Congressman Sean Maloney

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Maloney, Local Officials Announce All Tenants of Rip Van Winkle Housing Have Returned to Their Homes

Nov 15, 2017
Press Release
All Parties Collaborating to Resolve Lingering Heating Issues

Poughkeepsie, NY – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), New York State Senator Sue Serino, and Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison announced that through their collaborative efforts, all residents of the Rip Van Winkle affordable housing complex have been able to return to their homes. Some issues with heating remain, but Rep. Maloney has facilitated a call with the Mayor’s office and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to determine next steps.


“Getting folks back in their homes was a real team effort and it’s a big win for all the residents there at Rip Van Winkle because Thanksgiving is just next week,” said Rep. Maloney. “We have more work to do to fix the problems with the heating – especially with winter around the corner – but I’m confident that together we can get that done.”  


"When tragedy strikes, our community has a long tradition of coming together to help our neighbors get back on their feet, and this situation was no exception,” said New York State Senator Sue Serino. “I cannot thank everyone enough who pulled together to get critical resources to these residents and help get them back to their homes."


“This was a difficult and frustrating situation for the residents of the Rip Van Winkle complex,” said Dutchess County Commissioner of Emergency Response Dana Smith. “Dutchess County Emergency Response filled a support and coordination role to all involved to ensure residents were safe and secure. We were pleased to have assisted the effort to temporarily house and then return residents to their homes with the support of several county agencies including the Departments of Community & Family Services, Behavioral & Community Health, Public Transit and the Medical Reserve Corps. There is a great deal to be learned from this situation and we look forward to working with all involved to assess what occurred and improve for the future.”


“This situation has been very difficult for the residents – many with young children. As with any emergency, a lot of people and organizations came to help,” said Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison. “I’d particularly like to thank all the City and County personnel involved and Rep. Maloney and Senator Serino at the State and Federal level for their support and assistance. We also thank the Red Cross, our Civic Center, and all the local businesses and others that helped.”


Rep. Maloney’s office has worked with the Mayor’s office and other officials since the fire at Rip Van Winkle displaced more than 300 residents of the affordable housing complex. His office also facilitated a call with representatives from HUD to discuss next steps regarding heating issues. Rip Van Winkle housing receives federal funding through HUD to assist low-income families afford housing in the facility.