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News Release    

January 26, 2010      

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William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Steinhaus Appoints New Commissioner of Planning & Development

Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus is pleased to announce his selection of Kealy Salomon as the County Commissioner of Planning & Development.

Ms. Salomon’s appointment follows the retirement of former Commissioner of Planning and Development, Roger Akeley, who retired earlier this month after 26 years of service to Dutchess County.

County Executive Steinhaus said, “I have had an opportunity to work with Kealy Salomon for my entire 19 years as Executive, and I have high regard for her skills and abilities which I am certain will help us to implement our vision for a successful community with a high quality of life. Kealy knows the issues, knows the localities, knows the priorities that are important to our future, and  knows many of the key community stakeholders. Kealy Salomon will hit the ground running and will be a great asset to our administration and this community.”

Ms. Salomon has nearly 28 years of experience with Dutchess County Government, serving in various roles, all within the Department of Planning and Development.  After graduating with a Masters of Regional Planning from Cornell University in 1982, Ms. Salomon became a Planner with the Dutchess County Planning Department with responsibilities that included helping prepare town master plans, municipal zoning ordinances, transportation plans and was also involved with the creation of the county master plan, Directions in 1987.    She has served as Senior Planner and Transportation Program Administrator, where she managed the Department’s transportation planning program and served as staff coordinator for the Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council (PDCTC) for over twenty years.   During that time, she was responsible for a variety of projects in communities around the County, including the City of Poughkeepsie Transportation Strategy, the Hopewell Hamlet Pedestrian Plan and the Route 22 Corridor (Pawling to North East) Management Plan.   Recent projects have also included New Connections, the County’s long range transportation plan, the Transit Development Plan, the Route 52 Alternatives Analysis and the Poughkeepsie Land Use & Transportation Plan Study

Since September 2007, Ms. Salomon has served as the Assistant Commissioner of Planning & Development – the number two position in the agency working directly with retired Commissioner Akeley and all the department staff.   As Assistant Commissioner, she has managed a major reorganization of the Department’s time accounting system in cooperation with the Office of Computer Information Systems (OCIS), improved oversight and reform of the Division of Public Transit and assisted with the transfer of the Medicaid Transportation Program to a new broker, which has provided residents with improved customer service and will result in taxpayer savings of more than $1.25 million.

The Department of Planning and Development helps to maintain and enhance the County's quality of life. The Department is responsible for countywide planning, coordination of economic development activities, planning assistance to local governments, and comprehensive mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) data.  Significant projects and programs include:

  • Implementation of Greenway Connections in cooperation with Hudson River Valley Greenway Council;
  • Coordination of the County's Partnership for Manageable Growth program to protect farmland and significant open space areas;
  • Administration of Community Development Block Grant program and related housing programs;
  • Creation and management of GIS-based maps and databases;
  • Coordination of Census and other significant socio-economic data.

The Department also provides administrative oversight and support to the Dutchess County LOOP Bus System, the Traffic Safety and STOP-DWI programs, the Criminal Justice Council and several community agencies, which provide a wide range of programs for the County's residents, businesses, and visitors.

Ms. Salomon, 51, who resides in the City of Poughkeepsie with her husband, Robert Cook stated, “I am honored County Executive Steinhaus has selected me to serve as the next Commissioner of Planning and Development.   I appreciate County Executive Steinhaus’ support and confidence, and I look forward to working on his agenda in this new capacity.   With the talented staff here at Planning and Development, we will continue our work for the County in partnership with other County Departments, local governments, community organizations and business interests.”

Ms. Salomon will be fulfilling the duties of Commissioner in an “Acting” status effective today, Tuesday, January 26, 2010. A resolution confirming the appointment of Ms. Salomon as Commissioner of Planning and Development will be forwarded to the Dutchess County Legislature for consideration and approval at its March 2010 meeting. The Executive announced the Salomon appointment to department employees at a 9:30 a.m. staff meeting this morning at their High Street location in the city of Poughkeepsie.


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