Friday, June 26, 2015

Casey Heady-- amazing Rhinebeck High School graduating senior and Leukemia survivor-- her inspiring essay here-- read/share...

Hi all... Many of you may be aware by now that for the last twelve years I've served as County Legislator for Rhinebeck and Clinton, I've always done an annual essay contest for graduating Rhinebeck High School seniors-- on what they would do if they were a county legislator here in northern Dutchess (winners get $100 bills and/or savings bonds-- and chance to be on my Saturday a.m. WHVW.com 950 AM show to discuss their essay)... This year I am most proud to share with you all the name of the winner of the 12th Annual Dutchess County Legislature District #11 Essay Contest-- Casey Heady! Yes-- that Casey Heady-- the amazing young woman/girl-- who, literally nine years ago in fourth grade was diagnosed with Leukemia(!)...then pulled herself thru with the help of family and friends-- as reported recently in the River Chronicle, joining the swim team in seventh grade, picking up snowboarding, then joining crew in ninth grade-- then winning all sorts of gold/silver medals as a member of the Rhinebeck Crew team that actually went to the nationals last year-- and diving deeply into art in school, "pretty much taken every art class the school has to offer-- studio art, drawing, ceramics, mixed media, portfolio, painting, and advanced art exploration"(!): www.columbiagreenemedia.com/river_chronicle/article_5acdbc4e-de35-11e4-a503-c79621a81516.html www.rhinebeck.wordpress.com/2006/10/16/cacey-heady-and-the-2006-light-the-night-walks-2/ www.rhinebeckcrew.org/2014/05/16/rhinebeck-wins-on-the-hudson/ www.rhinebeck.wordpress.com/2006/12/03/64/ www.wnyc.org/story/93076-old-macdonald-had-fair/ [note-- Casey also seems to agree with me that DCC tuition costs should be held down: www.change.org/p/dutchess-county-executive-marcus-molinaro-freeze-dcc-tuition ] In ANY case-- without further ado then-- here's Casey's brilliant moving essay: "If I had the chance to be a county legislator and was able to influence and make a difference in my own community I would start with the things that are close to my heart. I would want to make it easier for high school graduates to get an affordable education with free community college. I would also want to make sure that there is always funding for programs that can help children through difficult situations in their early lives. These things are especially important to me because of the stage of life that I am now in. These things are personal and would affect me directly. This past year has been a particularly difficult one for me and my whole family. Starting with my Dad’s Alzheimer’s diagnoses leading to the loss of his job. The year seemed to slip through my fingers so quickly without a real plan for my continuing education. With money getting tighter and tighter it was an easy decision to go to Dutchess community college for a cheap start to my college years. Yet it is still hard to find the money to attend a community college when you can’t even seem to find the money for a new shirt. There are many Rhinebeck high school seniors who would never even consider going to Dutchess but for the ones like me who are not in a crazy rush to leave Rhinebeck or may not be able to afford another school, free community college would be a huge weight lifted off their shoulders. There are many graduating kids in the county who will not be attending any college next fall, and I think if there was a way to offer free education to them this would change. Education is so important and I strongly believe that money should never be an obstacle if you are hardworking and willing to learn. We do have a great opportunity that allows the top ten percent of each Rhinebeck high graduating class to attend Dutchess httpommunity college for free but in such a competitive school for grades like Rhinebeck it is extremely hard to secure a top ten percent ranking. Also most kids in the top ten percent don’t have much of an interest in attending dcc. Free community college would allow everyone to have a good start out of high school and encourage them to do bigger and better things with their lives. In 2006 when I was diagnosed with leukemia I spent a lot of time in hospitals. I was in and out and sometimes for prolonged periods of time. This brings me to another topic that I am passionate about. I wouldn’t have been able to have such a positive attitude if it weren’t for, of course, my friends and family but also programs like mill street loft. I remember them coming to Vassar hospital every Tuesday, it would be something I could look forward to. Something to keep me going, and when the day arrived it kept me occupied and distracted from the side effects of the chemo I was receiving. But it was much more to me than just a chance to do arts and crafts for the day. It was an opportunity to leave my room and talk to the other kids who were in similar situations. It was very therapeutic, and the volunteers running the program were always so friendly and interactive. I felt that I could really open up to them and they would listen no matter what even if they had no idea what to say, just having someone listen sometimes was good enough. Funding for small programs like this may not seem so important with all the other craziness going on in the world but looking through the eyes of an eight year old it meant everything to me. I would make sure that programs similar to this one would keep going. I’m sure that most people wouldn’t realize how important something so small can be. But I know that both the kids and the mentors benefited from this program. There are so many issues that hit home for me that it would be difficult to decide where to start. But I believe that it is important to fix or continue things that you have a personal connection to." [thx Casey!...Joel] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - From www.columbiagreenemedia.com/river_chronicle/article_5acdbc4e-de35-11e4-a503-c79621a81516.html ... Saturday, April 11, 2015 9:45 am Athletic Accolade -- Casey Heady By Julio Olivencia Columbia-Greene Media Columbia-Greene Media The lingering winter weather that delayed the thaw of the Hudson River might have delayed the Rhinebeck Crew team from getting out on the river, but those conditions didn’t get in the way of Rhinebeck High School girls crew team member senior Casey Heady from getting a head start on her journey toward excellence this season. “I know this year, as far as performance on the rowing machine, she’s the fastest she's ever been,” Crew Coach Ralph Bosco said. Bosco and the team are looking to expand on Heady’s experience and success as she was part of the girls’ lightweight four crew team that went all the way to nationals last year. “She will be vying for a spot on the women’s lightweight eight boat, and I expect her to be one of the key positions.” Bosco said Heady’s maturity and experience make her a natural leader for the team. “I expect Casey, with her age and experience to lead those girls to a state championship,” Bosco said. “Just being a senior and getting ready to go to college, the other girls will kind of look up to her and do what she asks.” How long have you played sports? then in fourth grade I was diagnosed with Leukemia so I had to back off, so I could recover. In seventh grade, I joined the swim team and started snowboarding and then I joined crew in ninth grade. What is you favorite sport? Crew. It’s the only thing I do now. I like the dynamic of the team. It’s like a little family. We all encourage each other a lot, and push each other to be better. What is your most memorable sports moment? Last year, going to nationals. We weren’t expecting it, so that was very exciting. I didn’t know that prom was also on the same day, so I had already been planning on going to prom and wasn’t expecting to go to nationals. I decided I could do both. We woke up at five, weighed in for the race, our race was at three, and right after the race I left to go to prom. I got ready in like 10 minutes and I was like an hour late, but it worked out. How would you describe your season? We definitely pushed harder than we had in the past, now we’re really excited to do that again. What area of your game has improved the most since you started last year? My times on the rowing machine have improved a lot. Just this past week I took 18 seconds off my time. Do you have any athletic ambitions for the future? I always want to stay active, but I don’t think that it needs to be any kind of organized sport. I’ve considered rowing in college, but I haven’t decided yet. What are some of your other interests? I like anything that can let me be creative. Art and nature are definitely my passions. Who is your greatest influence? My older brothers, they both did crew and I pretty much followed in their foot steps and they’re very supportive of me. My brother actually was the last boat to go to nationals before my boat. What is your favorite subject in school? Art. I have pretty much taken every art class the school has to offer. I’ve taken studio art, drawing, ceramics, mixed media, portfolio, painting, and now I’m in advanced art exploration. I started playing soccer in preschool and then I did softball and dance for five years throughout elementary school and What college(s) do you plan on attending? I plan on going to Dutchess for two years just so I can kind of figure out what I want to do after. What do you want to study in college? Right now, liberal arts and I can definitely see that changing in the next few years. What kind of music do you listen to? When I’m working out, I listen to rap and hip hop. When I’m doing art, I listen to The Fray, Plain White T’s, Green Day, and then at home I’m always listening to my dad play whatever instrument he has; mandolin usually. He plays a lot of blue grass.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

re: wage theft-- time to end it here in Dutchess!...(Chicago, San Francisco, Burlington, D.C., New Brunswick, and Princeton have already)...

[email all 25 of us at countylegislators@dutchessny.gov to build support for this brand-new resolution just submitted by yours truly to our County Legislature's offices-- let's make 2015 the year wage theft is banned here in Dutchess!...see: www.progressillinois.com/quick-hits/content/2013/01/18/chicago-lawmakers-pass-groundbreaking-ordinance-protect-employees-wage ; also see pages 6 and 7 of "Policy for Local Progress: Case Studies and Best Practices from Around the Country: www.localprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Policy-Briefs-Booklet-2014-v.2.pdf (thx to WFP for connecting Local Progress to us!)] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - WHEREAS, two years ago the Chicago City Council unanimously passed an ordinance making the city a national leader in the protection of employee wages; employers in the city are held accountable if found guilty of wage theft, thanks to the new ordinance, and could have their business licenses revoked, and WHEREAS, San Francisco, Burlington, Washington, D.C., New Brunswick, and Princeton have all also passed local laws banning wage theft, and WHEREAS, laws banning wage theft change the conversation about good business; to be pro-business also includes caring about how employees are treated, and it's an important step in leveling the playing field for the many ethical business owners in Dutchess County, and WHEREAS, in Chicago the possible revocation of a business license as punishment for wage theft, which includes paying employees less than the minimum wage and failing to pay for overtime, has been lauded by the National Employment Law Project as one of the strongest ways in which a city can stymie the problem, and WHEREAS, a recent study by the University of Illinois-Chicago's Center for Urban Economic Development found that approximately $7.3 million in employee wages are stolen in Cook County each week; comparable numbers are probable here in Dutchess County, and WHEREAS, minorities are adversely affected by wage theft with African Americans being 27 times more likely to be victims of the act compared to their Caucasian counterparts; immigrants are 1.5 times more likely to experience wage theft when compared to their American-born counterparts, and WHEREAS, laws banning wage theft reward businesses that are in accordance with employment law, and incentivizes wage stealing-employers to correct their ways; good jobs are the basis of strong communities; when workers receive their full paycheck, they spend more in their local communities, the government collects more taxes, and law-abiding businesses do not suffer from unfair competition, and therefore be it RESOLVED, that the Dutchess County Legislature hereby requests that Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro work with the Dutchess County Legislature to draft, pass, and sign into law legislation banning wage theft here in Dutchess County as has already been done in Cook County, San Francisco, Burlington, Washington, D.C., New Brunswick, and Princeton, and be it further RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be sent to Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro

Monday, June 15, 2015

12th annual essay contest for graduating high school seniors from Rhinebeck/Clinton-- 500 words or less emailed by June 24th to joeltyner@earthlink.net-- for cash prizes, radio time on WHVW.com 950 AM!...

Hi all... Do you know a student graduating from Rhinebeck High School June 27th? Ask them if they'd like to win a quick $100 (and time on my Saturday morning radio show on WHVW.com 950 AM if they'd like!)... Invite them to participate in my 12th annual Dutchess County Legislature District #12 Essay Contest for Graduating High School Seniors in Rhinebeck and Clinton!... [note-- as long as graduates live in Rhinebeck/Clinton they can participate; don't necessarily have to be graduating from Rhinebeck High; can be from another area school] Essays of 500 words or less must be emailed into joeltyner@earthlink.net by June 24th or received at our County Legislature's offices at 22 Market Street in Poughkeepsie (12601) by June 24th... Essay topic?...this-- "what would YOU do if YOU were county legislator for Rhinebeck/Clinton?" Go to these websites for info on some of the past essay contests I've hosted: www.rhobserver.com/23486/essay-contest-for-rhinebeck-clinton-graduates/ www.allevents.in/events/11th-annual-essay-contest-for-rhinebeck-high-school-graduating-seniors-sponsored-by-the-dutchess-cou/1391398914481368# www.rhinebecknyvillage.org/PDF/minutes/boardoftrustees/2013/05-14-13VBTMeetingMinutesFinal.pdf www.issuu.com/hudsonvalleynews/docs/062911_hudsonvalleynews/21 Joel 845-464-2245/876-2488 joeltyner@earthlink.net

jail expansion a $125 million waste-- unneeded (new facts here from DC Jail administration itself prove this)-- rally tomorrow!...

Hi all... [here below-- actual email from yours truly sent out yesterday thru ConstantContact.com] Time for a New Economy here in Dutchess for Main Street (not Wall Street)-- rebuilding our human and physical infrastructure with green, living-wage jobs, Locally Owned Import Substitution, Solarize discounts for homeowners across the county, real movement to zero waste, microenterprise, worker-owned cooperatives WITHOUT WASTEFUL JAIL EXPANSION if we work together, make it happen! Join County Legislator Joel Tyner, Poughkeepsie Councilmember Ann Perry, and activist Mae Parker-Harris Tuesday, June 16th at 4:30 pm for their Real Majority Project/Jobs Not Jails Coalition Rally for Eight Cost-Saving Alternatives to $125 Million Dutchess County Jail Expansion-- in front of the Dutchess County Office Building at 22 Market Street in Poughkeepsie! Facebook event link here: www.facebook.com/events/386846828181194/ . Note-- just after Tuesday's rally-- join Joel on the sixth floor of our County Office Building in our County Legislature's offices-- for meeting #2 of Joel's Youth in Government Committee(!): www.change.org/p/dutchess-county-legislature-hold-youth-in-government-days-for-high-school-middle-elementary-school-college-students . And-- please put this Saturday (June 20th) 4 pm on your calendars-- for a house party for Joel's re-election to our County Legislature representing Rhinebeck and Clinton-- at the home of Village Boardmember Gary Kenton and Laura Linder at 79 Arnett Road in Rhinebeck (12572)...(see y'all as well Weds. at Clare Brandt's-- for www.DianeJablonski.com )! Can't make it out to join us?...Please send what you can to "Keep Joel" at 324 Browns Pond Road, Staatsburg, NY 12580-- recall-- GOP spent $3450 in newspaper attack ads against Joel just in the last days before the 2013 election; Joel is Public Enemy #1 to local right-wing). [thx tons to many new folks in Clinton/Rhinebeck stepping up to gather petition signatures-- not just for Joel-- but also Diane Jablonski, Lisa Ghartey, Kathy Moloney, and Mary Williams] See www.NewEconomy.net for innovative job-creating solutions to turn Dutchess around now-- join Joel for the next meeting of his New Economy Task Force for Dutchess County Saturday, June 20th at 11:30 am at the Vassar Store at the corner of Raymond and Collegeview Avenues in Poughkeepsie; for more on Joel's New Economy vision see: www.dutchessdemocracy.blogspot.com/2015/03/dem-caucus-signs-my-new-economy-jobs.html ] FOUR NEW FACTS HERE ABOUT DUTCHESS COUNTY JAIL INMATES (FWD!): [Dutchess County Jail Administrator George Krom himself, together with jail staff Dan Roth, recently shared following information below with Co. Leg. Joel Tyner-- letters to editor needed to newspapers to get crucial truths out; Joel has already tried with local media.] 1. New (Unreported) Fact: There are currently 36 Dutchess County Jail inmates currently incarcerated charged merely for nonviolent drug possession (all 36 of these individuals have merely been charged for this-- no other crimes, violent or otherwise). 2. New (Unreported) Fact: Over 37 percent of Dutchess County Jail inmates have been charged merely with misdemeanors (looking at all 12 months in 2014). 3. New (Unreported) Fact: Over 130 18-year-old's and younger are incarcerated annually in the Dutchess County Jail-- including 21 girls/young women (looking at all twelve months of 2014). 4. New (Unreported) Fact: Literally over 44 percent of Dutchess County Jail inmates are African-American-- 195 out of a total of 439 inmates (with 242 whites with two "other")-- while African-Americans make up only 10.9 percent of Dutchess population and whites make up 82 percent of our county population. www.quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/36/36027.html [on that note-- see the Center for Constitutional Rights' Bill Quigley's "40 Reasons Our Jails and Prisons Are Full of Black and Poor People" published June 2nd: www.commondreams.org/views/2015/06/02/40-reasons-our-jails-and-prisons-are-full-black-and-poor-people ] Recall-- the very front page of the June 2nd Poughkeepsie Journal reminded us all why jail expansion not necessary... Fact: "Violent crime in Dutchess County dropped nearly 22 percent from 2010 to 2014, according to new state data." [from "Crime Plummets in Dutchess, Ulster" by Nina Schutzman and Jon Campbell: www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/new-york/2015/06/01/crime-reports-plummet-dutchess-ulster/28331975/ ] Email countylegislators@dutchess ny.gov-- build support for the Tyner/Farley/Ignaffo resolution to stop jail expansion with these eight alternatives listed here below...[currently Dem Beacon Co. Leg. April Marie Farley and Green Hyde Park Co. Leg. Nick Ignaffo are the only two co-sponsoring Tyner's resolution a bit below on this (scroll down)]! Eight Ways to Cut Jail Population by 200 (more detail for each solution in resolution below): [numbers below don't lie; add up to diversion possible for 200 DC Jail inmates currently housed out or in "pods"] 1. 30 LESS WOMEN INMATES HOUSED (HOUSING + SOLUTIONS AS IN BROOKLYN) [Criminal Justice Council recommendation; also Geri Wilmott: www.HousingPlusSolutions.org/ ; www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/opinion/valley-views/2015/03/05/evidence-based-reforms-can-lead-fewer-incarcerations/24451155/ ] 2. 10 LESS YOUTH INMATES (SUMMER JOBS PROGRAM CUT CRIME 43%: CHICAGO) [University of Chicago Crime Lab proved this- see http://www.FightCrime.org/ ; www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/12/08/one-cheap-way-to-curb-crime-give-teens-a-summer-job/ ] 3. 50 LESS MENTALLY ILL INMATES- DIVERT (AS IN MIAMI, SAN ANTONIO, & NYC) [fact that Molinaro/GOP have at least partially given in to us on this issue since my Jan. 6th letter to the County Executive means even more that jail expansion unnecessary; 80 percent of DC Jail inmates mentally ill-- MHANYS.org; Bexar.org ; www.dutchessdemocracy.blogspot.com/2015/01/five-co-leg-dems-sign-my-letter-to.html?m=0 4. 20 STATE PAROLE VIOLATOR INMATES IN HALFWAY HOUSES [ www.NICIC.GOV/ ; www.Fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-it-might-be-time-to-rethink-the-rules-of-parole/ ; www.archive.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20130721/NEWS01/307210065/VIDEO-Dutchess-must-find-answers-jail-conundrum ] 5. 15 LESS INMATES WITH BAIL LESS THAN $2000 (AS IN TOMPKINS COUNTY) [Tompkins County saves $400K annually-- www.OARTompkinsCounty.com/ ] 6. 20 LESS INMATES-- DECRIMINALIZE NONVIOLENT MISDEMEANORS (AS IN NYC) [NYC decriminalized many nonviolent misdemeanors-- DrugPolicy.org ; www.newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/04/28/cbs2-exclusive-decriminalize-low-level-offenses/ ] 7. 30 LESS INMATES AWAITING TRIAL (EXPEDITE CASE PROCESSING AS IN BRONX) [Diane Jablonski has cited this; 80 percent of DC jail inmates awaiting trial: www.NYC.gov/JusticeReboot ; www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/opinion/valley-views/2015/05/06/jail-related-issues-need-illumination-dutchess/70903068/ ] 8. 25 LESS INMATES CUT IN RECIDIVISM (AS IN BROOKLYN-- COMALERT) [$2300/yr. per inmate released-- www.BrooklynDA.org/re-entry-programs -- even Molinaro has pointed out that 90 percent of inmates are released within a year of entering the DC Jail-- and according to DC Jail administration itself, well over half the inmates who leave are locked up again within three years-- due to lack of governmental/funding support for truly comprehensive/effective re-entry program; www.mobile.nytimes.com/2007/11/29/opinion/29thu3.html?referrer&_r=0 ] More info: www.ENJAN.org/ www.Vera.org/ www.JobsNotJails.weebly.com/ www.RightonCrime.com/ Contact: joeltyner@earthlink.net 845-464-2245/845-876-2488 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - [again-- pls email countylegislators@dutchessny.gov-- build support for Tyner/Farley/Ignaffo resolution to stop jail expansion with these eight alternatives listed here below...why aren't other Dems/GOP on board this?...right now Dem Beacon Co. Leg. April Marie Farley and Green Hyde Park Co. Leg. Nick Ignaffo are the only two co-sponsoring Tyner's resolution here] WHEREAS, according to former Dutchess County Comptroller Diane Jablonski, New York City has embarked upon an effort to significantly reduce the length of stay in jail, modeled on a successful program in the Bronx that includes collaboration among judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, correction officials, and other participants in the justice system; the Dutchess County Criminal Justice Council recommended in 2012 that such needless delays in process WHEREAS, according to our county's Public Defender, 80 percent of Dutchess County Jail inmates have merely been charged (they haven't gone to trial or been sentenced/convicted), land over 63 percent of inmates have been charged with misdemeanors (37%) or nonviolent felonies (37%), and WHEREAS, the Poughkeepsie Journal recently reported that there are over sixty state parole violators in jail, many of them incarcerated merely for failing a urine test; according to the National Institute of Corrections, they could and should be safely in halfway houses for $65/day instead of much more being incarcerated in the Dutchess County Jail, and WHEREAS, the Dutchess County Executive recently committed publicly to make sure mentally ill here in Dutchess are no longer arrested and incarcerated in our County Jail by making sure all law enforcement officers in Dutchess County get Crisis Intervention Training and putting into place services for the mentally ill; according to the Dutchess County Criminal Justice Council, literally 80 percent of Dutchess County Jail inmates have substance abuse or mental health issues, and WHEREAS, diverting mentally ill from arrest and jail greatly lessens any perceived "need" for jail expansion; Miami-Dade County saves $12 million a year by diverting mentally ill from arrest and jail and was able to shut down one of their jails there for this reason (because they lowered their jail census from 7800 inmates to 4800 inmates this way), and San Antonio (Bexar County/TX) saves $8 million a year by diverting mentally ill from arrest and jail; they literally had 800 empty jail beds after they foolishly went ahead with jail expansion anyway, according to a public statement by Steve Miccio, Ex. Dir. of People, Inc. at a Dutchess County Criminal Justice Council External Advisory Group public forum in January, and WHEREAS, there are now approximately sixty women currently incarcerated in the Dutchess County Jail, or in jail "pods", or being housed out as inmates to other county jails in New York State, and the Dutchess County Criminal Justice Council recommended alternative housing for many of these women, and WHEREAS, in Brooklyn, Housing + Solutions, Inc. and District Attorney Kenneth Thompson operate a diversion program for women with children; at Drew House, families have separate apartments and receive therapy or other treatment; typically women stay for 18 months to two years and leave without a criminal record, with a yearly cost of $35,000 per family compared to $135,000 or more for incarceration and foster care; a Columbia University team concluded the plan should be scaled up and replicated, and WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Dept. of Justice, each at-risk youth put on the right track and kept on the right track, away from criminal justice system saves $1.2 million; Dutchess County has allowed far too many youth to slip through the cracks in the local school-to-prison pipeline, get mixed up in our county's criminal justice system, and be incarcerated in our County Jail, when so many cost-saving, pro-active, preventive alternatives have not been explored locally; though County Executive Marcus Molinaro promised last May to make sure youth programs are fully funded, county funding eliminated five years ago for our county Youth Bureau's Project Return program has not returned, and neither has county funding for the Green Teen Community Gardening program for Poughkeepsie at-risk youth; there is also no longer a YMCA, YWCA, or even a Big Brothers Big Sisters in Poughkeepsie any more, and Columbus Elementary, Hyde Park Elementary, Arlington Elementary, and La Grange Elementary Schools have also all be shut down over the past several years, and WHEREAS, according to the Washington Post last December, "Chicago started a summer jobs program for teenagers attending high schools in some of the city's high-crime, low-income neighborhoods; research conducted by the University of Chicago Crime Lab found that students who were randomly assigned to participate in the program had 43 percent fewer violent-crime arrests over 16 months, compared to students in a control group," but thus far Dutchess County has refused to seriously fund a program like this to meet the true level of need in our communities; Nubian Directions' Robert Wright has recently stated there are at least 100 more at-risk youth unserved, and WHEREAS, according to Dutchess County Senior Budget Analyst in her May 7th prevention to our County Legislature's Budget, Finance, and Personnel Committee, Dutchess County taxpayers are paying quite a dear price indeed for at-risk youth who have not been kept out of our county's criminal justice system; she stated publicly in our County Legislature's Chambers on two separate occasions during her presentation the following: "Dutchess County taxpayers spent $33 million last year in contracted child institution costs-- about 65% of which is reimbursed by state/federal government. When you have just an extra handful of kids in detention or placement, that can change our budget in a million or two million dollars. Last year I asked [now retired] Dutchess County Community and Family Services Commissioner Bob Allers why a particular line item in the DCFS/DSS budget had been zeroed out when the year before it was $400,000, and he told me it was because one juvenile had left a facility," and WHEREAS, the police chief in Gloucester, Massachusetts recently decided not to arrest heroin addicts possessing heroin who turn themselves in; instead, the police department there is finding treatment to help those heroin addicts turn their lives around and make their communities safer, and WHEREAS, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro recently stated publicly that ninety percent of Dutchess County inmates are released in ten months; the current recidivism rate for Dutchess County Jail inmates is over fifty percent within five years of being released; the New York Times has recognized the effectiveness of Brooklyn's ComAlert re-entry program, which has greatly slashed recidivism there merely by investing $2300 per year per inmate after release; another program to ease re-entry, Circles of Support and Accountability, has been used successfully in Vermont, according to the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation; community-based, non-professional models to assist high-risk offenders to return to the community; these programs should be embraced here and the Exodus Transitional Community program already in place much more funded, and WHEREAS, the last confirmed amount is $39.9 million in stabilized reserves in our county's fund balance, according to Dutchess County Budget Senior Analyst Jess White in her recent presentation; literally nine percent of our county budget (well over the recommended five percent); if so many are willing to waste $125 million of our county tax dollars on an unneeded expansion of our County Jail, Dutchess County would do well to invest in the ways described above to avoid this, and therefore be it WHEREAS, there are now dozens of Dutchess County Jail inmates now needlessly incarcerated with incredibly low bail amounts, accused of nonviolent misdemeanors, who pose no threat to public safety; Opportunities for Alternatives and Resources, a United Way agency in Tompkins County supported by both Republicans and Democrats in the County Legislature there, saves $400,000 in jail costs annually in a county with a population less than a third of Dutchess County; New York City will soon be following this model, and WHEREAS, Dutchess County could and should also follow the recent example of New York City to decriminalize minor offenses like public consumption of alcohol, bicycling on the sidewalk, being in a park after dark, and failure to obey a park sign; penalties and fines will still have to be paid for those offenses but not jail time; New York City has found that literally 88 percent of folks there arrested for low-level offenses end up spending a week or two in jail awaiting trial because they cannot afford even low bail; the same is undoubtedly true here; New York City also has decided smartly last year not to prosecute youth for low-level marijuana possession; Dutchess could as well, and therefore be it RESOLVED, that the Dutchess County Legislature affirms publicly that it is adamantly opposed to jail expansion, as the above alternatives have not been fully explored, and urges the Dutchess County Executive to work with the Dutchess County Legislature to explore the above alternatives instead, and be it further RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Dutchess County Executive, Dutchess County Sheriff, and the Dutchess County Criminal Justice Council STAY CONNECTED: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Pinterest Forward this email This email was sent to joeltyner@earthlink.net by joeltyner@earthlink.net | Update Profile/Email Address | Rapid removal with SafeUnsubscribe™ | Privacy Policy. 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Monday, June 8, 2015

Green Teen program is amazing-- help April Marie Farley, Francena Amparo, Micki Strawinski, Alison MacAvery, Nick Ignaffo, and me get it back into our county budget for Poughkeepsie!...

[thx tons to five of my Democratic Dutchess County Legislator colleagues-- April Marie Farley (who publicly honored Beacon Green Teens at tonight's Co. Leg. mtg.), Francena Amparo, Micki Strawinski, Alison MacAvery, and Nick Ignaffo-- for signing on to my letter just below calling on the County Executive to restore funding eliminated for CCEDC's Green Teen Gardening Program for Poughkeepsie!....email all 25 of us at countylegislators@dutchessny.gov to build support on this (sadly, GOP Co. Leg.'s Gregg Pulver and Marge Horton made sure they were part of April's photo-op with Beacon Green Teen kids just a few hours ago at the beginning of tonight's Co. Leg.-- but no Republican county legislators signed the letter below-- why?)...for more see: www.ccedutchess.org/youth-4h/green-teen-community-gardening-program.php ; reecall my Poughkeepsie Journal Valley Views op-ed last December noted Green Teens program: www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/opinion/valley-views/2014/12/01/tyner-dutchess-budget/19743753/ ; recall my petition against jail expansion comparing/contrasting GOP de-funding CCEDC/youth: www.change.org/p/dutchess-county-legislature-stop-dutchess-county-jail-expansion-invest-in-people !...J] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Mr. Marcus Molinaro Dutchess County Executive 22 Market Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Dear County Executive Molinaro (Marc): We, the undersigned various members of the Dutchess County Legislature, ask you to work with us to immediately restore $50,000 in county funding that was eliminated for the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County’s Green Teen Community Gardening program in Poughkeepsie. As CCEDC notes, “The Green Teen program empowers urban youth to be effective community change-agents by immersing them in the local food system. This youth development program teaches life and work skills through hands-on experiences in farming and gardening, health and nutrition, entrepreneurship, and leadership. During the school year, Green Teen holds local programs both during and after school where participants grow plants and vegetables in their classrooms, on farms, and in community gardens. During the Spring Program we work with Beacon teens after school exploring various aspects of the food system. Green Teens work in our garden, take trips to local farms and each work on their own photography project. The photos are featured in a photography show in June each year. During the Summer Program, Green Teen works with teens in Beacon to grow vegetables, learn culinary skills, and help one of our partnering farms, Common Ground, deliver produce within the Beacon community through our mobile market- Common Greens.” Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County has more than proven more many years now that their Green Teen Community Gardening program has been an incredibly effective and valuable one in making sure that at-risk youth in our communities get put on the right track and stay there. Senior Dutchess County Budget Analyst Jess White informed us last month that there is now a stabilized-reserve fund balance of $39.9 million— Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County’s Green Teen Community Gardening program needs and deserves a place back in our county budget as soon as possible: now this summer.

ban toxic toys in Dutchess!...(Suffolk and Westchester County Legislatures just voted UNANIMOUSLY to do this; Albany County too)...thx to Francena Amparo, Micki Strawinski, and April Marie Farley for signing on to my letter on this tonight!...

[thx tons to four of my Co. Leg. colleagues-- Francena Amparo, April Marie Farley, Micki Strawinski, and Nick Ignaffo-- for signing on to this letter below circulated by yours truly at the full board meeting for our County Legislature a bit earlier tonight!...(sadly, this is a much smaller number than signed back in December-- back then GOP Co. Leg. Marge Horton signed nearly identical letter-- along with seven other Dem county legislators (besides myself)....urrrrgh...ugh...ah well...ball in your court folks...help build support!...email all 25 of us at countylegislators@dutchessny.gov!...recall: www.dutchessdemocracy.blogspot.com/2014/12/bipartisan-support-for-my-letter-to-ban.html ...and thx again to Kathy Curtis and Bobbi Chase Wilding of www.CleanandHealthyNY.org and the NY League of Conservation Voters for their leadership on this!...J] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Mr. Marcus Molinaro Dutchess County Executive 22 Market Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Dear County Executive Molinaro (Marc): Just over the last few months both the Suffolk and Westchester County Legislatures have passed legislation to ban toxic toys, and last December five Republican Albany County Legislators joined twenty-nine Democratic Albany County Legislators, with the help of the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and Clean and Healthy New York, “to vote to ban items for children under 12 that contain seven possible cancer-causing chemicals” (antimony, arsenic, benzene, cadmium, cobalt, lead, and mercury— still being found in toys). As the Poughkeepsie Journal itself reported last December, “parents buying gifts this holiday season might be giving their children something more than the latest hot toy, according to a new report. The New York League of Conservation Voters and Clean and Healthy New York went shopping at Target, Wal-Mart and Party City in White Plains and at Lord & Taylor's, Children's Place, Spencer's and Macy's in Yonkers. They used a hand-held device called an X-ray fluorescence analyzer, which performs a chemical analysis of an item.” More from the same Poughkeepsie Journal article last December— “Among their findings-- antimony, a semi-metallic chemical, in six products; cadmium, a soft metal, in seven products; cobalt, a chemical, in four products, and lead, long recognized as a danger to children, in three products—including the following items: DM Productions Breast Cancer Awareness charm bracelet; Expressions wooden flower necklace; Lego Legends of Chima LEDLite/key chain; Monster High Draculaura Freaky and Fabulous Doll; Hot Wheels Gift Pack; The Children's Place boy's red fleece; DC Comics Superman penlight; Thomas & Friends Toy Train; The Children's Place, girl's pink hoodie; Guess dress; Wal-Mart jewelry set; Expressions accessory set.” Chillingly, the Poughkeepsie Journal also reported in the same article last December that, “Dutchess County is home to many of these stores, as well.” Note: specifically, the Albany County Legislature voted overwhelmingly last Friday for “the Commissioner of the Albany County Department of Health to be authorized and empowered to promulgate such rules and regulations as he or she deems necessary to implement this law [banning dangerously toys from being sold in local stores— toys containing , arsenic, benzene, cadmium, cobalt, lead, or mercury]. We, the various undersigned members of the Dutchess County Legislature,ask that you work with Dutchess County Health Commissioner Dr. Kari Reiber to make the same thing happen here to protect local children—we ask that you make sure that toys here in Dutchess County are free from these same seven nasty toxins. Thank you for your attention to this— Dutchess kids are just as important as Albany’s, Westchester’s, and Suffolk’s!

only 1 GOP Co. Leg. (Marge Horton) signs Lyme/health insurance letter (tho 8 of 11 GOP county legislators signed exact same letter in July 2009!)...

[thx tons to GOP Co. Leg. Marge Horton and three of my Dem Co. Leg. colleagues (Francena Amparo, April Marie Farley, and Micki Strawinski)-- and Green Co. Leg. Nick Ignaffo-- for signing this letter below at tonight's Co. Leg. full board meeting...sad/eerie/twisted thing is that the letter below is essentially the same as my resolution included here below that got passed 22-3 back in July 2009 in support of then Assemblymember Joel Miller's A.2100 Lyme/health-insurance legislation-- see UnderOurSkin.com, ILADS.org for more; call Cuomo and state legislators at 877-255-9417 to get them off the dime on this!...recall: www.dutchessdemocracy.blogspot.com/2009/07/our-chronic-lyme-disease-treatment.html ...J] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Governor Andrew Cuomo: State Senate Leader John Flanagan: State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie: State Senators Terrance Murphy & Sue Serino: Assemblymembers Didi Barrett, Kevin Cahill, Stephen Katz, Kieran Lalor, & Frank Skartados: Dear New York State Leaders: Assemblymembers Didi Barrett, Kevin Cahill, Frank Skartados, and many others are co-sponsoring A.1277, legislation for New York State to follow the great examples of Rhode Island and Connecticut, where for many years now anyone with Lyme or tick-borne disease has comprehensive health coverage. We, the various undersigned members of the Dutchess County Legislature, ask that you pass and sign into law A.1277 and companion legislation in the New York State Senate— Lyme and tick disease is serious in Dutchess. This, frankly, should not be a partisan issue— as the fact is that literally six years ago the resolution below in support of then-Assemblymember Joel Miller’s legislation passed 22-3 in our own County Legislature here in Dutchess County, with eight of eleven Republican county legislators voting for this— and all others as well: "WHEREAS, according to a Poughkeepsie Journal editorial May 1st, "New York leads the nation in the number of Lyme disease cases (more than 27,000 reported in 2007); Dutchess County accounts for roughly a quarter of those diagnoses, and has the third highest number of new infections of any county in the country," and WHEREAS, according to the same editorial, "caused by a bacterial infection from the bite of a deer tick, Lyme may cause debilitating symptoms affecting a person's skin, nervous system, heart and/or joints," and WHEREAS, current law does not specifically stipulate that Lyme Disease and other tick borne related pathogens be covered under individual and group health insurance policies or workers' compensation, and WHEREAS, A.2100, state legislation, would require that Lyme disease here in Dutchess County and across New York be covered under the aforementioned insurance policies, and WHEREAS, A.2100 also specifically states that long-term treatments of the disease be covered if so recommended by a physician licensed to practice in New York State, and WHEREAS, Lyme Disease strikes many New Yorkers each year; A.2100 would ensure that their pain and suffering is not complicated by a lack of medical coverage, including long term coverage, for care of the disease, and therefore be it RESOLVED, that the Dutchess County Legislature requests that our both houses of our state legislature pass and Governor Paterson sign into law A.2100, to make sure that Dutchess County and New York State residents afflicted with chronic Lyme disease are covered under individual or group health insurance policies, and be it further RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be sent to Governor David Paterson, State Senators Vincent Leibell and Stephen Saland, and Assemblymembers Greg Ball, Kevin Cahill, Joel Miller, Marcus Molinaro, and Frank Skartados."