What is Sarah Running For?

  • Environmentally minded, recently engaged the city in a Climate Smart Communities Pledge, a Community Choice Aggregation program, and is working to increase green infrastructure and sustainable development throughout the city.  

  • Riverkeeper volunteer leading the annual Riverkeeper Sweep of the Hudson River at Waryas park for over 5 years. 

  • Working to preserve our historic housing stock and diverse heritage. 

  • Works at a local nonprofit, Dutchess Outreach, providing food access and emergency relief services to Dutchess County residents in need. 

  • Passed important resolutions lobbying for voting reform measures.

  • Established a City of Poughkeepsie Municipal ID program.

  • Passed important resolutions lobbying for human rights and protecting citizens from unlawful arrest and undue process in our courts.

  • Lobbying for increased transparency and communications between police and community members with the Right to Know Act. 

  • Working to establish a Land Bank for Dutchess County and the City of Poughkeepsie to encourage inclusive development, neighborhood revitalization, to reduce blight, and encourage affordable homeownership. 

  • Seeking smart development to encourage sustainable economic growth and job creations in order to strengthen our tax base. 

  • Working to increase programming for our youth and seniors and engaged in conversations surrounding the development of a community center. 

 

2018/2019 Legislative Accomplishments

Conservation

Climate Smart Communities Pledge

RESOLUTION ADOPTING A CLIMATE SMART COMMUNITIES PLEDGE

IN THE CITY OF POUGHKEEPSIE.

A Resolution committing the City of Poughkeepsie on a path toward climate resiliency.

Community Choice Aggregation Program 

From; http://www.renewablehighlands.com/cca

WHAT IS CCA?

CCA combines electric utility accounts of residents and small businesses to enhance bargaining power in negotiating energy supply contracts. CCAs facilitate cost savings, price stability, renewable energy development, implementation of community-wide energy initiatives as well as local economic growth.

HOW IT WORKS

Individual municipalities or groups of municipalities solicit proposals from qualified energy supply companies. Bidders are selected based on price, contract length, sourcing, and other criteria determined by participating municipalities. There is no requirement to select any bid–if bids do not meet the set criteria default supply from the local utility remains intact. A small portion of the savings generated by the CCA will be used to support ongoing CCA administration and implementation of additional cost-saving initiatives, such as community solar and energy efficiency. There is no cost to participating municipalities.

BENEFITS FOR THE CITY OF POUGHKEEPSIE

Adopting a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) engages the City of Poughkeepsie on a path toward achieving Climate Smart Community certification, increases its position to secure lower energy prices for residents, allows residents to exercise more local control over energy resources, all while stimulating our engagement in clean energy practices that will increase the percentage of local renewables in the fuel mix.

 

February 20, 2018

Resolution R-18-19;

RESOLUTION INTRODUCING LOCAL LAW NO. 3 of 2018 AUTHORIZING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMMUNITY CHOICE AGGREGATION PROGRAM IN THE CITY OF POUGHKEEPSIE

 

March 19, 2018

Local Law L-18-2;

A LOCAL LAW TO ESTABLISH A COMMUNITY CHOICE AGGREGATION (ENERGY) PROGRAM IN THE CITY OF POUGHKEEPSIE

 

December 3, 2018

Resolution R-18-102(?);

RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE MUNICIPAL ENERGY SERVICES AGREEMENT

WITH JOULE ASSETS, INC.

April 1, 2019 

Resolution R-19-43

RESOLUTION ENTERING IN AN MOU WITH JOULE ASSETS UNDER THE CCA PROGRAM

 

Press;

https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/opinion/valley-views/2018/11/28/local-communities-can-act-combat-impacts-climate-change-column/2131644002/

 

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/city-of-poughkeepsie-ny-selects-joulecommunity-as-administrator-to-drive-cost-savings-and-local-clean-energy-development-on-an-historic-scale-300761822.html


 

 

Voting Reforms

 

Early Voting & Automatic Voter Registration

On Monday, April 16, 2018, the City of Poughkeepsie Common Council sent a supporting resolution up to Albany encouraging the State Legislature to pass two importing voting reforms, Early Voting & Automatic Voter Registration, within the fiscal year 2018/2019.

 

“We’re sending an important message up to Albany with the passage of this resolution,” Says Councilmember Salem “Both of these voting reforms further advance and amplify our democratic system by increasing access and so participation in our election process. The reforms will remove barriers to voting & registration for residents, and so lead toward an increase of voter participation &  more efficient elections. Eligible voters won’t have to worry about registration deadlines, application submissions, or having to update their address information every time they move. We’re streamlining the process and adding eligible voters to the roll.”

 

37 states already allow for early voting and 11 states, including DC, allow for Automatic Voter Registration.

 

The resolution, authored and introduced by Council Member Sarah Salem, was carried by the council as a whole.

 

April 16, 2018

Resolution R-18-29;

NYS LOCALITY RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF ENACTMENT OF EARLY VOTING AND AUTOMATIC DMV REGISTRATION IN NYS WITHIN THE FY 2018-19

 

Press;

https://midhudsonnews.com/News/2018/April/05/Pok_early_vote-05Apr18.html

https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/opinion/letters/2018/04/21/kudos-common-council-supporting-early-voting-bill-letter/532783002/



Immigrant Rights

Resolution in Support of the New York State Protect our Court Act

A resolution calling on the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign New York State Bill A.2176 / S.425 known as the New York State Protect Our Courts Act.

 

April 15, 2019

Resolution R-19-46

Support the New York State Protect our Court Act

Resolution Supporting the Greenlight NY Legislation

On Monday, May 21 the Poughkeepsie Common Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of bill A10273/S08680 before the New York State legislature, which expands access to driver’s licenses to all New York State residents, regardless of immigration status.

New York law currently requires residents to have a social security number in order to obtain a driver’s license. Currently, 12 states — California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Vermont and Washington — and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have enacted laws to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s license.

The legislative effort to expand driver’s licenses to all New Yorkers is being led by the statewide Green Light NY: Driving Together coalition, of which local organization Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson is a key leader. On May 14, Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson bused over 110 residents from Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Middletown, Newburgh, and Monroe to the New York State Capitol Building for a statewide mobilization for the campaign.

May 21, 2018

Resolution R-18-41;

NYS LOCALITY RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE GREEN LIGHT LEGISLATION TO ENSURE EQUAL ACCESS TO DRIVER’S LICENSES FOR ALL RESIDENTS OF NEW YORK STATE.

 

Press;

https://hudsonvalleynewsnetwork.com/2018/05/22/poughkeepsie-common-council-endorses-greenlight-legislation/




 

Legislation to Establish a Municipal ID Program in the City of Poughkeepsie

 

July 9, 2018

Local Law L-18-4;

APPROVING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A MUNICIPAL I.D.S IN THE CITY OF POUGHKEEPSIE.

 

Sarah Salem, Poughkeepsie City Councilmember, who drafted, introduced, and sponsored the legislation, said, “For many of us, the ability to provide proof of identity is taken for granted. For some of our neighbors living in the City of Poughkeepsie, the inability to do so creates barriers that can not only prevent them from being able to fully participating in our local economic and community life, but that can negatively impact many other areas of their lives. A Municipal ID card program will assist in reducing these barriers by providing many benefits to our most vulnerable residents with a more unified proof of identity and so help to connect ALL City of Poughkeepsie residents to services and activities regardless of immigration status, housing status, gender identity, or income. I’m so proud to have drafted and lobbied for this innovative legislation with Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson and feel even more pride in knowing that Poughkeepsie will join the handful of other cities across the country who are working to actively foster more inclusive and participatory communities. I am eager to see how this program will act to stimulate our local economy and am excited to witness the positive impacts it will have on the local social, political, and cultural climate of our city. Most of all, I take so much pride in the fact that as a community we are actively expressing that ALL THOSE WHO RESIDE within our city, are welcome here and belong here.”

 

Press;

https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/2018/07/10/city-poughkeepsie-issue-id-cards/772420002/

 

https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/opinion/valley-views/2018/05/18/municipal-id-program-bring-benefits-all-poughkeepsie-residents-column/621050002/

 

https://hudsonvalleynewsnetwork.com/2018/07/11/poughkeepsie-becomes-second-city-in-nys-with-a-municipal-id/

 

https://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/2018/July/10/Pok_MuncID-10Jul18.html

 

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/hudson-valley/news/2018/07/10/municipal-id-program-approved-in-poughkeepsie

 

https://www.nyic.org/2018/07/victory-poughkeepsie-advocates-secure-municipal-ids/

Policies for communities MUST be informed by those who reside within them. 

What issues facing the City of Poughkeepsie community matter to you? How do you think we can help the City of Poughkeepsie reach its full potential?

Climate Resiliency, Job Creation, Youth Programs, Business Development, Revitalized Green Space, Activities for Seniors, Education, Government Reform, Anti-Poverty Initiatives, Clean Energy, let's hear it!