Wednesday, January 9, 2019



Pulver re-elected Dutchess Legislature Chairman

Pulver: "... collectively and creatively seek consensus

POUGHKEEPSIE – Greg Pulver set some specific priorities for 2019 after being elected to a second term as chairman of the Dutchess County Legislature. 

Topping the list is implementing a new ethics code and reapportionment. 

“From your review, you will undoubtedly conclude that the proposed Code of Ethics is leagues ahead of our current document which has not been updated since 2004.  This proposal is crafted by carefully dissecting codes from throughout the state and compiling the worthiest sections.  In some instances, it found deficiencies with the New York State code and inserted strengthened language.”

A review of the code will begin in February.

Pulver said the more complex challenge is reapportionment, something he noted voters in Ulster County approved overwhelmingly, last November, by a three-to-one margin.

Redrawing the districts will be done by an independent commission.

“This is something that our constituents want and we should deliver.  As the legislature currently has no set process for reapportionment, I think this is a perfect time to discuss the issue before the 2020 census takes place.”

Pulver concluded his seven-minute address with a call for all to “… collectively and creatively seek consensus.”

It was a mostly party-line vote that gave Republican Pulver a new term as chairman.  Minority Democrats nominated their Assistant Minority Leader Kristofer Munn.

“With a new year upon us, we will continue to collaborate with the County Legislature to provide the best possible government for our county’s residents and taxpayers,” said Republican County Executive Marcus Molinaro. “By putting service above all else, we have sustained Dutchess County throughout good times and bad, and I encourage all legislators to continue that spirit and faithfully serve those who trust us to represent them.”



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