News Release


For More Information:

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

October 25, 1999

Steinhaus Signs Resolution to Request Assembly Speaker
to Approve Sale of Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center


Poughkeepsie, NY - County Executive William R. Steinhaus today approved legislation adopted by the Dutchess County Legislature at its special Board Meeting on October 21 requesting New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to approve the sale of the Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center to TP Enterprises, LLC. The sale, which both the Pataki and Steinhaus administrations aggressively supported and pursued, has been derailed by the Assembly Speaker on October 13, 1999 during a Public Authorities Control Board meeting.

"I am frankly disappointed that it was even necessary to sign such legislation," commented Steinhaus. "Opposing the sale of the Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center is synonymous with being against economic growth in an area which stands to benefit greatly from the additional jobs and expanded tax base that would result."

Steinhaus and his economic team have already had numerous meetings with the principles of TP Enterprises, LLC, in which Steinhaus had offered the services of the Department of Planning and Development to assist with the design and concept of the 885 acre campus in order to expedite the development of the site. Assistance with the permitting and approval process was also made available.

"We have committed the resources necessary to create a diverse job base in the Harlem Valley." Steinhaus stated. I am committed to the families that live in the area and it saddens me that one person, NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, for what is probably political posturing, can abandon their future just like that."

The County Executive promises to continue to push for the sale of the Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center to TP Enterprises, LLC. "TP Enterprises is a company with a proven track record and has been successful in similar projects in the past," Steinhaus said. "Both Governor Pataki and I are committed to turning the Psychiatric Center from a burden into a benefit to Dutchess County taxpayers."


County Executive Press Releases