Assemblymember Didi Barrett

Hudson Valley News
12:40 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Study Finds One Tick Bite Can Deliver Multiple Infections

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A new study in New York reveals that ticks are more likely to be infected with several pathogens, not just the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. The ticks for the study were collected from Dutchess County. 

People who are bitten by a blacklegged tick could be at higher risk of more than one infection. Felicia Keesing is a biology professor at Dutchess County-based Bard College and co-author of a new study.

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Hudson Valley News
6:03 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Lyme Disease Rx Legislation Passes NYS Assembly

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Legislation that authorizes physicians to prescribe long-term antibiotic therapy to a patient with symptoms of chronic Lyme disease has passed the New York State Assembly.

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Hudson Valley News
7:16 am
Fri May 9, 2014

New Designation Could Bring Federal Funds To A Dutchess Creek

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Two New York state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley say their legislation that would enable a waterway in Dutchess County to become eligible for federal funds awaits the governor’s signature.

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New York News
12:32 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

NY Legislature Approves "National Popular Vote" Bill

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New York lawmakers have approved a bill that would enter the state in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, an agreement to award electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the majority of the popular vote.

Proponents of the National Popular Vote initiative believe that the Electoral College, in place since the first days of  the nation, is not the best way to elect a president.

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Hudson Valley News
6:19 am
Thu February 27, 2014

HV Assemblymember Weighs In On Universal Pre-K

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As debate continues over how to fund universal pre-kindergarten in New York State, an Assemblymember from the Hudson Valley wants to ensure that funding for special education programs is part of the plan.

Democratic Assemblymember Didi Barrett recently sent a letter to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver asking for both universal pre-K and pre-K special education funding to be included in the 2014-15 state budget. She says it’s time to remove the financial burden from local governments.

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Hudson Valley News
1:47 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

NYS Resolution Honors Women's Suffrage Wagon

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An elected official in the Hudson Valley is behind a movement to put New York front and center of the women’s suffrage centennial in 2020. For starters, she has worked to ensure that New York has a new day to commemorate, in just a few weeks.

The state Senate and Assembly Tuesday adopted a resolution, calling on the governor to proclaim July 1 this year as the “Spirit of 1776” Wagon Day in the State of New York. Here’s Susan Zimet, founder of Votes for Women 2020, the non-profit organization planning suffrage centennial events in 2017 and 2020.  

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