Mora­to­rium sup­port­ers vo­cal at pub­lic hear­ing

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Mid-Hud­son News Net­work

The tem­po­rary ban on most new devel­op­ment would be on state Route 299, east of the vil­lage.

Dutchess County is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing “mod­est” eco­nomic growth, County Ex­ec­u­tive Marc Moli­naro said dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion of his pro­posed 2017 county bud­get to the county Leg­is­la­ture.

The $467 mil­lion spend­ing plan, un­veiled Thurs­day, would in­crease spend­ing by less than 1 per­cent while ad­dress­ing a num­ber of pro­grams, in­clud­ing sev­eral new ones, Moli­naro said. Prop­erty taxes would drop slightly.

“This bud­get main­tains the county’s strong fis­cal po­si­tion, all the same time in­creas­ing our tar­get in­vest­ment in tourism, arts, agri­cul­ture and eco­nomic growth,” he said. “We seek to be a safer com­mu­nity, one where we con­tinue to re­form our crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem, en­hance our re-en­try pro­gram­ming to re­duce re­cidi­vism and as­sist in­di­vid­u­als to live in­de­pen­dent lives. We seek to im­prove our law-en­force­ment sys­tem through im­proved train­ing and co­or­di­na­tion among law-en­force­ment agen­cies.”

The bud­get in­cludes ad­di­tional fund­ing for tourism pro­mo­tion, eco­nomic devel­op­ment, ex­panded pub­lic tran­sit from six to seven days per week, farm­land pro­tec­tion funds, re­brand­ing the Dutchess County Air­port as Hud­son Val­ley Re­gional Air­port and cre­at­ing an Avi­a­tion Main­te­nance Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter at Dutchess Com­mu­nity Col­lege at a cost of $8 mil­lion to be shared by the county, col­lege and New York State Dor­mi­tory Author­ity.

Moli­naro said he also would like to see more shar­ing among law-en­force­ment agen­cies, and to hire two more as­sis­tant district at­tor­neys and al­lo­cate $2.1 mil­lion to­ward fight­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and sex­ual as­sault.

He said he also would like to ex­pand his “Think Dif­fer­ent Dutchess County” to fo­cus on peo­ple with spe­cial needs, in­clud­ing a “Project Safe Re­turn” funded by $50,000 for GPS track­ing of per­sons with spe­cial needs or the el­derly, who may get lost.

The bud­get is sub­ject to re­view and ap­proval by the county Leg­is­la­ture.

MID-HUD­SON NEWS NET­WORK

Dutchess County Ex­ec­u­tive Marc Moli­naro un­veils his 2017 county bud­get proposal on Thurs­day.

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