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DNC’s schedule of Presidential debates:

August 26, 2015

–          October 13 – CNN – Nevada

–          November 14 – CBS/KCCI/Des Moines Register – Des Moines, IA

–          December 19 – ABC/WMUR – Manchester, NH

–          January 17 – NBC/Congressional Black Caucus Institute – Charleston, SC

–          February or March – Univision/Washington Post – Miami, FL

–          February or March – PBS – Wisconsin

WOMEN TOP COUNTY DEMOCRATIC SLATE

June 9, 2015

Four women will lead the County Democrats this November in the party’s efforts to unseat the County Executive and Clerk.  At its convention on June 1, the Dutchess County Democratic Committee unanimously endorsed former County Comptroller Diane Jablonski for Dutchess County Executive. Also endorsed unanimously were City of Poughkeepsie Judge Katherine Moloney for County Court Judge, and former Assistant Attorney General Lisa Ghartey for Family Court Judge.  Mary H. Williams, a late entrant, will also be on the Democratic ticket seeking to become the next Dutchess County Clerk.

“I am excited, humbled and energized to be the Dutchess County Democratic nominee for County Executive and to run on a ticket with Kathy Moloney, Lisa Ghartey, Mary Williams and an exceptional set of candidates for Dutchess County Legislature.” said Diane Jablonski.  Citing her decades of managerial experience in the private sector with IBM, Jablonski vowed to focus on job creation, creating true partnerships between County and municipal governments, and a fiscal policy not dependent on budgetary gimmicks. “We are proud to have a person of high moral character and one with a background in both private enterprise as well as government, leading our slate,” said County Chairwoman Elisa Sumner.

 

Moloney, Poughkeepsie’s first woman judge, was praised for her nine years on the bench, with nominators noting that she had been Assistant Corporation Counsel, enforcing Poughkeepsie ordinances, as well as a Public Defender.  “We need someone with actual experience as a judge, to decide the kinds of important cases heard in County court,” noted Moloney’s running mate Jablonski, “not just someone who has only seen one side.”

 

Ghartey served as Assistant Attorney General for 12 years in the Litigation Bureau of the New York State Office of the Attorney General. In 2011, she was appointed Assistant Commissioner, Child Welfare and Community Services of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), where she still works. At OCFS, the candidate’s main focus has been developing statewide programs designed to improve the lives of New York’s most vulnerable children and families. Most notably, said Dutchess County Democratic Committee chair Elisa Sumner, “Lisa Ghartey has led a coalition comprised of OCFS, Family Courts, and the State Education Department to create strategies to improve K-12 and post-secondary educational outcomes for children in foster care and Juvenile Justice.  There is no one in all the County more qualified for this newly created court position.”

 

Williams, a Hyde Park resident, was a software engineer and programmer at IBM for nearly 30 years, ending as a Senior Manager in the firm’s Personal Computing Division, where she received three Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards.  “The Clerk’s office must be more productive and should be an example to other counties in how to increase efficiency,” said Williams, “And I believe I have the technical skills to get the job done.”  She has been a volunteer and Board member for over 33 years at Grace Smith House, the nonprofit providing shelter, housing, and support services for victims of domestic violence.  Williams has also been a lecturer in computer science at Vassar College and Dutchess Community College said Sumner.

 

Twenty-two endorsed Democratic candidates for County Legislature were also named.  The 20 in attendance stood with Diane Jablonski, Katherine Moloney, and Lisa Ghartey in a show of unity that had the assembly on their feet cheering.

 

“I am enormously proud of the slate of candidates the Democratic Party is presenting to the people of Dutchess,” stated chairwoman Sumner. “We truly have the most qualified candidates, and a diversity which represents this county. We need to end the one party stranglehold that has gripped this county for far too long and has left us with a present and future of low paying jobs and high taxes. We have the right people, at the right time, to put us back on the right path,” she concluded.

MOLINARO CLAIMS ON COUNTY PROPERTY TAX CUT FALL SHORT

March 9, 2015

Despite all the Republican fanfare and widespread media reporting, the so called “Largest County Property Tax Cut in a decade,” is a sham according to Dutchess County Democratic Committee Chair Elisa Sumner.

“How can the County Executive claim that taxpayers would see the largest property tax cut in a decade when actually over 70% of the people in this county saw their property tax bill increase?” asked Sumner.

“For years politicians have misled taxpayers about their taxes.  Spinning the facts about tax rates, tax levies, property assessments, and equalization rates can confuse homeowners and makes it hard to understand their property tax liability.  At the end of the day the only true measurement is comparing your tax bill from year to year,” said Chair Sumner.

County taxpayers have just concluded paying their 2015 county taxes, and despite all the claims by the County Executive and the Republicans in the Legislature, county taxes have gone up for most county residents.

Since Molinaro took office as County Executive, county property taxes have gone up nearly $9 million to an historic high of nearly $107million.

With the information currently available from the tax rolls, most members of the Legislature as well as the County Executive saw their own tax bills go up in 2015.  Only six legislators saw their tax bill decline, four of which were due to a reduction in their home assessment.  In the end, only two legislators actually saw a slight decrease in their taxes.

“Democratic lawmakers warned residents during the budget process that the claims of the largest property tax cut in decades were not true.  The proof is now in everyone’s tax bill.   Most Dutchess County residents saw their county taxes go up. County Executive Molinaro needs to come clean on what happened to the largest tax cut in a decade.  The residents are entitled to the truth,” said Sumner.

 

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DIST

OFFICIAL

TOWN

 2014 COUNTY
TAX BILL

2015 COUNTY
TAX BILL

 CHANGE

NOTES

1

ELLEN NESBITT

POUGHKEEPSIE

 $693.43

 $723.33

 $29.90

2

DON SAGLIANO

PLEASANT VALLEY

 $1,579.56

 $1,593.16

 $13.60

3

DALE BORCHERT

LAGRANGE

 $907.66

 $906.27

 $(1.39)

*ASSESSMENT REDUCED

 $2500

4

DOMINICK IGNAFFO

HYDE PARK

 $729.92

 $736.21

 $6.29

5

KEN ROMAN

POUGHKEEPSIE

 $-

 $-

 $-

LIVES ON

 TAX EXEMPT PROPERTY

6

ANGELA FLESLAND

POUGHKEEPSIE

 $846.71

 $804.31

 $(42.40)

ASSESSMENT REDUCED

 $14,000

7

RICHARD PERKINS

HYDE PARK

 $747.58

 $754.02

 $6.44

8

ROB ROLISON

C/POUGHKEEPSIE

 $-

INFO N/A

9

GWEN JOHNSON

C/POUGHKEEPSIE

 $-

INFO N/A

10

BARBARA JETER JACKSON

C/POUGHKEEPSIE

 $-

INFO N/A

11

JOEL TYNER

CLINTON

 $939.50

 $947.50

 $8.00

12

ROBERT WEISS

EAST FISHKILL

 $904.74

 $912.53

 $7.79

13

DONNA BOLNER

LAGRANGE

 $1,751.08

 $1,748.49

 $(2.59)

ASSESSMENT REDUCED

 $4,800

14

FRANCENA AMPARO

WAPPINGER

 $349.63

 $352.64

 $3.01

15

JOSEPH INCORONATO

WAPPINGER

 $790.87

 $797.68

 $6.81

16

ALISON MACAVERY

FISHKILL

 $865.69

 $873.14

 $7.45

17

JAMES MICCIO

FISHKILL

 $795.61

 $802.47

 $6.86

18

APRIL FARLEY

C/BEACON

 $1,010.58

 $1,019.28

 $8.70

Landlord’s taxes

19

GREG PULVER

PINE PLAINS

 $1,317.28

 $1,369.36

 $52.08

20

MICKI STRAWINSKI

RED HOOK

 $994.51

 $1,003.08

 $8.57

21

MARGE HORTON

EAST FISHKILL

 $991.60

 $1,000.14

 $8.54

22

GERALD HUTCHINGS

EAST FISHKILL

 $808.03

 $774.13

 $(33.90)

ASSESSMENT REDUCED

 $11,100

23

JOHN THOMES

PAWLING

 $1,952.49

 $1,901.27

 $(51.22)

24

ALAN SURMAN

DOVER

 $1,427.83

 $1,396.47

 $(31.36)

25

MICHAEL KELSEY

PLEASANT VALLEY

 $451.46

 $455.35

 $3.89

CE

MARCUS MOLINARO

RED HOOK

 $981.37

 $989.83

 $8.46

Democratic Perspective on the State of Dutchess County 2015

February 26, 2015

Poughkeepsie, NY — The Democratic message on the State of Dutchess County: Control deficit spending and runaway borrowing

Tonight Dutchess County Democrats released their perspective on the state of Dutchess County in a balanced response. In a video message, former County Comptroller Diane Jablonski (D), delivered the Democrats’ message warning county residents that Dutchess County government’s continued borrowing and spending practices will lead to higher property taxes.

The Democrats took County Executive Molinaro to task for his recent claims made about Dutchess County’s fiscal situation. “In fact, a true statement of our financial picture tells a very different story – a story of higher debt, higher spending, and higher taxes. A story that should concern every resident of Dutchess County because we, the taxpayers, are ultimately left to pay the bill for the budget gimmicks and misguided policies of this administration,” stated Diane Jablonski, former Dutchess County Comptroller. The Democrats also called for a County Charter Commission to be formed to review the nearly 50 year old County Charter and make recommendations to modernize our local government structures in Dutchess County.

Democratic Chairwoman Elisa Sumner stated, “Former Comptroller Jablonski has made a strong case as to why county residents should be concerned about Dutchess County’s fiscal situation. The fact is this administration has moved to raise every form of taxation under its purview; property taxes, sales taxes, energy taxes, and mortgage taxes.”

Despite all the fanfare about the soundness of the recently adopted 2015 County budget, the reality is the budget has a multi-million dollar deficit and raises property taxes on most homeowners. It is time to rethink county government.

LINK TO VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEps-rF1Zog

COUNTY EXECUTIVE SHOULD REIMBURSE TAXPAYERS $22,000 FOR MISUSE OF PUBLIC FUNDS

January 27, 2015
 *Media Release*

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 20, 2015


COUNTY EXECUTIVE SHOULD REIMBURSE TAXPAYERS $22,000 FOR MISUSE OF PUBLIC FUNDS — 
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Democratic officials are demanding County Executive Marc Molinaro refund the nearly $22,000 of taxpayer money he used on a county-wide mailer advertising his November Tele-Town Hall Forum.
“We discovered after the fact that the money spent for his mailing came from the Department of Community and Family Services,” said Elisa Sumner, chairwoman of the county committee.”This administration has slashed millions of dollars from mental hygiene and other health and wellness programs (see page 9 of link below).   Family services for Dutchess County residents have been severely impacted by cutbacks. The DCFS had to reduce its hours of public operations. That this department’s limited resources should be appropriated and used for political purposes to sway public opinion is reprehensible.”According to a recent report in the Poughkeepsie Journal, caseworkers in Dutchess have the highest caseload per person in a five county area, and is also well above the state average.

In 2007, during Molinaro’s tenure as an Assemblyman (though he did not vote for it), New York State adopted ethics reform laws which included a prohibition on elected officials from appearing in taxpayer-funded announcements. This did not stop him from placing his picture on the taxpayer funded postcard, and may well be a case for JCOPE (Joint Commission on Public Ethics) or the Attorney General.

“Twenty two thousand may seem like a small amount, but it could be half a year’s salary for a case worker and should have been used as budgeted, for our neediest residents,” concluded Sumner. “We call on the County Executive to reimburse Family Services immediately.”

COUNTY OF DUTCHESS,
NEW YORK
Basic Financial Statements, Required
Supplementary Information and
Federal Awards Information
for the Year Ended December 31, 2013 and
Independent Auditors’ Reports (see page 9)

Candidate Comparison: Enough said.

October 13, 2014
Candidate Comparison: Enough said.