About Dutchess County Legislator Francena Amparo
Francena Amparo is a passionate community activist and dedicated civil servant. Francena was elected to the Dutchess County Legislature in 2011 and ascended to the role of Assistant Minority Leader in 2016 and has served a total of four terms in the Dutchess County Legislature. Francena describes herself as”driven to help underserved people fight injustice.”
Ms. Amparo was raised in the Bronx where she became interested in politics at a young age. She was always captivated by the idea that the powers of government can be harnessed for good. Francena studied to become a paralegal at SUNY Westchester Community College. Francena then went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Legal studies from SUNY Purchase.
Francena relocated to the Hudson Valley over a decade ago and now owns a home in Wappingers Falls where she serves as President of the Board of Managers for her homeowners association. Ms. Amparo has spent close to twenty years working in the legal field and currently assists three partners at a major law firm in New York City.
Years ago, after the loss of her younger brother to suicide, Francena made a commitment to herself for the sake of her family and others, to become more involved in the political process in order to create positive changes. The painful loss of her brother’s life confirmed to her that the system was failing and that much work needed to be done to save others from the pain her family experienced.
Francena prides herself on using her elected office to represent her constituents and to fulfill her commitment to improving the lives of others through direct outreach, education and advocacy. A true public servant and civic activist, Francena is also an active member of the New York Democratic Lawyers Council; the National Association of Latino Elected Officials; Local Progress; the Wappingers Falls Business and Professional Association; and the Wappingers Historical Society.
Policies & Procedures
Water & Sewer Services
The State announced $10M in grants for projects throughout Dutchess County to improve and protect water and wastewater systems. The grant includes an award to the Town of Wappinger in the amount of $2.4M for wastewater improvements.
The County is working with the Town of Wappinger & NYS DEC to address PFOA/PFOS contamination at the County Airport. The County is in negotiation with NYS DEC to finalize the work plan. This work plan may require the County to perform mid- and long-term remediation work if the investigation determines that the source of the contaminants is from the airport.
Regarding Capital Projects
Back in April meeting, I reported to you my concerns with cost overruns for a new public defender’s office at 45 Market Street. The cost of the project went from $1.7M to more than $6M.
Now, it has been reported that the first phase of the Dutchess County Stabilization Center (DCSC) renovation at 230 North Road has cost the County $2.6M more than budgeted and the estimated cost for the second phase is more than six times the original budgeted amount.
The Legislature supports the DCSC, but we are concerned with the county’s massive financial miscalculation, stressing the cost taxpayers will incur for these errors. While the bond language approved by the County Legislature gives full authority to proceed and complete the job, newly adopted procedures were implemented to ensure improved accuracy, transparency and accountability on future projects.
For the last five years, we gather in Messier Park for health screenings, fun activities and community.
Legislator Francena Amparo fights for Anti- “Pay to Play” Legislation
People in America are waking up each day wondering what our elected leaders will do next. In a time like this, we can’t let fear take over, we have to take action. In his farewell remarks, President Obama urged us to “grab a clipboard and run for office.” His message was for us to channel the disappointment and uncertainty we are feeling today into a spirit of action and power.
See all posts