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Dutchess Democrats put forward independent redistricting law

On August 12, 2019, Democratic members of the Dutchess County Legislature again put forward a local law to end the practice of county legislators drawing their own maps. Instead of creating their own gerrymandered districts, the legislature would delegate the power to create the new map to an independent bipartisan/nonpartisan commission. This is the FOURTH… Read More »

2019 County budget passes but jail issues remain

Molinaro, Republicans beat back efforts to remedy jail understaffing crisis At the full board meeting of the Dutchess County Legislature on December 6, 2018, the 25-member Dutchess County Legislature passed the $503 million 2019 budget by a margin of 19-5 after lively debate and a number of amendments intended to improve the lives of Dutchess… Read More »

Legislature passes ban on disposable plastic shopping bags

At the full board meeting of the Dutchess County Legislature on December 6, 2018, the Dutchess County Legislature approved a ban on disposable plastic shopping bags to take effect on January 1, 2020. The 23-1 move comes following proposals put forward by Legislator Nick Page (D-Beacon) and the Democratic caucus. “This is a good first… Read More »

Dutchess County Legislators Call for Formal Investigation by County Board of Ethics, the New York Attorney General’s Office, and JCOPE into Molinaro Administration

Eight members of the Dutchess County Legislature announced today that they are seeking formal investigations into Marc Molinaro’s conduct by the County Board of Ethics, the New York Attorney General’s Office, and the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (“JCOPE”). The formal complaint was sent this past weekend following the discovery that Molinaro failed to disclose… Read More »

Molinaro signs law to make it easier to raise his salary

On July 3, Dutchess County Executive (and Republican candidate for governor) Marcus Molinaro signed a law clearing the way for his salary and those of other county elected officials to be raised in any year instead of requiring a vote during election years. Prior to this change, politicians were required to face the voters the… Read More »

Dutchess Democrats continue push to expand Prescription Drug Take-back measures, fight opioid abuse

Democrats in the Dutchess County Legislature recently proposed legislation that would require drug manufacturers to pay for the installation of secure, drug take-back boxes at every pharmacy in the county rather than making the county taxpayers (or local business owners) foot the bill. On Wednesday, Democratic legislators again called on the Republican leadership to allow… Read More »

Karen Smythe endorsed for State Senate by County Dems

At their March 1 full county meeting, the Dutchess Democrats overwhelmingly endorsed Karen Smythe (D-Red Hook) as their preferred candidate for New York’s 41st Senate District seat currently held by Sue Serino (R-Hyde Park). Two candidates sought the committee’s endorsement. Smythe, a newcomer to local politics, was born and raised in Poughkeepsie. After working as… Read More »

County Dems endorse Delgado in tight CD19 race

In a close vote, the Dutchess County Democratic Committee voted to endorse Antonio Delgado (D-Rhinebeck) in the 19th Congressional District at their full county meeting on March 1. Six candidates were nominated and considered: Pat Ryan, Gareth Rhodes, Brian Flynn, Delgado, David Clegg and Jeffrey Beals. To prevent one candidate receiving an endorsement with a… Read More »

Lawmakers call for Censure of Legislator Joseph Incoronato for Offensive Remarks about Sexual Assault Victims

POUGHKEEPSIE — Four members of the Dutchess County Legislature have put forward a resolution to censure Legislator Joseph Incoronato for his offensive and inexcusable statements in 2016 and 2017 that blamed the victims of sexual assault for their attacks. Legislators Hannah Black (Hyde Park & Staatsburg), Francena Amparo (Wappinger), Rebecca Edwards (Town of Poughkeepsie) and… Read More »

Milan town board turns bluer

With the appointment and subsequent election of Doug Raelson, the town of Milan has 3 Democrats on the town board holding a majority position. “I am happy to be at a stage where I can put my experience to work for our community as member of the Milan Town Board,” said Raelson, a practicing attorney… Read More »

SUMNER CALLS ON MOLINARO TO END DISCRIMINATION AND REJECT THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY ENDORSEMENT

(Poughkeepsie, NY)  Dutchess County Democratic Committee Chair Elisa Sumner is calling on Assemblyman Marcus Molinaro, candidate for Dutchess County Executive, to vote to end discrimination in New York State by supporting the Marriage Equality bill being considered by the State Legislature. “Marriage equality is the most important civil rights issue in a generation and It… Read More »