Jail bond doesn’t suit county’s needs, now or in the future

Dutchess County has an unprecedented opportunity to change what a county jail is and how a criminal justice system addresses its inmates. The bond plan recently submitted to the legislature is the most expensive and least effective way to seize that opportunity. The proposed plan, at an estimated cost of $192 million, would be the… Read More »

Milan town board turns bluer

With the appointment and subsequent election of Doug Raelson, the town of Milan has 3 Democrats on the town board holding a majority position. “I am happy to be at a stage where I can put my experience to work for our community as member of the Milan Town Board,” said Raelson, a practicing attorney… Read More »

WOMEN TOP COUNTY DEMOCRATIC SLATE

Four women will lead the County Democrats this November in the party’s efforts to unseat the County Executive and Clerk.  At its convention on June 1, the Dutchess County Democratic Committee unanimously endorsed former County Comptroller Diane Jablonski for Dutchess County Executive. Also endorsed unanimously were City of Poughkeepsie Judge Katherine Moloney for County Court… Read More »

MOLINARO CLAIMS ON COUNTY PROPERTY TAX CUT FALL SHORT

Despite all the Republican fanfare and widespread media reporting, the so called “Largest County Property Tax Cut in a decade,” is a sham according to Dutchess County Democratic Committee Chair Elisa Sumner. “How can the County Executive claim that taxpayers would see the largest property tax cut in a decade when actually over 70% of… Read More »

Democratic Perspective on the State of Dutchess County 2015

Poughkeepsie, NY — The Democratic message on the State of Dutchess County: Control deficit spending and runaway borrowing Tonight Dutchess County Democrats released their perspective on the state of Dutchess County in a balanced response. In a video message, former County Comptroller Diane Jablonski (D), delivered the Democrats’ message warning county residents that Dutchess County… Read More »

COUNTY EXECUTIVE SHOULD REIMBURSE TAXPAYERS $22,000 FOR MISUSE OF PUBLIC FUNDS

 *Media Release* FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 20, 2015 COUNTY EXECUTIVE SHOULD REIMBURSE TAXPAYERS $22,000 FOR MISUSE OF PUBLIC FUNDS —  POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Democratic officials are demanding County Executive Marc Molinaro refund the nearly $22,000 of taxpayer money he used on a county-wide mailer advertising his November Tele-Town Hall Forum. “We discovered after the fact… Read More »

Kathy Hochul visits, rallying for Women’s Equality.

Sen. Terry Gipson, and Assembly Members Didi Barrett and Frank Skartados joined New York’s Lieutenant Governor Candidate Kathy Hochul at Vassar College to rally in support of the full 10-point Women’s Equality Act, whose passage was blocked by Senate Republicans in this last term. Terry said this to those in attendance demanding the act be… Read More »

DINAPOLI BACKS GIPSON’S RE-ELECTION IN NY-41

— WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY – NYS 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… Read More »

SEN. GIPSON TO HOLD 2ND ANNUAL VETERANS & FAMILIES FAIR

— POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) will hold his second annual Veterans & Families Fair on Saturday, September 27, 2014. It will be held at the Ramada Inn on Route 9 in Fishkill from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. The event will include an 11:00 am ceremony honoring the 41st District’s 2014 Veterans Hall of… Read More »

Didi Barrett Campaign rolls out endorsements

Assemblymember Barrett: It’s very gratifying that the hard work of our office these past two years has earned the support of so many organizations who fight everyday for our families and children, for local jobs, to ensure equality for women and girls, and to protect the environment. Thank you to New York State AFL-CIO, 1199… Read More »

SEN. GIPSON’S STATEMENT ON RECENT NYS SETTLEMENTS

— POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) issued the following statement in response to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s recent settlements, including today’s announcement of a multi-million dollar settlement from Bank of America for wrongful mortgage practices. “I welcome the news that New York State is set to receive substantial revenue from the… Read More »

SEN. 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… Read More »

SEN. GIPSON COMMENDS NEW U.S. DOT SAFETY MEASURES FOR OIL TRAINS

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) lauded the U.S. Department of Transportation for proposing new safety measures for the transportation of crude oil. In May of this year, Senator Gipson issued a letter to federal representatives urging the federal government to take “immediate, concrete and substantial action to protect our communities,… Read More »

DIDI BARRETT: I’M PROUD TO ANNOUNCE MY 2014 RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN

Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D- Hudson) announced today that she will seek re-election to represent the residents of the 106th Assembly District, which includes parts of Dutchess and Columbia counties. Barrett has received overwhelming support from the community, collecting nearly 2000 signatures, triple the amount required, for her nominating petitions. Barrett has chosen to announce her… Read More »