News Release



For More Information:

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

Elizabeth Doyle, Community Development Administrator
Dutchess County Planning and Development
(845) 486-3600

For Immediate Release

March 18, 1999


Community Development Program Distributes $1.7M In HUD Funds

Poughkeepsie NY - Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced the 1999 Community Development (CDBG) awards for a range of projects throughout Dutchess County. The grant, administered by the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development, will total $1,736,000. Funding recommendations were made by the Dutchess Community Development Council.

Priority one of the block grant program is economic development and infrastructure. Priorities two through five are human service program services; specifically, priority two which includes Families-In-Stress, Youth, Homeless, Elder Care, and Child Care. Priority three is Substance Abuse, the fourth priority is Disabilities; and the fifth is Literacy.

Priority six of the block grant program addresses handicapped accessibility; priority seven supports parks and recreation and the last priority, number eight, is Historic Preservation.

Twenty-seven percent of the allocation, or $463,048 is awarded to street improvements throughout Dutchess County.

Fifteen percent of the block grant monies will address water and sewer improvements; twelve percent for neighborhood and public facilities; and eight percent will fund sidewalks. The remaining percentages are distributed among handicapped accessibility improvements at four percent and economic development activities at one percent.

Infrastructure projects include street improvements in the Town of Amenia in the hamlet of Wassaic; improvements in the Town of Hyde Park at West Market Street; curbing and lighting in the Town of Poughkeepsie on LaGrange Avenue; and reconstruction/ drainage improvements in the Town of Red Hook on Sunrise Drive. Sidewalk improvements are funded in the Town of Pine Plains on Academy Street, in the Town of Stanford on Church Lane, in the Village of Fishkill on Jackson Street, and at various locations throughout the Village of Millbrook.

Water and sewer improvements will take place throughout Dutchess County. East Fishkill will be completing the Hopewell Water System and the Town of Fishkill will continue ongoing upgrades to the Beacon Hills Water District.

The Town and Village of Rhinebeck will undertake improvements to the Rhinecliff Water Distribution System; the Village of Red Hook will use CDBG funds for a new transmission water main; and the Village of Tivoli will conduct the engineering necessary to implement a new water supply source. The Town of Rhinebeck also sponsored an application for construction costs at the Performing Arts Center.

Public facility projects will include a municipal pool renovation funded for the Town of North East and the Village of  Millerton; a community meeting room at Boyce Park in the Town of Dover; and a community/senior citizen center at the Town of Milan Town Hall.

The number six priority of the program, which is handicapped accessibility, will be addressed by the Town of Pawling and the Town of Wappinger at their municipal town halls and the Village of Wappingers Falls at the Grinnell Library.

The City of Beacon receives a guaranteed allocation of annual program funds of $277,760. The city will be undertaking infrastructure improvements including road resurfacing, sidewalk replacement and drainage improvements.

The allocation will also fund building improvements for non-profit agencies in Beacon, including the Dutchess County Community Action Agency, the Martin Luther King Cultural Center and the Howland Cultural Center.

A total of eleven human service providers have been allocated funds including the Beacon Community Center, the Martin Luther King Cultural Center, and the North East Community Center for youth programs; the Dutchess County Association for Senior Citizens senior program; the Dutchess County YMCA River Haven Shelter which provides for homeless and runaway youth; and Family Services which aids families-in-stress. Grace Smith House will receive funding for homeless victims of domestic violence, and Hudson River Housing will serve the diverse segments of the homeless population with CDBG monies. Funds will be allocated to the Task Force for Child Protection and the Dutchess County Community Action Agency for a family development program.

Literacy Volunteers will also receive funds through the CDBG Program.

All municipalities in Dutchess County opt to participate in the Urban County Consortium with the exception of the Town of LaGrange. The City of Poughkeepsie receives CDBG Program funds apart from the county grant.

Members of the CDBG Council include Joan Pagones, chairperson, supervisor of the Town of Fishkill; Clara Lou Gould, vice-chairperson, mayor of the City of Beacon; Catherine Fenn, CD representative of the Village of Millerton; Penny Hickman, Supervisor of the Town of Pleasant Valley; Marc Molinaro; mayor of the Village of Tivoli; Jerome Stuetzle, supervisor of the Town of Pine Plains; and Jill Way, supervisor of the Town of Dover.

The CDBG funding is administered through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and provides grant funds to municipalities and human service agencies to benefit low-to-moderate income residents of Dutchess County.


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