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The Southern Dutchess News has served the area south of Poughkeepsie with news and features since 1959. It is an official newspaper of Dutchess County by vote of the Dutchess County Legislature. The Southern Dutchess News serves Spackenkill, Wappingers Falls, East Fishkill, Fishkill and Beacon.  Coverage includes local town, village and school news and features, Dutchess County Legislature, county legal notices, obituaries, plus coverage of arts and entertainment, hospitals and health, education, libraries and local businesses and organizations.

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3/7/18 Highlights of this week's edition...

Molinaro will run for governor after all

By Ray Fashona

(Continued from cover) But the winds of political change have brought the county executive back to a candidacy he has been discussing for at least four years.

Molinaro reportedly was urged by Republicans throughout the state to reconsider after several GOP candidates, including Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, dropped out of the race.

Molinaro now faces state Sen. John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, and Joe Holland, a former housing commissioner, for the GOP line. Republicans will hold their convention in May. The three men made their case last Friday to party leaders who had gathered in Saratoga Springs.

According to the state GOP committee, Molinaro swept 55 of 83 votes taken in a straw poll March 2.

Read the full story in this week’s print edition.

Caring approach guides DC public defender

Angell leads staff of 26 attorneys

Dutchess County Public Defender Tom Angell, pictured in the conference room of the County Office Building, says the desire to help the less fortunate was instilled in him at a young age and seeing individuals turn their lives around is his greatest reward.
- Photo by Curtis Schmidt

By Curtis Schmidt

The clichés are many and mostly true. “It’s never easy.” “You have to be a good loser.” And regardless of how busy you are, you literally “can’t say no.”

Welcome to the life of a public defender.

What many would term a “thankless job,” Dutchess County Public Defender Tom Angell chooses to see as the opportunity to help individuals turn their lives around.

Idealistic? No way.

“The ones who overcome unbelievable circumstances and change their lives for the better - these are the amazing turnarounds. That’s what keeps me going,” he said.

And after 29 years on the job and handling thousands of cases, he said “I’m still not a very good predictor (of turnarounds).”

Angell sees the “you never know” part of these turnarounds as the “beauty of human life.” That’s why he terms his role “the most wonderful job in the world.”

In spite of that approach, Angell admits that each case has its challenges – and obviously some have more than others.

Read the full story in this week’s print edition.

Also in the Mar 7-13, 2018 issue:

  • St. Patrick's Parade draws big crowds to Wappingers Falls

Students from the Broesler School of Irish Dance show off what they've learned. - Photo by Ray Fashona


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