April 15, 2013 - Senator Terry Gipson talks about his first 100 days in office! What his goal has been as a state representative for Dutchess and Putnam Counties, details of the budget that was passed and how he voted. Gipson is strongly against passing bills in the middle of the night, what he calls vampire bills. He discusses other local issues like extra budget funding for the Pudding Street intersection and his stance on hydraulic fracturing. Gipson's district is along the Hudson River.
During my questioning of DEC Commissioner Joe Martens during the joint budget hearings, I was concerned about some specifics of his testimony. New York State seems to have spent millions of dollars on a study based on "hypotheticals." I am concerned that the Governor will make a decision whether to allow Hydraulic Fracturing based on these "hypotheticals" and not real world science. Listen to the testimony and see if you don't agree.
On Wednesday, January 23, S.2107 was brought to the floor of the Senate for a vote. The measure, if approved, would pave the way for a referendum offered to the public in the fall to change the redistricting process in the New York State Constitution.
After consideration, Senator Gipson voted no on the measure because the details of the bill would institiutionalize partisanship in the process; a process, ironically called "independent, non-partisan redistricting."
On January 9, 2013, newly elected Terry Gipson was sworn in to be the New York State Senator from the 41st District. He is the first Democrat elected from the Senate district in Dutchess County in over 100 years. In this video, he was accompanied by his wife, Michelle, and his parents, Jim and Lydia Gipson.