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Councilmember At Large
As of July 1st, the City of Poughkeepsie defunded the city busses and handed the city service over to the county.  The Common Councilmembers must take their share of responsibility for allowing the bussing  issue to “lay” dormant on their desk for three years.  The Council had more than enough time to consider various business related options.  Some possibilities include raising bus fares, expanding or reducing bus routes, applying for state or federal transportation grants, or even developing a marketing and outreach plan to increase ridership.  Any of these potential early alternatives could have been implemented while more strategic plans were being developed by the city administration.  If I was the Chair of the Common Council, I would have set a timetable to research, study, and debate the bussing issue. Appropriate funding would have been set aside in the annual budget to explore the various aforementioned options. Communication plans and back-up transportation measures would have been explored to allay any public concerns while planning for the transition. Moving forward,  the Common Council will need to “plan their work and work their plan”.  As Chair of the Council, I would jointly establish legislative priorities with the Mayor’s Office to ensure that important items like the bussing issue would come before the Common Council in a timely manner. All issues would be scheduled and budgeted for accordingly. This action would eliminate last minute “surprises” to the community and foster better decision making on behalf of the Common Council members and municipal staff. 
Legislative Agenda & Priority