Poughkeepsie's bus fleet has not been used since the county took
the service last summer
POUGHKEEPSIE – The Federal Transit Administration has given the
City of Poughkeepsie 30 days to turn over its buses to Dutchess County.
City Administrator Marc Nelson told the common council on Friday that
the federal agency “clearly puts the city on written notice that
if the transit assets are not transferred as per the approved plan, the
FTA will take recapture and other steps required to protect their interest.”
Councilman Michael Young, who has supported the transfer ever since the
county took over the city transit system this past summer, said the city
must act immediately or face the potential of other consequences by the
“They can withhold money in grants from the US Treasury by other
mechanisms, so, for example, the Department of Defense gives us money
for what is called the COPS grant for policing and that grant is potentially
liable to not be paid out to the City of Poughkeepsie because the FTA
can put a hold on that and take those monies instead of asking us for
a check,” he said.
The city owes the FTA between $1.6 million and $1.9 million.
The common council has not been able to reach a consensus about the transfer
since Dutchess took over the bus service.
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