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Amanda L. Fries

Investigative Reporter

Poughkeepsie, NY

Amanda L. Fries

Investigative Reporter

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Half of local bridges need repairs

Rolling across a bridge in Dutchess County, with your spouse at your side and the kids in the back, how often do you wonder: How safe is this bridge? In Dutchess County, 156 of 333 bridges, or 47 percent, are in need of repairs, according to a Poughkeepsie Journal analysis of the New York State Highway bridge data collected through Aug. 31.
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Trump's golf club wants $4 million cut in tax assessment

How much is Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s golf club in East Fishkill worth? About one-third of what it is assessed, according to papers filed by the business mogul’s Trump National Golf Club, Hudson Valley, in Stormville. Less than a month before Trump announced his bid for president, Trump National Golf Club, Hudson Valley, filed a grievance in May 2015 with the town to reduce the private golf club’s assessed value by 66 percent.
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City of Poughkeepsie owes $7.8 million and counting

Money owed by the City of Poughkeepsie continues to mount as the new administration unearths unpaid bills totaling more than $7.8 million. In the first month since taking office, Mayor Rob Rolison's administration has discovered Poughkeepsie owes money to various entities, from the state pension fund to Dutchess County to vendors.
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Molinaro: $192 million jail project aids efficiency, saves money

The face of criminal justice in Dutchess County could dramatically change in the next five years. Dutchess County officials are considering a wide-ranging plan that would build a new, bigger jail, a modern, more efficient sheriff's office, increase alternatives to incarceration and examine programs for youths and special populations.
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Prison staff remain on payrolls despite excessive force lawsuits

When he was assaulted a second time in two weeks at Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon, Melvin Wells believed it was payback. who received $65,000 in 2011 to settle a lawsuit that grew out of the incidents — had dared to file a complaint, or grievance, against the officer he said had beaten him the first time.
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Herkimer, Oneida counties jail merger talk fizzles

There once was talk of Oneida and Herkimer county jails merging. In October, Herkimer County officials toured the Oneida County Correctional Facility. Not much has happened since. And depending on whom you talk to, there is a difference of opinion of what was discussed. Herkimer County Administrator Jim Wallace said a figure of $24 million was presented for Oneida County's annual operating costs, and a proposed split would have Herkimer County paying about $6 million of that.
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$2.4 million architect contract for jail could see increase

A $2.4 million contract with the current architect proposed Herkimer County jail could see an undetermined increase. The Herkimer County Legislature’s Ways & Means and Public Safety/Emergency Management committees Thursday approved an amendment to LaBella Associates contract that ensures the company will work with the county during the trial against the village of Herkimer.
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More hurdles for new Herkimer County jail plan

More delays in a lawsuit regarding building a new county jail in the village isn't the only obstacle in the way of Herkimer County's pursuit. The state Supreme Court Appellate Division ruled Sept. 27 that the county and the village of Herkimer must return to state Supreme Court to provide more detailed documentation on whether the county's interest in building a jail trumps the village of Herkimer's interest.
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State probing Folts Homes’ finances

The state Attorney General’s Office is investigating “financial irregularities” at Folts Homes. The probe began late last year, the office’s Deputy Press Secretary Michelle Hook said. Hook wouldn’t comment further. Folts Homes Administrator Fortunato Scerbo III said in an email that the facility is aware of the investigation and is cooperating fully.
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Asphalt plant still a hot issue in town of Russia

Construction of a hot asphalt plant in the town was put to a halt recently by the town codes enforcer, but representatives for Troy Sand & Gravel Tuesday asserted the stop work order was issued in “error.”. About 100 residents attended the town of Russia's Zoning Board of Appeals meeting to voice concerns and provide documented information that poked holes in the arguments made by supporters of Sand & Gravel.
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Amanda L. Fries

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  • Investigative reporting
  • Creative Writing
  • Writing
  • Blogging
  • Social Media
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Photoshop