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DC Legislative District 12

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    Laurette Giardino (Dem) Retired

  • John Metzger (Rep)

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1. What can the County do to create employment opportunities for County Residents?

2. What can the County do to promote growth in the agriculture sector?

3. Now that the County has taken over the City of Poughkeepsie Bus system, what can be done to address the concerns of the residents for whom access has been reduced?

4. Dutchess County is struggling to find ways of coping with the growing opioid epidemic: how can we improve the effectiveness of current practice? Or, are there any alternative strategies that you feel would be worth considering?

5. How best can the County address the problem that inmate populations exceed the ability of the jail system to adequately house and support them?

6. Cities and towns in Dutchess County have seen a decline in the tax base, while infrastructure ages, and needs repair or replacing. How can the County address this?

7. What needs to be done to improve quality of and access to Mental Health resources for Dutchess County residents?

8. In 2015, 1 in 10 Dutchess County residents was receiving services from DCFS. What can the County do in order to improve upon what Family Services provides for those who rely on these services?

9. Should the County encourage development of alternative energy sources, and if so, what might be the most effective strategies?

Campaign Phone (845) 592-1645
Party Enrollment/Designations Democrats Working Families
Age 68
Experience Owned two businessess in Dutchess, a video store and a monthly Hudson Valley newspaper. I was an assistant bookkeeper and worked my way up to an assistant controller.
Education BA Mercy College AA Dutchess Community College
1) Offering tax credit to new and establish business to move to Dutchess County. Before they move to Dutchess, we need to know what job skills they need. Then we can establish training for these positions. The companies will then have trained people to hire. Job training programs for HS juniors and DCC students, in the trades. That they will spend the morning in school learning the basics, plus a business course and a course in the trade of choice. The afternoon they would work with a master tradesperson, to learn the from and finish their apprentice.
I am not completely familiar with the all needs of the agriculture sector at this time. I hope to spend some time discussing with farmers what they need to promote growth in Dutchess County
1) I think the best way to address the issues, is meet with other cities Directors of Transportation and see what they have done to meet the needs of the people. Then apply some of their programs.
1) We need to have a commission made up of various healthcare professionals, such as doctors, drug counselors, people with disabilities, DA, public defendants, police and anyone else that might be able to add to discuss. That they might be able to come up with a plan that we can implement.
1) Non-violent criminals can be put on house arrest with ankle bracelet. First time offenders non-violent do community services and rehabilitation programs.
1) Unfortunately, our federal government has not passed an infrastructure bill in over 8 years. Without assistance from the federal government the burdens fall on the states and local. Presently Dutchess County is sitting on a $60 million surplus from sales tax revenue. We can apply some of it toward local repairs. As a representative, we must contact our federal representatives requesting that they pass an infrastructure bill to assist our residents in improving the roads, & bridges and creating jobs.
1) Dealing with mental health issues, is very important. We need to have local clinics spread through Dutchess, so residents can have easy access. Training the police, firefighter’s and emergency response on how to properly deal with a mentally ill person. A commission to discuss how to deal with mental illness and what can be done in Dutchess
1) I presently don’t have enough information to answer this question
I support the use of alternative sources to replace fossil fuel. What would be best for Dutchess county I would leave to the experts in the field to suggest what sources would work best in Dutchess.
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