Terry Gipson: Women’s equality too important to neglect
Passage of the Women’s Equality Act is critically important to protecting a woman’s right to make her own comprehensive health care decisions. The recent Supreme Court decision to deny contraceptive insurance to thousands of women across the United States in the recent Hobby Lobby case shows just how quickly these rights can be taken away. This case is further reason why New York state must take action and pass the Women’s Equality Act now.
The Women’s Equality Act, in its entirety, would ensure that women in New York receive equal pay for equal work and are protected from sexual harassment and discrimination.
It would also strengthen laws to fight against human trafficking, protect women who have been victims of domestic violence and match New York’s laws concerning women’s health with those that have been protected under current federal law for more than 40 years by way of the case Roe v. Wade (1973).
Should the Supreme Court ever overturn Roe v. Wade, protections for women to make their own health decisions would regress to New York state’s laws of more than half a century ago. Those who oppose the Women’s Equality Act have twisted the truth about this important legislation, putting already existing protections for women at risk. I respect the personal beliefs of all, but cannot condone the distortion of facts for the purpose of a larger political agenda. Women’s rights are too important.
I am proud to join the large majority of New Yorkers in support of the Women’s Equality Act.
The text of the legislation speaks for itself and those facts cannot be undermined by misinformation.
I encourage those interested in this issue to read the text of the Women’s Equality Act that has passed the Assembly, but remains blocked in the Senate for political purposes. It can be found online at: http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/A8070-2013.
I will continue to advocate for a New York where women no longer earn only 84 percent of what their male counterparts do, where one of four women will not be victims of domestic violence and where we have the strongest possible laws to fight against the tragedy of human trafficking.
I will also continue to advocate for protecting the rights women have had for more than 40 years, to make their own health care decisions and not leave them in the hands of the federal government.
From the July 4th Weekend
Rain didn’t stop us from celebrating our nation’s Independence Day in Hyde Park, Dutchess County in the morning of the 4th. It’s a great parade and I’m always pleased to see so many people out celebrating…rain or shine.
Then it was on to Cold Spring in Putnam County where I had the privilege to celebrate with local veterans as well as the Philipstown Community.
Thank you to those who have bravely defended our freedoms that are celebrated every July 4th. I hope everyone had a safe and happy weekend.
Charged or convicted, public officials get pensions
Misuse tax dollars? Falsify public records? Take kickbacks for votes and influence?
You may go to jail, but you probably won’t lose your taxpayer-funded pension, thanks to a loophole in a recent state law.
State lawmakers decided that this should change. In 2011, they passed ethics reforms giving Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and district attorneys the power to file a lawsuit to reduce or revoke pensions of a public official who is convicted by plea or trial of official malfeasance.
23 of 25 anti-heroin bills pass in state Senate
ALBANY – The state Senate on Monday passed legislation to address the rise in heroin use.
Twenty-three of the 25 bills the Senate first introduced May 28 were set for approval in the chamber, and the Assembly is expected to take up at least some of the bills before the session ends next week.
The Senate, controlled by a group of Republicans and Democrats, held 18 forums across New York to address the heroin epidemic in New York and the country. They were debating the package of bills into Monday evening; two other heroin bills were passed earlier this month.
Taste of NY market comes to Taconic Parkway
Cuomo was joined at the site in the middle of the Taconic Parkway by Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and State Senator Terry Gipson to accent Dutchess County’s two largest industries, tourism and agriculture.
STATE SENATOR TERRY GIPSON TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION IN SD-41
HYDE PARK, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) today, joined by local leaders, organizations and community members, officially announced that he will seek re-election to the New York State Senate in the 41st District. Senator Gipson and supporters cited his achievements to reduce the cost of living and doing business in the Hudson Valley and create jobs such as his support for $1.5 billion in tax cuts for hard working businesses and families and a 0% manufacturing tax credit for Hudson Valley manufacturers, as well as his commitment to education reform and the passage of the Women’s Equality Act. Town of Hyde Park Supervisor Aileen Rohr introduced Senator Gipson.
State Senator Terry Gipson: “As an Albany outsider, elected to the New York State Senate as a small business owner and local official, I’ve made true on my promises to work with Republicans and Democrats alike to fight against tax increases, unfunded mandates and corruption. I look forward to continuing my efforts to save our children’s education from the mismanaged roll-out of the Common Core curriculum, advocate for women’s equality and make smart investments to create good local jobs in Dutchess and Putnam counties.”
It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your New York State Senator in the 41st District.
During my first term in office, I have had the pleasure of traveling throughout Dutchess and Putnam counties, attending hundreds of events, meeting with local officials, organizations, and business owners, and, most importantly, talking to so many of you.
All too often I hear stories of struggle and hardship from the people I serve. As a homeowner and former small business owner, I know just how unaffordable it can be to live and do business in the Hudson Valley. In fact, that is why I decided to run for office in the first place. Like you, I was frustrated by the lack of meaningful reform and action in Albany and wanted to lend my voice to fight the status quo and stand up for the hardworking families of Dutchess and Putnam counties.
I am proud of the steps we have taken to make the Hudson Valley a more affordable place to live and do business, create good paying jobs, strengthen our education system, and improve the quality of life in our great state. However, we all know that our work is far from over. The problems that we face today were not created overnight and there will be no quick fixes, but I remain committed to achieving our common goals by working with anyone, regardless of party, to advocate for our communities.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.