By Jennifer L. Warren
POUGHKEEPSIE – For Rob Rolison, having the privilege to serve as City of Poughkeepsie Mayor was an unforgettable, priceless experience that will forever remain close to his heart.
That same area-along with its treasured residents- will continue to play a pivotal role in Rolison’s political journey as the first newly-elected 39th District New York State Senator.
Thursday, the doors to his 3 Neptune Road, Suite N. 22, (West Lobby, ground floor) Town of Poughkeepsie District Offices officially opened, marked by a well-attended Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony.
“This is a really great building that became vacant, and we grabbed it,” said Rolison, surrounded by an entourage of supportive friends and guests in the lobby outside of his new office space.
The locale, selected in January, following Rolison’s Swearing-In, will serve three counties, and is a centralized space, fully staffed with experienced casework managers who constituents are encouraged to stop by and see or make an appointment with them on the Senator’s Website. This nearby, in-person availability will be supplemented with upcoming mobile office hours; the first intended stop is slated to be Orange County.
“It has been a humbling experience, not only campaigning, but being elected as Senator,” Rolison told the large area crowd who he reminded have profoundly shaped the politician and man he is today. “I’m truly excited to be in Albany, and there is so much work to be done, which takes a full team of people, many of them here today which I could not do this important work without.”
Rolison went on to acknowledge several of those critical team members, who plan to make themselves available at the Poughkeepsie site as much as possible, including his Chief of Staff, Dain Pascocello. The Senator further indicated that several of the current team members have stayed by his side throughout his political tenure, reminding him of the strong, irreplaceable Poughkeespie roots which will continue to guide his present endeavors. This new office’s location is further testimony of those irreplaceable bonds.
“This is what it’s all about; people helping people,” said Rolison as he surveyed the long-standing loyal people who surrounded him at the symbolic Ribbon-Cutting event. “We are not always going to get it right, but we are certainly going to always try.”
Following Rolison’s remarks of deep appreciation for his Poughkeepsie mayoral experience as well as the indelible footprint its people have left on him and will continue to serve as a motivating force in his new Senatorial role, Rolison officially cut the ribbon, opening the doors to a place Rolison and his team hope many will feel comfortable to frequent, knowing their concerns and questions will be addressed.
When they do so, they will be able to view something extra special signifying its official opening. A ribbon, containing signatures and words of congratulations will be encased in the front entrance thanks to a tradition carried on by Dutchess County Assemblyman, Tony D’Aquanni. His company, Branding Pros, which generously sponsors all Chamber Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonies, donated the special black, framed housing for the ribbon which will forever serve as a reminder of the incredible, ongoing support Poughkeepsie has for its former Mayor and now Senator.
“Thank you so much for all of you who came out here today,” said Rolison. “You are truly a big part of what makes all of this so great.”