I was raised in a farming community, and understand the importance of our local farms, and the role agriculture plays in our economy and daily lives. That is why I am proud to be the Ranking Member on the New York State Senate’s Agriculture Committee and to represent an area with a rich history of family farms.
In my first year of office, I was humbled to be recognized by the Farm Bureau as part of their annual “Circle of Friends.” With all that happens in the State Capitol, I wanted to be sure to keep you abreast of my efforts on agriculture issues. I value other’s input greatly in my decision making process, and have found that my visits to local farms and meetings with farmers have proven very helpful in best representing their needs.
An equalization rate is New York State’s attempt to fairly measure a municipality’s level of assessment. Equalization rates are necessary in New York State because each municipality is able to determine both its own level of assessment and how frequently it is done. Most states require one level of assessment statewide. There are also hundreds of taxing jurisdictions in New York that include most school districts and counties that do not share the same taxing boundaries as the cities and towns that are responsible for assessing properties.
It’s hard to believe that my first year of proudly serving as your New York State Senator is drawing to a close. By working together, we have taken steps towards our goal of creating more jobs and reducing the cost of living and doing business in the Hudson Valley.
Since taking the oath of office in January, I’ve met with more than 160 public officials and organizations, attended over 300 community events and spoken with so many of you throughout Dutchess and Putnam Counties.
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) highlighted his unfunded mandate package as a mechanism for meaningful long-term property tax relief following the most recent Tax Commission report. Senator Gipson has introduced three pieces of legislation that would end future unfunded mandates and deliver immediate relief to counties in an effort to reduce property taxes.
Providing a quality education for our children has always been a top priority of mine. With this comes a strong personal belief that the strength of our education system cannot be measured by test results alone. The future of job creation and economic growth here in the Hudson Valley lies in the innovative ideas and creativity of our next generation. The next medical advancement or technology boom is not going to emerge from standardized testing or standardized teaching. In fact, history has shown that our greatest innovations come from those who refuse to think in standardized terms. I want to encourage our children to dream big and to use their imaginations to engage in creative problem solving.
I’m very pleased to let you know that we have come together in Albany to restore the $90 million in cuts to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). I applaud Governor Andrew Cuomo for working with the Legislature to find a solution to restore this funding.
I was joined this week by Holly Ahern, Associate Professor of Microbiology at SUNY Adirondack and Christina Fisk, Board of Directors, Lyme Action Network, who are both Co-Chairs of the LymeNEXT! Forum and mothers of children with Lyme disease to discuss why we need the TickBITE Act and the Lyme Disease Doctor Protection Bill that I have introduced in the State Senate. WATCH and SHARE if you or someone you know has been affected by Lyme disease: