POUGHKEEPSIE — State Senator Rob Rolison (39th District) announced today that he has hired Ashley Ranieri to serve as a Policy Analyst and Community Outreach Liaison in a part-time role. Ranieri, a Fishkill resident and veteran of the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department with 13 years of experience in related criminal justice, will work out of the District Office in the Town of Poughkeepsie.
Rolison was a police officer for 26 years before going on to serve in the Dutchess County Legislature and the City of Poughkeepsie mayor’s office and has made public safety a top priority since joining the state Senate this year. He sits on the upper chamber’s Crime Victims, Crime, and Correction committee and introduced legislation (S.7675) in September to make fentanyl possession around first responders a class C felony. According to news reports, exposure to the deadly narcotic was responsible for sickening a City of Poughkeepsie police officer last month during a vehicle search.
“Ashley currently serves as a grant coordinator and public information specialist for the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department, a position she has held since 2015,” said Rolison. “Her depth of expertise, work ethic, and large network of local and state contacts will provide a focal point and hub for first responders in our district. Departments and agencies looking for assistance in equipment purchases and upgrades as well as capital improvements to existing infrastructure should contact our office. We are here to help those who keep us safe.”
“I’m grateful to Senator Rolison for providing me with this additional opportunity to serve my community,” said Ranieri. “Many police and fire departments lack a grant coordinator, grant writer or equivalent staffer and this appointment will provide an unmet service across a wide swath of the Hudson Valley. I’m looking forward to my new position in Senator Rolison’s office and I appreciate the chance to connect first responders to the state funding they need to help them protect and serve effectively.”
Ranieri joins a District Office staff of five employees while remaining in her role with the Poughkeepsie Police Department. Constituents seeking assistance for grants coordination should email email@example.com. Staff members provide casework and constituent outreach in a number of public policy areas, including senior resources, education, utilities, unemployment insurance, veterans’ affairs, and more.
Rob Rolison (R-39th District) was elected to the New York State Senate in November 2022 and is serving his first term. The 39th Senate District includes parts of Dutchess, Putnam, and Orange counties.