SENATOR GIPSON RECOGNIZES SEPTEMBER 11TH AS PATRIOT DAY AND NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) recognized that today, September 11, 2014, is Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.Patriot Day was established in 2001 when President George W. Bush signed U.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71 designating September 11 as Patriot Day to memorialize the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks. Flags at residences and in public spaces are flown at half-staff in observance. In 2012, President Barack Obama renamed Patriot Day “Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance” to encourage public service in honor of the first responders and volunteers without whom many more lives would undoubtedly have been lost.
SENATOR GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON DROP IN PENSION COSTS TO LOCALITIES
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam), Ranking Member of the State Senate's Local Government Committee, issued the following statement on New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s announcement that pension costs for state and local governments will decrease by approximately nine percent.
“As a former local official and Ranking Member of the State Senate's Local Government Committee, I commend Comptroller DiNapoli and his office for their efforts to ensure New York’s pension fund is performing for its retirees while bringing needed relief to local governments. Our cash-strapped municipalities will welcome this drop in costs, but it’s important that we bring more stability to these costs in the future. These pension savings can also help deliver property tax savings for homeowners.
SENATOR TERRY GIPSON ISSUES COMMENT TO PSC ON PROPOSED TRANSMISSION LINE PROJECTS
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) issued an official comment to the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) in response to their Advisory Staff’s recent recommendations for the PSC to consider in making a final decision on the proposed transmission line projects (case # 12-T-0502 et al). The projects would potentially impact the towns of Clinton, Hyde Park, Milan and Pleasant Valley. Senator Gipson strongly urged that any proposals approved by the PSC be “no higher, no wider” than the existing infrastructure in order to protect people’s homes, agriculture lands and property values.
SENATOR GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON RECENT NYS SETTLEMENTS
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) issued the following statement in response to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s recent settlements, including today's announcement of a multi-million dollar settlement from Bank of America for wrongful mortgage practices.
SENATOR TERRY GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON EDUCATION REPORT
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) issued the following statement after the recent report from the Alliance for Quality Education and Opportunity Action on the inequities in state education funding:
“New York State can no longer push this issue aside. Our antiquated system of funding public education has not been working for a long time. It’s not working for our children or for the taxpayers.
SENATOR GIPSON WELCOMES SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS, FIRST WOMAN CONFERENCE LEADER IN NYS HISTORY, TO DUTCHESS
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) welcomed Senate Democratic Conference Leader Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins to Dutchess County on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014, for the 3rd Annual Breaking Barriers Cultural Arts Expo in Poughkeepsie. Senator Stewart-Cousins was elected by her colleagues to serve as Leader of the Senate Democratic Conference in December 2012, becoming the first female leader of a legislative conference in New York State history.
STATE SENATOR GIPSON COMMENDS NEW U.S. DOT SAFETY MEASURES FOR OIL TRAINS
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) lauded the U.S. Department of Transportation for proposing new safety measures for the transportation of crude oil. In May of this year, Senator Gipson 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.”
GIPSON & SCHNEIDERMAN ENCOURAGE LOCALITIES TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FUNDING TO PREVENT HEROIN DEATHS & UPGRADE POLICE EQUIPMENT
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) has informed localities throughout the 41st Senate District about grant opportunities for their police departments through the Office of the Attorney General. The grants are aimed at training and equipping police departments with Naloxone, also known as Narcan, to save lives during heroin overdoses and assisting police departments in obtaining new or replacing old bulletproof vests.
For Immediate Release: July 3, 2014 Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | firstname.lastname@example.org
SENATOR GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON GOV. CUOMO SIGNING BILL TO MEMORIALIZE BRIDGE IN PUTNAM VALLEY IN HONOR OF DISABLED VETERANS
PUTNAM VALLEY, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) issued the following statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo signing legislation A8224A/S5974A, sponsored by Senator Greg Ball and Assemblymember Sandy Galef. Senator Gipson was a co-sponsor of the bill. The legislation designates the bridge on Bryant Pond Road crossing the Taconic State Parkway in Putnam Valley as the "Disabled American Veterans Memorial Bridge.”
For Immediate Release: June 27, 2014 Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | email@example.com
COMMUNITY ATTENDS SENATOR GIPSON AND CAPE HEROIN PREVENTION PANEL AND NARCAN TRAINING
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Over 200 community members attended a Heroin Prevention Panel and Narcan Training hosted by New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) and the Council on Addiction Prevention & Education of Dutchess County, Inc. (CAPE) and sponsored by Health Quest last evening, June 26, 2014, at Dutchess Community College’s James & Betty Hall Theatre.
STATE SENATOR GIPSON ANNOUNCES BILL FOR ADDITIONAL FAMILY COURT JUDGE FOR DUTCHESS PASSES LEGISLATURE
ALBANY, NY – State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) announced that the State Senate has passed legislation, S.7883, which will create an additional Family Court Judge position for Dutchess County. The legislation has also passed the Assembly and awaits Governor Cuomo’s signature to become law.
STATE SENATOR GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON FED'S HEROIN BUST IN DUTCHESS AND STATE’S EFFORTS TO COMBAT EPIDEMIC
ALBANY, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) today issued the following statement on the Federal Government’s bust of an alleged heroin ring in Dutchess County and the importance of the State Legislature and Governor Cuomo’s recent legislative efforts to combat the heroin epidemic in New York State.
“I commend all law enforcement and parties involved in the takedown of this alleged heroin ring in Dutchess County. This is continued proof of the serious need for New York State to do everything in our power to combat and end this deadly epidemic. It also highlights the importance of the recent legislative efforts of the State Senate, Assembly and Governor Cuomo that I have been proud to advocate for and support.
STATE SENATOR GIPSON ANNOUNCES IMPORTANT LYME LEGISLATION PASSES STATE SENATE
ALBANY, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) announced that legislation to protect doctors who treat patients with chronic Lyme disease (S.7854) has passed the State Senate. Senator Gipson is a co-sponsor of this legislation.
“During my first term, advocating for those suffering from Lyme disease and tick-borne illness has been one of my most important causes. I have met with families across the Hudson Valley and have heard from individuals throughout the state who are living with the devastating effects of Lyme and tick-borne illness,” said Senator Gipson. “For far too long, those suffering from Lyme and tick-borne illness have not had the patients’ rights that they deserve. Today, I’m proud that the State Senate has finally listened to their voices and has come together to pass this important legislation that will help thousands of New Yorkers.”
STATE SENATOR GIPSON AND CAPE ANNOUNCE HEROIN PREVENTION PANEL AND NARCAN TRAINING
ALBANY, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) and the Council on Addiction Prevention & Education of Dutchess County, Inc. (CAPE) announced that they will co-host a Heroin Prevention Panel and Narcan Training on Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Dutchess Community College’s James & Betty Hall, 53 Pendell Road Poughkeepsie, NY.
STATE SENATOR GIPSON URGES ACTION ON LYME IN FINAL WEEK OF SESSION
ALBANY, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) today issued the following statement continuing to urge his colleagues in the State Senate to take action during the final week of legislative session to help those suffering from the growing Lyme disease and tick-borne illness crisis facing New York State communities.
SENATOR GIPSON ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO COMBAT HEROIN ABUSE IN NYS
ALBANY, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) today announced that legislation that he co-sponsored, S.7662A, which takes important steps towards ensuring that private sector insurance carriers in New York provide adequate coverage for addiction treatment, has passed the State Senate. Additionally, 13 other bills co-sponsored by Senator Gipson aimed at combating heroin abuse also passed.
SENATOR GIPSON ANNOUNCES EFFORTS TO GET FOR-PROFIT CORPORATIONS OUT OF NYS EDUCATION SYSTEM
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam), joined by educators from Dutchess and Putnam counties, announced a legislative initiative that would end the State Education Department’s reliance on Pearson, a for-profit foreign-based corporation, for student testing and teacher certification. The legislation was inspired by Senator Gipson meeting with educators and parents who continually cited their serious concerns with Pearson’s service as part of the many issues facing New York State’s public education system. The announcement was held at the Arlington Teachers' Association office.
HUDSON VALLEY STATE SENATORS URGE GOVERNOR CUOMO TO ISSUE EXECUTIVE ORDER TO SAVE ENERGY RATEPAYER DOLLARS
ALBANY, NY – New York State Senators Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam), George Latimer (D-Rye) and Cecilia Tkaczyk (D-Duanesburg) today urged Governor Cuomo to issue an executive order to protect Hudson Valley families and businesses from increased energy costs. The senators asked that the Governor direct the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) to use funds from the System Benefits Charge (SBC) to mitigate the rate increase from the federally mandated energy capacity zone.
SENATOR GIPSON ANNOUNCES SGT. CHARLES J. MOORE AS THE 2014 VETERANS’ HALL OF FAME HONOREE FOR THE 41ST DISTRICT
ALBANY, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson is pleased to announce that the New York State Senate recognized Sgt. Charles J. Moore as the 2014 Veterans’ Hall of Fame honoree representing the 41st Senate District. Sgt. Moore was recognized during a ceremony yesterday afternoon, May 20, 2014, in Albany.
SENATOR GIPSON INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO MITIGATE COST IMPACT OF FEDERAL CAPACITY ZONE IN THE HUDSON VALLEY
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) today announced that he has introduced legislation, S.7537 and S.7507, aimed at mitigating the financial impact of the federal government’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) mandated capacity zone in the lower Hudson Valley that could potentially cost residential, commercial, and industrial customers up to an additional $350 million in electric bills. Senator Gipson has opposed the federally mandated capacity zone from its onset and has supported the New York State Public Service Commission’s (PSC) legal actions to stop the recently implemented rate hikes.