POUGHKEEPSIE – Speaking at the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office annual memorial service on Thursday, County Executive Marc Molinaro announced plans for a bonus check for deputies and other county employees. The proposal will be presented to the county legislature in the coming weeks.
“In the last 16 months you have risen to unprecedented challenges during extraordinary circumstances,” Molinaro told the assembled members of county law enforcement. He then announced the plan, in cooperation with Dutchess County Legislature Chairman Gregg Pulver to provide county employees with a one-time bonus check for their work during the pandemic.
“We are proud of the tireless efforts of Dutchess County employees in public health, social services, probation, and law enforcement who have responded day in and day out,” he told the crowd. Stressing the county’s financial stability, combined with expected federal relief funds, Molinaro said the plan arose from the suggestions of Sheriff Butch Anderson and Undersheriff Kirk Imperati. “Chairman Gregg Pulver and I are going to present a request to the Dutchess County Legislature to provide a one-time bonus to all members of law enforcement in the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and the hundreds of county employees who stepped up in these last 16 months.”
Pulver told Mid Hudson News “So many County employees, especially the Health Department and law enforcement, went above and beyond during the pandemic. Our county residents rely on local government fully functioning and we were. Our workforce couldn’t and didn’t stop through the worst of times,” adding “We are pleased to be in a financial situation to offer these supplemental paychecks to our dedicated employees. It is a small, but meaningful way we are saying thank you to our employees.”