Town Board Sets Public Hearing for Comprehensive Plan Update; Seats Remain on Shen Yun Trip; Town Hall Closed Monday for Presidents' Day; Dutchess County St. Patrick's Day Parade Next Month

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Town of Fishkill

FEBRUARY 17, 2023


Town Board Sets Public Hearings For Comprehensive Plan Update!

At the Wednesday, February 15 meeting, the Town Board voted to set the Public Hearings for the Town's Comprehensive Plan Update.

The Comprehensive Plan is a master document which states clearly the Town's vision and objectives for the future development and sustainability of our community. This new plan will be an update to the Town's most recent plan, adopted in 2009, and is the product of nearly two years of work by a volunteer Comprehensive Plan Update Committee comprising more than a dozen members of the Fishkill community, Town officials and employees, and Town Planner Liz Axelson of CPL Engineering.

The Comprehensive Plan is the capstone of a number of major actions taken by the Town to protect residents' quality of life, foster civic pride and community identity, preserve valuable natural and historical resources, tighten and strengthen zoning code to prioritize residents' rights and hold developers accountable, and shift focus away from high-density housing and focus on economic growth and tourism. Last year, in honor of Open Government Week, the Town released a detailed summary of these actions, which residents can read by clicking here.

The Town Board voted to set the Public Hearing for the plan for Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at 7:00p.m. in the Town Board meeting room at Town Hall. Residents are encouraged to review the draft of the Comprehensive Plan Update on the Town Website by clicking the link below, and participating in the Public Hearing, as this is the first time in 14 years that the Town will be updating this master plan.

Click Here to Visit the Comprehensive Plan Update Webpage


Seats Still Available for Shen Yun Ballet!

Recreation Director Jason Maietta says there are still seats available for a trip to see the Shen Yun ballet at SUNY Purchase in April.

On Thursday, April 20, the Rec Department will head up a trip to see the ballet perform at the Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase. The cost of $105 includes a ticket for orchestra seats to the 2:00pm matinee performance and round trip coach transportation.

Shen Yun is a world-renowned ballet and dance company based in the United States which features depictions and stories of traditional Chinese culture before the onset of Communism in China.

Maietta said there are 15-20 seats remaining to reserve. Residents can watch a trailer for this year's production here, and can reserve their place by calling the Recreation Center at (845) 831-3371.


Town Offices Closed Monday for Presidents' Day

The Town of Fishkill Town Hall, Justice Court Offices and Recreation/Senior Center will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2023 in observance of Presidents' Day, and will reopen on Tuesday, February 21 at 9am.


Dutchess County St. Patrick's Parade Set for March 4th

Spring will kick off in traditional fashion in Dutchess County this year with the annual St. Patrick's Parade, which is set for Saturday, March 4 at 1pm in the Village of Wappinger.

Town Officials will be in attendance and this year's Grand Marshal is Dutchess County Director of Emergency Management Bill Beale! Dir. Beale is well-known to Fishkill residents, and co-hosted an emergency preparedness seminar last fall with Town Supervisor Ozzy Albra, Dep. Supervisor Hal Brilliant and Councilman Carmine Istvan.

Residents are encouraged to attend and enjoy the festivities, and can learn more by visiting the Dutchess County St. Patrick's Parade Committee website here.


Veterans Photo Digitizing Initiative Continues


The Town's initiative to provide free photo digitizing services to veterans who bring in their old service photos is in full swing. On Friday, the Town was visited by a resident who served in the Air Force during the Korean War!

The resident brought in a number of photographs from his time in the service, which were in excellent condition and captured moments from his military career in stunning detail.

Town employees were astonished by the quantity and quality of photos the veteran brought with him, and asked the veteran how he has such high-quality images of his time in the service - including stints in Alaska, South Dakota and Colorado. He chuckled and replied that he served with the 15th Air Force Reconnaissance Technical Squadron and specialized in recon photography, with access to the finest camera equipment in the world at the time. 


The veteran went on to share that his job in the service included processing top-secret photos taken by U-2 spy planes over the Soviet Union, and, when he wasn't quite so busy, snagging a snapshot of Hollywood starlets, like Jayne Mansfield on her way to the premiere of the 1956 hit "Bundle of Joy."

The veteran left his photos with Supervisor's Office staff, who will provide digitizing services for the veteran, who will pick up his original photos along with the digital file from the Supervisor's Office next week.

If you are a veteran with hard-copy photos of your time in the service, the Town is happy to provide digitizing services at no cost, to preserve your photos forever.

As always, Supervisor Albra invites any resident with questions about anything related to the Town of Fishkill to contact him at any time by email at or by phone at (845) 831-7800 ext. 3309, or you can contact Town Councilmembers Louise Daniele, John Forman, Carmine Istvan or Brian Wrye by email through the Town Website, or by phone at (845) 831-7800 ext. 3393.