Legislation

Dutchess County Legislature – April Committee Agenda

Legislative Report for August 14, 2014

This month’s agenda is available at the following link:

http://www.dutchessny.gov/concalendar/calendar.aspx?DeptID=225&ViewType=List#

Feel free to email me at francena.amparo@gmail.com or the county legislature at countylegislature@dutchessny.gov to ask questions and/or voice your concerns. You can also call 845-418-3162 or 845-486-2100.

Legislative Report for Feb. 26, 2015

Legislative Report for August 14, 2014

Activities: Attended the Metro North Commuter Council Meeting. Responded to many calls and emails regarding employment opportunities, FEMA flood mapping, Metro North, environmental and criminal justice related issues. Met with a board member from Literacy Connections. Began working on the 4th Annual Health and Wellness Fair.

Legislative Report for Feb. 19, 2015

Legislative Report for August 14, 2014

Activities: Attended a retirement party at Grinnell Library in the Village of Wappingers Falls. Responded to many calls and emails regarding employment opportunities, FEMA flood mapping, Metro North, environmental and criminal justice related issues. Managed website and social media content.

Letter: Signed on a letter asking the federal representatives to guarantee an income for our veterans in Dutchess County and across the U.S. as many struggle with poverty, foreclosure and homelessness.

Legislative Report for Feb. 12, 2015

Legislative Report for August 14, 2014

Activities: Attended the county committee and board meetings. Met with 3 constituents. Handled various calls and emails related to the inclement weather, FEMA flood mapping, Metro North, county, school and social justice issues as well as upcoming community events. Managed website and social media content.

Bills: Voted in favor of the Bozella Settlement.

Letter: Signed onto a letter asking the state to restore funding for schools that had been cut over the last several years.

Legislative Report for Jan. 29, 2015

Legislative Report for August 14, 2014

Activities: Attended the Legislative Committee and Board Meetings. Attended the Catherine Street MLK event. Met with 5 constituents regarding various local issues. Had a meeting with Supervisor Gutzler regarding a plan outlining the next steps with FEMA and the Congressman’s office. Had a call with Congressman Maloney’s office regarding same. Fielded calls and emails regarding various state, county and school issues as well as upcoming community events. Managed website and social media content.

Resolutions: Cosponsored the resolution for the $2.9M bond for water and sewer infrastructure at the Dutchess County Airport. I made a motion amending the negative declaration resolution adding “The Town of Wappinger, and the City and Town of Poughkeepsie, are considered interested agencies for the subject action, because these municipalities will all be involved in subsequent actions to the installation of the CDWTL Extension to the Dutchess County Airport, which will provide for water service to properties on Airport Drive in the Town of Wappinger and the development and sale of water through a distribution system of the Dutchess County Airport,” which also passed in the Legislature.

Legislative Report for Dec. 11, 2014

Legislative Report for August 14, 2014

Activities:  Attended the county legislative meeting, the airport advisory committee meeting and the meeting of the permanent citizens advisory committee to the MTA.  Also attended a justice rally in Beacon at the request of Councilman Ali Muhammad.  Worked on public relations content regarding the county budget. Fielded calls and emails regarding various national, state, county, and school issues.  Also managed website and social media content.

Bills: Voted no on the 2015 Capital Improvements Program since it is incomplete and missing data. The spending plan also borrows more and increases our debt service to record high levels and puts in motion significant future tax increases to hit taxpayers in 2016 and beyond.  Voted no on the 2015 County Budget because budget plan spends more in expenditures than it collects in revenue creating a recurring structural deficit.  The deficit will be offset by appropriating $4.9 million out of the already fragile general fund balance and any shortfalls in the County collection of sales tax projections will have an impact on the deficit.  The $150K in additional funding for additional alternatives to incarceration programs is minimal and having to continue to house out inmates when the pods were supposed to resolve our “inmate housing out” problem are of concern as well.

Legislative Report for Dec. 4, 2014

Legislative Report for August 14, 2014

Activities:  Attended the committee meeting and the Budget Public Hearing. Conducted an extensive review of the 2015 Tentative County Budget and Capital Improvements Program.  Worked public relations content regarding the same. Fielded calls and emails regarding various county, town and school issues.  Also managed website and social media content.

Legislative Report for Nov. 26, 2014

Legislative Report for August 14, 2014

Activities:  Attended the Democratic Caucus meeting as well as the Budget, Finance, and Personnel Committee meeting. Conducted an extensive review of the 2015 Tentative County Budget and Capital Improvements Program as well as the County’s 2013 Year Ended Independent Auditors’ Report.  Worked on a press release regarding the same. Fielded calls and emails regarding various county, town and school issues, including but not limited to the DC Airport and the 2015 Budget and Capital Improvements Program. Also managed website and social media content.

Events:  Continued coordination of an upcoming blood drive that I am sponsoring.  The blood drive is Saturday, November 29, 2014 at the United Methodist Church from 10am-3pm.

2015 TENTATIVE BUDGET – The Dutchess County Jail

 

Jail

The Capital Improvement Plan (“CIP”) is incomplete because it identifies the jail in the document but not the estimated cost.  The cost is stated “To Be Determined” or “TBD.”  Some of us know that a five year capital plan will not necessarily have the details and specifications to allow for an accurate estimate.  However, it is the responsibility of the County Executive to provide a best faith estimate.  It is also the responsibility of the County Legislature to make this an issue and ask for a full and open assessment of the potential cost of the jail, and an exact detailed summary of the serial bonds committed on behalf of the Jail.

For those who don’t know, a Capital Improvement Plan (Program) or CIP, is a short-range plan, usually four to ten years, which identifies capital projects, equipment purchases, provides a planning schedule and identifies options for financing the plan.

2015 Tentative Budget – Decreased Spending

Budget 2

A reduction of mental hygiene and other health and wellness programs by $6,822,973 is nothing to brag about.  Government workforce consolidation and departmental reorganization in the name of efficiency is troubling.  While the savings are immediate, there is a limit to the number of cuts governments can sustain before the costs—to the work lives of its employees and to services it provides—begin to outstrip the savings benefits.

The County needs a comprehensive assessment of the full costs and benefits—both monetary and non-monetary—of “rightsizing” our government to determine whether the 2015 Tentative Budget is a budget that ALL Dutchess County residents deserve.