Dutchess County Legislator District 14

Transfer Admissions Event for Veterans

Veterans

Transfer Admissions Event for Veterans at Mount Saint Mary College in Newbrugh June 1st from 1 pm – 7 pm.  This is a one-stop event for veteran students interested in transferring college credits toward a Bachelor’s degree, or in starting a Master’s degree program.

Learn more by visiting http://www.msmc.edu/Admissions/tra.be

You can also Register online at: http://www.msmc.edu/Admissions/Adult_Degree_Completion/info_sessions. be

Questions? Contact us at 845-569-3223 or via email adultstudentadmissions@msmc.edu.

 

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Legislative Report for March 10, 2016

Legislative Report for August 14, 2014

Activities:  Attended the democratic caucus meeting and hosted a public forum regarding the jail in the City of Poughkeepsie.  Conducting extensive research on the SEQR process for the DCJTC/Jail Proposal.  Uncovered conflict of interest concerns.  City of Poughkeepsie should be be an involved agency every step of the way regarding this proposal.  We need to seriously address the many environmental concerns and full environmental impact of the jail.  Responded to various calls and emails regarding the county jail; FEMA; and local community events. Managed social media content.

Leg. Report for Mar. 3, 2016

Legislative Report for August 14, 2014

Activities:  Attended the Legislative Committee Meeting of the Whole, the jail forum in Beacon and the Metro North Commuter Council Meeting.  Met with the Girl Scouts in Wappingers Falls and participated a Raise the Wage event with 1199 SEIU.  Conducting extensive research on the SEQR process for the DCJTC/jail construction.  Responded to various calls and emails regarding the county jail; FEMA; and local community events. Managed social media content.

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.

 

Legislative Report for Feb. 11, 2016

Legislative Report for August 14, 2014

Activities: Attended Legislative Committee and Board Meetings.  Also attended the Village Board Meeting. Met with 3 constituents. Responded to various calls and emails regarding the county jail; community events; and Metro North. Conducted extensive research on the SEQR process for the DCJTC/jail construction and started reading the Expanded Full Environmental Assessment Form.

Bills: Voted for Lead Agency Resolution.  Although the County Legislature didn’t receive the EAF report which was dated August 6, 2015 until last week, under SEQR, the County became lead agency back in September by operation of law.  A Notice of Intent Letter was sent out back in August of 2015 to all involved agencies and no one objected to it.

Dutchess County Jail – Project Timeline

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Dutchess County Jail – Justice and Transition Center (JTC) Project Timeline

January 21st – Legislative Committee Meeting

  • Committee vote on resolution CA-144-15, Declaration of County as Lead Agency

January 25th – Legislative Board Meeting

  • Full Board vote on resolution CA-144-15, Declaration of County as Lead Agency

January 27th – State of the County Address

February 4th – Legislative Committee Meeting

  • Presentation on JTC Bond and Project (Draft on S: Drive) – Public Works & Capital Projects Committee, limited time allotted for questions
  • Following Presentation – Lay JTC Bond on desks
  • Chazen to present on SEQR – Environmental Committee, limited time allotted for questions (Noel to provide copy of presentation)
  • Following Presentation – Distribution of SEQR Documents to the Legislature (Two hard copies, plus electronic)

February 4th or 5th – Request for Proposal for Architect to be issued

February 8th – Legislative Board Meeting

February 16th – External Advisory Group Meeting – Catharine Street Center, Poughkeepsie

February 17th – County Executive Town Hall Forum – LaGrange

February 24th – County Executive Town Hall Forum – Amenia

February 29th – Legislative Committee of the Whole Meeting

  • Meeting to discuss and answer questions regarding JTC bond resolution and SEQR resolution

March 3rd – County Executive Town Hall Forum – Hyde Park

March 10th– Legislative Committee Meeting

  • Committee vote on resolution CA-145-15, SEQR Environmental Review
  • Committee to vote on JTC Bond

March 14th – Legislative Board Meeting

March 21st – Meeting of the Whole

  • Full Board vote on resolution CA-145-15, SEQR Environmental Review
  • Full Board to vote on JTC Bond