SENATOR GIPSON URGES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO TAKE ACTION ON OIL TRANSPORTATION ALONG HUDSON
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) has issued a letter to federal representatives urging the federal government to take “immediate, concrete and substantial action to protect our communities, our environment and our economy from the very real and ongoing risks of crude oil transportation on railways, specifically along the Hudson River.”
Check out this article on Philipstown.info about New York State's expension of EPIC that I was proud to support:
New York State Sen. Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) announced the inclusion of $4.1 million in funding for the expansion of the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program in the 2014/2015 New York State Budget. This funding will increase the number of seniors aged 65 and over who will now be income-eligible for the program, which helps seniors supplement their out-of-pocket Medicare Part D drug plan costs.
Click on the attachment to read the story in the Millerton News where a constituent with Lyme disease named Marc Miles and I discuss our efforts to ensure people receive the care they need and deserve for Lyme and tick-borne illnesses.
Check out the WAMC's coverage of the Senator's bipartisan efforts with Assemblyman Lalor:
A state senator and assemblyman, both from the Hudson Valley, say they have a bipartisan solution to curb unfunded mandates. They also say they are banding together as outsiders and want their constituents to know about it.
About three months ago, Democratic state Senator Terry Gipson proposed a state constitutional amendment to prohibit certain unfunded mandates. He says the measure is a bold one.
Yesterday I stood with Assemblyman Frank Skartados to introduce ‘Rosie’s Law,’ which is named after Rosie, the first judicially approved courtroom dog in New York State. With Rosie’s help, a 15-year-old girl (known in the case as “Jessica”) from Dutchess County was able to provide testimony against her abuser. The bill would permit judges the discretion to allow certain witnesses to be accompanied by a facility dog when providing testimony.
This very informative article discusses why my TickBITE Act (S.3478) is so important. The proposed legislation would require health insurers and workers’ compensation to provide coverage for long-term medical care for Lyme disease and other tick-borne pathogens. It also establishes the tick-borne illness, research, and education fund.
This is why two state lawmakers in this region with the nation's highest incidence of Lyme – state Sen. Terry Gipson, D-Poughkeepsie, and Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, D-Kingston – are sponsoring companion bills in the state Legislature that would remedy the situation that Raucci calls “potentially life threatening.”
This week the Daily Freeman covered the momentum being gained by my Vampire Voting Act:
ALBANY, N.Y. — A bill to ban vampires is advancing in the state Legislature, but the only creatures of the night it targets are senators and assemblymen.
Sen. Terry Gipson’s bill, known as the Vampire Voting Act of 2013, would prohibit votes on bills between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. The freshman Democrat from Rhinebeck says he introduced the measure out of frustration with the Legislature scheduling votes for the middle of the night, when most constituents are asleep.
Great article on my Vampire Bill in the Legislative Gazette:
Freshman Sen. Terry Gipson, D-Rhinebeck, has proposed the "Vampire Voting Bill" that would outlaw voting on most legislation between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. The law would place no restrictions on debates, nor voting on rules or procedures, generally considered housekeeping items. Another freshman, Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanseberg, co-sponsored the bill.
Gipson said his proposal is an answer to a decades-old problem. He said the passage of his law would hold lawmakers accountable for their votes and lead to "more robust" debates on the Senate and Assembly floors.
The Poughkeepsie Journal reported on Senator Terry Gipson's Swearing-In Ceremony at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel on January 12, 2013. Over 500 people attended along with State Senators Neil Breslin, Gustavo Rivera, George Latimer and Democratic Conference Leader, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins.
Senator Gipson outlined his aggressive agenda for the upcoming session and the Journal said: