Terry Gipson will be sworn in Saturday as the New York State Senator for the 41st District. The Democrat’s win was not decided until about one month after the November election. Longtime Republican State Senator Stephen Saland, of Poughkeepsie, conceded the race December 13th, after a final count of absentee ballots and affidavits. The race was three-way, with Conservative Neil DiCarlo on the ballot, saying there needed to be a conservative choice in light of Saland’s vote in 2011 for the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne sat down with state senator-elect Terry Gipson in his home base of Dutchess County’s Rhinebeck, to see what he has in mind for his first term in Albany.
The newly-drawn 41st state senate district contains all of Dutchess County, minus the towns of Beekman and Pawling, along with the Putnam County towns of Kent, Philipstown, and Putnam Valley.