Waterfront Integration

Posted on Posted in My Platform
  • Encourage smart, open, water- and transit- oriented development
  • Start a shuttle to connect Waryas Park, the train station, and Main Street businesses
  • Restart police foot and bike patrols

Smart Development

Poughkeepsie has a unique blend of available resources: a waterfront, Main Street, regional and national rail transit, an extraordinary pedestrian park and more. We can and should use these features to our best ability. This means rehabbing and developing our waterfront and vacant properties in the most beneficial ways possible. It also means turning down developments that squander opportunity or take Poughkeepsie’s charm away from its citizens.

Ward 2 contains Poughkeepsie’s entire southern waterfront. As councilperson for the ward, I will ensure that we develop our waterfront using sane, open, and modern development strategies. It is completely unacceptable to reserve acres of usable land as asphalt parking by the river, just like it is unacceptable to cut off our waterfront from the residents and visitors of the City.

I envision a waterfront with a diversity of water-oriented uses, where everyone can enjoy the beauty our City affords. I also expect that parks like Waryas and Kaal Rock remain available for the general public and — going even further — I expect them to be clean, safe, and maintained far better than they are today.

Whether it is on our waterfront, near our train station, within our Main Street Central Business District, or part of the other areas of our City, I intend to push for intelligent development as part of a comprehensive plan for Poughkeepsie. We cannot afford to continue treating each individual development in its own bubble. If a proposal doesn’t integrate with its surroundings or make sense for Poughkeepsie as a whole, I’ll vote it down. When development proposals encourage growth, jobs, and public access, I’ll see they move forward unencumbered by bureaucracy.

Main Street Shuttle

Some people say that Poughkeepsie’s Main Street started to decline when our trolley stopped running. Interestingly enough, the research conducted as part of Poughkeepsie’s recent Main Street Revitalization Plan calls for shuttle bus service along the exact same route as the old trolley. When elected, I intend to make that shuttle happen.

Today, visitors and residents alike have little choice in how to get around our city. Our “Main Street Bus Route” actually spends more more time off of Poughkeepsie’s Main Street than on it! If you arrive in Poughkeepsie via our train station, you have almost no choice but to get in a cab to get around. How much business and how many visitors does this city lose because we cannot maneuver between our vital areas?

Poughkeepsie needs a fast, frequent and friendly connection between its waterfront, train station, and Main Street. Visitors and residents alike will benefit from a shuttle that directs people into our Central Business District and keeps people here enjoying our parks, restaurants, and galleries.

Police Patrols

We’ve all read the news and seen the problems plaguing policing in our country. Poughkeepsie has a real opportunity to be an example to other cities throughout the country by adopting integrated community policing into its procedures.

Our City used to have community policing and foot patrols, but the current administration stopped them in the interests of balancing the budget. I believe that a city like Poughkeepsie cannot afford to cut and scrimp on programs that make the City a safer place to live, visit, and do business.

When elected I intend to restore the City’s police foot and bike patrols, and to encourage community engagement with the police at every opportunity. We need to remember that the officers and employees of our police force are with us and not against us. Allowing our police to get out of their vehicles and into the community make amazing strides in reinforcing that fact.