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Monthly breakfast meeting with the Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce

I attended the Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly breakfast meeting. I am looking forward to fighting for the amazing local businesses in both Dutchess and Putnam.

July 24, 2013
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Meeting with Dutchess County Clerk

I met with Dutchess County Clerk Bradford Kendall and discussed how we best can serve the people of Dutchess County.

July 24, 2013
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Working with the Putnam Arts Council to promote arts throughout the region

I met with Joyce Picone the President of the Putnam Arts Council to discuss how my office can assist the Council in their efforts to promote arts throughout the region.

July 24, 2013
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44th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Junior commemorative service

I was honored to have the opportunity to speak at the 44th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Junior commemorative service at Beulah Baptist Church in Poughkeepsie. Dr. King's dream has not yet been fully realized. We must all participate in the fight for equality and justice for all. in New York we can start by raising the minimum wage and ensuring the highest possible quality education for all of our children, no matter where they live.

July 24, 2013
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Swearing in new officers of the Dutchess County Association of Realtors

I had the honor of administering the oath of office to the officers of the Dutchess County Association of Realtors.

July 24, 2013
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Hydrofracking Press Conference

I attended a press conference and spoke on the dangers of hydrofracking with a number of my fellow Senators.

July 24, 2013
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Cold Spring Holiday Appreciation Gathering

I attended the Cold Spring Holiday Appreciation Gathering.

July 24, 2013
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Discussing the Redistricting Amendment

Our right to vote is one of the most sacred things that we have as Americans and New Yorkers. This Redistricting Amendment does nothing to help this right. In fact, it would add partisan rhetoric to our State Constitution and would disenfranchise thousands of New York State voters. Below is a photo of me explaining my "No" vote on the Amendment.

July 24, 2013
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22nd annual MLK Breakfast

Pictured with the Executive Director of the Dutchess County Mediation Center Jody Miller

July 24, 2013
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22nd annual MLK Breakfast

Pictured with Brendan Warner. Brendan was honored at the breakfast and is a shining example of the amazing youthful population that we have here in the Hudson Valley.

July 24, 2013
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22nd annual MLK Breakfast

22nd annual MLK Breakfast

July 24, 2013
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NYSUT Legislative Luncheon

I had a wonderful time today at the NYSUT Legislative Luncheon. It is so important that we support our local schools. I am committed to reevaluating our educational system in order to make it as efficient as possible.

July 24, 2013
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Local Government Budget Hearing

Yesterday I attended my first Local Governments budget hearing.

July 24, 2013
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Dutchess ARC's Snowball event

Dutchess ARC is a non-profit agency that has been serving children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families in Dutchess County since 1971. Michelle and I were delighted to attend their SnowBall this weekend. Pictured with me are Mark Metzger, Tom Frost, Aimee Vargas, Crys McCuin and Corinne Weber. Learn more about ARC at dutchess-arc.org.

July 24, 2013
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Meeting with members from the Workers Justice Center

Yesterday I met with members from the Workers Justice Center to discuss the difficulty of living on a minimum wage. I understand the need for an indexed increase and will make these people's voices heard on the Senate floor.

July 24, 2013
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Urging NYDOT to build an overpass at Pudding Street and the Taconic State Parkway

Yesterday afternoon, I hosted a press conference in the town of Putnam Valley on the need for the NYDOT to finally make good on a decade-old promise to build an overpass at Pudding Street and the Taconic State Parkway. With me are Assemblymember Stephen Katz, Putnam Valley Supervisor Robert Tendy, Putnam Valley Highway Superintendent Larry Cobb, Putnam Valley Central School District Superintendent Barbara Nuzzi, Putnam County Legislator Sam Oliverio, and A. Gerald Schramek from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department. Let's get this overpass built!

July 24, 2013
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Naturalization Ceremony at the Family Partnership Center

Congratulating our newest citizens at the naturalization ceremony at the Family Partnership Center in Poughkeepsie this afternoon. Inspiring!

July 24, 2013
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Panel discussion on fracking

Questioning DEC about fracking now. 

July 24, 2013
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Family Services at the Family Partnership Center

Family Services at the Family Partnership Center provides some of the most important programs in the City of Poughkeepsie and beyond. Collaboration is key, and Family Services embodies this concept with their tenant partners. The 18 diverse programs all share a common goal, and work together to help the neediest in our communities. I fully support their efforts and I look forward to helping the organization better our community.

July 24, 2013
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Meeting with students on the Senate floor

It was a pleasure to meet with students from Putnam County on the Senate floor. With me are Genevieve Riccoboni, homeschooled student, Steven Youssef, Carmel High School student, Michael Martin, Mahopac High School student, Janeen Cunningham, Executive Director of the Putnam County Youth Bureau, and Diane Moore, Reality Check Coordinator, Putnam County Youth Bureau.

July 24, 2013
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