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From: Joel Tyner
Subject: Susan-- GOP shot down jobs summit resolution-- not jobs fair-- please correct as soon as possible!...
Date: Apr 9, 2010 2:32 PM
It's hard enough trying to get anything done in Dutchess County without being completely and totally misrepresented in the media...
I have sent you many press releases over the last few weeks about my proposal (endorsed by the Democratic Caucus of our County Legislature) for a public jobs summit (with representation from business, labor, academia, taxpayers)...
In fact, I even sent out yet another press release this morning on this (besides the one I sent out just last night on this)-- making it clear that Hank Gross' original post on this was wrong; to Hank's credit, he corrected the piece on his website after I called him...
Just now I heard you erroneously parrot GOP talking point on WAMC about supposedly how my (Dem caucus) initiative was for a so-called "jobs fair"...
I'm trying to figure out why you reported this-- repeating the false Republican attack on this idea-- when, as my press release hours ago this morning and all my press releases on this made clear the difference between a jobs summit and a "jobs fair"...
Please run a correction on the air and WAMC website as soon as possible...
[here below-- press release I sent out many hours ago this morning-- that apparently you didn't read, along with all the other press releases I sent out on this issue]
Media-- fact: jobs summit (not jobs fair) resolution was killed by GOP Co. Leg. last night...
[note-- to his credit, MidHudsonNews.com's Hank Gross already made correction to website this a.m.-- just want to make sure all in media are aware-- Dem resolution was for jobs summit-- not jobs fair, k?...
see correction here: http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/2010/April/09/DCL_jobfairs-09Apr10.html ]
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CLARIFICATION PRESS RELEASE FROM CO. LEG. JOEL TYNER (CLINTON/RHINEBECK):
FACT IS GOP CO. LEG. MAJORITY KILLED RESOLUTION FOR JOBS SUMMIT-- NOT JOBS FAIR;
GO TO MIDHUDSONNEWS.COM NOW-- CORRECTION ALREADY BEEN MADE TO THIS ON WEB;
AGAIN-- TYNER TO CONVENE PUBLIC JOBS SUMMIT SOON ANYWAY; MUCH SUPPORT FOR THIS
[Info: 242-3571; 876-2488]
Friday morning April 9th-- County Legislator Joel Tyner (Clinton/Rhinebeck) is issuing a clarification press release today to make sure that all in the media are aware that at last night's Budget, Finance, and Personnel Committee meeting the Dutchess County Legislature's GOP majority killed Tyner's resolution (supported by the Democratic Caucus) for a public jobs summit (with business, labor, academia, and taxpayers)-- not a jobs fair, as was reported earlier today by MidHudsonNews.com-- and as erroneously characterized by GOP Co. Leg. John Forman at last night's meeting.
[correction made-- http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/2010/April/09/DCL_jobfairs-09Apr10.html ]
Important-- Tyner will convene a public jobs summit soon-- regardless of Co. Leg. vote last evening.
Fact: Marist Bureau of Economic Research's Ann Davis, Vassar Economics Dept.'s Paul Ruud, Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Nancy Amy, and Beacon Chamber of Commerce President Ron Iarossi-- along with Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation Coordinator Susan Delgiorno have all enthusiastically expressed their interest to Tyner in working with him to pull off a jobs summit.
Fact: The following three pillars of our county's business community also told Tyner directly that they would gladly participate in a public jobs summit if the resolution passed (and of course Tyner will still try to pull these folks in to help on this project): Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation President John MacEnroe, Mike Tomkovich, Chair of the Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency, and Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Ann Meagher.
Fact: The Poughkeepsie Journal reported March 5th that "Dutchess County's unemployment rate hit 8.4 percent in January, a big jump over the 7.7 percent rate of December and the highest since 1994."
Here are four proven-effective ways to stimulate job growth on local level that Dutchess has not done:
1. Follow example of Albany and Nassau counties and Towns of Babylon, Bedford, City of Binghamton:
create Sustainable Energy Loan Fund: green jobs, help homeowners afford energy-efficiency retrofits.
[see: http://www.LIGreenHomes.com ; http://www.newpaltz.edu/crreo/keeping_pace.pdf ;
2. Zero-waste approach to resource recovery to save tax dollars, create green jobs, cut carbon levels
[now 50 other Dutchess folks signed on to support this-- at http://www.petitiononline.com/zeroyes (as in Tompkins, Rockland, Onondaga, San Francisco, Seattle); fact is that recycling/composting is 10x more jobs than incineration/landfilling approach-- http://www.ilsr.org/recycling/recyclingmeansbusiness.html ]
3. Funding for microenterprise-- not chain stores-- real $ for Gateways to Entrepreneurial Tomorrows
[see: http://www.GetHudsonValley.org ; Orange County supports GET much more than Dutchess does]
4. Follow example of Los Angeles City Council unanimous vote re: $28B: hold local banks responsible.
[see: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dennis-santiago/los-angeles-pushes-for-re_b_488126.html; also see: http://www.MovetheMoney.info ; reform county investment policy here as in Rockland County; see:
http://www.co.rockland.ny.us/Legislature/LNews/09/021709.pdf (Rockland Co. passed unanimously); follow recent Northern Dutchess Alliance recommendation for "Community Reinvestment Report";
see: http://www.northerndutchess.org/images/NDABlueprintWeb.pdf (see p. 82); banks accountable]
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[text here of Tyner's resolution from last night]
WHEREAS, the Poughkeepsie Journal reported March 5th that "Dutchess County's unemployment rate hit 8.4 percent in January according to the New York State Department of Labor
WHEREAS, Dutchess County's unemployment rat was 7.7 percent in December; 8.4 percent is the highest rate for our county since 1994, and
WHEREAS, there are now well over 10,000 Dutchess County residents officially on unemployment, and
WHEREAS, people without jobs can't pay taxes, and
WHEREAS, people without jobs can't purchase products and services to turn our local economy around, and
WHEREAS, many good ideas on how to turn our local economy around have been suggested by various members of the private sector, unions, local colleges, and local taxpayers, and therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the Dutchess County Legislature will hold a public Jobs Summit in the next sixty days, to hear input from Dutchess County taxpayers as well as expert advice from business leaders in the private sector, labor representatives, local academia, et. al., with the County Executive invited as well to participate in this, and be it further
RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Dutchess County Executive, Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce, Rhinebeck, Hyde Park, Beacon, and Red Hook Chambers of Commerce, Dutchess County Central Labor Council, Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation, Bard College, Dutchess Community College, Marist College, and Vassar College.
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Here's the corrected version of pertinent article @ MidHudsonNews.com:
From http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/2010/April/09/DCL_jobfairs-09Apr10.html ...
Friday April 9, 2010
Dutchess lawmakers hold off on job summit
POUGHKEEPSIE - The Budget and Finance Committee of the Dutchess County Legislature Thursday held off on taking action on a resolution to conduct a jobs summit.
The resolution is sponsored by Democrat Joel Tyner, who has been criticized in a memo by County Executive William Steinhaus, a Republican, who said the county holds job fairs held by a number of agencies.
Nevertheless, Tyner said he has a lot of support from economic development and business organizations, which would participate in the summit.
"We cannot afford to play political games right now," he told the committee. "We have at least 10,000, perhaps 15,000 or 20,000 people on unemployment in Dutchess County. We have the worst unemployment rate we've had in 16 years."
But, Republican Legislator John Forman questioned the need for the legislature to hold a jobs summit.
"To me it's more of a feel good resolution and let's act like we're doing something positive here. I'm a little skeptical."
After the brief discussion, a Republican lawmaker called to table the issue and there were sufficient votes to do so.