News Release


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

Bill Johnson
STOP DWI/Traffic Safety Coordinator
(845) 486-3602 


For Immediate Release

April 29, 2002


Steinhaus & STOP-DWI Work With Schools Toward Safe Prom Nights

Poughkeepsie.. . County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced his signing of agreements with area high schools that will help insure safe post-prom parties.  Grants amounting to $4,300 from the County’s STOP-DWI Program will assist in the costs of the alcohol/drug-free parties.

The County Executive said, “It is extremely rewarding to partner with the local school districts to create safe party environments for many of our youth attending proms. Several local school districts have agreed to comply with signed contracts between students and parents addressing non-negotiable issues such as no alcohol/drugs, prompt arrival time, no coming or going, and methods of discouraging private parties.  Adult supervision by school personnel and volunteers is guaranteed, and the students are provided with a way to continue the party atmosphere after the prom, have fun and enjoy each other’s company while acting responsibly and remaining in supervised recreational facilities.  It relieves the anxiety of the parents and school personnel, who know the youth are enjoying themselves in a safe, healthy way.”                          

The following schools will receive funding:  Rhinebeck High School for the Diamond Zone, $700; Pawling High School for Carmel Fitness and Racquet Club, $900; Beacon High School for Fishkill All Sport, $700; Dover High School for Club Fit and Food, $700; Spackenkill High School for YMCA in Poughkeepsie for both the Junior and Senior Prom events, $1000; and Red Hook High School for Stevenson Gym at Bard College, $300.

It is expected that more than 800 students will take advantage of these post-prom arrangements. Dutchess County STOP-DWI/Traffic Safety Coordinator Bill Johnson said, “STOP-DWI is happy to continue to cooperate with local high schools in providing safe and sober ‘after-prom parties’.  Our youth need to know ‘having a good time’ and ‘alcohol’ are not synonymous.  All our efforts are worthwhile if we can save one student’s life.”


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