STATEMENT FROM SENATOR GIPSON ON THE SALE OF CENTRAL HUDSON
Poughkeepsie, N.Y.- Senator Terry Gipson today responded to the Public Service Commission’s (PSC) decision to heed his call for more hearings on the proposed acquisition of Central Hudson Energy Group by the Canadian-based Fortis, Inc.
For Immediate Release: March 27, 2013Media Contact: Brian Keeler | 845.463.0840 | email@example.com
SENATOR GIPSON PUSHES VOTE TO IMMEDIATELY END 18-A UTILITY TAX SURCHARGE
(Poughkeepsie, NY) -- Senator Terry Gipson today advanced legislation to immediately end the 18-A energy surcharge instead of allowing the tax to continue and be phased out over several years. The Senate Republican Majority Coalition voted to reject Senator Gipson’s proposal and maintain the tax.
For Immediate Release: March 21, 2013Media Contact: Brian Keeler | 845.463.0840 | firstname.lastname@example.org
SENATOR TERRY GIPSON COMMENDS PUTNAM COUNTY LEGISLATURE FOR PROTECTING RESIDENTS FROM FRACKING BY-PRODUCTS
ALBANY, N.Y.- Senator Terry Gipson today sent a letter commending the Putnam County Legislature for passing legislation that bans the use of hydraulic fracturing byproducts in road de-icing products. The bill was passed with unanimous, bipartisan support, and also prohibits the sale of “fracking” waste and its introduction into wastewater treatment plants in Putnam County.
For Immediate Release: March 7, 2013Media Contact: Brian Keeler | 845.463.0840 | email@example.com
STATEMENT FROM SENATOR GIPSON ON THE OPWDD BUDGET CUTS
Poughkeepsie, NY ~ Governor Cuomo’s 30 day Amendment Budget release includes a $120 million cut in funding to the Office of People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). These cuts would have a devastating impact on the non-profit organizations that deliver services for the OPWDD, not to mention their clients' families and communities.
Hyde Park, NY- This afternoon, Senator Terry Gipson held a press conference outside the home of Former President Franklin Roosevelt after a tour of Val-Kill, the FDR Library, and FDR’s home where he addressed a wide range of questions.
Great article on my Vampire Bill in the Legislative Gazette:
Freshman Sen. Terry Gipson, D-Rhinebeck, has proposed the "Vampire Voting Bill" that would outlaw voting on most legislation between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. The law would place no restrictions on debates, nor voting on rules or procedures, generally considered housekeeping items. Another freshman, Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanseberg, co-sponsored the bill.
Gipson said his proposal is an answer to a decades-old problem. He said the passage of his law would hold lawmakers accountable for their votes and lead to "more robust" debates on the Senate and Assembly floors.
During my questioning of DEC Commissioner Joe Martens during the joint budget hearings, I was concerned about some specifics of his testimony. New York State seems to have spent millions of dollars on a study based on "hypotheticals." I am concerned that the Governor will make a decision whether to allow Hydraulic Fracturing based on these "hypotheticals" and not real world science. Listen to the testimony and see if you don't agree.
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.