POUGHKEEPSIE – Alderman Christopher Petsas is the new Poughkeepsie Common Council chairman. He was elected Friday in a 6-1-1 vote. Robert Mallory served as chairman last year.
Petsas anticipates moving the city forward with economic development and crime fighting efforts.
“In the new year I hope to help with the turnaround in the City of Poughkeepsie with some development projects that are lined up and hopefully we can pull the trigger on them, trying to keep crime down for our residents and try to attract new businesses into the City of Poughkeepsie and trying to improve the overall quality of life for all the residents and visitors that come to the City of Poughkeepsie is the goals and hopes,” the chairman said.
The first meeting of the year was not without controversy.
City Administrator Milo Bunyi told the common council that neither he nor the city lawyer would respond to any questions of the council.
Petsas said that “flies in the face of good government, flies in the face of democracy and is politics at its worst.”
Bunyi’s memo spurred much discussion among the seven Democrat majority members of the eight-member common council. The administrator is an appointee of Republican Mayor John Tkazyik.