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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
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countyexec@co.dutchess.ny.us

For Immediate Release

March 8, 2002

 

County Receives $1.862 Million State Reimbursement

Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus and Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson jointly announce they have signed and finalized an agreement with the New York State Department of Correctional Services that will reimburse Dutchess County taxpayers $1.862 million for housing “State Ready” prisoners and adjudicated state parole violators at the Dutchess County Jail.

State reimbursement has been $ 34 and $ 40 respectively, per day, per inmate while the County’s actual daily jail costs have been in excess of $100 per day, per inmate.  The agreement reimburses the County retroactively for the difference between the payment and the actual costs incurred from 1995 through 2000.  While some counties sued the state successfully for reimbursement, most counties including Dutchess, sought to negotiate reimbursement through the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC).  

The County Executive said, “This is an issue I have been very involved with over recent years as a member of the New York State Association of Counties Board of Directors, past President of the New York State County Executive’s Association and as the President Elect of the New York State Association of Counties.  This agreement ends our long effort to recoup Dutchess County tax dollars used to house state prisoners in our county jail.”  The Executive noted, “I would also like to recognize the efforts of legislator Jim Hammond for helping to champion this issue in the Dutchess County Legislature.

Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson said, “Rather than suing the State, I have applauded and joined in the efforts of our County Executive and the legislators to negotiate this settlement of nearly $2 million.  The retro reimbursement through NYSAC has proven that the proper course of action was taken by all parties involved in achieving the fair and substantial remedy that we sought.”

The County Legislature budgeted $1.7 million for 2002 in anticipation that an agreement would be reached.  County Executive Steinhaus said, “The additional $162,000 received through our negotiation of the agreement would be received as an unanticipated revenue and be available to reduce next year’s 2003 county tax levy.”

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