I want to share with you a recently published editorial in the Poughkeepsie Journal, entitled “State must help doctors fight Lyme," which calls on the State Senate Health Committee to move my legislation, S.5520B, to help those suffering from Lyme Disease. My bill would protect a patient's right to be treated by their physician for long-term antibiotic therapy and protect physicians from disciplinary action for such treatment.
HUDSON VALLEY STATE SENATORS URGE GOVERNOR CUOMO TO ISSUE EXECUTIVE ORDER TO SAVE ENERGY RATEPAYER DOLLARS
ALBANY, NY – New York State Senators Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam), George Latimer (D-Rye) and Cecilia Tkaczyk (D-Duanesburg) today urged Governor Cuomo to issue an executive order to protect Hudson Valley families and businesses from increased energy costs. The senators asked that the Governor direct the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) to use funds from the System Benefits Charge (SBC) to mitigate the rate increase from the federally mandated energy capacity zone.
SENATOR GIPSON ANNOUNCES SGT. CHARLES J. MOORE AS THE 2014 VETERANS’ HALL OF FAME HONOREE FOR THE 41ST DISTRICT
ALBANY, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson is pleased to announce that the New York State Senate recognized Sgt. Charles J. Moore as the 2014 Veterans’ Hall of Fame honoree representing the 41st Senate District. Sgt. Moore was recognized during a ceremony yesterday afternoon, May 20, 2014, in Albany.
SENATOR GIPSON INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO MITIGATE COST IMPACT OF FEDERAL CAPACITY ZONE IN THE HUDSON VALLEY
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) today announced that he has introduced legislation, S.7537 and S.7507, aimed at mitigating the financial impact of the federal government’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) mandated capacity zone in the lower Hudson Valley that could potentially cost residential, commercial, and industrial customers up to an additional $350 million in electric bills. Senator Gipson has opposed the federally mandated capacity zone from its onset and has supported the New York State Public Service Commission’s (PSC) legal actions to stop the recently implemented rate hikes.
SENATOR GIPSON URGES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO TAKE ACTION ON OIL TRANSPORTATION ALONG HUDSON
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) has 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.”
For Immediate Release: May 14, 2014Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | email@example.com
SENATOR GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON THE PSC’S LEGAL ACTION AGAINST CAPACITY ZONE
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) issued the following statement on the New York State Public Service Commission’s petition to the United States Court of Appeals to halt the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) federally mandated capacity zone in the Hudson Valley.
FOLLOWING NEWEST MORELAND DOCUMENTS, SENATOR GIPSON PUSHES ETHICS LEGISLATION
ALBANY, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) issued the following statement on the recently released Moreland Commission documents on campaign expenditures in New York State. Senator Gipson has introduced legislation, S.7184, which would further delineate how campaign funds may be expended and do more than current law to define specific expenditures that would be outlawed.
SENATOR GIPSON ANNOUNCES BILL TO DESIGNATE PORTION OF STATE ROUTE 9 AS THE DETECTIVE JOHN M. FALCONE MEMORIAL HIGHWAY PASSES SENATE
ALBANY, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) issued the following statement today after the State Senate passed S.6422, introduced by Senator Gipson and Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson). The legislation designates a portion of State Route 9 from the southern boundary of the City of Poughkeepsie to the northern boundary of the City of Poughkeepsie as the "Detective John M. Falcone Memorial Highway." Assemblyman Frank Skartados (D-Milton) has introduced the same-as legislation in the State Assembly.
SENATOR GIPSON AND ASSEMBLYMEMBER BARRETT PASS LEGISLATION TO MAKE WAPPINGER CREEK ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL FUNDS
ALBANY, NY -- Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) and Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Hudson) announced that legislation they authored to define Wappinger Creek as an inland waterway has passed the Assembly and the Senate and now awaits the governor’s signature (S.5480-A/A.8315). As an inland waterway, the creek would be eligible for federal funds for pollution cleanup, wastewater management, waterfront revitalization and flood prevention.
FRANKIE FLORA RETURNS TO ALBANY TO ADVOCATE FOR FRANKIE’S BILL
ALBANY, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) today welcomed the inspiring Frankie Flora from Poughkeepsie back to Albany to advocate for the Frankie Flora Bill, S.4629. Frankie met with local lawmakers and held a press conference with Senator Gipson and Senator Neil Breslin (D-Delmar), a co-prime sponsor of the legislation.
SENATOR GIPSON'S STATEMENT ON STATE FUNDING FOR DUTCHESS COUNTY & CITY OF POUGHKEEPSIE TO COMBAT GUN VIOLENCE
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) issued the following statement on the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department and the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Office and Probation Department receiving $342,512 in state funding towards a shared effort to combat gun violence. The funding is part of New York State’s Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) initiative. Senator Gipson strongly supported this funding during the state budget process and issued a letter of support on behalf of Dutchess County’s application to Michael C. Green, Executive Deputy Commissioner of the State Division of Criminal Justice Services.
We must continue to fight against the Federal Government’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) “capacity zone” in the Hudson Valley. Increasing Hudson Valley residents' energy bills to incentivize new energy providers to better service New York City is unconscionable and simply wrong.
For Immediate Release: April 29, 2014Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | firstname.lastname@example.org
SENATOR TERRY GIPSON INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO FIGHT HEROIN EPIDEMIC
ALBANY, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) today joined fellow Senators from across New York State to unveil a legislative package to combat the growing heroin epidemic impacting communities throughout New York State. Senator Gipson’s legislation, S.7103, would ensure that private sector insurance carriers in New York act responsibly in their obligation to provide adequate coverage for addiction treatment by expanding the coverage time frame for the inpatient rehabilitation of the opioid users.
Check out this article on Philipstown.info about New York State's expension of EPIC that I was proud to support:
New York State Sen. Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) announced the inclusion of $4.1 million in funding for the expansion of the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program in the 2014/2015 New York State Budget. This funding will increase the number of seniors aged 65 and over who will now be income-eligible for the program, which helps seniors supplement their out-of-pocket Medicare Part D drug plan costs.
SENATOR GIPSON CONTINUES TO FIGHT AGAINST FEDERAL CAPACITY ZONES
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) continues to urge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) to halt their proposed federally mandated capacity zones. Senator Gipson has opposed the capacity zones since the plans onset. He issued an official letter to FERC and NYISO on March 6 urging them to stop the capacity zones, and recently held a conference call with Ms. Cheryl LaFleur, Acting Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Chairman LeFleur listened to Senator Gipson’s concerns, but was not permitted to officially comment since the plan is still pending.
“I urge the Federal Government to listen to our community. Local leaders at all levels of government and residents continue to make it clear that the proposed capacity zones would be a harsh and unfair blow to hardworking families and businesses in the Hudson Valley.
SENATOR GIPSON ANNOUNCES DUTCHESS & PUTNAM PARKS & HISTORIC SITES TO RECEIVE NY WORKS FUNDING
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam), member of the New York State Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee, announced that James Baird State Park, Mills-Norrie State Park and Staatsburgh State Historic Site in Dutchess County, and Fahnestock State Park in Putnam County will receive funding as part of the New York Works program.
SEN. GIPSON, ASM. ABINANTI, ASM. BUCHWALD & ADVOCATES CALL ON NYS TO KEEP FRACKING WASTE OUT OF NEW YORK
ALBANY, NY – In recognition of Earth Day, New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) and Assemblymembers Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant) and David Buchwald (D-Westchester) reaffirmed their efforts to keep fracking waste out of New York State. Gipson and Abinanti have introduced legislation (S.3333/A.9074) that prohibits fracking wastewater from being used on highways for purposes such as melting ice. Gipson and Buchwald have introduced legislation (S.5412/A.7497) that prohibits the acceptance of fracking wastewater at water treatment facilities and landfills.
SENATOR GIPSON URGES NYS TO FOLLOW VERMONT AND PROTECT DOCTORS TREATING LONG-TERM LYME
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY -- New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) issued the following statement after the Vermont State Senate unanimously passed legislation similar to the “Doctor Protection Act” (S.5520) introduced by Senator Gipson in the New York State Senate. The legislation would protect doctors by disallowing the medical board to deny, revoke, or suspend the license of a physician or discipline any physician who prescribes, administers, or dispenses long-term antibiotic therapy for a patient suffering from long-term Lyme disease. Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and California have also passed similar legislation.
Dear Students,Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 41st Senatorial District.Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:Mischa & Eva ParsonsGrade 1Nassau Elementary School
For Immediate Release: April 15, 2014 Media Contact: Jonathan Heppner | 845.463.0840 | email@example.com
SENATOR GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON MASTER TEACHERS SELECTIONS
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY -- New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) issued the following statement on the announcement of new state Master Teachers from the 41st Senate District:
"These leaders in our educational community will help empower current and future STEM educators to ensure our schools are preparing students for college and successful career paths. Investing in our educators and students is a smart investment in our state's future that will enable our children to compete in a modern global economy.