As my term as your State Senator comes to an end, I thank you for the opportunity to serve you and our Hudson Valley community. I’m proud of what we were able to accomplish over the past two years.
We introduced landmark legislation to reduce the cost of living and to create new jobs. We helped build new infrastructure and increased funding for our public schools. We helped Veterans and their families, senior citizens and students, and victims of Lyme disease, child/elder abuse and domestic violence. We aided those with developmental disabilities, and we even helped build a community playground for our children.
For Immediate Release: December 18, 2014 Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | firstname.lastname@example.org
SENATOR GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON HISTORIC LYME LEGISLATION SIGNED INTO LAW
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) today issued the following statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo signing S.7854, which was co-sponsored Senator Gipson, into law.
"Over the past two years we have fought to ensure that those in the Hudson Valley and across New York State who have been plagued with long-term Lyme disease and tick-borne illnesses have the patient rights that they deserve. During this time we organized an extensive advocacy campaign to educate and persuade members of the State Legislature on the importance of such legislation and the seriousness of this issue. Now, because of those efforts, those suffering will receive the best course of treatment agreed upon with their doctor and family, not insurance companies or bureaucratic medical boards.
STATE SENATOR GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON NYS FRACKING DECISION
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) today issued the following statement on New York State’s decision to prohibit hydraulic fracturing.
“Today’s announcement by the Department of Health and Department of Environmental Conservation was the right decision for our state’s economy and environment. I have personally visited fracking sites in rural Pennsylvania and I believe that current fracking methods are inadequate when it comes to ensuring our communities’ quality of life. As always, I encourage further research and efforts to find safe and economical ways to harness natural gas without threatening our health and most precious natural resources. It’s my hope that this decision will be a catalyst for greater investments in such research, as well as in renewable energy here in the Hudson Valley and across New York State.”
“I commend the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council for continuing to make significant investments in Dutchess and Putnam counties. These economic development grants are vital in spurring economic growth and the creation of good jobs in our communities.
Dear Friend, Throughout the last two years we have been working hard to ensure that those suffering from Lyme disease have the patient rights that they deserve and the treatment they need. I'm proud that during my first term our shared efforts resulted in the passage of the patient protection bill which I co-sponsored, S.7854.
This Veterans Day, we express our unyielding gratitude for the men and women who have served our nation. Our communities throughout Dutchess and Putnam counties have a proud history of military service. Today also serves as an important reminder of our needed commitment to supporting our troops, Veterans and their families.
SENATOR GIPSON HONORS LOCAL VETERANS, SERVICE FAIR DRAWS HUNDREDS OF VETERANS & FAMILIES
FISHKILL, NY – On Saturday, September 27, 2014, New York State Senator Terry Gipson’s (D-Dutchess, Putnam) 2nd Annual Veterans and Families Fair at the Ramada Inn in Fishkill drew hundreds of local veterans and family members to learn about services available to them in the Hudson Valley. The event featured service providers and exhibitors that offer services such as health care, housing, employment, education, business support and much more, specifically for veterans and their families in Dutchess and Putnam Counties.
STATE SENATOR GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON MTA PROPOSAL TO FUND CAPITAL PLAN WITH MTA PAYROLL TAX
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) today issued the following statement on the MTA’s proposal to use revenue from the regressive MTA Payroll tax to fund its $32 billion capital plan.
“I have been absolutely clear in my opposition to the MTA Payroll Tax, and have sponsored legislation to immediately end this unacceptable tax burden that has crippled Hudson Valley businesses and residents for too long. Unfortunately, the Senate Republicans have refused to bring my common sense tax repeal initiative to the floor for a vote. I remain committed to fighting for a full repeal."
SENATOR TERRY GIPSON TO HOLD 2ND ANNUAL VETERANS & FAMILIES FAIR
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) will hold his second annual Veterans & Families Fair on Saturday, September 27, 2014. It will be held at the Ramada Inn on Route 9 in Fishkill from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. The event will include an 11:00 am ceremony honoring the 41st District’s 2014 Veterans Hall of Fame honorees. These outstanding individuals were nominated by their local veteran organizations for the work they do supporting their fellow veterans and community. In addition to the 41st District’s Veterans Hall of Fame, there will be a special recognition of all Korean War and Vietnam War veterans.
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 | email@example.com
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.