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Schools Draft Budgets in Uncertain Economy

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Along with the many other challenges of running public schools during the spread of COVID-19, local districts still must prepare their budgets for 2020-21.

Philip Benante, the superintendent at Haldane in Cold Spring, said that only a few weeks ago, the district was confident that it could create a budget that met the state-mandated property tax cap.

But now, with businesses closing, people out of work and the economy in recession, that may no longer be the case.

“In two weeks’ time we’ve potentially done a 180,” he said.

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New Restrictions in Place For Many Hudson Valley Hiking Trails

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Officials announced a number of new restrictions are in place for many popular Hudson Valley hiking trails, including the closure of one.

On Thursday, NY State Parks & Historic Sites announced New York State Parks will reduce the number of parking spaces on busy days to help encourage social distancing at popular parks, trailheads and scenic areas in New York State.

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Molinaro to Host Second Live Telephone Town Hall on Coronavirus April 2nd

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Poughkeepsie… As Dutchess County continues to respond to the ongoing Coronavirus/COVID-19 public health emergency, County Executive Marc Molinaro announced he will host a second live, countywide Telephone Town Hall meeting on Thursday, April 2nd at 5:30pm. During the call, which will also be streamed live on the County’s Facebook page, County Executive Molinaro will provide a brief overview of the current Coronavirus situation in Dutchess County and will then answer questions from residents.

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Coronavirus: Dutchess first responders adjust procedures for safety, quarantine as needed

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Sharing meals together has been a firefighter tradition for decades.

But for the last two weeks, the City of Poughkeepsie’s firefighters have kept their distance from each other. They’re also responding to fewer medical calls and increasing sanitation at the firehouses, according to city Fire Chief Mark Johnson.

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Dutchess Community College dorms offered as recovery sites for local hospital overflow

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POUGHKEEPSIE – The state is continuing to prepare for what is anticipated to be a surge in coronavirus hospitalizations and in Dutchess County, the community college is offering two of its buildings as recovery facilities for additional care capacity.

Conklin Hall dormitory has 276 rooms and 457 beds on four floors. Falcon Hall Gymnasium is also available for additional beds if needed.

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Dutchess Businesses Called on to Help First Responders

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The Dutchess Business Notification Network called on area businesses to assist first responders with needed supplies.

The Dutchess Business Notification Network is a partnership among Dutchess County government, the Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce, Dutchess Tourism and other regional development groups formed to support and inform county businesses as they navigate the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis. Now, the organization is leveraging its network to help first responders.

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Dutchess BOCES helps teachers adapt to distance learning

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POUGHKEEPSIE – School districts and their teachers had little time to prepare for the sudden closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Educators throughout Dutchess County sought resources for how to make the transition happen and Dutchess BOCES came to the rescue with 18 facilitated sessions for educators in job-alike, grade-alike and subject-alike roles to help at no cost to school districts.

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