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

For Immediate Release

January 30, 2002


Steinhaus Congratulates Hyde Park
Town Adopts
Greenway Connections


Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has written today to the Hyde Park Town Board and Supervisor Pompey Delafield to congratulate them for voting to join the Greenway Compact at their January 28, 2002 meeting.  Hyde Park became the 19th municipality in Dutchess County to join the Counties Greenway Compact Program, a countywide initiative launched by County Executive William R. Steinhaus.  The Dutchess County Legislature also formally endorsed the Greenway Compact in November of 2000 at Steinhaus’ urging.

Steinhaus said, “I commend the Town Board for their unanimous vote.  With several newly elected board members saying that the first order of business this year was to join the Greenway, it’s an important statement for the future of Hyde Park.  With the majority of those who spoke at the public hearing favoring the Greenway, the Board clearly was listening to the residents.  The Greenway vision has been a cornerstone of my smart growth vision for the County and I am grateful Hyde Park has joined in that vision.”

Hyde Park now becomes eligible for the full array of Greenway Compact benefits, including a higher level of planning grants, a five percent bonus rating on larger state grants for certain Greenway-related projects, indemnification from lawsuits against the adoption of regulations consistent with the Compact, and all the advantages from intermunicipal cooperation. 

The Greenway Compact is a voluntary program that asks communities to cross-reference the Greenway principles and guidelines in local regulations as a way of fostering good planning, a balance of environmental protection and economic development, and intergovernmental cooperation.  Because the program is based on incentives and guidelines, which are only advisory, the program offers a great deal of flexibility with no mandates or threat to home rule.

The Executive said, “Dutchess County was the first county in the valley to produce a Greenway Compact program under the state Greenway Act of 1991.  Dutchess County’s Greenway Connections was commissioned by the Greenway Council as a model for other counties in the region.  Dutchess has, by far, the largest number of Greenway Compact members and a substantial advantage for state Greenway grant requests.  The Executive noted, “Westchester is the only other county in the Valley with an approved Compact program and several municipal members thus far.”

“The Town of Wappinger is the next community expected to consider joining the Compact,” said the County Executive.  I am hopeful they will be our 20th community and that the remaining 10 communities still considering these smart growth guidelines will do so soon.”  Wappinger has scheduled a public hearing on February 11.


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