News Release

 

For More Information:

William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
Telephone:  (845) 486-2000
, FAX: (845) 486-2021, countyexec@co.dutchess.ny.us

September 20, 2001

 

STEINHAUS SEEKS TO PRESERVE PAY AND BENEFITS FOR COUNTY GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES CALLED TO SERVE IN
”OPERATION INFINITE JUSTICE”

  

Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has proposed legislation that would preserve pay and health benefits for Dutchess County employees who are members of the Armed Forces Active and Inactive Reserve who may be called to duty as part of “Operation Infinite Justice.”         

In submitting two Resolutions to the County Legislature, Steinhaus stated, “These employees have volunteered to serve our country in time of military need and to accept enormous disruptions in their lives.  We owe it to them to minimize these disruptions to them and their families and acknowledge their selfless service to our country.” 

The first Resolution submitted by Steinhaus would provide for compensation protection and other benefits to full time employees called to active duty.  Compensation would be for the difference between employees’ current county salary and their total military pay.  It also calls for employees to continue to accrue vacation and sick leave credits and for the county to continue payments to the New York State Retirement System. 

The second Resolution proposed by Steinhaus enables employees and their families who are members of the Armed forces Active and Inactive Reserve called to active duty to continue receiving all current health benefits they would otherwise be entitled to receive. 

“Dutchess County has long supported volunteerism among its workforce,” noted Steinhaus, “and we wish to support those employees who have volunteered to serve and protect this country.  These proposals are one small way for us to do that.”

County employment records indicate there are presently nine county employees in the Reserves.

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2001 Press Releases