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STATE SENATOR GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON NYS FRACKING DECISION

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

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.”

December 17, 2014
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SENATOR GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON REDC FUNDING AWARDED TO DUTCHESS AND PUTNAM COUNTIES

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

SENATOR GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON REDC FUNDING AWARDED TO DUTCHESS AND PUTNAM COUNTIES

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) issued the following statement on the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Council’s decision to award $7,955,900 million in economic development grants in Dutchess and Putnam counties. For detailed information on the individual projects:https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/REDCAwardsBooklet2014.pdf

“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.

December 11, 2014
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CONTINUING TO FIGHT LYME

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.

December 2, 2014
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THANKSGIVING ESSAYS AND CONTRIBUTIONS

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.

The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”

On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.

Sincerely,

December 2, 2014
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VETERANS DAY MESSAGE

Dear Veterans and Friends,

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.

November 11, 2014
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SENATOR GIPSON HONORS LOCAL VETERANS, SERVICE FAIR DRAWS HUNDREDS OF VETERANS & FAMILIES

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

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.

September 29, 2014
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STATE SENATOR GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON MTA PROPOSAL TO FUND CAPITAL PLAN WITH MTA PAYROLL TAX

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

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."

September 23, 2014
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SENATOR TERRY GIPSON TO HOLD 2ND ANNUAL VETERANS & FAMILIES FAIR

For Immediate Release: September 18, 2014 Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov

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.

September 18, 2014
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SENATOR GIPSON RECOGNIZES SEPTEMBER 11TH AS PATRIOT DAY AND NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE

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

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.

September 11, 2014
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SENATOR GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON DROP IN PENSION COSTS TO LOCALITIES

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

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.

September 2, 2014
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SENATOR TERRY GIPSON ISSUES COMMENT TO PSC ON PROPOSED TRANSMISSION LINE PROJECTS

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

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.

August 27, 2014
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SENATOR GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON RECENT NYS SETTLEMENTS

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

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.

August 21, 2014
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SENATOR TERRY GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON EDUCATION REPORT

For Immediate Release: August 8, 2014 Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov

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.

August 8, 2014
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SENATOR GIPSON WELCOMES SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS, FIRST WOMAN CONFERENCE LEADER IN NYS HISTORY, TO DUTCHESS

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

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.

August 4, 2014
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PUTNAM DAILY VOICE: Lowering Cost Of Living In Putnam Is Key Priority For State Sen. Gipson

Check out this feature in the Putnam Daily Voice about my efforts in the State Senate representing parts of Putnam County and our work ahead.

PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. -- When he's shopping the stores in Cold Spring or hiking in Putnam, State Sen. Terry Gipson (D-Rhinebeck), is often approached with voters about one issue: lowering taxes.

Gipson is in his first term in a district that covers Putnam Valley, Kent and Phillipstown.

"For way too long it just hasn't been affordable to live in the Hudson Valley," Gipson said. "We need to lower the cost of living." 

July 30, 2014
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STATE SENATOR GIPSON COMMENDS NEW U.S. DOT SAFETY MEASURES FOR OIL TRAINS

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

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.”

July 25, 2014
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GIPSON & SCHNEIDERMAN ENCOURAGE LOCALITIES TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FUNDING TO PREVENT HEROIN DEATHS & UPGRADE POLICE EQUIPMENT

For Immediate Release: July 7, 2014 Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov

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.

July 7, 2014
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SENATOR GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON GOV. CUOMO SIGNING BILL TO MEMORIALIZE BRIDGE IN PUTNAM VALLEY IN HONOR OF DISABLED VETERANS

For Immediate Release: July 3, 2014 Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov     

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.”

July 3, 2014
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COMMUNITY ATTENDS SENATOR GIPSON AND CAPE HEROIN PREVENTION PANEL AND NARCAN TRAINING

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

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.

June 27, 2014
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STATE SENATOR GIPSON ANNOUNCES BILL FOR ADDITIONAL FAMILY COURT JUDGE FOR DUTCHESS PASSES LEGISLATURE

For Immediate Release: June 20, 2014 Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | heppner@nysenate.gov

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.

June 20, 2014
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