After filling up on pancakes, I spent the afternoon at the Stanford Grange #808 where I was privileged to present them with a proclamation in honor of being selected as a nationally "Distinguished Grange" (3 years in a row!). All the things they do for our community is remarkable.
Just had a very interesting meeting with the board members of the New Day Repertory Company. I learned about their rich history and their plans to relaunch the company with a new schedule of exciting productions. It is important that we continue to support the arts, which are such vital part of our culture in the Hudson Valley.
Yesterday I met with organizations from across our District who were in Albany in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Day. The services they provide our communities are so important, and I thank them for their work.
I just stood with my Senate and Assembly Colleagues to urge a new impact study on fracking in NY since the group paid by the state to perform the study has direct ties to the pro-fracking lobby. To make such an important decision on fracking, the environment and economy we need truly independent information. There should be NO DOUBT.
This morning Michelle and I attended the Retired Senior Volunteers of Dutchess County Annual Recognition Breakfast to personally thank them for their service to our communities. I also reaffirmed my commitment to reduce the cost of living so that our seniors can afford to stay in our district. Plus, I got to show off my new AARP card!
With Matthew Vetare, President of the Exchange Club of Southern Dutchess County. The Exchange Club did a wonderful job putting together the 18th Annual Linda Bodley Police, Firefighter and EMT Heroes Award Dinner.
I recently sat down with Arnaldo Sehwerert, PhD., Regional Director and Cathy Terrizzi, Business Advisor, at the Mid-Hudson Small Business Development Center. This is a great organization helping small businesses across the Hudson Valley.
With Kathleen M. Murphy, Executive Director, and Amy Lemon Olson, Board Member, of the Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse at their annual benefit. Thank you and congratulations to the honorees, Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson and Undersheriff Kirk Imperati.