“The Moody’s report validates what I have been trying to tell the City Council for several years. Although we reduced the $82 million in debt I inherited by $27 million, the City is still spending beyond its means. Unfortunately, many of the efforts to curtail spending and reform government have been overridden by the City Council. It is my hope that the Council will now heed the warning contained in today’s Moody’s report. The City must continue trimming the cost of operations.
I also hope New York State and the Federal Government are listening. The City is being mandated to borrow nearly $10 million by the Environmental Protection Agency with no help from the federal government. The unfunded mandates from the state, including skyrocketing pension and health care costs, are driving up property taxes on a people that can ill-afford to pay the burden.
Moody’s correctly reports that our region suffers from a weak real estate market and economy, a direct result of state policies that are driving millions of jobs and people out of New York. New York has the worst business climate in the nation; its taxes are 70% above the national average. New York spends more on Medicaid than Texas, Florida, and California combined, one of the reasons that our state and local tax burden is the second highest in the nation. Little wonder that tax delinquencies are skyrocketing, straining City and County budgets in all parts of New York, said Mayor John C. Tkazyik.”
Mr. Morgan said, “I have informed Mayor Tkazyik that I am planning to return to private practice at the end of my term as Corporation Counsel of the City of Poughkeepsie. When Mayor Tkazyik appointed me to the post of Corporation Counsel in 2008, it was with our mutual understanding that I would accept the post for the four-year term prescribed by the charter of the City, and thereafter, I would return to my law firm, Jacobowitz and Gubits, as a private citizen. Mayor Tkazyik has charted a wise course for the City to avoid tax increases and reductions of key public services. The Law Department will continue to assist the Mayor to meet those objectives.”
Mayor Tkazyik said, “I would like to thank Mr. Morgan for his years of service to the City. I wish him great success in the future.”
Mr. Paul Ackermann was born and raised in the City of Poughkeepsie graduating from Marist College with a B.A. in Political Science, Pace University School of Law Cum Laude with a J.D., and again from Marist College with a Masters in Public Administration. Prior to working for the City of Poughkeepsie, Mr. Ackermann was in private practice with a concentration in real estate development, business formation, zoning, planning, real estate, and tax certiorari law. He has been an active member of the community as a pro bono attorney for the Poughkeepsie Neighborhood Club and Hosanna Church.
Mr. Ackermann said, “I am honored and humbled by the faith that Mayor Tkazyik has placed in me and am extremely grateful for the opportunity to represent the City in which I was raised. One of my top priorities has always been to serve the community that has meant so much to me and taught me so much. I am looking forward to working with the City Council and Mayor in constructive and innovative ways to serve the public and I understand that the challenge before me will be to uphold the tradition of exemplary representation that the City of Poughkeepsie has received from prior Corporation Counsels.”
“Mr. Ackermann has been an exemplary attorney in our department and has the experience to become Corporation Counsel. With a combination of experience working for the City of Poughkeepsie and in private practice, I am confident that he will do a great job in representing our City,” said Mayor Tkazyik.
The Mayor also announced his reappointment of City Chamberlain Deanne Flynn.
Appointments must be confirmed at the reorganizational meeting of the Common Council on January 2nd at 6pm.