Hudson Valley Hornet, July 5, 2019
WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY– Philip Du, candidate for Dutchess County Legislature District 15 (Wappinger) announced on Monday that when elected, he will be donating his first and last months’ salary to veterans organizations.
Du stated that his decision was spurred by the County Legislature’s vote on June 10th to raise salaries for all County elected officials, including themselves.
“This is another great example of poor oversight and the rubber stamp culture in our current County Legislature,” said Du. “Millions of dollars in construction mistakes were made between the new Public Defender’s office and the Stabilization Center. And now they are giving themselves a raise? These are not Wall Street corporate executives running our county. This is the people’s government.”
The County Legislature approved a raise of 3% per year for all County elected officials. That comes to 6% for legislators over a two-year term and 12.5% over the four year terms of the County Executive, County Clerk, Comptroller and Sheriff.
“People in Dutchess County who are receiving Social Security or veteran benefits get far smaller increases to adjust for inflation every year. Our elected officials do not deserve bigger raises than our seniors living on a fixed income,” Du said. “As a disabled veteran, I have seen many brothers and sisters that are still struggling with physical, mental and financial difficulties every time I visit Castle Point hospital. It really bothers me and that’s why we need change in the Legislature.”
Philip Du also plans to opt-out of any county medical and dental coverage after taking office given his service-connected disabilities has been covered by VA which will be additional savings to the taxpayer.
“Serving Wappinger in the Legislature shall be an honor and privilege, and not a job.” Du said.
About Philip Du- Philip Du graduated from Arizona State University with BA in education and MPA from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He served in the US Army from 2013-2016 and was medically retired from West Point. He currently works to help veterans filing VA benefits and also volunteer at a local church as a vestry member.