POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL ENDORSES
SENATOR TERRY GIPSON
Gipson proves up to N.Y. Senate task
In his first two years as a state senator, Terry Gipson has been a meticulous, thoughtful lawmaker, someone elected under rather unique circumstances but who has proven himself to be clearly up to the task.
Voters of the 41st Senate District have many good reasons to re-elect him.
In his first run for this office, Gipson, a Democrat, obviously benefited by the fact that it was a three-way race that included long-time incumbent Steve Saland, a Republican, and Conservative Party candidate Neil Di Carlo.
This time, Gipson is in a race with Sue Serino, a Republican Dutchess County legislator.
Gipson has been a staunch advocate of open government, very early in this term putting forward an excellent bill that would stop lawmakers from voting on legislation in the wee hours of the morning.
The cleverly called “Vampire Voting Act” is just one of many measures and ideas that Gipson has put forth to bring far more accountability — and sanity — to Albany. Gipson joined other mid-Hudson Valley lawmakers in successfully pushing Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the legislature to include Dutchess and Orange counties in a zero percent manufacturing tax credit that the governor originally had sought for only parts of upstate.
He also has proposed several pieces of legislation to bring financial relief to localities, including teaming with state Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, R-Fishkill, on one of those measures. Gipson has shown that he is looking for the best ideas, political affiliations aside, and that is something that every voter in the district should not cast aside lightly.
For her part, Serino has come a long way, starting as a Hyde Park councilwoman and now county legislator. As a small-business owner with a Hyde Park-based real estate office, she said the recession showed her how to do more with less, something she says Albany still does not get. While Serino has gotten stronger and more confident each day in this race, she still needs to flesh out her position on some key issues beyond generalities.
What’s more, while Serino opposed a controversial energy tax when it was initially voted on by the county legislature, she ultimately supported the implementation of the tax by voting in favor of the entire county budget. In an Editorial Board meeting with the Journal, she could not specifically say where the money would have come from to balance the budget if the energy tax revenue had not been included. That, in and of itself, should give voters reason to pause.
While both candidates seem acutely aware of the burdens state and federal governments can place on localities, they have other significant differences. Gipson rightly supports all aspects of the Women’s Equality Act, including a measure that would codify Roe. v. Wade in state law. Serino is opposed to abortion except in cases of rape, incest and if a woman’s health is in jeopardy.
In his first two years, Gipson has laid the groundwork to get far more done in what is, like it or not, a seniority-based system in Albany, a place where the Hudson Valley needs as many strong and reasoned voices as possible. Gipson has worked hard across the district and deserves two more years to see what more he can accomplish.
The 41st Senate District includes all of Dutchess County, except for the towns of Beekman and Pawling, and parts of Putnam County.
Sue Serino ADMITS Attacks on Gipson are Unfounded and Based on Just ‘Talk”
Sue Serino has confirmed that her multi-million dollar attacks on Senator Gipson are unfounded and based, not on facts, just “talk!”
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Endorses Terry Gipson
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and New York State Senator Terry Gipson issued the following statements on her endorsement of his re-election in New York’s 41st State Senate district.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said, “Two years ago I chose to support Terry Gipson because I knew he would bring a fresh voice and an unyielding work ethic to the State Senate and the Hudson Valley. Today, I could not be more proud or impressed by his honest record of advocating for women’s rights, fighting for tax relief and good local jobs, and his commitment to helping our shared constituents solve problems each and every day. Terry is my easy choice for State Senate and the best choice for Dutchess and Putnam counties.”
State Senator Terry Gipson said, “I am honored by Senator Gillibrand’s support. Together, we have a common commitment to supporting small businesses and local job creation, providing needed protections for women from domestic violence and discrimination, and earning the public’s trust through transparency and good government reforms. I look forward to continuing to partner with her in serving the hard working people of Dutchess and Putnam.”
Candidate Comparison: Unfunded Mandates
For months Sue Serino has relied on negative and untruthful mailers and robo-calls rather than talking about the issues. Yesterday, Sue Serino appeared on the Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter and her obvious misunderstanding of unfunded mandates and the impact they have on our taxpayers raises serious concerns:
Susan Arbetter: One of the reasons why people complain about property taxes — one of the reasons why people see property taxes go up — is because of mandates. I was hoping you would give us one mandate you would fight to get rid of or reform.
Sue Serino: School aid is the biggest one.
Arbetter: School aid is a mandate?
Here is Terry talking about the issue of unfunded mandates and his record in the State Senate from an interview with WAMC:
A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley is introducing legislation to bring unfunded mandate relief to counties.
Democratic state Senator Terry Gipson is sponsoring two bills he says will help bring mandate relief during this era of a 2-percent-mandated property tax cap.
“We want our local tax dollars to be used for local issues, not to pay for mandated services that New York State has said we have to pay for. Granted, many of these services are very worthwhile, provide real needs, cover the cost of real issues that affect families, but it’s not fair to continue to expect our local governments to pay for them without some type of support from New York State,” says Gipson.
Sue Serino has made it clear that she simply does not understand the issues facing Hudson Valley voters. We need your help and support to ensure we send Terry back to the State Senate.
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Terry’s Remarks at the
Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce
Terry’s Remarks at the
Putnam County Chamber of Commerce
Gipson Receives Perfect Score on
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) received a perfect score from EPL/Environmental Advocates, the accountability arm of Environmental Advocates of New York, on their 2014 Environmental Scorecard.
Senator Gipson said, “As I travel around the beautiful Hudson Valley everyday, I’m reminded of how crucial protecting our environment is for the sake of our quality of life and local economy. During my first term I’ve fought to enact greater protections for the Hudson River from an oil train disaster and to keep fracking waste out of New York State. I have also been a tireless advocate for increased investments in renewable energy and environmental programs to help clean-up and revitalize our communities. I will continue to fight in the State Senate so that Dutchess and Putnam counties can look forward to a brighter and greener future.”
Peter Iwanowicz, Executive Director of EPL/Environmental Advocates, said, “In less than two years in office, Senator Gipson has built an impressive green record which demonstrates a keen understanding of how environmental protections and economic development work hand-in-hand. Whether the issue is oil trains, fracking, or clean water along the Hudson River, Senator Gipson has continually worked on – and voted for – what is in the best interests of the Hudson Valley.”
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Senator Gipson on ‘Setting the Record Straight’ on Upstate Education Funding
“The facts laid out by the Alliance for a Quality Education provide further proof that Sue Serino has been flooding our mailboxes and TV sets with lies to benefit the downstate interests that are bankrolling her campaign. I am proud of the fact that I have been able to secure much needed additional funds for our schools, despite the fact that the Senate Republican majority has sought to shift our limited resources to private downstate charter schools. Advocating on behalf of the parents, students, educators and taxpayers of Dutchess and Putnam counties has been my top priority. I will continue my efforts to ensure the residents of the Hudson Valley receive the school funding and state resources they deserve.”
Upstate School Funding:
Setting the Record Straight
Alliance for Quality Education and Citizen Action of New York
Release Analysis of State Republican Claims on School Aid
ALBANY (October 7, 2014) – With the 2014 electoral campaign in full swing, the Alliance for Quality Education and Citizen Action New York want to set the record straight as to which candidates are fighting for education.
Republican candidates are accusing upstate Democrat of “underfunding” upstate schools and delivering “fewer education dollars for our schools.”
But an examination of the budget proposal tells different story.
During the 2014 budget season, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed $608 million for schools. The Senate Republican-led majority proposed only $204 million more than the Governor for schools throughout the state. The Senate Democratic conference rejected the plan as inadequate. They fought to increase it by two and one half times to $512 million. Of the additional $308 million they won, $146 million went to schools in Upstate New York.
As a consequence, school funding totaled $1.12 billion, almost twice as much as the governor originally proposed.
“This report clears up any misrepresentations made by political campaigns about who actually fought for the most school aid in this year’s budget and who voted to shortchange our kids,” said Billy Easton, executive director of AQE. “The five upstate Senate Democrats who held out for more funding deserve credit for more than doubling what the Senate Republicans proposed. Their strength was essential to saving vital programs like Kindergarten, art and music.”
“Thanks to the Senate Democrats, our kids’ guidance counselors, libraries, arts and AP classes, and so many other programs were saved from the chopping block,” said Ivette Alfonso, President of Citizen Action of New York. “It’s important for people to know the facts about education funding, and unfortunately the Senate Republicans have decided to intentionally mislead New Yorkers about their record.”
A Schenectady parent Jamaica Miles pointed out the impacts of the Senate Democrats’ advocacy on behalf of upstate schools.
“Thanks to the Senate Democrats fighting for more funding that the Senate Republican Majority proposed we were able to save kindergarten in Schenectady,” she said. “It is terrible that the Senate Republicans were prepared to shortchange five year olds, it may be even worse that they are distorting their record to the voters.”
For the full report, click here.
Details on the money that has flooded into Sue Serino’s campaign from downstate special interests is available here: Crains New York
A Senate Republican spokesman was caught saying: “Sen. [Dean] Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) is the leader of the Senate right now, and he’s from Long Island. That’s significant. You’re talking about a party that sets the agenda toward Long Island when dividing resources.” The Island Now
The 2014 Senate Budget Resolution, drafted by the Senate Republicans, included over $200 million in state aid for downstate districts and nothing for Mid-Hudson and Upstate interests: 2014 GOP Budget Resolution
NY Lt. Governor Candidate Hochul
Campaigns In Dutchess
Democratic candidate for New York lieutenant governor Kathy Hochul spent the day in Dutchess County. One of her stops was at Vassar College, where she touted the Women’s Equality Agenda as well as support for state senate and assembly candidates.
Former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul of Buffalo first stopped in Wappingers Falls and then met with clergy members in Poughkeepsie before heading to the student center at Vassar College, where she rallied with local Democrats to push Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 10-point Women’s Equality Agenda.
“And he has asked me to lead the charge to make sure that our state partners in Albany have the people at their sides, enough people to get the Women’s Equality Agenda, not to lose by two votes like it did last time, but to get over the finish line so we can enshrine our values in the state of New York as a progressive leader that other states will follow, as they always have,” says Hochul.
Gipson in Command Against Tea Party Opponent at Editorial Board
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – At today’s Poughkeepsie Journal Editorial Board meeting, New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) clearly demonstrated his understanding of the issues important to the residents of Dutchess and Putnam counties. While Sue Serino was unable to explain her decision to raise energy taxes during the worst winter in recent history, Senator Gipson highlighted his achievements to reduce the cost of living and doing business in the Hudson Valley. Senator Gipson noted 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 and also reinforced his commitment to education reform and the passage of the Women’s Equality Act.
Advocates And Candidates Join Senator Gipson To Rally For Full Women’s Equality Act
PUTNAM COUNTY, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) joined Andrew Falk, candidate for AD-94, Justin Wagner, candidate for SD-40, Andrea Miller, President, NARAL Pro-Choice New York, Tracey Brooks, CEO, Planned Parenthood Advocates of New York and women’s equality advocates from the Hudson Valley to rally in support of the Women’s Equality Act on Sunday, September 28, 2014.
Senator Gipson stated, “In just over a month, the people of the Hudson Valley will have a choice whether they want a State Senator who supports the Women’s Equality Act, or my opponent who wants to take away the rights women have had for over 40 years since Roe Vs. Wade. I believe we must protect these rights, and pass the Women’s Equality Act that will also ensure equal pay for equal work and greater protections against domestic violence.
DiNapoli Backs Gipson’s Re-Election in NY-41
WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY – New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli officially endorsed State Senator Terry Gipson for re-election before a crowd of enthusiastic volunteers on Sunday, September 21, 2014. The event, held at Senator Gipson’s campaign headquarters in Wappingers Falls, was part of a Day of Action in which volunteers gathered to knock doors and make phone calls to talk with voters throughout Dutchess and Putnam Counties.
“I enthusiastically endorse Senator Gipson for re-election in the 41st Senate District,” said NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. “His dedicated work in safeguarding public education, fighting drug abuse, promoting economic growth and advocating for the people of Dutchess and Putnam counties, makes clear why he is the best candidate in this race. I am proud to support Terry Gipson and look forward to continuing to work with him on protecting Hudson Valley taxpayers.”
“I’m proud to have Comptroller DiNapoli’s support,” said Senator Gipson, “As Comptroller he has been a hard-working advocate for taxpayers and our local governments in the Hudson Valley. I look forward to continuing to work with Comptroller DiNapoli to make our community a more affordable place to live and do business.”
New York League Of Conservation Voters Backs State Sen. Terry Gipson
PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. — The New York League of Conservation Voters, which works to make environmental sustainability a top political and policy priority in New York State, has announced its endorsement of Sen. Terry Gipson for New York’s State Senate District 41, which inncludes several Putnam towns.
If re-elected, Gipson plans to fight for an expanded Environmental Protection Fund – which creates jobs, builds local parks and protects wilderness areas – and to seek reform the Brownfield Cleanup Program, which is critical to jump start the local economy in Hudson Valley cities such as Poughkeepsie.
AFL-CIO Endorses Senator Terry Gipson For Re-Election in NY-41
“I’m proud that my advocacy during my first term on behalf of the hardworking families of Dutchess and Putnam counties has won me the support of the New York State AFL-CIO. I look forward to continuing to fight alongside them in our shared efforts to move our state’s economy forward and create good local jobs in our community.”
Senator Terry Gipson Announces Support From Leading Women’s Groups
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Two of New York’s leading women’s advocacy groups today announced their endorsement of State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) on his re-election for the 41st Senate District. NARAL Pro-Choice New York and Planned Parenthood Advocates of New York noted Senator Gipson’s commitment to protecting women’s hard-won rights and health care coverage and noted that Senator Gipson is the only candidate in the 41st Senate District who supports the entire Women’s Equality Act.
Lowering Cost of Living in Putnam is Key Priority for State Senator Gipson
by Sam Barron
PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. — When he’s shopping the stores in Cold Spring or hiking in Putnam, State Sen. Terry Gipson (D-Rhinebeck), is often approached with voters about one issue: lowering taxes.
Gipson is in his first term in a district that covers Putnam Valley, Kent and Phillipstown.
“For way too long it just hasn’t been affordable to live in the Hudson Valley,” Gipson said. “We need to lower the cost of living.”
The senator said he would like to change the way education is funded in New York, saying the current way is outdated.
“Property owners are paying for the majority of public education costs,” Gipson said. “The state used to contribute more but times have changed. We need to reduce property taxes without harming education.”
Gipson said he wants his colleagues in Albany to look at how they can reduce the tax burden on residents.
“It’s going to be difficult,” Gipson said. “A lot of these regulations have been put in place since the state was founded. It’s not fair to the taxpayer.”
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.
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.
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.