HYDE PARK DEMS READY FOR 2011 Caucus before losing to current Clerk Donna mcgrogan. Steinberg, who has been town justice since 2004, is a highly respected jurist who narrowly lost a bid for Dutchess County Court judge in 2010. The nominees must still win nomination at the Democratic caucus, which is usually held early in the summer. At the moment, it appears all the candidates, with the possible exception of Rohr, are virtual certainties in the upcoming caucus. The 2009 Democratic nominee for supervisor, Rich Perkins, has told Hudson Valley News he also intends to seek the nomination of his party at caucus. Perkins pressured former Supervisor Pompey Delaﬁeld to withdraw before the 2009 caucus, and subsequently lost to Republican Supervisor Tom Martino that November. There is some lingering bitterness amongst Delaﬁeld loyalists, but Perkins losing to the unknown Martino has some party activists looking to Rohr as an alternative. Perkins has been working behind the scenes in an attempt to determine the level of support for his candidacy. Democrats are very focused on ousting the abrasive Martino, along with councilmen Michael Taylor, Jim Monks and Mike Athanas. One Democrat told us, “For all the drama and acrimony from this bunch, they haven’t really accomplished anything. There are no new businesses to speak of and the police/court thing got done with mcarthur and Pompey.”
I would like to address several discrepencies in this article.
1) According to Mr. Langan's e-mail I posted, he doesn't use unnamed sources. So why then, is he writing a statement without disclosing his source? Is he engaging in pure fantasy?
According to the Daily Freeman in an article dated 11-05-2009, the Hyde Park Police Station was voted on four (4) times:
HYDE PARK — Town voters, having rejected three previous proposals to expand or relocate police and court facilities over the past four years, have finally accepted a plan.
By a vote of 2,010-1,645 on Tuesday, voters authorized town officials to borrow $2.8 million to build a 9,776-square-foot police station and town justice court on about five acres of donated land at Crum Elbow and Cardinal roads.
Approval of the latest ballot proposition came nearly three years after a state report detailed “inadequate, unprofessional and unsanitary conditions of the current police facility” on state Route 9G.
Prior to Tuesday’s election, town Supervisor Pompey Delafield was optimistic the project would be approved, saying critics of previous proposals were encouraged to participate in the planning process.
“This is fourth time, the price is right, the thoughts have gone in,” he said. “It’s been brought up by a group of citizens here in town who are reasonable, who are taxpayers themselves, and I would hope and think we have a good possibility of doing it.”
Two previous propositions involved the property to be donated by town businessman John Golden, but both had been defeated:
• On July 29, 2008, voters rejected, 1,444 to 1,344, a proposal for the town to borrow $3.8 million to build a 7,450-square-foot police station.
• On July 24, 2007, voters rejected, 1,783 to 1,439, a plan for a combined police/court building containing 14,000 square feet.
In November 2005, voters defeated, 667 to 336, a proposal to spend $932,500 to purchase an 8,000-square-foot, two-story building on Boice’s Road. Another $1.93 million would have been spent to renovate the building.
The town currently pays $27,723 annually in rent to property owner Abilities First of Poughkeepsie and another $9,000 in property taxes on the police station. Delafield noted that the rent is scheduled to increase by 10 percent in 2010.
In July 2006, a report by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services cited a number of “deficiencies” with the town police headquarters, including a lack of drinkable water, exposed wires, toilet leaks, an inadequate holding cell, a 4-by-4 foot office shared by three sergeants, a lack of security and a dispatcher without a full view of the building entrance.
2) So what did Pompey accomplish with the police facility?
a. He put it up for referendum three times. The first two times it was voted on, it didn't pass. Most interesting is that there apparently are petitions that Jean McArthur had circulated to force the Town Board to put the police/court facility for referendum. It can be speculated that she did so in order to 1) have a greater chance of not passing and 2) not allow any other supervisor to succeed (since her husband's political future can be said to be non-existent).
This explains what permissive referendum is:
Rather than having the Town Board vote on a resolution, petitions are circulated so that the voters will decide rather than the elected officials.
b. Pompey signed the contract with the architecture at the eleventh hour of his administration.
c. The following is the NYS Town Code concerning the subject of permissive referendum: http://law.justia.com/codes/new-york/2006/town/idx_twn0a7.html
And Yancy McArthur. What did he do?
1) He just talked about the building of a facility at Boyce Road. It was voted down. Apparently his delusional scheptor of power didn't extend over to the voters. Yancy dust is non-effective and certainly was so in the last election.
Now about the business statement:
1) There is the Dunkin' Donuts project that is currently in the final stages of approval with DOT.
2) There is the Hyatt Hotel Project that is in the final stages of being approved.