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The plot thickens in Poughkeepsie! Local elected officials not informed about refugee arrival

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 3, 2016

Uh! Oh! The resettlement contractors are getting awful cocky (and desperate for new sites).  I assumed (when I first mentioned Poughkeepsie) that there were some local officials brought in on the plan to begin resettling Syrians in Poughkeepsie in a few short months, but the mayor and others are denying they were informed.


Mayor of Poughkeepsie Rob Rolison (R) says he hasn’t been included in discussions while DOS has already approved the site. Welcome to the secret world of refugee planning from Washington. Bio here:

It appears, according to USA Today!, that Church World Service and the US State Department acted unilaterally (and against the law!) if they have already settled on this new site.

The Refugee Act of 1980 requires consultation with local elected officials.  They often skirt this requirement by putting on a small briefing for someone in local government just to check the box, but wow, they didn’t even do that here (or so the mayor says!).

See our previous posts on Poughkeepsie here, and here.

From USA Today (headline: “Refugee resettlement planned for Poughkeepsie, but city officials unaware”):

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — The Church World Service network expects to settle 80 refugees in the City of Poughkeepsie in the next fiscal year in conjunction with opening a resettlement office in the city, network representative said. But area officials, including City Mayor Rob Rolison, do not have details on how the settlements will work, and the Dutchess County Executive’s Office says it did not have a hand in approving the plan.

The faith-based Church World Service network, or CWS, is set to open a resettlement office in the City of Poughkeepsie, according to Christina Levin, director for external relations at CWS.


The Poughkeepsie office, which would serve refugees from all countries, was approved by the state Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. The exact location of the office to still to be determined.

CWS’ presence in Poughkeepsie has ignited debate among the candidates for the 18th Congressional District seat in next week’s election, as well as area residents. At least one group of local organizations has banded together to support the resettlement efforts.

Levin said the CWS has been “working with a number of local partners, including the City of Poughkeepsie” in establishing the office.


But, Rolison said Wednesday he is still seeking answers regarding how the plan will work.


“We learned recently that they were considering Poughkeepsie for this, and now that is has been announced they’re going to establish one in the greater Poughkeepsie area, I’ve reached out and left a message (with CWS) about it. We’re trying to learn more details. At this point, I don’t have any,” Rolison said.

Much more here.

Tip for the mayor: Do not bother with CWS, just go right to the US Department of State in Washington,DC for answers. Find out from Barbara Day how all this has come about.

Concerned citizens better get registered for this meeting next week. I warn you this will be a controlled meeting  which means they will probably not allow open questions from the floor.  Learn a little about something called the Delphi Technique for controlling the outcome of a meeting. Here are all of our mentions of the technique, don’t let them herd you like cattle.

Church World Service will hold an information session about the new Poughkeepsie office Thursday, November 10. at the Adriance Memorial Library.

By the way CWS was the contractor where I live that was responsible for the creation of RRW in 2007 because straight answers were not forthcoming.  I need to do a new dossier on their finances, but I am tired of researching today…tomorrow maybe!

10 Responses to “The plot thickens in Poughkeepsie! Local elected officials not informed about refugee arrival”

  1. […] Update November 3rd: Mayor says he didn’t know anything about it, here. […]


  2. […] The plot thickens in Poughkeepsie! Local elected officials not informed about refugee arrival […]


  3. sidefxny said

    Dear Ann- Thanks for the heads up about what they’re doing in my neck of the woods, New York’s Hudson Valley. Luckily we have Phil Oliva on board who is running against the pro open borders incumbent, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney who basically wants to flood the area with illegals who will become his future Democrat voters. Of course the usual suspects are gearing up in support of the first wave of invaders that are coming to Poughkeepsie. Here’s a link to the article about Vassar College et al.

    I don’t know what we would do without the wealth of knowledge that you have shared with us. I am trying to get Phil Oliva up to speed as quickly as possible. There is of course, no time left before the election so we will have to keep our fingers crossed and pray for a Trump victory as well as loyal Repubs who will do the right thing.

    No matter what happens, we will still have to continue the fight.

    Thank you for everything.

    Best regards,



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  6. kerberos616 said

    Reblogged this on Kerberos616.


  7. Brittius said

    Reblogged this on Brittius.


  8. Reblogged this on Booksbyjameswnelson and commented:
    Who are these so-called Americans sneaking around and scamming innocent communities in order to dump Third Worlders on them, many coming “NOT” to assimilate.


  9. thetinfoilhatsociety said

    Thanks for the heads up about the Delphi technique! I’ve seen this in action in my own local government, going to have to practice this and use it the next time I go to a meeting.


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