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

October 25, 1999

Statement from Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus on the Sale of the Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center


"Like many who have worked so hard to create an economic and jobs opportunity at the Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center (HVPC), I am delighted to join Governor Pataki in celebrating the announcement for a major project investment at the site.

Shortly after being elected as County Executive, we spent a great deal of time and energy in 1992 and 1993 to create an aggressive, multi-dimensional, comprehensive blueprint of strategies to rebuild our local economy. The IBM downsizing and the closing of the HVPC were devastating blows to our county, its local businesses and its hard working families.

Many in the business community along with elected officials, have worked tirelessly to create a prosperous future of high quality, well-paying jobs, with benefits and security.

In 1992, as an executive initiative, we worked to restructure the Harlem Valley Partnership to include public and private sector leaders that could chart the future for the communities in the Route 22 corridor.

Town meetings we hosted--including one in Dover in 1993--were an important part of our effort to assemble the citizen voices to write the future of the Harlem Valley. Together with our county Economic Development Corporation and County Department of Planning and Development, we formed an alliance to create the action plan for quality jobs to return to the Harlem Valley.

Our Governor, George Pataki, has been an important partner in this alliance. He, like us, has viewed the old psychiatric center as an asset and an opportunity. His announcement of a contract for the sale of the property is a very important step in our vision to see the site become a valuable economic and jobs engine.

We are under no illusion our economic development work is done; we have much more to do to capitalize on the economic assets of the Harlem Valley. I am confident cooperative efforts like the one we used for HVPC and our success developing the Harlem Valley Rail Trail will spell more success and opportunity for the families living in the Harlem Valley


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