Terry Gipson's Press releases

SENATOR GIPSON CONTINUES TO FIGHT AGAINST FEDERAL CAPACITY ZONES

For Immediate Release: April 24, 2014 Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov

SENATOR GIPSON CONTINUES TO FIGHT AGAINST FEDERAL CAPACITY ZONES

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) continues to urge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) to halt their proposed federally mandated capacity zones. Senator Gipson has opposed the capacity zones since the plans onset. He issued an official letter to FERC and NYISO on March 6 urging them to stop the capacity zones, and recently held a conference call with Ms. Cheryl LaFleur, Acting Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Chairman LeFleur listened to Senator Gipson’s concerns, but was not permitted to officially comment since the plan is still pending.

“I urge the Federal Government to listen to our community. Local leaders at all levels of government and residents continue to make it clear that the proposed capacity zones would be a harsh and unfair blow to hardworking families and businesses in the Hudson Valley.

April 24, 2014
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SENATOR GIPSON ANNOUNCES DUTCHESS & PUTNAM PARKS & HISTORIC SITES TO RECEIVE NY WORKS FUNDING

For Immediate Release: April 23, 2014 Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov

SENATOR GIPSON ANNOUNCES DUTCHESS & PUTNAM PARKS & HISTORIC SITES TO RECEIVE NY WORKS FUNDING

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam), member of the New York State Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee, announced that James Baird State Park, Mills-Norrie State Park and Staatsburgh State Historic Site in Dutchess County, and Fahnestock State Park in Putnam County will receive funding as part of the New York Works program.

April 23, 2014
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SEN. GIPSON, ASM. ABINANTI, ASM. BUCHWALD & ADVOCATES CALL ON NYS TO KEEP FRACKING WASTE OUT OF NEW YORK

For Immediate Release: April 21, 2014 Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov

SEN. GIPSON, ASM. ABINANTI, ASM. BUCHWALD & ADVOCATES CALL ON NYS TO KEEP FRACKING WASTE OUT OF NEW YORK

ALBANY, NY – In recognition of Earth Day, New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) and Assemblymembers Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant) and David Buchwald (D-Westchester) reaffirmed their efforts to keep fracking waste out of New York State. Gipson and Abinanti have introduced legislation (S.3333/A.9074) that prohibits fracking wastewater from being used on highways for purposes such as melting ice. Gipson and Buchwald have introduced legislation (S.5412/A.7497) that prohibits the acceptance of fracking wastewater at water treatment facilities and landfills.

April 21, 2014
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SENATOR GIPSON URGES NYS TO FOLLOW VERMONT AND PROTECT DOCTORS TREATING LONG-TERM LYME

For Immediate Release: April 17, 2014 Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov

SENATOR GIPSON URGES NYS TO FOLLOW VERMONT AND PROTECT DOCTORS TREATING LONG-TERM LYME

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY -- New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) issued the following statement after the Vermont State Senate unanimously passed legislation similar to the “Doctor Protection Act” (S.5520) introduced by Senator Gipson in the New York State Senate. The legislation would protect doctors by disallowing the medical board to deny, revoke, or suspend the license of a physician or discipline any physician who prescribes, administers, or dispenses long-term antibiotic therapy for a patient suffering from long-term Lyme disease. Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and California have also passed similar legislation.

April 17, 2014
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SENATOR GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON MASTER TEACHERS SELECTIONS

For Immediate Release: April 15, 2014 Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov

SENATOR GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON MASTER TEACHERS SELECTIONS

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY -- New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) issued the following statement on the announcement of new state Master Teachers from the 41st Senate District:

"These leaders in our educational community will help empower current and future STEM educators to ensure our schools are preparing students for college and successful career paths. Investing in our educators and students is a smart investment in our state's future that will enable our children to compete in a modern global economy.

April 15, 2014
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SENATOR TERRY GIPSON ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF EPIC COVERAGE FOR SENIORS

For Immediate Release: April 11, 2014 Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov

SENATOR TERRY GIPSON ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF EPIC COVERAGE FOR SENIORS

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator 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.

April 11, 2014
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SENATOR GIPSON HIGHLIGHTS ADDITIONAL EXTREME WINTER RECOVERY AID FOR MUNICIPALITIES IN 41st DISTRICT

For Immediate Release: April 4, 2014 Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov

SENATOR GIPSON HIGHLIGHTS ADDITIONAL EXTREME WINTER RECOVERY AID FOR MUNICIPALITIES IN 41st DISTRICT

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) highlighted additional “Extreme Winter Recovery Appropriations” in the 2014/2015 State Budget for local highway departments in Dutchess and Putnam to help with infrastructure repair efforts after the harsh winter. During the New York State Budget process, Senator Gipson and local highway superintendents were vocal in calling for additional funding and a greater commitment to infrastructure improvements from New York State. 

April 4, 2014
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SENATOR TERRY GIPSON, LOCAL LAWMAKERS CALL FOR THE REPEAL OF THE DUTCHESS COUNTY ENERGY TAX FOLLOWING STATE AID INCREASE

For Immediate Release: April 2, 2014 Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov

SENATOR TERRY GIPSON, LOCAL LAWMAKERS CALL FOR THE REPEAL OF THE DUTCHESS COUNTY ENERGY TAX FOLLOWING STATE AID INCREASE

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY- Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) today joined fellow elected officials to announce increased funding included in the state budget that will allow for the repeal of the Dutchess County energy tax. Senator Gipson opposed the energy tax from its onset and worked to secure additional aid for Dutchess with colleagues at all levels of government, including the Cuomo Adminstration, which said that Senator Gipson was in "continuous contact" with the administration during budget negotiations and a "vocal advocate" for benefits for Dutchess.

April 2, 2014
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SENATOR GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON 2014-15 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

 

For Immediate Release: March 31, 2014Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov

SENATOR GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON 2014-15 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY -- New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) issued the following statement on the passage of the 2014/2015 New York State Budget in the State Senate:

March 31, 2014
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GIPSON CONTINUES CALL FOR REFUND AND REPEAL OF COUNTY'S ENERGY TAX

For Immediate Release: March 30, 2014Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov

GIPSON CONTINUES CALL FOR REFUND AND REPEAL OF COUNTY'S ENERGY TAX

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY - New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) issued the following statement continuing his call for an immediate repeal of Dutchess County's energy tax and a refund to residents for money already collected:

March 30, 2014
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STATE SENATOR GIPSON CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE REFUND AND REPEAL OF ENERGY TAX

For Immediate Release: March 29, 2014Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov

STATE SENATOR GIPSON APPLAUDS STATE FUNDING TO DUTCHESS COUNTY, CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE REFUND AND REPEAL OF ENERGY TAX

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY -- New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) issued the following statement on the proposed funding in the 2014/2015 New York State Budget that would allow Dutchess County to repeal their recently implemented county energy tax:

March 29, 2014
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STATE SENATOR GIPSON COMMENDS MALONEY AND GIBSON LEGISLATION TO STOP CAPACITY ZONES & UTILITY COST HIKES

For Immediate Release: March 28, 2014Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov

STATE SENATOR GIPSON COMMENDS MALONEY AND GIBSON LEGISLATION TO STOP CAPACITY ZONES & UTILITY COST HIKES

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY -- New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) issued the following statement on Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and Rep. Chris Gibson’s bipartisan legislation that would prohibit Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) from approving a new capacity zone that would raise rates for consumers in the Hudson Valley:

March 28, 2014
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SENATOR TERRY GIPSON CONTINUES CALL FOR NYS TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAMS

For Immediate Release: March 27, 2014 Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov

SENATOR TERRY GIPSON CONTINUES CALL FOR NYS TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAMS

ALBANY, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) continued to advocate for New York State to provide funding to counties for Early Intervention programs. Senator Gipson sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Co-Coalition Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein, and Speaker Sheldon Silver urging them to include this relief to counties as they finalize the 2014/2015 State Budget.

March 27, 2014
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SENATOR GIPSON AND UPSTATE LAWMAKERS ADVOCATE FOR MORE PUBLIC EDUCATION FUNDING

For Immediate Release: March 26, 2014 Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov

SENATOR GIPSON AND UPSTATE LAWMAKERS ADVOCATE FOR MORE PUBLIC EDUCATION FUNDING

ALBANY, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) issued the following statement announcing that he has co-signed a letter along with fellow legislators calling for increased funding for public schools statewide and further action to address the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA):

“Our children’s education must be a top priority in New York State and not a political wedge that divides us and pits one part of our state against another. The GEA continues to force many school districts in our community to cut important positions and educational services, despite the fact that they have been fiscally responsible and stayed under the tax cap. We need to address the inequities in how we currently fund public education without stripping funding from districts or passing the buck to our local property owners.

March 26, 2014
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SENATOR GIPSON ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO HELP UPSTATE DAIRY FARMS PASSES STATE SENATE

 

For Immediate Release: March 25, 2014Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov

SENATOR GIPSON ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO HELP UPSTATE DAIRY FARMS PASSES STATE SENATE

ALBANY, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) announced that on March 24, 2014, the New York State Senate passed legislation S.2192. Senator Gipson, Ranking Member on the Senate Agriculture Committee, was a co-sponsor of the legislation. The bill aims to remove the restrictions on bulk milk haulers that negatively impacts upstate dairy farms' ability to continue their important role of delivering milk in bulk to consumers in New York City and Long Island such as schools and hospitals.

March 26, 2014
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SENATOR GIPSON'S STATEMENT ON THE SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESS ACT PASSING SENATE

For Immediate Release: March 24, 2014 Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov

SENATOR GIPSON'S STATEMENT ON THE SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESS ACT PASSING SENATE

ALBANY, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) today issued the following statement on the State Senate’s passage of the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act, S.6865, which was co-sponsored by Senator Gipson. The legislation, which was recently agreed upon by Governor Andrew Cuomo and leaders in both houses, would require six percent of state contracts be to service-disabled veteran owned small businesses:

March 24, 2014
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OP-ED: SPEAKING UP FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY

Speaking up for the Hudson Valley

by Senator Terry Gipson

One of the final sparks that ignited my decision to run for the New York State Senate was when, as a small business owner, I received a letter stating that I would now have to pay the MTA Payroll Tax. I thought to myself, who is speaking up for the Hudson Valley?

March 24, 2014
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SENATOR GIPSON & LOCALITIES URGE MORE STATE INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING IN BUDGET AFTER HARSH WINTER

For Immediate Release: March 21, 2014 Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov

SENATOR GIPSON & LOCALITIES URGE MORE STATE INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING IN BUDGET AFTER HARSH WINTER

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam), local Highway Superintendents and representatives today urged New York State to include more infrastructure funding for municipalities in the 2014/15 State Budget and a greater commitment from New York State to address infrastructure needs.

March 21, 2014
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HALDANE VOLLEYBALL TEAM HONORED BY STATE SENATE WITH RESOLUTION FROM SENATOR GIPSON

For Immediate Release: March 13, 2014 Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov

HALDANE VOLLEYBALL TEAM HONORED BY STATE SENATE WITH RESOLUTION FROM SENATOR GIPSON

ALBANY, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) welcomed student-athletes and coaches from the Haldane High School Girls Volleyball Class-D State Championship team at the State Capitol on March 12, 2014. The State Senate passed a resolution, introduced by Senator Gipson, commemorating their championship season. The Blue Devil’s volleyball team was invited onto the Senate floor where Senator Gipson signed and presented them with a copy of the resolution.

March 13, 2014
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SENATOR GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON TODAY’S REGENT NOMINATIONS

For Immediate Release: March 11, 2014 Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov

SENATOR GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON TODAY’S REGENT NOMINATIONS

ALBANY, NY -- New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) issued the following statement on today’s Regent nominations during a joint session of the State Legislature:

"Today, I joined a group of Democratic and Republican legislators, including many freshmen from the Hudson Valley like myself, to cast no-votes during the Regent nominations. This antiquated process of selecting Regents is proof why there has been so little accountability during the failed implementation of the Common Core in New York State.

March 11, 2014
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