Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus was elected and installed as the New York State Association of Counties’ (NYSAC) president in the course of the association’s recently concluded 2002 Annual Fall Conference in Monroe County.

County Executive Steinhaus is the 58th president of NYSAC. “I am honored to accept NYSAC’s presidency at a time when county governments statewide are faced with many significant and daunting issues,” he said.

Robert R. Gregory, executive director of NYSAC said, “The challenges counties face require thoughtful and articulate leadership.  Our membership’s sense of urgency regarding Medicaid relief at the federal and state levels calls for experienced stewardship.  Bill Steinhaus is such a leader.”

Steinhaus is in his eleventh year and third term as the county executive in Dutchess County.  Prior to his 1991 election as county executive, he served three terms in the elected position of Dutchess County Clerk and Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, to which he was first elected in 1978 at the age of twenty-seven.

A member of the Governor’s State Workforce Development Board since its 1997 creation, Steinhaus has a strong commitment to job creation, and has fostered a series of community and economic development policy initiatives and strategies, including a public-private partnership with an emphasis on building a more diversified economy in Dutchess County.   The Public Policy Institute, an arm of the Business Council of New York State, has proclaimed Dutchess County the “poster child for economic development in New York State” under Steinhaus’ leadership.

In 1998, Marist College in Poughkeepsie awarded him its President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Quality of Life in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

His commitment to his constituents extends to organizations committed to family and youth services, a commitment recognized by the Association of New York State Youth Bureaus, who honored him with its 1999 award presented annually to an individual who has made outstanding and significant contributions serving youth.

Among his many recognitions is one bestowed by his alma mater, the State University of New York at Brockport, who inducted him into its alumni honor roll of select graduates.

In highlighting issues of concern to counties, Steinhaus stated, “Clearly, it is the issue of the state-imposed Medicaid mandate that has reached a crisis point for county governments.  The state-imposed Medicaid mandate requires an immediate remedy that can only be delivered by Albany.  As an organization, and as independently elected officials of our respective municipalities, NYSAC members must, and we will, continue to push hard for our state leaders and state legislators to provide structural reform and fiscal relief to counties for the local cost-sharing provision of this state-imposed program.”

Steinhaus concluded, “In the coming months, I look forward to working with Bob Gregory and the professional staff at NYSAC, as well as a very knowledgeable and experienced group of county leaders from around New York who make up NYSAC’s Board of Directors on this and other important issues.”

County Executive Steinhaus will serve as NYSAC president through September 2003.

NYSAC is a non-profit bi-partisan association serving the 62 counties of New York State, including New York City.  The association was organized in 1925, and remains the only statewide municipal association representing the interests of close to 5,000 county officials, including legislators, supervisors, county executives, administrators, commissioners and other county employees.  Every county in the state is a member of NYSAC.


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