Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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Mayor credits DPW for clearing Poughkeepsie streets in recent snowstorm

Finney's " dead" car, protruding into the sidewalk

POUGHKEEPSIE – We just had a brief winter heat wave, but the cold is back and there is still snow on the ground. Poughkeepsie Mayor Robert Rolison is crediting the city’s public works crews with doing a good job during last week’s winter storm.

Keeping roads clear of traffic was one of the reasons Rolison declared a state of emergency before the start of the storm. It reduced traffic on the streets and made it illegal for vehicles to be parked on "snow emergency" routes.  Rolison admitted that vehicles were towed off of the emergency routes after police made several attempts to locate the owner by knocking on doors.  

Rolison also addressed the clearing of snow from the sidewalks.  In Poughkeepsie, sidewalks must be cleared within 12 hours of the end of the storm to avoid being fined.  The mayor said that 150 sidewalk violation tickets were written after the last storm.  Of those 150 properties, 87 of the sidewalks were cleared by the owners or the city's DPW crews.

In one instance on South Cherry Street, a vehicle belonging to Council Chairwoman Ann Finney's husband was cited for protruding out of their driveway and impeding the sidewalk traffic.  Upon review, MidHudsonNews.com learned that the vehicle had several parking tickets placed on the door of the vehicle prior to the storm and accumulated additional tickets as recently as February 3.  The vehicle was also cited for having an expired registration.

At the conclusion of Monday's council meeting, Finney was asked about the car blocking the sidewalk, the expired registration, and the accumulating tickets.  Finney indicated that the car had "died” and said "Thank you for educating me and we will take care of it.  I thought it was fully in the driveway."

 


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