Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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Poughkeepsie council again delays disposal of buses

POUGHKEEPSIE – Another attempt by the Poughkeepsie Common Council to transfer its buses fell through Tuesday night, apparently because the resolution on the agenda was not precisely what was wanted. 

The proposal, this time, is to sell all transit assets rather than transfer the buses to Dutchess County.

The motion was tabled on a split vote.  Aldermen Lee Klein, Matthew McNamara and Mike Young opposed, so the table motion passed with the minimum five-vote majority.

Council Chairwoman Natasha Cherry said all should finally be resolved next week.

 “Most of us did not agree to sell the buses for a decreased value and still have to pay back money, so we will be having a special meeting within a week and we’ll be bringing forth a new resolution hopefully to transfer the assets,” Cherry said.

No specific time was set for the special meeting. 

Last week, the council, with one member absent, voted 4-3 on a motion to direct the city commissioner of finance to negotiate a “transfer of asset” plan.  Five votes were needed. 

At that time, Finance Commissioner Marc Nelson warned that failure to transfer the buses in a manner compliant with Federal Transit Administration stipulations could have negative financial repercussions for the city, including loss of federal funding sources. 

Mayor Robert Rolison has warned that could take a potential hit of $1.6 million if there is not a timely resolution.


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