News Release


For More Information:

William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
Telephone:  (845)
, FAX: (845) 486-2021,

Elizabeth Doyle, Community Development Administrator
Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development
Telephone:  (845) 486-3600, FAX: (845) 486-3610,

February 14, 2001

Steinhaus Announces $1.85M in Community Grants

Poughkeepsie. . . Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced the 2001 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awards totaling $1,853,000 for a range of projects throughout Dutchess County. The awards are granted based upon priorities previously established in the county’s consolidated plan for the use of CDBG funds. The plan has been accepted and approved by the federal government.

Dutchess County’s priority one is economic development and infrastructure; priorities two through five are human service programs providing services to families in stress, youth, the homeless, elder care and child care, substance abuse, the disabled population, and literacy; priority six addresses handicapped accessibility; priority seven supports parks and recreation; and the last priority is historic preservation.

"We are extremely pleased to be able to announce that for the 2001 through 2003 CDBG program years we have realized one hundred percent local participation, as all of the eligible municipalities in Dutchess County opted to join the consortium," said County Executive Steinhaus. The Town of LaGrange has opted into the program after several years of non-participation. The City of Poughkeepsie received CDBG program funds apart from the county grant.

The County Executive added, "Through this multi-million dollar annual apropriation, Dutchess County is able to fund water and sewer improvements and infrastructure projects in our localities. This enables our cities, towns and villages to make necessary improvements at a lower cost and saves our local real property taxpayers money. It is a terrific example of partnership that works for the benefit of our localities and our residents."

Twenty-four percent of the allocation, or $445,000, is awarded to water and sewer improvements throughout the county. Approved water and sewer projects include: 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 that was acquired by the town. The Town of Pine Plains will replace a water main/line on Smith Street, as will the Village of Pawling on Dutcher Avenue and the Town of Rhinebeck will continue improvements in the Rhinecliff area. The Village of Millbrook will use CDBG dollars to improve a pump station on North Avenue and the Village of Wappingers Falls will replace a water tank.

Seven percent of the block grant monies will address sidewalk improvements; six percent will be for neighborhood and public facilities; and five percent will fund street and road improvements. The remaining percentages are distributed among handicapped accessibility improvements at seven percent; economic development activities at five percent; and parks and recreation improvements at two percent.

Infrastructure projects include street and road improvements in the Town of Amenia on Powerhouse Road and at the intersection of Broadway and North Road in the center of the Village of Tivoli. Sidewalk improvements are funded 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 Fishkill.

Public facility projects will include a community/senior citizen center at the Town of Milan Town Hall and a municipal parking lot in the Town of Hyde Park next to the Town Hall.

The number six priority of the program, which is handicapped accessibility, will be addressed in the Town of Pleasant Valley with an accessible fishing dock; the Town of Wappinger will improve handicapped restrooms at Martz Recreation Field; and a handicapped recreational area will be installed in the Town of Washington. The Town of LaGrange will use funds for handicapped improvements at the Town Hall.

Economic development will be addressed with the funding of the continued restoration of a site in the Village of Tivoli to create the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center. Parks and recreation improvements will take place in the Town of Stanford and the Town of Red Hook will acquire land for park activities.

The City of Beacon received a guaranteed allocation of annual program funds of $296,960. 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 Howland Cultural Center, Inc. and the Martin Luther King Cultural Center, Inc. The city has also allocated a portion of its 2001 year grant to Christmas-in-April, a volunteer-based housing rehabilitation program.

A total of ten 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 Hudson River Housing 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 homeless populations with CDBG monies.

Funds will be allocated to the Child Abuse Prevention Center for the Child Advocacy Center and the Literacy Volunteers will also receive funds through the CDBG Program for community outreach.

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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