Letters to the Editor - Millerton News- 9-19-19

Cope deserves another term as town clerk

Lisa Cope is seeking a third term as town clerk on the Republican Party line and the Friends and Neighbors line. 

Lisa, her husband Gary, with their children have been residents of the town of North East for the past 14 years. Lisa has volunteered to help her children’s school over the years. Currently she is the treasurer of the Booster Club, volunteers as a docent at the Friends of the Irondale School and is a member the North East Historical Society. 

Lisa is also the secretary to the Dutchess County Town Clerks’ Association and will soon receive her Registered Municipal Clerk Certification. Lisa’s philosophy is that the town clerk’s office is “the gateway to the community.”

The town clerk is required to wear many different hats and is responsible for a variety of tasks. Lisa’s sense of community, fresh ideas and dedication means she is committed to continuing to fulfill the requirements of the position she holds. Her commitment has been proven by being available for the posted hours of her office as well by appointment for the convenience of all residents. 

Several other positive changes Lisa has brought to the town clerk’s office include the acceptance of credit cards for payment of licenses, online dog license renewals, updating and maintaining the town of North East website, digitizing vital town records and posting  them to the website. Lisa is currently establishing a records retention policy to better maintain vital town records by all departments in Town Hall. 

Lisa loves her job, is hardworking, dedicated, informative, helpful, patient and compassionate. Her determination is advantageous to the residents since she performs her duties in a cheerful, professional and courteous manner.

She is a name you know!

Evelyn E. Garzetta



Neighbors school supply drive a success

Many thanks to the Ancram-Ancramdale-Boston Corner community for your very generous support of the Ancramdale Neighbors Helping Neighbors Association (ANHNA) Back-to-School Drive! 

The children in our food program went back to school with sturdy backpacks filled with their necessary school supplies. 

The Pine Plains, Taconic Hills and Webutuck School Districts were very pleased with the donations they received to support their students.

Our community is made stronger when we support one another. Thank you!

Laura Ponkos, on behalf of the 

Ancramdale Neighbors Helping 

Neighbors Association Board



Legislation helps animals

Last week Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro signed into law bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting animals from abuse and neglect. The county law establishes additional fines and penalties for animal abuse, a public registry for those convicted of animal abuse crimes and tethering restrictions, which limit the amount of time a dog can be lawfully tied up outdoors. It is worth noting this legislation passed the county Legislature unanimously, and was modeled after similar laws in Orange and Ulster counties, as well as laws enacted in 12 other New York counties. Governor Cuomo and our representatives in Albany should take note of these community-driven animal protections and move forward similar, statewide legislation.

A bit closer to home, a large number of Amenia and Wassaic residents spent the last week trying to capture an abandoned puppy in an unsurprising, yet moving display of our community coming together to right a wrong and save a helpless animal. 

Sometime around the Labor Day weekend, someone dumped an adult female Beagle and her three young pups in the 500-acre Wassaic Multiple Use Area along Route 22 at Willow Lane. Regrettably, the adult female and one pup were struck by vehicles and killed, while a second pup was rescued rather quickly. A third pup remained on the loose for almost a week. Just three-months old, he was scared, alone and looking for his family. 

Following six days of searching, a couple of Have-A-Heart traps, and a whole lot of people doing everything they could day and night, a chocolate lab named Pipes lured the pup to safety. He’s been adopted by one of the rescuers and aptly named Chase. A bittersweet end to a terrible act.

Animal abuse, neglect and abandonment is a stain on any civil society, and our community will not tolerate it. Unwanted animals can be dropped off at any local veterinarian, or the Dutchess County SPCA in Hyde Park, no questions asked. If that’s still too much effort, a friend of good character is likely to help. Dumping a mom and litter of her puppies on the side of the road is horrific, and illegal.

If you are reading this and know someone who had a female adult Beagle with a new litter of puppies and suddenly does not have those dogs, call New York State Police Troop K at Dover Plains, 845-877-3669, who are investigating this case.

I strongly believe that how we care for the most vulnerable, people and animals alike, is a reflection of who we are, and I am proud to live in a community that comes together like ours did. The weeklong search was haphazardly organized on social media, and countless folks stepped up to lend a hand.  It was thankless, yet rewarding in the end. Let’s hope we never have to do it again.

Rob Wheeler



Letter of thanks from chief

On the hot day of Friday, Aug. 2, the North East Fire Company responded to a fire at 31 North Center St. in Millerton.

Members thank neighbors, residents and all who supplied water, wet towels and soda to the firemen putting out the fire.

Chief Jason Watson, on behalf of the Millerton Fire Company



Pancakes crowd

On Sunday, Sept. 15, the Amenia Fire Company held its monthly pancake breakfast. 

We were pleased to have a nice crowd of 184 people in attendance to enjoy a delicious meal. 

We rely on the breakfast for raising money to assist in the day-to-day operation of our department and we always appreciate the support of the community. Our thanks to all who attend our meals throughout the year and we hope to see you again for the next one on Sunday, Oct. 20.

Andy Murphy, on behalf of the Breakfast Committee

Amenia Fire Co. and Auxiliary