News Release


For More Information:

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

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

For Immediate Release

March 20, 2000


Poughkeepsie - Dutchess County Executive William R.. Steinhaus has announced the 2000 Community Development  (CDBG) awards totaling $1,735,000 for a range of projects throughout Dutchess County.

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-one percent of the allocation, or $365,000 is awarded to street and road improvements throughout Dutchess County.

Seventeen percent of the block Want monies will address water and sewer improvements; twelve percent for sidewalks; and seven percent will fund neighborhood and public facilities. The remaining percentages are distributed among handicapped accessibility improvements at five percent; economic development activities at three percent; and parks and recreation improvements at two percent. 

Infrastructure projects include street and road improvements in the Town of Hyde Park at historic West Market Street; in the Town of Red Hook on Orlich Road; and paving of Alden Place in the Village of Millbrook. Sidewalk improvements are funded in the Town of Amenia in the hamlet of Wassaic; in the Arlington area of the Town of Poughkeepsie; on Montgomery Street in the Village of Rhinebeck, and at various locations in the Village of  Wappingers Falls.

Water and sewer improvements will take place throughout Dutchess County. The Town of Dover has sponsored a grant for the Schreiber Water System improvements; the Town of East Fishkill will continue with the Hopewell Water System upgrades; and the Town of Fishkill will improve the Rombout system hat was acquired by the town. The Town of Pine Plains will expand the existing Water district to include Fairview Avenue; the Village of Millerton will continue to upgrade residents' water meters and the Village of Red Hook's water storage capacity expansion was approved for funding.

Public facility projects will include a community/senior citizen center at the Town of Milan Town Hall and improvements to the Community Center in the Town of North East.

The number six priority of the program, which is handicapped accessibility, will be addressed at the Wilderstein historic site in the Town of Rhinebeck, the Town of Wappinger will improve handicapped restrooms at Martz recreation field; a handicapped fishing dock will be installed in the Town of Washington; and a handicapped ramp will be replaced at the Blodgett Library in the Village of Fishkill

Economic development will be addressed with the funding of restoration of a site in the Village of Tivoli to create the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center and parks and recreation improvements will also take place in the Village of Tivoli at Memorial Park.

The City of Beacon received a guaranteed allocation of annual program funds of $277,600. 'Me 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 Howland Cultural Center, Inc. and the Martin Luther King Cultural Center, Inc. The city has also allocated a portion of its 2000 year grant to recreation improvements at the Beacon riverfront.

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 victim of domestic violence, and Hudson River Housing will serve homeless populations with CDBG monies.

Funds will be allocated to the Task Force for Child Protection for the Child Advocacy Center 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. 'Me City of Poughkeepsie received CDBG Program funds apart from the county grant.

The CDBG funding is administered by the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development 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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