• Mission Mission

    The Legislative Action Committee advocates for:

    Chamber members at all levels of government

    Economic development and job growth

    Efficient and effective government

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      Special Legislative Breakfast, December 2023. From Left, NY Senator Rob Rolison, Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado
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      Special Legislative Breakfast December 2023. From Left, County Executive Sue Serino, Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado
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      Special Legislative Breakfast, December 2023. From Left, NY Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado and NYS Assemblyman Anil Beephan
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      Special Legislative Action Committee Breakfast, December 2023.
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      Legislative Action Committee December 2023 Breakfast
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      VIP forum on the Dutchess County Jail Proposal with County Executive Marcus Molinaro. From left, LAC Co-Chair Paul Mancarella, County Exec. Marcus Molinaro, Co-Chair Jeffrey B. Senft, and Chamber President & CEO Frank Castella, Jr.
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      Forum with candidates for the State 41st Senate District. From left, Sen. Sue Serino, Chamber President & CEO Frank Castella, Jr., Board President John Davies, and challenger Terry Gipson
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      Forum with candidates for the U.S. 18th Congressional District. From left, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, Chamber President & CEO Frank Castella, Jr., and challenger Phil Oliva
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      Forum with state elected officials. From left, Committee Co-Chair Jeffrey Senft, Assemblymember Kieran Michael Lalor, State Senator Sue Serino, President & CEO Frank Castella, Jr., Committee Co-Chair Paul Mancarella. Not shown: Assemblymember Didi Barrett.
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      VIP presentation on the proposed Dutchess County Budget with County Executive Marcus Molinaro. From left, Board President Jen Dunn, Co-Chair Paul Mancarella, County Exec. Marcus Molinaro, Co-Chair Philip Bronzi, Chamber President & CEO Frank Castella, Jr.
  • Objectives

    • Review and recommend policy changes to legislators regarding issues being considered by federal, state, county, and local governments.
    • Investigate issues of concern to the business community and make recommendations to legislators regarding actions they should take.
    • Educate members on legislation under consideration by federal, state, county, and local governments, and if needed, ask members to contact their legislative leaders.
    • Sponsor events with legislators for the Chamber's Board of Directors and committee members.


    • Successfully negotiated a lower statewide Minimum Wage than NYC. It will only be $12 instead of the proposed $15 (New York State)
    • Advocated for the inclusion SNUG funding (City of Poughkeepsie)
    • Supported legislation to include the Hudson Valley into the Film Tax Credit (New York State)
    • Supported PILOT payments for MacDonnell Heights Center District Project (Town of Poughkeepsie)
    • Supported the alienation of Wheaton Park to be redeveloped into a mixed-use development project under Pelton Manor Partners (Poughkeepsie)
    • Supported Law on Aggressive Panhandling (City of Poughkeepsie)
    • Supported continuous loop of bus transportation from MTA, DIA and Main Street (Beacon)
    • Supported Dutchess County Transition Center Expansion (County of Dutchess)
    • Supported the Reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank (Federal)


    • Opposed statewide Minimum Wage of a $15 (New York State)
    • Opposed Paid Family Leave (New York State)
    • Opposed to an increase in Salary/Overtime Threshold signed into law via Executive Order by President Obama (Federal)

  • At a Glance At a Glance


    CLICK HERE to read the full Agenda

    All levels of Government

    • Consolidation of agencies, state programs and local governments to ensure we are creating shared services to provide better and more efficient government
    • Transparency among elected officials and the public


    • ACA Reform
    • Reauthorize the Export-Import Bank
    • Legal Immigration System reform

    New York State

    • Scaffold Law Reform
    • Unemployment Insurance Reform
    • Worker's Compensation Reform
    • Unfunded Mandate Relief
    • Repeal of the MTA Tax
    • Annual MTA Forensic Audit
    • Term Limit Reform
    • State Formula for fairly funding school districts
    • More state funding for Vocational Skills Training
    • Agri-tourism Farming Legislation
    • Removing Vicarious Liability for loaner vehicles at Auto Dealerships
    • Abolishment of the Wage Tip Credit

    Dutchess County

    • Planning Board Streamlining and Regulation Relief
    • Consolidation of City of Poughkeepsie Bus System with County Bus System

    City of Poughkeepsie

    • Downtown Business Improvement District (BID)
    • Measures to improve Safety and Security
    • Consolidation of City of Poughkeepsie Bus System with County Bus System
    • Pelton Manor Project - Advocacy
    • Poughkeepsie Alliance Support & Advocacy
    • Tansit-Orientated Development Plans
    • SNUG funding


    • Funding for Incline Railway


    • Fishkill Deport-Continental Commons Project

    Town of Poughkeepsie

    • Hudson Heritage Project


    All levels of Government

    • Any law, regulation or mandate that will make it harder to do business in New York State.


    • Paid Family Leave Legislation
    • Minimum Wage Increase
    • Increase in Salary/Overtime Threshold
    • Health Care reform

    New York State

    • FIT Chargebacks to the County
    • Department of Labor proposed changes to Call-In/On-Call pay
    • Department of Labor proposed Ban the Box
    • Department of Labor proposed Credit Checks
    • Department of Labor proposed Salary History
    • Government Sponsored Retirement Program
    • Single payer health plan with 80% employer contribution
    • Expansion of the prevailing wage

    Dutchess County

    • The Item Pricing Law - REPEALED!
    • Jail Expansion & Rate of Recidivism

    City of Poughkeepsie

    • The Live-In Superintendent Proposal

    Red Hook

    • Proposed Zoning law prohibiting small business franchise expansion


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