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Molinaro Appoints Two Key Planning & Development Positions
New Positions will address priority areas of Economic Development and Solid Waste Management

Published: 1/24/2012

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Colleen Pillus

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro has announced two appointments within the Department of Planning & Economic Development: 

  • Ronald Hicks as Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Planning & Economic Development
  • Lindsay Carille as Solid Waste Coordinator

The appointments follow approval by the Dutchess County Legislature of the newly created position of Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Planning and Economic Development. The County Legislature also authorized the County to serve as the planning unit in connection with the preparation of a Local Solid Waste Management Plan as required by New York State Environmental Conservation Law. The appointment of the Solid Waste Coordinator will enable the County to begin functioning in the planning unit capacity. These two appointments have no new fiscal impact on the County’s 2012 operating budget.

“I appreciate the support of the Dutchess County Legislature in making these logical, focused changes within our Department of Planning & Development,” said County Executive Molinaro. “As we move forward in this next chapter of Dutchess County Government, we must focus on economic growth and address issues that have reached a critical point including solid waste management.    The appointment of these two new positions will provide us with that focus.”

As Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Planning and Economic Development, Ron Hicks will coordinate County departments in conjunction with municipalities, public authorities and private enterprise to foster economic development.

“Economic growth and job creation is the most significant priority of my administration.   Ron brings new energy and ideas for stimulating economic growth and will provide the necessary coordination of county resources and existing federal, state and local economic development programs for maximum benefit,” said County Executive Molinaro.

Ron HicksMr. Hicks served as the President and CEO of the Rockland Economic Development Corporation where he was responsible for the economic development program for Rockland County including the Empire Zone, Rockland Industrial Development Agency and the Westchester Rockland Revolving Loan Fund. Prior to his service in Rockland County, he served as the Director of Economic Development for the City of Fort Lauderdale in Florida.

Mr. Hicks also has extensive experience in state and county government.   He served as former New York State Governor Pataki’s Regional Representative, acting as a liaison to citizens, local governments, and state and federal officials in the Hudson Valley. Prior to his state government experience, he served as the Dutchess County Deputy County Clerk/Deputy Commissioner of Motor Vehicles from 1996 to 1999.   Mr. Hicks is a graduate of Marist College.

He also serves on numerous economic development and community boards including:

  • New York State Economic Development Council – Board of Directors
  • Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation – Board of Directors
  • American Cancer Society – Regional Board of Advisors
  • American Heart Association – New York State Advocacy Committee
  • Rockland Center for the Arts – Board of Directors

“I am looking forward to working with County Executive Molinaro to re-energize economic development efforts in Dutchess County.    The economy has changed dramatically over the past several years and now is the time to seize new opportunities with a new economic development model,” said Mr. Hicks.

Dutchess County Legislator John Forman, who represents District 18 – City of Beacon, said, “County Executive Molinaro has rightly focused the County’s priorities on economic growth. I believe this new position will be an invaluable resource to building new public and private partnerships and ensuring we are using all of the tools available to us to help strengthen and grow our local economy.”

Dutchess County Legislator James R. Doxsey, who represents District 1 – Town of Poughkeepsie, said, “I do believe the County will have superior growth as a result of having this new position. I appreciate County Executive Molinaro’s continued commitment to transparency as he spent considerable time addressing questions and fully explaining the benefits and goals of having a committed economic development position within County Government.”

Dutchess County Legislator Sue Serino, who represents District 4 – Hyde Park, said, “Encouraging and supporting business development is vital if we want to have a strong local economy. As a small business owner in Hyde Park, I know we have many opportunities for economic success and having a key county level position to help us capitalize on those opportunities is certainly welcome.”

As Solid Waste Coordinator, Lindsay Carille will be responsible for planning, developing and coordinating the implementation of the comprehensive, environmentally-sound solid waste management plan on a county-wide basis. This includes the integration of both public and private facilities for collecting, transferring, hauling, processing, recycling and disposing of solid waste and recyclables in Dutchess County.

“With Lindsay as our Solid Waste Coordinator, we are eager to move forward in the completion of the Local Solid Waste Management Plan (LSWMP) and working together with the state Department of Environmental Conservation as well as the local organizations to increase the amount of recyclables in Dutchess County,” said County Executive Molinaro.

Lindsay CarilleMs. Carille is a graduate of SUNY Potsdam.   She joined Dutchess County Government in 1996, beginning her county government career in the Dutchess County Clerk’s Office. She began in the Department of Planning & Development in 1999, where she is currently a Senior Planner.   She has been a lead planner for seven Dutchess County communities and has overseen the administration of the Dutchess County Capital Program.   Ms. Carille worked closely with former Commissioner of Planning & Development Roger Akeley when he served as Acting Commissioner of Solid Waste.   She has extensive knowledge of recycling initiatives and solid waste management practices. Her analytical skills will be extremely valuable in the creating various models for the future of solid waste management.

“I am excited for this new opportunity and look forward to helping to create a plan with County Executive Molinaro that will define the future improvements for how we handle solid waste in Dutchess County and increase awareness and participation in recycling efforts,” said Ms. Carille.

County Legislator Jim Miccio, who represents District 17 – Town/Village of Fishkill, and served as the Chair of the County Legislature’s Resource Recovery Reform committee said, “It is a critical time for the county to be focused on solid waste management. The County Legislature has strongly advocated for this position to be filled and I am very pleased County Executive Molinaro has made recycling and solid waste management a priority.”

“We must aggressively focus on economic growth and ensure Dutchess County Government operates as effectively and efficiently as possible.   These two positions will help ensure we do exactly that,” concluded County Executive Molinaro