POUGHKEEPSIE – Marc Nelson, current Mayor and former City Administrator under former Mayor Rob Rolison, today announced he was entering the race to continue serving as Mayor of Poughkeepsie.
“In all of my roles in City Government, First as Commissioner of Finance, then as City Administrator, and now as Mayor, I have been laser focused on returning our city to fiscal health and rebuilding the capacity of City Hall to serve our residents, businesses and taxpayers. During this time we have accomplished much, strengthening our partnerships throughout our community and with other levels of government, resolving legacy issues even as we work to address new challenges in a changing world. Our work is not done and I’m hopeful the people will elect me to a full four-year term,” Nelson said.
Some of Marc’s accomplishments during his tenure serving the Queen City include reducing the general fund deficit by more $10 Million, restructuring local government to achieve significant cost savings, championing strategic development with a focus on housing at all price points, expanding the city’s Youth Grant Program, and negotiating an equitable agreement with Dutchess County for the sharing of sales tax revenue for the next decade.
Marc is also credited with the successful oversight of millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements throughout the City, and for sharply reducing the number of vacant and abandoned buildings in our neighborhoods – a multiyear effort which led to the city taking title to the former YMCA, one of the most blighted eyesores in the City and now destined to become a state-of-the-art youth center.
“To continue down the path of success, we need to ensure continuity of the same effective leadership we have come to know and trust. The job is too important to not rest it in the hands of someone who knows this city and has the experience and knowledge to get the job done. The people of this city deserve no less,” Nelson continued.
Marc serves as Chairman of the Poughkeepsie Joint Water Board, and on the Dutchess County Board of Health, and was a founding board member of the Dutchess County/City of Poughkeepsie Land Bank.
Prior to coming to Poughkeepsie, Marc held the position of Municipal Tax Collector for the City of Hartford Connecticut. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University at Albany and a Master’s in Public Administration from Marist College where he wrote his Master’s thesis on combating urban blight.
“I look forward to campaigning to earn the vote of every resident of this great city. I believe in the end, voters will agree that at this pivotal time, I am the right person with the right experience to keep our city on the right track,” Nelson concluded.
Marc Nelson assumed the role of Mayor on January 1, 2023 upon the election of former Mayor Rob Rolison to the New York State Senate. Marc lives in the City of Poughkeepsie with his wife, Lisa.
The election for Mayor of Poughkeepsie will be held on November 7, 2023.