Representing the people in Wappinger
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County Legislator Joseph D. Cavaccini was elected to serve the people of the Dutchess County Legislature’s 15th district in 2019. As a community advocate and appointed Town Historian for the Town of Wappinger, Cavaccini has dedicated most of his life to bettering the quality of life for the people of Wappinger. Having started his public service career at age 12 in 2012, he was appointed to his position within the Office of Town Historian for the Town of Wappinger. This appointment made him the youngest person to be appointed to a post within a municipal historian's office in New York State, as well as the youngest official to serve in a public capacity in the State.
In 2014, he was appointed by the Board of Directors of the Sports Museum of Dutchess County to fill the vacancy of Museum Curator. With this appointment, Cavaccini started the largest renovation in the museum's history and spearheaded the Legends of Dutchess exhibition. He is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Friends of Carnwath Farms Historic Site & Park Inc., a community-based organization working with the Town of Wappinger to promote and preserve the town-owned Carnwath Farms Park. Cavaccini also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Wappinger Historical Society. He is also involved in many recreational events and programming for the Town of Wappinger. From 2017 to 2019, he served the Town of Fishkill as their Town Historian.
On October 3, 2017, Cavaccini was elected to his first elected office representing the Grinnell Public Library District, which includes the Village of Wappingers Falls and Town of Wappinger. Assuming this office, made him the youngest elected official in the Town of Wappinger and the youngest at the time of taking office in New York State at 18 years old.
As a County Legislator, Cavaccini serves as an advocate of County resources for the people of Wappinger as well as the Town government itself (for grant funding, shared services and initiatives, etc.). He also advocates for the reconstruction of County roadways to accommodate existing traffic needs with increased communication with the public on these projects. He works to encourage smart economic development of our vacant, abandoned commercial parcels before development of undeveloped lands, including advocating for affordable housing for seniors and veterans, and limiting large housing developments that cause increased traffic and crowding in schools. He also favors creating partnerships with Dutchess County Government and the Town of Wappinger on expanding town water and sewer services to residents of District 15.