Monday, July 21, 2014

Friends of Fishkill Supply Depot receives battlefield preservation grant

http://midhudsonnews.com/News/2014/July/21/FishSupDep_grant-21Jul14.html

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FISHKILL – The Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot has received a grant of $24,600 from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program.

The funds will be used to create maps that depict archeological features of the property, which was George Washington’s principal supply depot during the Revolutionary War, said Friends Director Lance Ashworth.
“This site, because it is a Revolutionary War site, is not eligible for acquisition funds through the National Park Service, but it is eligible for preservation funds and those sorts of things can be used for archeological studies, historical studies, mapping, things like that, and in this case, we have asked the National Park Service for $24,600 to hire a firm to come in and first identify then locate and then consolidate all of the archeological studies that have been done at the Fishkill Supply Depot,” Ashworth said.

From the studies, the first aggregate report will be formulated.

The Supply Depot group has also secured a $1,200 matching grant from the Hudson River National Heritage for a fall conference with local governments and stakeholders to discuss the historical significance of the Fishkill Depot site.

There are an estimated 320 unmarked graves of soldiers on the property.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Brian Callahan appointed to town board

Former Councilman Brian Callahan was appointed to the vacant seat vacated by Tim Tuttle at the 7/16/14 Fishkill Town Board meeting.

Congratulations.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Letter to Southern Dutchess & Poughkeepsie Journal about Consolidation

State Budget Director Robert Megna recently awarded the Town of Fishkill a consolidation grant. He also issued a report and I read it. Megna's report is incomplete and lacks the following important facts.
» Megna mentions that town Supervisor Bob LaColla took over a mess. He fails to mention it was a Republican who took over for a Republican.
» He fails to include in his report whether the City of Beacon or the Village of Fishkill are interested in consolidation. Neither mayor was mentioned in the report.
» Megna states that the board worked to correct Fishkill's deficiencies. That is not true. The board voted no for a 53 percent tax increase, but the budget passed by default, reverting back to the preliminary budget, which included the 53 percent tax increase.
» Beacon makes money on sewer from Fishkill.
» The Village of Fishkill makes money from the Town of Fishkill on water.
» Will Democrat-run Beacon and the Independent-run Village of Fishkill support bailing out a Republican local at the risk to their taxpayers?
» Megna suggests police consolidation. If Megna checked, he would see that the town suspended its police chief for eight months without cause, demoted two captains, and six sergeants and put two detectives on road patrol. Will the village or city Patrolmen's Benevolent Association agree to work with the town?
I don't know if water, sewer and police in Fishkill will be consolidated, but I do know that Republican-appointed lawyers and engineers will make some easy cash on the backs of the taxpayers of the state.
Ozzy Albra
Fishkill

Monday, June 30, 2014

NYS Grants Fishkill fiscal relief for Police consolidation

http://www.frb.ny.gov/recsDeterms/reports/TownofFishkill_ComprehensiveReviewReport.pdf
Story calls Fishkill problems as Good Old Fashion Government Bloat.
Its also calls for consolidating water and sewer with Beacon and Fishkill Village.
Also police consolidation.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Facebook comments on Chief Williams return

  • Stanley Still ·  Top Commenter · F.D.Roosevelt High School
    Good does triumph over evil! Your reputation as a police officer and decent human being is above reproach. I am so happy for you.
    • Jenn Brandt
      Proud to hear that the Chief of Police with return to full duties after an unjustified suspension. It's just to bad that the employees of the pd have to hear of the outcome via the Poughkeepsie Journal....
      • Glenn Rees
        This man has proven himself to not only be a outstanding Police Officer, a father and brother to many. His true spirit and honor has resulted in a positive outcome for him and his family.
        Its easy for others to assume the worst of one man they have never had contact with but I wanted to endorse his credibility as an individual that will always be valued by others some of whom live overseas. Be proud Sir because we are of you. Glenn Rees Manchester UK..
        • Robin W. Hall ·  Top Commenter · Highland, New York
          so that's it ?
          a lot of unanswered questions here . . .
          • Joe James Feuer
            I've known Chief Williams for over 25 years and I worked for him for 11. The man built the department from the ground up. There was no Town of Fishkill Police before Don Williams. When have you heard in the news about any big controversy in the TFPD like almost every other department at one time or another? You haven't! The Chief runs an independent department and doesn't accept political interference or pressure with his operation. Maybe THATS the incentive to replace him?? And when all is said and done. "Welcome back.". ... Not to mention, after a lifetime of dedication to public service, THATS the photo used?? How about a followup article detailing the real Don Williams? Retired school teacher. The only thing "part time" about Chief Williams is the pay. He works a full time schedule, and when he's not in the office, he still knows everything that's happening. He still jumps in the car at all hours to assist. How about his "off time"? That would be decades of going from a Police car to a fire truck. Yes. Decades of volunteer fire service. You know, if it came out after all these years that the Chief was in fact "dirty"...Then yes, that would cancel out the good. But of all people to throw into the spotlight with secret accusations, only to say "OK, sorry, nothing there" with a photo that it must have taken hours to find.....I sure hope there is a follow up to this story.
            • Janet Minutolo ·  Top Commenter
              Hypocrite politicians. Yeah, YOU'LL put it behind you...you weren't unjustly accused. Bless your patience Chief.

            Thursday, June 19, 2014

            Fishkill town police chief returns to duty

            For more free local news, check out this papers website.

            http://midhudsonnews.com/News/2014/June/19/FishkillPolChief-19Jun14.htm

            FISHKILL – Fishkill Town Police Chief Donald Williams, who has been off the job for seven months when he was suspended for unspecified reasons, is going to return.

            Town Supervisor Robert LaColla said the long-time chief is expected to be back on the job shortly.

            “All the disciplinary charges against the chief have been withdrawn by the town board and he will be restored to his position as police chief. The date of his return is still being worked out, but we expect that to be very soon,” he said.
            The town board authorized paying Williams $7,500 for lost wages.

            The charges against the chief were never made public.

            Williams and the entire Fishkill Town Police Department is part-time with the exception of full-time dispatchers.

            Monday, April 21, 2014

            Fishkill considers naming rec/senior center for fallen vets

            http://midhudsonnews.com/News/2014/April/21/TFish_vets-21Apr14.html

            For more free local news, check out the papers website as I do daily.

            FISHKILL – Town Councilman Timothy Tuttle has proposed naming the town’s recreation/senior center after two Vietnam veterans from Fishkill who died in combat.

            He suggested the facility be named for Robert Bruce and Michael Garlo.

            Town Supervisor Robert LaColla said possible naming the center for veterans will be explored.

            “There is a big place in everybody’s hearts for our veterans here in the Town of Fishkill,” LaColla said.  “There is a war memorial right on the Town Hall campus, so everybody believes in expressing their honor.  It was floated out as an idea. It is early in the discussion. It may be naming for a specific war group or an individual.”

            At the same time, Fishkill resident and veteran Anthony Costa is urging the town board to update the town’s veterans’ exemption.