Fishkill is a town in Dutchess County. With history dating back to the 1600s, Fishkill is a town with character including involvement in the American Revolutionary War. Residents have access to good health care, libraries, a senior center, and many options for recreational activities.
Climate and Geography
New York’s climate is influenced by the Gulf of Mexico and Northeast. It is classified as a humid continental climate with four distinct seasons. Summer temperatures are highest in the mid 80s and winter temperatures may fall in the low 20s.
Fishkill receives its name from Fishkill Creek which empties into the Hudson River. It is also accessible through Interstate 84 which passes through town.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Things to do in Fishkill include a wide range of activities in sport, education, and hobbies. Residents spend time visiting SplashDown Beach, Mid Hudson Library, Blodgett Memorial Library, the Van Wyck Homestead Museum, Jeet Kune Do Martial Arts Institute, Sarah Taylor Park, Dutchess Marketplace, Boutique Wines, Spirits & Ciders, Clove Creek Dinner Theater and Fishkill Golf Course and Driving Range.
Fishkill Recreation Center has a wide range of activities like bingo, senior exercise classes, and art classes.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The cost of living in Fishkill is slightly lower than the state average but higher than the national average.
New York’s effective income tax rate is 5.03 percent for single and joint filers, plus an income tax imposed by localities. Most retirement income is subject to being taxed however there are exemptions for Social Security benefits, railroad retirement benefits, as well as exemptions for local, state, and federal government pensions, and military pensions.
Homeowners who are 65+ may qualify for property tax relief programs. These programs include the Enhanced STAR program and reductions of assessed value of residential property owned by active adults.
There are numerous hospitals in neighboring towns within 25 miles from Fishkill, where residents can find health care services. They include St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Keller Army Community Hospital, high performing Vassar Brothers Medical Center with specializations in some procedures and conditions, Arms Acres Hospital, Putnam Hospital Center, high performing New York Presbyterian Hudson Valley with specializations in other procedures and conditions, Veterans Affairs Hudson Valley Healthcare System-Montrose, Helen Hayes Hospital, and Four Winds Hospital-Katonah.