define a reliable path to the middle class for our families.

Public Safety

To prevent crime and build trust between the police and community, my plan diversifies the force, and brings civilians into the process of overhauling our policing protocols.

We are a city of 30,000 residents – but we fit into a greater weapons and opiate trafficking network in the lower Hudson Valley– a 1 million person region.

In a City as diverse as Poughkeepsie, our 95% White Police force is often times at odds with the community. So, what we do?

Education

Right now, only 1 in 3 African American students graduate from our high school.

My plan acknowledges education is a community effort. We will graduate college and career ready students.

My plan outlines a clear path for young people to finish college debt free—an average of $36,500 in savings per student.

This plan makes Poughkeepsie a hub for trades learning with employment and apprenticeships leading to licensing and entrepreneurship opportunities.

 

Housing

Currently, 2/3 of Poughkeepsie residents rent. I am proposing a mandatory 20% allocation of affordable in all new builds.

My Administration will prioritize the growth of families from rent options to ownership options.

Families will be paying similar rates in the transition to home ownership as they are renting today, and ultimately, less money on a mortgage than on rent.

 

Historic Preservation

Healthy communities treasure the buildings that make them unique. New development will sensitively fit into this context.

How do we do it?

If an investor wants to add to the rich landscape of our city with one eye looking at where we’ve come from, and the other looking ahead—then we work together.

 
 
 

Culture & Arts

My Capital Investment Plan to rebuild the schools from the inside out transforms our public schools and new community center into a walkable City-wide, all-season campus.

We will establish fellowships for visiting artists of all mediums, to come and teach their methods and share their work. Partnerships with business, colleges and our community at large will help us sustain the exchange for years to come.

 

Family Retention

This City’s economy and future is dependent on the health and quality of life of our families. My plan centralizes the needs of families and forges a reliable path to the Middle Class for all residents.

 

Infrastructure

Like many Legacy Cities in the United States, Poughkeepsie has aging infrastructure, some of which dates back more than 100 years. My administration will give Infrastructure rebuilding the priority it deserves.

 
 

Technology

Governments at all levels, from the White House down are using technology to help them understand and effectively meet the needs of their constituents. Technology will not displace the human workforce, it will help us deliver better returns on the value of our tax dollars.