FEMA

Legislative Report for Jan. 28, 2016

Legislative Report for August 14, 2014

Activities:  Attended the monthly county legislative board meeting and committee meeting.  Met with new Supervisor for the Town of Wappinger. Responded to calls and emails regarding a number of local issues, including, but not limited to the county jail; agriculture; FEMA; the county airport; economic development and the lack of good quality jobs; public safety issues; and upcoming community events.  Managed website and social media content.

 

Legislative Report for Dec. 10, 2015

Legislative Report for August 14, 2014

Activities:  Continued my review of the 2016 Proposed County Budget and conducted research pertaining to the resolution reducing the hours of Dutchess County Airport operations.  Attended the Board Meeting regarding the same.  Addressed 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 airport; 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.

Bills: Voted against the 2016 Proposed County Budget and the resolution  reducing the hours of Dutchess County Airport operations.

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 Nov. 25, 2015

Legislative Report for August 14, 2014

Activities:  Attended the B, F, & P Committee ADOPTION OF THE TENTATIVE BUDGET FOR DUTCHESS COUNTY FOR THE YEAR 2016; the committee amended the budget to include two new authorized positions for the executive branch and took some of the monies out of homeland security grant to do it.  Conducted an extensive review of the 2016 Proposed County Budget as well as the December Committee agenda as it relates to the County Airport. The Airport FBO wants to reduce its hours of operation from 7am-9:30pm to 7am-7pm going forward. Responded to calls and emails regarding the timbering in Wilcox Park; the fight for increase in wages; Dutchess County Airport; criminal justice reform; economic development; family services and affordable housing; the MTA and tickets being issued at the New Hamburg Train Station; the 2016 County Budget; the Wappinger FEMA LOMR Application; National Day of Action for Puerto Rico; and upcoming community events.

Legislative Report for Nov. 19, 2015

Legislative Report for August 14, 2014

Activities:  Conducted an extensive review of the 2016 Proposed County Budget as well as the December Committee agenda as it relates to the County Airport. The Airport FBO wants to reduce its hours of operation from 7am-9:30pm to 7am-7pm going forward.  Responded to calls and emails regarding the timbering in Wilcox Park; the fight for increase in wages; Dutchess County Airport; criminal justice reform; economic development; family services and affordable housing; the MTA and tickets being issued at the New Hamburg Train Station; the 2016 County Budget; the Wappinger FEMA LOMR Application; National Day of Action for Puerto Rico; and upcoming community events.

Legislative Report for Nov. 5, 2015

Legislative Report for August 14, 2014

Activities:  Met with two constituents. Responded to calls and emails regarding the Myers Corners Road Improvements Project; the fight for increase in wages; criminal justice reform; economic development; family services and affordable housing; the MTA; the 2016 County Budget; the Wappinger FEMA LOMR Application; National Day of Action for Puerto Rico; and upcoming community events.

Amparo has served Wappinger residents well as legislator

Vote-Amparo

Please read another letter to the editor regarding my work as your County Legislator.

I am writing in support of Dutchess County Legislator Francena Amparo, District 14.  Before being placed into a high-risk flood zone by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 2013, I had no real interest in local politics. This new mapping, however, included a mandatory insurance premium even though my home does not border any water and FEMA has never been to my neighborhood to actually view the area.

Luckily, Legislator Amparo understood the unfairness of this to me, as well more than 200 other Wappinger residents. She organized meetings, attended town and resident gatherings and spent hours following up on all possible assistance. Due to her efforts and those of U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, my town has unanimously agreed to apply for a letter of map revision for my neighborhood.

We already have heard that five out of seven of our homes have been removed from the costly floodplain. Amparo’s work ethic and concern for residents has saved thousands of dollars for those who were removed, and gained many back the equity in their homes. Thank goodness there are politicians like Francena Amparo out there who genuinely care about fairness for absolute strangers in Wappinger.

Francena was a stranger not long ago, but is now a friend and hero to myself and many others. She attends every local event possible and has boundless energy. She has definitely earned my vote for District 14 county legislator.

Elizabeth Satterlee
Wappingers Falls

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/opinion/letters/2015/11/01/letters-editor/75005396/

Amparo stood up for homeowners fighting FEMA

Vote-Amparo

Please read a Letter to the Editor regarding my work as County Legislator.

Many events have happened over the last year. However, one of the most important events that occurred was that my neighbors and I fought with the Town of Wappingerand Federal Emergency Management Agency regarding flood insurance policies that we were mandated to take on our homes.

We have been fighting this uphill battle for over a year, using our own money to prove our case. With considerable assistance from Dutchess County Legislator Francena Amparo, we finally won and we no longer have to pay flood insurance in the community of Cloverdale Place, All Angels Hill Road and Carrol Drive.

Unfortunately, we only have one homeowner out of the eight families that has yet to be taken out of the flood zone. Whenever we had a meeting, Francena was there to lend support. Whenever we needed an answer of where we stood and what we thought our next plan of operation would be, Francena was there. Whenever we had a town meeting regarding the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the new letter of map revision that we needed, Francena attended these meetings.

I eagerly beg the residents of Wappingers Falls to re-elect Francena Amparo as our county legislator. She has done an impeccable job, is a person that cares for the people that live in her town and the surrounding areas, and she comes to bat for us when we need it. Vote Amparo!

Diane Loehr
Wappingers Falls

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/opinion/2015/10/23/letters-editor/74473454/

 

Amparo stood up for homeowners fighting FEMA

Vote-Amparo

Please read a Letter to the Editor regarding my work as County Legislator.

Many events have happened over the last year. However, one of the most important events that occurred was that my neighbors and I fought with the Town of Wappingerand Federal Emergency Management Agency regarding flood insurance policies that we were mandated to take on our homes.

We have been fighting this uphill battle for over a year, using our own money to prove our case. With considerable assistance from Dutchess County Legislator Francena Amparo, we finally won and we no longer have to pay flood insurance in the community of Cloverdale Place, All Angels Hill Road and Carrol Drive.

Unfortunately, we only have one homeowner out of the eight families that has yet to be taken out of the flood zone. Whenever we had a meeting, Francena was there to lend support. Whenever we needed an answer of where we stood and what we thought our next plan of operation would be, Francena was there. Whenever we had a town meeting regarding the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the new letter of map revision that we needed, Francena attended these meetings.

I eagerly beg the residents of Wappingers Falls to re-elect Francena Amparo as our county legislator. She has done an impeccable job, is a person that cares for the people that live in her town and the surrounding areas, and she comes to bat for us when we need it. Vote Amparo!

Diane Loehr
Wappingers Falls

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/opinion/2015/10/23/letters-editor/74473454/

 

Legislative Report for Oct. 15, 2015

Legislative Report for August 14, 2014

Activities:  Attended the county committee and board meetings.  Also attended the Latino Rising Stars, the Latino Leaders in Politics and the Innercity Works events. On Oct. 14, 2015, I attended the public hearing regarding the Myers Corners Road Improvements Project at Town Hall.  Met with three constituents. Conducted additional research pertaining to “toxic toys,” microbeads and pesticide notification regulations.  Responded to calls and emails regarding environmental initiatives; the merger of the health department and department of mental hygiene; the county airport; economic development; family services;  and upcoming community events.

Bills: “Toxic Toys,” microbeads and pesticide notification resolutions were tabled.

Letters:  Signed on to the following letters: Ltr to NYS PSC to immediately cease and desist in its ongoing “Alternating Current Transmission Project;” Ltr NYS Legislature asking them to pursue additional dredging of the Hudson River with GE; and Ltr to NYS legislature asking for a ban on toxic toys.