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April 7, 2017

Trout season is officially open in New York State! With 7,500 lakes and ponds and 70,000 miles of rivers and streams, NY is a prime place for resident and visiting anglers to enjoy this popular recreational activity.

DEC’s trout hatchery program will stock catchable-size trout in early April. Our website offers a list of stocked waters and the anticipated number of fish to be stocked in 2017. For more information, please contact your local fisheries office.

Take a look at our Coldwater Fishing Forecast for 2017.

Purchase your fishing license in time for the start of fishing season. The license is valid for one year from the date you purchase it.

Spring Turkey Season Starts Soon

A turkey.

Hunters are preparing for another great spring of wild turkey hunting in upstate New York. The Youth Hunt for Wild Turkey, April 22 & 23, is a terrific opportunity for adults to mentor youngsters ages 12 through 15. Get the details on the Youth Turkey Hunt webpage. Regular spring turkey season begins May 1 and runs through the month. Head out to New York’s expansive fields and woods and enjoy pursuing these big, abundant, popular game birds. See the Turkey Hunting webpage for tips on enjoying a safe and productive time afield.

Nature Notes: Adult males, also called “toms” or “gobblers”, have red, blue, and white skin on the head during the spring breeding display.

The Town of Washington is seeking bidders for Stanford Road Culvert Replacement Project.

Pre-bid meeting at the site.  Friday, April 7, 2017 9:00 am.

View the invitation to bid Invitation to Bid Stanford Rd.

Due to the predictions of high accumulations of snow and blizzard like conditions, Dutchess County officials are scheduled to issue a State of Emergency beginning at 5:00 am, Tuesday, March 14th.  Residents are being asked to shelter in place, and travel only if absolutely necessary.

The Town Hall, Recreation Office and Transfer Station will all be closed on Tuesday.

The Highway Department will be clearing roads.  Please do not park your cars on the road.  .

Royal Carting and Welsh Sanitation will be closed.  Garbage pickup will be delayed by a day.


March 9, 2017

Supervisor Gary Ciferri:

  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Stanford Road: George Cronk, The Chazen Companies
  • Oak Summit Road: George Cronk, The Chazen Companies

Highway Superintendent Joseph Spagnola:

  • Update: Killearn Rd.
  • Monthly report

Bookkeeper Dana Sukow:

  • Monthly Report

Town Clerk Mary Alex:

  • Monthly report
  • Tax Collection

Councilman Stephen Turletes:

  • Recreation

Councilman Audia:

  • Buildings & Grounds

Councilman De Bonis:

  • Planning & Zoning

Supervisor Ciferri:

  • Public Input
  • Attorney Client Privileged Session (Easements Stanford Road)
  • Review Claims
  • Close meeting

March 4th and March 11th

Supervisor Gary Ciferri urges Town of Washington residents to take advantage of the local Prescription Drug Drop Off date, of March 11th to safely dispose of any unwanted medications at the Millbrook Fire House.  There is also a permanent drop off location at the New York State Police, Troop K Headquarters, in Washington Hollow.   

In partnership with the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, the STOP-DWI Program is coordinating drug collection events to provide the community the ability to drop off to safely dispose unwanted medications. 

Collection drop off events have been scheduled as follows:

Saturday, March 4th 
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mid-Hudson Plaza, Route 9 & Fulton Street, Poughkeepsie 
(In front of Home Depot)

Saturday, March 11th 
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Amenia Town Hall (Winter Farmer’s Market), 4988 Route 22, Amenia 
Noon to 1:30 p.m. Dover Fire House, 3122 Route 22, Dover Plains 
2 p.m. to 3:30 pm. Millbrook Fire House, 20 Front Street, Millbrook

In his 2017 State of the County address, County Executive Molinaro highlighted expanding prescription drug drop-off points, and making it easier for residents to dispose of such drugs, as an important component of fighting the opiate and heroin epidemic.Recognizing more than 70 percent of abused prescription medications are obtained from friends or relatives, County Executive Molinaro reminds residents that “reducing the amount of old or unused prescription medications from our home medicine cabinets is the first step to stop addiction before it begins.” The main goal of the Dutchess County Prescription Medication Drop Box program, which includes 10 permanent receptacles/locations, is to keep addictive substances from falling into the wrong hands and being misused.

Drop box locations are accessible to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with noted exceptions.

City of Beacon Police Department 1 Municipal Plaza, Beacon, NY.12508
Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office 150 N. Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
East Fishkill Police Department 2468 Route 52, Hopewell Jct., NY  12533
Hyde Park Police Department 3 Cardinal Road, Hyde Park, NY  12538
New York State Police, Troop K Headquarters 2541 Route 44, Salt Point, NY 12578
Pawling Substation,

Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office

Call  845-486-3800 for assistance

9 Memorial Ave, Pawling, NY  12564
Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department 19 Tucker Drive, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Millerton Police Department

Monday through Friday9 a.m. to 4p.m.

Saturdaynoon to midnight

Sunday4 p.m. to midnight or

call (518) 789-3115

21 Dutchess Ave., Millerton, NY 12546
Red Hook Police Department

Daily, 8 a.m. to midnight

7467 South Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571
Wappingers Falls Police Department 2628 South Ave., Wappingers Falls NY 12590

More information is available http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/STOPDWI/DWPrescriptionDrugTakeback.pdf&source=gmail&ust=1488566231581000&usg=AFQjCNG_2bh9H-WvQJsAzAe2femRuxYdsA">here. 

 The Dutchess County STOP-DWI Program has been awarded funding through a New York State Department of Health grant project being administered by Riverkeeper Inc., aimed at increasing pharm waste reduction strategies.

The Town of Washington Town Board will be holding a Workshop Meeting, on Monday, February 27th, 7:00 PM, at the Town of Washington Town Hall.  The purpose of the meeting is for the Town Board to discuss improvements to dirt roads.

By the Order of the Town Board

Dated: February 23, 2017

Mary Alex, Town Clerk

January 31, 2017 - The Planning Board Workshop scheduled for this evening has been cancelled due to the inclement weather.

Valentine’s Escape 
Saturday, February 11th from 5-9pm
Open to children in grades K – 5.
Drop the kids off with us and enjoy a night out for yourself.
Structured gym games, arts and crafts, pizza dinner and more!
$25 for the first child and $5 for each additional child in the same family. Registration deadline is February 8th .
Spring Break Program 
Mad Science Presents Brixology & Science Mysteries & Fantastic Forces
April 10-13
Grades 1-6
Morning, afternoon or full day options available.
Half day sessions are 9:00 am – 12 pm or 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Full day is 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fees:  Residents: $150 Half day  $255 Full day Non-Residents:$170 Half Day & $ 275 Full Day.
Registration deadline is March 17th.
Ongoing Spring Lacrosse Registration 
Season runs from mid-March through mid-June
Fee: $150  for Residents, $175  for Non-Residents 

Boys- 2nd-8th grade
Girls- 3rd-8th grade 

For more information on these programs, please visit our website:


The Town of Washington Planning Board will hold a Workshop Session on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at the Town of Washington Town Hall.  The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM.

TAKE NOTICE THAT I, MARY ALEX, Tax Collector of the Town of Washington, Dutchess County, New York, have duly received the tax roll and warrant for the collection of taxes within the Town of Washington for the Year 2017.  Collection of Taxes begins upon receipt of bill through February 28, 2017.  Checks may be made payable to Mary Alex, Tax Collector, P O Box 667, Millbrook, NY  12545.  Payments may be made in person at the Town Hall, 10 Reservoir Drive, Millbrook, NY 12545, Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM, excluding weekends and holidays.  The Town Clerk’s Office will be closed on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 to attend training.

TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that taxes may be paid on or before February 28, 2017 without penalty.  On all such taxes remaining unpaid, beginning on March 1st, a penalty will be added as follows:  March 1 – March 31 – 2 %, April 1 – April 30 – 3 % and May 1 – May 31 – 4%.  After April 30, an additional fee of $2.00 will be assessed to any unpaid properties.   Beginning on June 1, 2017, the unpaid taxes will be turned over to the Dutchess County Commissioner of Finance, 22 Market St., Poughkeepsie, NY  12601.

Mary Alex, Tax Collector

Dated:  1/26/2017