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Martha's Vineyard Airport, situated at the geographical center of the Island, is one of the 10 busiest airports in New England. It welcomes more than 300,000 passengers a year at its modern terminal. The one-mile-square airport also embraces a business park that is home to more than 75 companies. The County Administration Building is situated at Martha's Vineyard Airport.
Despite the progress of the past several decades, there still exist many barriers for people with disablities, from the hard-to-open door, to home constraints, to unequal policies and practices. In response to the problem, Dukes County Commissioners created the position of Associate Commissioner for Disability Affairs. The Associate Commissioner for Disability Affairs is Kathleen Samways
The Dukes County Associate Commissioner for Elder Affairs is Paddy Moore. We can help you with your preparations for natural emergencies like hurricanes and winter storms. We are expecially interested in providing emergency preparation information and materials to the Dukes County Senior Citizens. We also have extensive contacts in the community that can help you with other issues. Call us and we will be glad to help you.
The Dukes County Associate Commissioner for Fisheries is vacant.
The Dukes County Associate Commissioner for Homelessness is Dean Rosenthal.
The Dukes County Commissioners established the position of Associate Commissioner for Public Health in recognition of the important role that ensuring the health, wellness, and safety of its residents and visitors plays in sustaining our vibrant island communities.
The Dukes County Associate Commissioner for Youth is Rebekah ElDeiry.
The seven-member Commission serves as the legislative body of County government. Commissioners are chosen for two-year terms in county-wide elections. The Commission normally meets twice a month at the Dukes County Administration Building, 9 Airport Road in Edgartown (at Martha's Vineyard Airport).
The County Manager is County government's Chief Executive Officer. He/She is appointed by the County Commission, manages the County's daily operations, and works with the Commission on initiatives with regional impact.
Founded in 1996 by the County Commission, the Dukes County Health Council is a coalition of 36 appointed members including consumers, public officials, and health care agencies and practitioners. The full council meets in roundtable fashion once a month, and explores ways to improve health care on the Island.
In time of disaster, the Emergency Management Agency saves lives and minimizes property damage. The agency focuses on education, planning, and implementation of disaster plans and procedures.
This department run by County Manager maintains five miles of free public beach, striving to balance the interests of recreation, ecology, and maintenance. The department issues the popular over-sand permits that allow owners of four-wheel-drive vehicles to explore Norton Point Beach.
Parking tickets issued by the six Island towns and the County may be paid at the office of the Parking Clerk. The clerk's office is in the County Administration Building at Martha's Vineyard Airport.
The Registry of Deeds is one of Dukes County's oldest departments, dating to 1641. Register Paulo DOliveira, an elected official, records property transfers from all seven towns within the County. His office is in the County Courthouse on Main Street in Edgartown.
Treasurer Noreen Mavro Flanders, who is elected, is resposible for all the money received and paid out by the County. The Treasurer supervises the Parking Clerk, and also serves as chair of the Dukes County Contributory Retirement System.
This office serves the veterans of all seven towns within the County. The agent helps veterans obtain all the benefits to which they are entitled. She also keeps records of living and deceased veterans, and conceives programs to honor vets and promote patriotism.
This department of Dukes County government helps residents obtain affordable, high-quality health care. The program primarily assists those with no health insurance, families with children, seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income residents.
Regional Agencies
Sheriff Michael A. McCormack is county-wide elected official and oversees now state owned operations under the Sheriff's Office. That includes the Jail & House of Corrections, Communications Center, Drug Information Bureau, Community Corrections and Civil Process. The Sheriff, an elected official, is the County's chief law enforcement officer.
Cape Light Compact saves money for residents of Dukes County and Cape Cod in two main ways: 1) It uses the combined buying power of
197,000 people to keep electric rates as low as possible; and 2) It operates energy-efficiency programs that can slash the individual's electric bill and reduce the price of new appliances.
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) is the largest education, health and human service provider in Dukes County. MVCS serves over 6,000 year-round and seasonal residents are served each year through six core programs: CONNECT to end violence, Disability Services, Early Childhood Programs, Island Counseling Center, Island Wide Youth Collaborative, and the Thrift Shop. For more information visit
Elder Services is a private, not-for-profit, community-based organization. Since our founding in 1972, we have been dedicated to promoting the welfare and enhancing the quality of life of elders, as well as helping them to maintain maximum independence and dignity. Our organization works with the community to identify and respond to the needs, problems, and concerns of elders and their families.
This agency's mission is to help develop affordable, quality, year-round housing for Dukes County residents, especially those with low and moderate incomes.
The Authority's modern buses carry 750,000 passengers a year throughout all six town of Martha's Vineyard. Many visitors purchase economical day passes that allow unlimited ridership.The Authority also operates a paratransit services known as "The Lift."
The vision of the Steamship Authority is to provide excellent customer services through a safe, convenient and efficient transportation system while responding to changing needs and market demands as well as community concerns within a work environment that promotes quality performance and recognition of our employees.
The County of Dukes County PO Box 190, Edgartown, MA 02539
Phone: 508.696.3840    Fax: 508.696.3841
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