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.
For Immediate Release: May 14, 2014Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | firstname.lastname@example.org
SENATOR GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON THE PSC’S LEGAL ACTION AGAINST CAPACITY ZONE
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) issued the following statement on the New York State Public Service Commission’s petition to the United States Court of Appeals to halt the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) federally mandated capacity zone in the Hudson Valley.
FOLLOWING NEWEST MORELAND DOCUMENTS, SENATOR GIPSON PUSHES ETHICS LEGISLATION
ALBANY, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) issued the following statement on the recently released Moreland Commission documents on campaign expenditures in New York State. Senator Gipson has introduced legislation, S.7184, which would further delineate how campaign funds may be expended and do more than current law to define specific expenditures that would be outlawed.
SENATOR GIPSON ANNOUNCES BILL TO DESIGNATE PORTION OF STATE ROUTE 9 AS THE DETECTIVE JOHN M. FALCONE MEMORIAL HIGHWAY PASSES SENATE
ALBANY, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) issued the following statement today after the State Senate passed S.6422, introduced by Senator Gipson and Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson). The legislation designates a portion of State Route 9 from the southern boundary of the City of Poughkeepsie to the northern boundary of the City of Poughkeepsie as the "Detective John M. Falcone Memorial Highway." Assemblyman Frank Skartados (D-Milton) has introduced the same-as legislation in the State Assembly.
SENATOR GIPSON AND ASSEMBLYMEMBER BARRETT PASS LEGISLATION TO MAKE WAPPINGER CREEK ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL FUNDS
ALBANY, NY -- Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) and Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Hudson) announced that legislation they authored to define Wappinger Creek as an inland waterway has passed the Assembly and the Senate and now awaits the governor’s signature (S.5408-A/A.8315). As an inland waterway, the creek would be eligible for federal funds for pollution cleanup, wastewater management, waterfront revitalization and flood prevention.
FRANKIE FLORA RETURNS TO ALBANY TO ADVOCATE FOR FRANKIE’S BILL
ALBANY, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) today welcomed the inspiring Frankie Flora from Poughkeepsie back to Albany to advocate for the Frankie Flora Bill, S.4629. Frankie met with local lawmakers and held a press conference with Senator Gipson and Senator Neil Breslin (D-Delmar), a co-prime sponsor of the legislation.
SENATOR GIPSON'S STATEMENT ON STATE FUNDING FOR DUTCHESS COUNTY & CITY OF POUGHKEEPSIE TO COMBAT GUN VIOLENCE
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) issued the following statement on the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department and the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Office and Probation Department receiving $342,512 in state funding towards a shared effort to combat gun violence. The funding is part of New York State’s Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) initiative. Senator Gipson strongly supported this funding during the state budget process and issued a letter of support on behalf of Dutchess County’s application to Michael C. Green, Executive Deputy Commissioner of the State Division of Criminal Justice Services.
For Immediate Release: April 29, 2014Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | email@example.com
SENATOR TERRY GIPSON INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO FIGHT HEROIN EPIDEMIC
ALBANY, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) today joined fellow Senators from across New York State to unveil a legislative package to combat the growing heroin epidemic impacting communities throughout New York State. Senator Gipson’s legislation, S.7103, would ensure that private sector insurance carriers in New York act responsibly in their obligation to provide adequate coverage for addiction treatment by expanding the coverage time frame for the inpatient rehabilitation of the opioid users.
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.
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.
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.
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.