On May 19, 2023, Town Supervisor Ozzy Albra followed Dutchess County and issued a State of Emergency Declaration for the Town of Fishkill regarding the ongoing New York City Migrant Relocation Program. Supervisor Albra also penned a letter to the residents of Fishkill, updating them on the situation, commending them for their empathy and compassion, and advising that there is no cause for alarm or panic. Read both documents by clicking the links below.
Declaration of State of Emergency
At the Wednesday, May 3, 2023 Town Board meeting, the Board unanimously adopted an update to the Comprehensive Plan.
The vote was the product of nearly two years of dedicated work by Town officials, employees and citizens who comprised a volunteer committee which drafted the update to the plan. Work on the update was overseen by Town planner Liz Axelson of CPL Engineering.
The Board voted 5-0 to accept the 93-page update, which includes an exhaustive review of the Town's most recent Comprehensive Plan in 2009, a detailed description of the committee's methodology and source materials, and an itemized review of a number of alterations, additions and updates to that 2009 text. The vote also accepted more than 200 pages of supporting documents, including the full 2009 Comprehensive Plan, which was codified with this update, as well as the full results of a survey fielded by the committee and a number of maps Axelson created during the process as a resource to the Town.
Town Councilmembers were full of praise for the Comprehensive Plan Update and for the dedicated individuals who worked so hard to complete the daunting task of updating the Town's master document.
"This process brought together minds and viewpoints as diverse as the Town itself, and we were able to unite behind the cause of creating a document we can all agree upon, to guide the Town moving forward," Councilman Brian Wrye said. "Everyone should take pride for the roles they played in this effort, and know that they are a part of Town history forever - I know I'm proud of that."
"I'm proud to have voted for the first bipartisan Comprehensive Plan in the history of the Town of Fishkill," Councilmember Louise Daniele said. "This plan goes to further the efforts Supervisor Albra and I have been committed to since 2020 to protect our residents' water and sewer resources, and codifies the commitment to clean and affordable water which was the reason I got involved in Town government in the first place. I want to commend planner Liz Axelson, Greg Totino from the Supervisor's Office, former Councilmembers Jackie Bardini and Kenya Gadsden as well as current Councilmembers John Forman and Brian Wrye, and the entire committee for devoting their time and effort to bring this process to a close for the betterment of the residents."
"Liz Axelson of CPL did a masterful job on this Comprehensive Plan," Councilman John Forman said. "Not only did she bring Councilman Wrye and I into the fold when we took office, but she brought us up to speed and made it possible for us to contribute to a document which we can all be proud to vote for. I applaud Liz for her leadership, and the whole committee for its dedication."
"Since day one of my term as Town Supervisor, my top priority has been adopting a Comprehensive Plan that protects the citizens of Fishkill and enhances their quality of life," Town Supervisor Ozzy Albra said. "This vote is the capstone of more than three years of dedication by myself and the Town Board to achieve that goal, by adopting new laws for Zoning, Water and Sewer, Subdivisions and Public Hearings, all with the same goal of taking power away from developers who effectively ran the Town in years past, and giving that power to the residents. This 5-0 vote marks the completion of that goal, and enshrines those principles to help ensure Fishkill is a place people can be proud to live for generations to come. I thank everyone who participated in this process. It's a real team effort and I'm so honored to have a been a part."
The scheduled June 7, 2023 Town Board meeting has been canceled by Town Board vote. To view the updated Town Board meeting schedule, click here.