A New York State Senator from the Hudson Valley will hold his second annual Veterans’ Hall of Fame tonight (Saturday). The event was originally scheduled back on November 1, but was moved because of Superstorm Sandy.
Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church members picketed Vassar College Thursday, condemning the school for embracing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender student community. Upwards of one-thousand counter-protestors gathered on the Town of Poughkeepsie campus, to affirm social justice and denounce hatred.
Amanda Moody is a junior at Vassar. She participated in the counter-protest, as did her mother, father, and younger brother.
TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE – Hundreds of Vassar College students, intent on celebrating diversity, overwhelmed a brief protest by the hate-monger group Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, KS. A small group of church members came to the Mid-Hudson Valley Thursday with plans to protest at the West Point funeral of Gen. Normal Schwarzkopf as well as picket a Vassar College in Poughkeepsie.
They got nowhere near the Schwarzkopf funeral.
The college protest was aimed at damning the school for its inclusion of gay students.
TOWN OF WAPPINGER – If sequestration kicks in today, aircraft operations at Dutchess County Airport could be severely impacted as Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-18) said on Thursday that the control tower faces shutdown. The tower is operated by federal FAA air traffic controllers and while Dutchess has no commercial traffic, it does have corporate helicopter service as well as corporate and creational aviation users.
Maloney said sequestration will negatively impact the regional economy.
Westboro Baptist Church members have two pickets planned for today in the Hudson Valley - one on each side of the Hudson River. The anti-gay Church established by Pastor Fred Phelps is known for its pickets of military funerals and liberal-arts colleges.
Republican House Speaker John Boehner Tuesday called on the president to stop using the military as a campaign prop to demand more tax hikes and start working with his own Democratic-controlled Senate to act on a credible plan to avert sequestration. Meanwhile, a Democratic Congressman from the Hudson Valley visited with officials from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and spoke about the impending damage of sequestration on West Point.
WAPPINGERS FALLS – Republican State Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor announced Tuesday that he will introduce legislation to cap tax on gasoline at the national average. While standing at a Wappingers Falls gas station, the freshman lawmaker also urged residents to call Governor Cuomo’s price gouging hotline to demand Albany “stop the tax gouging at the pump.”
Lalor said a gas tax cap would save motorists 20 cents per gallon.