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Chair of Dutchess Legislature blocks provision of 207c line of duty benefits for probation officers with baseless claim of illegality

Poughkeepsie, New York, January 31, 2020— In a memo sent today to the ten Democratic members of the Dutchess County Legislature who cosponsored a home rule request to provide 207c line-of-duty benefits to Dutchess County Probation officers, Legislative Chairman Gregg Pulver wrote, “I would like to affirm my steadfast support for our County employees especially […]

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Hours extended for liquor and wine stores

You can buy wine a little later at shops that want to open later, thanks to Legislator Frits Zernike and Democratic caucus members who sponsored a “home rule” request to allow liquor stores the option to stay open till 9 pm. Before the new law went into effect, Dutchess county’s 7 pm mandatory closing time was the earliest and most restrictive in […]

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Protect the public’s right to access the Hudson River Shoreline!

The Democratic Caucus received the full support of all 25 Dutchess County Legislators for the letter circulated by Legislator Brennan Kearney (included below) to support efforts to fight unnecessary restricted access to the Hudson River by Amtrak. Thank you to all the local officials who have led the charge in this important effort! A signed […]

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After horrific dog attack on officer, Dutchess legislators propose expanded protection

Poughkeepsie, New York, January 15, 2020—Ten Dutchess County legislators proposed a bill today to provide probation officers with protections currently provided to other peace officers in the county: full pay, benefits, and medical and hospitalization coverage while recovering from wounds or injuries sustained on the job. “Our law enforcement officers protect us. We need to […]