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Dutchess County Seeks Applications for Human Rights Commission Members

Published: 6/6/2016

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Colleen Pillus

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and Chairman of the Legislature Dale Borchert have announced applications are being accepted to serve on the Dutchess County Human Rights Commission. Individuals who are dedicated to the cause of human rights and seek to ensure Dutchess County is an inclusive and respectful community for all are encouraged to apply as a Commission member, with the goal of the Human Rights Commission representing a broad spectrum of the community. Applications are available online at Application deadline is July 5, 2016.

County Executive Molinaro said, “Those who serve on the Human Rights Commission will have an important role here in Dutchess as we are seeking individuals who have demonstrated commitment to fostering mutual respect and understanding and can be a resource for those who feel they have been subject to bias or discrimination.”

The Dutchess County Human Rights Commission will serve in an advisory role and will be charged with the responsibilities of addressing discriminatory practices, attempting to resolve such practices and serve as an efficient referral of complaint materials to the New York State Division of Human Rights in the event a resolution cannot be reached. It will be the duty of the Commission to foster mutual respect and understanding among racial, religious, nationality, disability, LGBT and other groups in Dutchess County. The Commission will serve as a resource for the community to identify discrimination, address the issue and work with those involved to stop the behavior.

County Executive Molinaro announced the re-establishment of the Human Rights Commission earlier this year, along with the appointment of Jody Miller as Dutchess County’s new Equal Employment Opportunity/Human Rights Officer, who will serve as Chairperson for the Human Rights Commission. There has been tremendous community interest in the re-established Commission and an ad-hoc Advisory Committee has been formed to guide the application process. The 10-member advisory committee, with representation from Dutchess County Government, including members of the County Legislature, as well as several community and human services organizations, will review applications, conduct interviews and make recommendations to the County Executive and the Chairman of the Dutchess County Legislature, who each then appoint six nominees for a total of 12 commission members, plus the Chairperson. All appointments are subject to confirmation by the Dutchess County Legislature.

Legislature Chairman Borchert said, “Ensuring Dutchess County is a place where all individuals feel respected and included is certainly a critical priority for the Dutchess County Legislature. We encourage residents to spread the word about this opportunity to serve on the Human Rights Commission and provide a valuable service to enhance our community.”

More information about serving on the Commission, including members’ roles and responsibilities, can be found on the Dutchess County website at Applications can be submitted online; emailed to; or mailed or dropped off to: DC Human Rights Commission, 22 Market St., 5th Floor, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601. Application deadline is July 5th, with interviews expected to take place in July, with final appointments submitted to the County Legislature by early fall.