“We are one Poughkeepsie” a theme for the city’s new mayor and council

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POUGHKEEPSIE – “Together” was a word that figured prominently during an hour-long inauguration ceremony at the historic Changepoint Church in Poughkeepsie. The 140-year-old church was packed to the brim with residents welcoming a new mayor, and a city council that is a mix of new and old members.

Mayor Robert Rolison, center, received a rousing reception as he took the stage to be sworn in

Mayor Robert Rolison, a Republican who will work with a council that remains seven to one Democratic, said much can be done, working together.
“Together, we’ll make our streets safer, attract and retain businesses with new jobs, offer better drug prevention and mental health programs, support the arts and yes, we will bring a youth center to the City of Poughkeepsie.”
That has been a rallying point for many residents, for years. 
Rolison said now that the voters have spoken, it is time for him, and the eight council members, to put Poughkeepsie on the right track.
“Now make no mistake, while my optimism is high, I appreciate the awesome challenges that lie ahead,” Rolison said.  “The challenge of insuring the safety of all residents, rebuilding our fiscal foundation and turning around and growing our economy. But I also know that by working together, there isn’t a challenge we can’t overcome, together.”
Also sworn in on Saturday were incumbent council members Tracy Hermann, Randall Johnson, Lee David Klein, Ann Perry and Christopher Petsas, who was reelected chairman during a brief reorganization meeting.  New council members are Natasha Cherry, Lorraine Johnson and Mike Young. 
It was Master of Ceremonies Felicia Watson who began the ceremony with “We are one Poughkeepsie.”