Wappinger Falls

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.

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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.

Public Input Sought for Improvements to Myers Corners Road – tonight, 1/14

Legislative Report for August 14, 2014

The Dutchess County Department of Public Works (DPW), has announced a Public Information Meeting will be held to discuss proposed improvements to Myers Corners Road (County Route 93) from All Angels Hill Road (County Route 94) to State Route 376 in the Town of Wappinger.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wappinger Town Hall, located at 20 Middlebush Road, Wappinger Falls, NY 12590.

The Department of Public Works, in cooperation with the New York State Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, is developing design studies for reconstruction/realignment of Myers Corners Road between All Angels Hill Road and State Route 376, stretching approximately 1.40 miles.  The proposed project includes upgrades to or replacement of existing highway drainage, signage and pavement, with the creation of expanded shoulder widths to provide improved safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.  Additionally, curvatures in the existing roadway will be improved for enhanced safety and ride-ability. The project will require public acquisition of some roadway frontage for select properties adjacent to portions of the reconstructed highway.  Construction is currently scheduled to begin in the summer of 2017.

The purpose of the meeting is to obtain comments on the proposed preferred alternative from individuals, groups, officials and local agencies.  The Department of Public Works is specifically soliciting comments on the development of alternatives for the project as well as associated social, economic and/or environmental impacts.  This public information meeting is part of the continuing efforts by the Dutchess County Department of Public Works, the New York State Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration to encourage public input regarding development of transportation projects.

For further information, to submit written comments or to request special accommodations at the meeting, please contact Jefferson Akins, P.E at the Dutchess County Department of Public Works Engineering Division, 626 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 or by phone at (845) 486-2925.

Public Input Sought for Improvements to Myers Corners Road – this Wednesday, 1/14

Legislative Report for August 14, 2014

The Dutchess County Department of Public Works (DPW), has announced a Public Information Meeting will be held to discuss proposed improvements to Myers Corners Road (County Route 93) from All Angels Hill Road (County Route 94) to State Route 376 in the Town of Wappinger.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wappinger Town Hall, located at 20 Middlebush Road, Wappinger Falls, NY 12590.

The Department of Public Works, in cooperation with the New York State Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, is developing design studies for reconstruction/realignment of Myers Corners Road between All Angels Hill Road and State Route 376, stretching approximately 1.40 miles.  The proposed project includes upgrades to or replacement of existing highway drainage, signage and pavement, with the creation of expanded shoulder widths to provide improved safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.  Additionally, curvatures in the existing roadway will be improved for enhanced safety and ride-ability. The project will require public acquisition of some roadway frontage for select properties adjacent to portions of the reconstructed highway.  Construction is currently scheduled to begin in the summer of 2017.

The purpose of the meeting is to obtain comments on the proposed preferred alternative from individuals, groups, officials and local agencies.  The Department of Public Works is specifically soliciting comments on the development of alternatives for the project as well as associated social, economic and/or environmental impacts.  This public information meeting is part of the continuing efforts by the Dutchess County Department of Public Works, the New York State Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration to encourage public input regarding development of transportation projects.

For further information, to submit written comments or to request special accommodations at the meeting, please contact Jefferson Akins, P.E at the Dutchess County Department of Public Works Engineering Division, 626 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 or by phone at (845) 486-2925.

2015 Dutchess County TENTATIVE BUDGET – Budget is not balanced

Budget 2

2015 Budget proposal is not balanced. The proposed plan spends more than it collects in revenue, creating a structural $4.875 million dollar deficit.  See cover of Budget in Brief.

Budget does not make up for the loss of revenue from the Energy Tax nor the one time revenue shot from the state aid ($5.25 million) that is balancing the 2014 budget.

Reducing the entire county’s property tax by a mere $300,000 is not something the taxpayer should get too excited about.  If your assessment on your home was not reduced in 2014, then you are potentially facing an increase in your individual tax bill because the rate is going from $3.65/$1000 to $3.68/$1000.

http://www.dutchessny.gov/