City of Poughkeepsie


American Rescue Plan Act Portal

Welcome to the City of Poughkeepsie’s information and transparency portal related to the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”).

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”) signed into law on March 11, 2021, provides $350 billion in emergency funding for state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to remedy the disparity between rising costs and falling revenues. The City of Poughkeepsie will receive $20.8 million in two equal tranches, creating an historic opportunity to achieve fiscally responsible objectives that will shape Poughkeepsie’s future. Use the buttons below to learn more about the City’s one-time federal funding for COVID-19 economic relief and recovery.

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View Local ARPA Information

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The City's Local ARPA Decision Making Process

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View Proposed 2022 ARPA Spending Plans

Better Understand

How the City Intends to Strategically Utilize First Tranche ARPA Funds in 2022

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Learn About The American Rescue Plan Act

Better Understand

ARPA Program Requirements, Eligible Uses & View Key U.S. Treasury Links

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Take the Online ARPA Survey

Your Input Will Help To Shape the Future

Progress Updates

Learn About the ARPA

2022 Proposed Projects

ARPA Allocation

Written Message From Our Mayor


The American Rescue Plan is helping the city deal with the considerable challenges that came with the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been able to soften the financial blow caused by the pandemic and have been able to make key investments in the city.

The city has received $20.8 million in total — $10.4 million in 2022 and $10.4 million in 2023 – to compensate for the losses we have experienced.

Keep in mind that the city already had a significant financial shortfall before the pandemic hit. But our administration has worked diligently to get us on the right course, and we have made those strides.

In addition to covering some of the financial losses we have incurred, the city has the chance to make once-in-a-lifetime investments, and we are making the most of this opportunity.

We are putting more money and resources into our parks, youth services and environmentally friendly infrastructure improvements — all for the betterment of our city.

It’s important for you to know that all ARP awards are guided by a rules set by U.S. Treasury Department that include stringent reporting and compliance requirements.

To help guide us, the City has created a ARP Task Force which includes key city administration personnel, members of the Common Council and others.

We also want to hear your views, so please take a close look at this ARP webpage and send your comments to our Commissioner of Finance, Dr. Brian Martinez,


Mayor Marc Nelson

Marc Nelson

Marc Nelson

Mayor, City of Poughkeepsie

Phone: (845) 471-4073


2022 Preliminary

Project Plan

Preliminary Objectives & Guiding Principles

It is in the best interest of the City of Poughkeepsie to identify best practices, procedures and a strategic plan for ensuring that the City, its residents, its businesses and all its stakeholders realize the maximum relief and benefits available under its allocation of ARP aid. To this extent, the following guiding principles shall be utilized to inform the decision making process.

Multiple Sources of Funding

Multiple sources of funds will inform ARP project priority – The City shall explore other dedicated grants and programs  whenever possible to save ARP funds for priorities not eligible for other federal, state or local assistance programs.

Avoid Debt & Promote Sustainable Fiscal Conditions

Whenever possible, the City shall prioritize projects which avoid creating burdensome ongoing or a long-term financial commitment. 

Longest Lasting Impact for the Greatest Number of Citizens

The City shall prioritize sustainable ARP projects which achieve the longest lasting impacts for the greatest number of citizens and stakeholders.

Address Public Needs of the  Community

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how poverty fosters disparities. Therefore, the City shall prioritize ARP initiatives which address not only the systemic roots of poverty but its symptoms as well.

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Disclaimer: In preparing this site, Capital Markets Advisors, LGS and Local Government Solutions, LLC (“ARPA Facilitator”) have relied upon City officials, and other sources, who have access to relevant data to provide accurate information.  The ARPA Facilitator has not been engaged, nor has it undertaken, to independently verify the accuracy of such information. The ARPA Facilitator is not a public accounting firm and has not been engaged by the City to compile, review, examine or audit any information on this site. The information of this site should be considered unaudited, preliminary and remains subject to change and adjustment, as necessary.