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Dutchess County Legislature
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Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
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The Dutchess County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board consisting of 11 members appointed by the Chair of the Legislature for the purpose of advising the County Legislature and working with the County Planning Board in connection with the proposed establishment, modification, continuation or termination of any agricultural district.
The Dutchess County Airport Advisory Committee analyses and evaluates the future use and development of the airport in order to assist the County Legislature in its decision making process. The Committee consists of 12 voting members: Six members as airport users, Six members as airport neighbors. Non-Voting Members: County Legislators whose districts neighbor the airport and the Supervisors of the towns of Poughkeepsie, LaGrange, and Wappinger automatically serve as nonvoting ex officio members to the Airport Advisory Committee.
The Dutchess County Criminal Justice Council engages in a collaborative process of information sharing to maximize resources resulting in an enhanced criminal justice process. This work is done through utilizing research based practices to ensure community safety through the promotion and support of: intervention for at-risk youth and adults; addressing victims’ needs; and reduction of recidivism. This council meets 6 times a year at 8 am during the months of January, March, May, July, September, and November.
The Citizens Advisory Committee on Domestic Violence works to solicit and consider advice and recommendations from the community-at-large with respect to the problem of domestic violence. This committee consist of 12 members appointed by the Chair of the Legislature subject to confirmation by the Legislature meeting every fourth Tuesday of the month at 4:30 p.m.
The College is governed by a board of trustees consisting of 10 members, four appointed by the governor of the State of New York and five by the Dutchess County Legislature. The tenth member, a student trustee, is the student government president elected by the students annually. The Board Meets Monthly.
The primary mission of the EMC is to advise the Dutchess County Legislature and County Government on matters affecting the preservation, development, and use of the natural resources, features and conditions of Dutchess County that impact the quality of the environment. The EMC also considers matters referred to it by the County Legislature for research and recommendations. This Council typically meets monthly, fourth Wednesday at 7 p.m. consisting of 11 members appointed by the Legislature.
The purpose of the Fire and Safety Advisory Board shall be to serve in a consultative capacity to the Dutchess County Legislature, the Standing Committees of the Legislature, and the principal heads of the County Departments, Commissions, and Agencies, in matters pertaining to the suppression, prevention, and relief from the ravage of fire and other disasters which may be the obligation of the Fire Service of the County.
The Board consists of twenty-one (21) members, nominated by participating organizations; must be residents of Dutchess County.
Meets bimonthly, third Monday starting in January at 7:30 p.m.
Encourages the preservation and development of fish and wildlife resources on privately-owned lands and waters, and to improve public recreational access to these resources. This Board meets March, June, September, and December on the third Wednesday at 7:30pm. The Chair appoints and Legislature confirms three (3) members from Dutchess County: One legislator, one landowner, and one sportsman. Alternates may be appointed for all three.
The Dutchess County Board of Health, in consultation with the Commissioner, prepare recommendations for meeting the public health needs of Dutchess County. The Board consists of seven members and two city representatives appointed by the Legislature.
Meets monthly, third Thursday at 4 p.m.; no meeting in July.
The Hudson Valley Regional Council (HVRC) was established in 1977 as an organization of county governments comprising Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties. It’s one of 650 such councils in the United States that in addition to providing a regional perspective, offer planning, education & outreach, and advocacy for the communities they serve. This council meets as committee deems necessary, there is no set date or time.
The Human Rights Commission seeks to foster mutual respect and understanding among all racial, religious, nationality, and other groups in the County. Chairman of the Legislature appoints seven members; County Executive appoints seven members; All appointments are confirmed by the Legislature.
The IDA members shall have the powers and duties vested in them pursuant to the provisions of Article 18-A of the General Municipal Law. The Agency shall consist of not less than three nor more than seven members who shall serve at the pleasure of the Legislature. Meets monthly, third Tuesday at 8 am.
DCLDC induces companies to invest capital in projects that create jobs and increase the county’s tax base, thereby improving the quality of life for Dutchess County residents. The Board consists of no less than 3 members; no more than 7 members appointed by the Legislature subject to confirmation of the County Executive. Meets third Tuesday of the month at 8 am.
The Dutchess County Mental Hygiene Board created under New York State Mental Hygiene Law is an advisory group that works in conjunction with the Commissioner of Mental Hygiene to develop annual, intermediate, and long-range plans for mental hygiene services in Dutchess County. Board members also represent and work to ensure mental hygiene needs are being met.
The Mental Hygiene Board consists of 15 members appointed by the Legislature, meeting monthly; January & February, fourth Monday; rest of the year, third Monday; at 12 noon (no meeting in August).
The Dutchess County Planning Board advises the Commissioner of Planning and provides recommendations regarding metropolitan, regional, county, or municipal planning issues. The Board is made up of nine members: five appointed by the County Executive, 4 appointed by the Legislature, all subject to confirmation by the Legislature. The Board meets bimonthly on the second Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
The Resource Recovery Agency is a public benefit corporation created by the New York State Legislature for the purpose of providing solid waste management services for Dutchess County.
The Resource Recovery Agency is made up of three (3) members appointed by the County Executive without Legislative confirmation, three (3) members appointed by the Chairman of the Legislature subject to confirmation by the Legislature but without executive right to veto; one (1) member jointly appointed by the County Executive and the Chairman of the Legislature subject to confirmation by the Legislature.
A Soil and Water Conservation District focuses on natural resource problems and solutions. The District provides technical assistance as well as education on soil, water and related natural resources. In addition, the District assists other environmental organizations in the expansion of public service.
The Board consists of seven (7) members appointed by the Legislature: 2 legislators; 1 farmer nominated by the county grange; 1 farmer nominated by the farm bureau; 1 practical farmer; 1 member to represent non-farm land ownership; 1 other member.
The Soil and Water Conservation Board meets monthly on the third Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
The Dutchess County STOP-DWI Program’s mission is to deter drunk/drugged driving through enhanced enforcement, prosecution, rehabilitation, and education services.
The Board is comprised of sixteen (16) members: six (6) shall be appointed by the County Executive; seven (7) shall be appointed by the County Legislature; Ex officio members: The District Attorney, the Sheriff, and the County Clerk, or their designees.
Meets on the second Tuesday during the months of January, May, June, September, and December at 3:30 pm.
The mission of the Tick Task Force is to develop long-term goals and make recommendations to the Legislature in the efforts of understanding and safely controlling ticks and reducing Lyme Disease and other tick borne diseases. The Tick Task Force is comprised of 15 members appointed by the Chair of the Legislature: 12 Citizen members, 2 Legislators, and a member from the DC Behavioral and Community Health. The Tick Task Force meets the third Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m.
A Corporation was formed due to the Tobacco Settlement Revenues. The Corporation shall have three directors. One director shall be appointed by the County Executive. One director shall be appointed by the Chairman of the County Legislature. One director shall be independent of the County in accordance with the provisions of the Certificate of Incorporation of the Corporation and shall be appointed jointly by the County Executive and the Chairman of the County Legislature subject to confirmation by the County Legislature.
The Universal Transportation Accessibility Task Force duty is to provide accessible environments for people of all ages and abilities and seeks to plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain bus systems to promote safe, comfortable, efficient, and convenient travel for people of all ages and abilities. This committee consists of nine members and meets monthly on the last Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
The Veterans Affairs Committee shall have the duty to make recommendations and advise the County Executive through the Director, Division of Veterans Services, on any issues of concern to Dutchess County veterans, and that in addition to advising the Legislature prior to taking any action which may affect veterans in accordance with their original charge, to also inform and advise the Dutchess County Legislature on any potential legislative matters of interest to veterans.
Six members shall be appointed by the County Executive, at least four of which shall be Veterans or immediate family members of veterans, and such appointments confirmed by the County Legislature, and
Six members shall be appointed by the Chair of the County Legislature, at least four of which shall be Veterans or immediate family members of Veterans, and such appointments confirmed by the County Legislature.
The mission of the Water and Wastewater Authority is to protect and enhance the health, environmental sustainability and economic stability of Dutchess County and its residents through the provision of clean drinking water and proper treatment of wastewater, acting at all times with a commitment to accountability and transparency. The Water and Wastewater Authority consists of five voting members and meets the third Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m.