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It’s important to keep you informed of County news and announcements that may affect your lives and businesses. This section of the website does just that.

Here you'll find County Executive news releases and public service announcements, as well as news from the County Clerk, County Legislature and the Department of Health- providing you with information about a broad range of current issues and events. You'll also find newsletters from the Division of Aging Services to keep you informed about subjects and activities that are important to our senior citizens.

Public service announcements and radio spots highlight current issues within our county and offer you yet another source of information.  

Web feeds are available on our website for news content that changes frequently as well as public service announcements and radio spots.  You can subscribe to a specific Web/RSS feed by clicking on the RSS feed icon Web Feeds that appears next to the appropriate list title below.  Please note: RSS feeds must be viewed using a feed reader.  See Web Feed Help for more information.  For a complete list of Web/RSS feeds available on our website, see the Subscription Services webpage.




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  • April 22, 2015 -  County Executive Molinaro and Dutchess County employees participate in the Third Annual Earth Day Walk and Clean-up
         Poughkeepsie…To commemorate Earth Day today, County Executive Marc Molinaro joined fellow county employees for Dutchess County’s Third Annual Earth Day Walk and Clean-up. Participants gathered outside the County Office Building on Market Street in Poughkeepsie at noon to kick off the lunchtime walk. The clean-up effort included collecting liter and recyclables in the surrounding neighborhood of the County Office Building’s Market Street Campus. Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Solid Waste Management Lindsay Carille was on hand to help educate participants about which items could be recycled along the way.    Read more...


  • April 22, 2015 -  Rehabilitation Work on Harlem Valley Rail Trail to Begin This Week
         Poughkeepsie…The Dutchess County Department of Public Works (DPW) Highway Division will begin rehabilitation work this week on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail (HVRT). Existing surface pavement will be repaired along the trail to maintain an enjoyable and safe experience for all residents and visitors. The HVRT will remain open while work is underway, however trail users are advised to adhere to posted precautionary signs which may limit access to certain locations along the trail.   Read more...


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  • March 26, 2015 -  Return the FAVOR (Find and Assist a Veteran of Record) Program Celebrates Its Four Year Anniversary
         Poughkeepsie… In March of 2011, the Dutchess County Clerk’s Office and the county Division of Veterans Services launched the Return the FAVOR (Find and Assist a Veteran of Record) Program. A joint effort between the business community and county government was established to provide veterans with assistance in obtaining the services and benefits earned by them for their service. Four years later, over 3,500 veterans have enrolled in the program and over 200 participating merchants and businesses.   Read more...


  • March 18, 2015 -  Kendall Elected 1st Vice-President of the New York State Association of County Clerks
         Poughkeepsie… Bradford H. Kendall, Dutchess County Clerk, was recently elected to serve as 1st Vice-President of the New York State Association of County Clerks (NYSACC). He was unanimously selected by the association membership consisting of the 62 elected or appointed County Clerks in New York State. Kendall, who has served as County Clerk since 2006, previously held the role of 2nd and 3rd Vice-President. The term runs until February 2016.   Read more...


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  • April 14, 2015 -  ROLISON, DUTCHESS LEGISLATURE CALL FOR COMMON CORE OPT-OUT
         Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Legislature Chairman Rob Rolison announced today that the legislature passed a unanimous measure at its April 13 meeting supporting state Assembly and Senate bills to notify parents of their right to opt their children out of Common Core testing. The bipartisan Common Core Parental Refusal Act has been introduced in both houses of the state legislature. Among other things, the state legislation would clarify the right of parents of students in grades three through eight to opt out of the latest round of standardized testing, which begins with English Language Arts examinations on April 14; math testing for this age bracket starts next week.   Read more...


  • April 14, 2015 -  Dutchess Legislature Calls for Spill Study
         Poughkeepsie…Dutchess County Legislature Chairman Rob Rolison announced today that the legislature passed a unanimous resolution on April 13 to request that the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) complete a study of the potential impacts of a crude oil spill in or near the Hudson River. The bipartisan measure was sponsored by Rolison, Majority Leader Angela Flesland, Assistant Majority Leader Donna Bolner, Minority Leader Barbara Jeter-Jackson, Assistant Minority Leader Alison MacAvery, and others and passed by a vote of 25 to 0. The bill was overwhelmingly approved by the legislature’s Environment Committee on April 9. There is no cost to county taxpayers associated with the study.   Read more...


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Public Service Announcements and Radio Spots

Dutchess County and its departments provide many services to the public.  Through public service announcements and radio spots, we  try to make residents aware of these services and to diseminate important information about current topics.

Choose from the list below to get information in audio file format (ex. mp3) about various County services and issues that are both relevant and important.


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    9/16/2010 - Protect Yourself From the Flu - Dr. Michael Caldwell, Commissioner of Health
Type: audio/mpeg   -   Length in bytes: 23530

This public service announcement gives important information about how you can protect yourself, your family, and your community from the flu.

        ~ Click HERE to read more information from the Department.

    11/17/2009 - Be Handicapped Parking Considerate - Dutchess County Handicapped Parking Education Program
Type: audio/mpeg   -   Length in bytes: 7250

Observing handicapped parking rules is not just being considerate - it's the law!  Listen to this public service announcement by the Dutchess County Handicapped Parking Education Program.

        ~ Click HERE to read more information from the Department.

    11/17/2008 - Helping with Stress During the Holiday Season - Dr. Kenneth Glatt, Commissioner of Mental Hygiene
Type: audio/mpeg   -   Length in bytes: 14110

Learn how the services provided by the Dutchess County Department of Mental Hygiene can help in dealing with stress during the holiday season in this public service announcement.

        ~ Click HERE to read more information from the Department.

    11/2/2009 - Celebrate Veterans Appreciation Day - Nelson Eddy Rivera, Director of the Veterans Services
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This public service announcement shows how we honor our service men and women by celebrating Veterans Appreciation Day (2009).

        ~ Click HERE to read more information from the Department.

    11/17/2009 - Don't Blow It! A Message from Dutchess County STOP DWI
Type: audio/mpeg   -   Length in bytes: 14310

        ~ Click HERE to read more information from the Department.

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