On Wednesday, January 23, S.2107 was brought to the floor of the Senate for a vote. The measure, if approved, would pave the way for a referendum offered to the public in the fall to change the redistricting process in the New York State Constitution.
After consideration, Senator Gipson voted no on the measure because the details of the bill would institiutionalize partisanship in the process; a process, ironically called "independent, non-partisan redistricting."
The Poughkeepsie Journal reported on Senator Terry Gipson's Swearing-In Ceremony at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel on January 12, 2013. Over 500 people attended along with State Senators Neil Breslin, Gustavo Rivera, George Latimer and Democratic Conference Leader, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins.
Senator Gipson outlined his aggressive agenda for the upcoming session and the Journal said:
Last week, Senator Gipson joined fellow Dutchess County legislators Assemblymembers Didi Barrett, Kevin Cahill and Kieran Lalor to address the Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce members at Saint Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie.
Charlie North of the DCCoC MC'd the lively Q&A session where the Senator answered questions ranging from hydro-fracking to Fair Wage issues.
Senator Gipson, himself a small business owner, pledged his support for measures that would cut property taxes through changes in the way New York State funds education, and vowed to protect the state's drinking water by demanding answers on the dangers of Hydro-fracking.
On January 9, 2013, newly elected Terry Gipson was sworn in to be the New York State Senator from the 41st District. He is the first Democrat elected from the Senate district in Dutchess County in over 100 years. In this video, he was accompanied by his wife, Michelle, and his parents, Jim and Lydia Gipson.