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May 2, 2011      

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William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Steinhaus Meeting with President at White House on Tuesday

Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus will be in Washington, D.C. tomorrow (Tuesday) for the County Officials Meeting with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden.  The meeting will take place at the White House.   County Executive Steinhaus will be part of a small group of county officials selected from across the country who have been invited to discuss county issues with the President and Vice President as well as several Cabinet Secretaries and their deputies.

“Every level of government is facing fiscal challenges, but the county government level is where the services and programs are actually delivered,” said County Executive Steinhaus.  “It is important President Obama and other federal leaders hear the concerns of county officials and partner with us to deliver real solutions.” 

The meeting comes at the request of the National Association of Counties (NACo).  County Executive Steinhaus serves on NACo’s Board of Directors representing all counties in New York State.   The White House County Officials Meeting will focus on some of the key challenges facing county government including:

  • Infrastructure & Sustainable Communities
  • Breaking the Cycle of Jail & Poverty
  • Health Reform/Medicaid

The White House is interested in learning more about the innovative solutions that county governments are using to successfully overcome these challenges.    County Executive Steinhaus has led reorganization, consolidation and realignment of county agencies in Dutchess to create more efficient operations and cost savings.

Each invited county official was asked to submit one question in advance that they would most like to have address at the meeting.   County Executive Steinhaus’ submitted question is:  “What are federal leaders doing to reduce the tax burden on individuals and businesses?”

“Over my 20 years as Executive, we have worked hard to reduce the tax burden for our property taxpayers and we made tough choices in order to successfully freeze the property tax levy for 2011,” said Steinhaus.   “I am looking forward to hearing answers from the President about how federal leaders are trying to reduce the tax burden at the federal level.”

“It will be especially meaningful to be in our nation’s capital just two days following the news of Osama bin Laden’s death, which is such an important moment in our country’s fight against terrorism,” County Executive Steinhaus concluded.

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