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Dutchess County Announces Rabies

Clinic in Amenia on September 9th
September 6, 2017

Poughkeepsie… The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health (DBCH) announced today a free rabies vaccination clinic for pets will be held on Saturday, September 9th at the Amenia Town Hall, 4988 State Highway 22, in Amenia from 8 am to noon with convenient on-site parking.

In partnership with the Dutchess County SPCA, this clinic will offer Dutchess County residents the opportunity to obtain rabies shots free of charge for their dogs, cats, and domestic ferrets 3 months of age and older. Proof of residency is required. Non-residents will be charged $10 for each pet vaccinated.

“Our pet rabies vaccination clinics offer Dutchess County pet owners a great opportunity to have their dogs, cats, and ferrets vaccinated giving them protection should they encounter a rabid animal,” said DBCH Commissioner A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH. “I am especially pleased to have the Dutchess County SPCA assist us with administering these vaccines and the Town of Amenia for providing its facility.”

All dogs must be on leash, and cats and domestic ferrets must be in carriers. Vaccinations will be good for three years for pets with proper proof of a prior immunization. For those without proof, the vaccination will be good for one year.

In New York State, rabies shots are required for all cats, dogs, and domestic ferrets by the age of 4 months. Revaccination is then required on a regular schedule to keep the animal properly immunized against the rabies virus. Owners can be fined up to $200 if they fail to get their pets vaccinated and keep them up-to-date.

Dr. Vaidian reminds pet owners of the importance of vaccinating all dogs, cats, and ferrets, even if they are considered “house pets” and remain indoors.

If a pet is not up-to-date on its rabies vaccination and fights with a rabid or suspect-rabid animal, the pet must be promptly destroyed or placed in quarantine for six months to protect other animals and people in case the pet develops rabies. These mandates are not required for a vaccinated pet in the same situation. In such cases, only a booster dose of rabies vaccine would be given within five days to treat the pet.

The Department is available around the clock to respond to inquiries or concerns regarding potential rabies exposures to people or domestic animals. Pet owners should report to the Department any incident in which their pet has been bitten by or has an open wound exposed to the saliva or nervous tissue of a domestic or wild animal. Staff will investigate and advise the pet owner of any necessary steps that they should take to ensure the safety of their animal. Individuals with urgent inquiries may call (845) 431-6465 if an incident occurs after business hours.

To learn more about rabies during business hours, call (845) 486-3404 or visit the Department’s webpage at http://www.DutchessNY.gov/DBCH&source=gmail&ust=1504791803196000&usg=AFQjCNGmrD-slUWZAawu5VzaevhssaB6cA">www.DutchessNY.gov/DBCH.

August 23, 2017

Legal Notice Town Hall Improvements

Town of Washington

Request for Proposals

Town Hall Improvement Project

The Town of Washington Town Board (Town of Washington, NY), hereinafter called the Owner, is soliciting bids from qualified contractors to complete the Town Hall Improvements at Town Hall, 10 Reservoir Dr., Millbrook, NY, 12545.

Receipt of Bids:  Separate sealed bids will be received by Mary Alex, Town Clerk, 10 Reservoir Drive, P O Box 667, Millbrook, NY  12545 until 2:00 PM  (local time) on September 12,2017 .  All bids must be made upon and in accordance with the Bid Form prepared by the Town, and shall be submitted in sealed envelopes so marked “Town Hall Improvement Plans”.

It is strongly recommended that Bidders attend a Pre-Bid Site Visit with the Architect, on Monday, August 28, 2017, at 10:30 AM.

The Bidding Documents are available at the Town of Washington website:http://www.washingtonny.org/highwayrfp-request-proposals

Opening of Bids:  Bids shall be opened and read aloud at the Office of the Town Clerk, 10 Reservoir Dr., Millbrook, NY  12545 at 2:00 PM on September 12, 2017.

Bids will be considered by the Owner.  If award is to proceed to the Successful Bidder, it will be on or around, September 14, 2017.  The actual date of award will mark the beginning of the Contract Time.  The submittal process is to proceed within 7 days of award in order toward ordering long lead materials as quickly as possible.  Substantial completion of the work is required by October 31, 2017.

OWNER’S RIGHT RESERVED:  The owner reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any formality or technicality in any Bid in the interest of the Owner.

STATEMENT OF NON-COLLUSION:  Bidders are required to execute the non-collusive bidding certificate presented within the Bid Requirements, pursuant to Section 103d of the General Municipal law of the State of New York.

Attention of Bidders is particularly called to the mandatory compliance with the provision of the NYS Department of Labor Prevailing Wage Law and the Federal Wage Law.  This is a Community Development Block Grant Project.

The owner hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively ensure that in regard to any Contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, minority business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color or national origin in consideration for any award.


Mary Alex, Town Clerk

Dated:  August 23, 2017

Town of Washington

Bid Notice

Replacement of Municipal Fabric Building Salt Shed

The Town of Washington is accepting sealed bids for the Town of Washington Highway Department Replacement of a Fabric Building for a Salt Storage Facility.  Bid information is available at

http://www.washingtonny.org/highwayrfp-request-proposals/ and will be available on the Empire State Purchasing Group website.

A mandatory site visit is required. Contact Highway Superintendent Joseph Spagnola at 914-489-2029 for scheduling.

Sealed bids are due on September 7, 2017 by 12:00 Noon.  The contract is expected to be awarded on September 8.  The project completion date is November 15, 2017.

The Town reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

By the Order of the Town Board

Mary Alex, Town Clerk

Dated: 8/18/17

August 18, 2017 - The Town of Washington Town Board is in the process of updating it’s Zoning Code to determine the applicability of the operation of renewable energy systems based on sunlight.  (Solar Energy).  The Town is seeking residents to volunteer to serve on a committee to advise and review solar applications and the best practices for the Town of Washington.  Interested citizens should send an introductory email to Town Clerk Mary Alex at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before August 24th, at 12:00 noon.


Town of Washington Town Board

August 10, 2017

Supervisor Gary Ciferri:

  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Resolution: Adoption of Jurisdictional Annex to Dutchess County Hazard Mitigation Plan
  • Discussion regarding Solar Legislation

Bookkeeper Dana Sukow:

  • Monthly report
  • Budget Calendar provided to the Town Board.

Highway Superintendent Joseph Spagnola:

  • Monthly report
  • Request permission to seek bids for the salt shed design and construction
  • Declare the Town as lead agency for the salt shed replacement
  • Declare Type II Action under SEQR
  • Bid due date of Thursday, August 24, Schedule special meeting to award bid

Town Clerk Mary Alex:

  • Monthly report
  • Town Hall Building Project. Bids due September 12, 2:00 PM

Councilman Stephen Turletes:

  • Recreation, Park and Pool

Councilman Michael Murphy:

  • Stanford Road Update

Supervisor Ciferri:

  • Public Comments
  • Review monthly claims
  • Close meeting

RESOLUTION NO. 1 of 81012017



WHEREAS, the Town of Washington has worked cooperatively with Dutchess County, with the assistance of Tetra Tech, Inc., in gathering information and preparing the Dutchess County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Municipal Annex (the Plan), a copy of which is annexed hereto, and

WHERAS, the Dutchess County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan has been prepared in accordance with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, and

WHEREAS, Dutchess County and the Town of Washington are units of government that have afforded the citizens an opportunity to comment and provide input in the Plan and the actions in the Plan, and


WHEREAS, Dutchess County and the Town of Washington has reviewed the Plan and affirms the Plan will be updated no less than every five years, and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that this governing body approves and adopts the attached Dutchess County Hazard Mitigation Plan Municipal Annex as this jurisdiction’s Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, and resolves to execute the actions of the Plan.

Roll call:

Supervisor Gary Ciferri:                     _____________

Councilman Stephen Turletes:            _____________

Councilman Robert Audia:                 _____________

Councilman Al De Bonis:                  _____________

Councilman Michael Murphy:            ______________

August 9, 2017 - The Town of Washington Building and Zoning Departments will be operating on limited hours.  Messages may be left on their voice mail at 677-8321 or by calling the Town Clerk’s Office at 677-3419.  Persons in need of an inspection may contact Building Inspector Tom Fiore at 677-9587.

August 7, 2017 - The Town Hall is open and normal business hours have resumed.  Monday – Friday, 9 am – 3 pm.  the building closes from 12:30 – 1:30.

August 3, 2017 - Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Town Hall will be closed on Friday, August 4, 2017.  In the event of an emergency please call Town Clerk Mary Alex at 845-337-1890.



JULY 13, 2017

Supervisor Gary Ciferri:

  • Pledge of Allegiance

Bookkeeper Dana Sukow:

  • Monthly report

Highway Superintendent Joseph Spagnola:

  • Monthly report
  • Salt Shed

Town Clerk Mary Alex:

  • Monthly report
  • Update Town Hall Improvements

SEQR Determination

Revision to Bid Package

  • Highway Garage – Charlie Erts: Lighting & Floor

Supervisor Ciferri:

  • Correspondence from County Executive Molinaro regarding Sales Tax extension
  • Request a motion for the following Resolution

RESOLUTION in Support of Sales Tax Extender

WHEREAS, the County of Dutchess has made a request to the NYS Senate and the NYS Assembly for the extension of the 0.75% sales tax; and

WHEREAS, the New York State Assembly has tied 53 counties’ sales tax extenders to the New York City Charter Schools and the extension of mayoral control; and

WHEREAS, if the State Legislature does not pass the Dutchess County Sales Tax Extender, there will be a loss of almost $5 million in 2017 and more than $37.7 million in 2018; and

NOW, THEREFORE, the Town of Washington encourages the New York State Senate and the NYS Assembly to swiftly adopt the 2017 sales tax extender and Senate Bill S6566 which will end the need to return every two years to seek support for this important revenue stream that enables Dutchess County and the Town of Washington to address property taxes and continue the programs and services upon which our residents rely.

Supervisor Ciferri:

  • Attorney Battistoni:

Resolution of Introduction to Solar Law

Councilman Turletes:

  • Recreation Update

Councilman De Bonis:

  • Planning & Zoning

Supervisor Ciferri:

  • Public Input
  • Review Claims
  • Close Meeting

 June 27, 2017 - Click here to see the results of the Board of Assessment Review Board: BAR Results 2017