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.
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.
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.
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.
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.