NYS Senator Praises Budget Resolution
A New York State Senator from the Hudson Valley says the 2013-2014 Senate budget resolution approved Monday provides some good news for his district. Democratic State Senator Terry Gipson says the budget resolution contains a few items for which he has been fighting. One is to keep the Beacon Correctional Facility, the state’s only female minimum-security prison, up and running. Gipson says another recommendation included in the resolution is to keep open another facility in Dutchess County, the Red Hook Residential Center, a youth detention facility. Gipson also sought to restore the 6 percent cut from the state Office of People with Developmental Disabilities, a $120 million state share that is restored in the resolution. Democratic State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk and Republican State Senator Greg Ball had also called for restoring this cut. Gipson’s 41st district includes parts of Putnam County and most of Dutchess.