Dutchess County Airport

Operator must do better by Dutchess County Airport

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Dutchess County Airport is second busiest General Aviation (GA) airport in New York State, logging approximately 75,000 aircraft landings and take offs each year, including corporate aviation, charter operators, recreational fliers and business aircraft owners.  The airport brings Dutchess County over 60 million dollars in economic activity each year

Six months ago, the county sought a partner who could help us move forward with our efforts to increase the economic benefit of the Airport. The County contracted with Flight Level Aviation in that regard.  Since then, fuel prices have risen despite their promise to keep them low and knowing very well fuel costs affect the airports viability. Last month, the County Legislature approved a proposal by the County Executive and FlightLevel Aviation (the new fixed base operator) to reduce their hours.

While I agree that there is “insufficient activity after 8pm” at the airport – there will never be an increase in activity after 8pm unless the FBO is open to accept aircraft. This is a self-defeating proposal.  I was, however, willing to compromise with having the FBO close early during the winter months only, and if they had a problem in the spring, summer or fall, they could come back to us so we can discuss it further.  That amendment failed.

FlightLevel Aviation was brought here to improve the airport and the services offered.  By saying that in the past there has been little traffic after a certain hour – they are pretty much offering only to maintain the status quo or less.   Reducing the total number of hours that Dutchess County Airport’s FBO is open to both based and transient clients is inconsistent with the County’s stated objectives and asking operators to pay for off-hours services after 7:00 pm will make KPOU less competitive and desirable relative to other local airports for business aviation operators.

The county executive said if there’s an increase in demand, FlightLevel will make the necessary changes to meet those needs. How will we ever know if that demand increases, when the FBO is closed and aircraft avoid our airport?

I understand having FlightLevel Aviation is important to the success of the airport.  However, they signed a contract – in which they clearly knew what the circumstances were – and now so soon trying to change it. They raised the fuel prices and now their changing their hours.  Changes in fuel prices have everything to do with this resolution because it has to do with change no one expected.  What will they change next? Reducing the minimum operating standards is not something I feel is in the best long term interest of the airport.  This sets a bad precedent.

 

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Legislative Report for Dec. 3, 2015

Legislative Report for August 14, 2014

Activities:  Attended the Public Hearing on the Proposed 2016 County Budget.  Continued reviewing the 2016 Proposed County Budget.  Made numerous calls and conducted research pertaining to the resolution reducing the hours of Dutchess County Airport operations which is on the December county legislative agenda.  Also participated in the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA meeting and handled some commuter concerns regarding the MTA and parking tickets being issued at the New Hamburg Train Station by the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department. Responded to calls and emails regarding the timbering in Wilcox Park; the fight for increase in wages; criminal justice reform and our mental health crisis; economic development; family services and affordable housing; the 2016 County Budget; the Wappinger FEMA LOMR Application; and upcoming community events.

Legislative Report for Sept. 21, 2015

Legislative Report for August 14, 2014

Activities:  Attended the County Legislative Board Meeting. Also attended Wappinger Community Day.  Handled calls and emails regarding agriculture; the county airport; economic development; FEMA; family services; upcoming community events; and the health and wellness fair.  Worked on the 4th Annual Health & Wellness Fair taking place Saturday, September 26, 2015 at Messier Park.  Also worked on two commendations, one for Community Voices Heard and the other for Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley. Managed social media content.

Legislative Report for Sept. 3, 2015

Legislative Report for August 14, 2014

Activities:  Participated in installing smoke alarm detectors with the American Red Cross and the Mayor of Wappingers Falls.  Attended the MTA Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee meeting. Fielded calls and emails regarding agriculture; the county airport; economic development; FEMA; the proposed puppy and kitten mill resolution; and the health and wellness fair.  Worked on the 4th Annual Health & Wellness Fair and had to postpone to Saturday, September 26, 2015.  Managed social media content.

 

Legislative Report for Aug. 13, 2015

Legislative Report for August 14, 2014

Activities:  Attended monthly legislative committee and board meetings. Met with two constituents. Reviewed the Grace Smith House and Dutchess County Airport audits. Fielded calls and emails regarding agriculture; the county airport; economic development and low wages; Metro North; the proposed puppy and kitten mill resolution; the county jail; the PSC petition for Broadband; and the health and wellness fair.  Worked on the 4th Annual Health & Wellness Fair and had to postpone to Saturday, September 26, 2015.  Managed social media content.

 

Bills: Voted against resolution 2015196, giving full authority to the County Executive for ALL commercial contracts and leases without a public hearing or further legislative approval. All resolutions related to Westchester Airport go before the Westchester legislature and require a public hearing. Therefore, we should follow suit. Voted in favor of 2015199-200, approving a solar array at Dutchess County Airport. Also voted in favor of 2015201, the NACo Stepping Up Initiative, to join the Call to Action to reduce the number of people in our county jail, to commit to sharing lessons learned with other county counties and encourage others to participate in Stepping Up.

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Legislative Report for Aug. 6, 2015

Legislative Report for August 14, 2014

Activities:  Met with two constituents. Fielded calls and emails regarding the FEMA floodplain maps in the Town; the proposed puppy and kitten mill resolution; the county jail; the health and wellness fair; Dutchess Community College; and other community issues.  Worked on the 4th Annual Health & Wellness Fair and had to postpone to Saturday, September 26, 2015.  Managed social media content.

County Executive to have full authority over Dutchess County Airport w/o Public Hearing or Legislative Approval

Legislative Report for August 14, 2014

Calling all Wappinger residents! Do you agree or disagree with the following:  Giving full authority to the County Executive for ALL contracts and leases for a term not to exceed 15 years without a public hearing or further legislative approval.

LAW REPEALING DUTCHESS COUNTY LOCAL LAW ESTABLISHING PROCEDURES FOR COMMERCIAL LEASES & CONTRACTS AT THE DUTCHESS COUNTY AIRPORT

http://www.dutchessny.gov/ConCalAtt/2/2015196.pdf

I would like to hear from you. This is important. Thank you.

Contact me via email at francena.amparo@gmail.com or my cell me at 845-418-3162.