POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Calling 2011 the toughest year in the city’s history, Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik prefers to looks ahead to what he calls “more prosperity” for the city.
Tkazyik delivered his 2012 State of the city speech in front of a crowded city council chambers. He says while the previous year included the murder of a police detective, terrible flooding and an untimely snowstorm, Poughkeepsie in 2012 is welcoming new challenges. Challenges the mayor cites as keeping violent crime statistics down, expanding shared services with other municipalities and continuing the revitalization of the city.
“It is our implacable optimism that has begun the rebirth of our Main Street once left for dead. It is our wise utilization of resources that has waterfront development on the move again. And it is a reformed city hall open for business with a new atmosphere of cooperation with the private sector,” Tkazyik said
In November, Tkazyik won re-election for a second term as Poughkeepsie mayor.