New York State Assemblyman Frank Skartados

NY Secretary Of State Visits Walkway Over The Hudson

Aug 26, 2013
WAMC/Allison Dunne

New York’s Secretary State was in two Hudson Valley counties this afternoon as he toured Walkway Over the Hudson.

Secretary of State Cesar Perales visited Walkway Over the Hudson, starting in Poughkeepsie, on the Dutchess County side. His visit was to see how Department of State projects that are already funded are progressing, and hear about where more money is needed.

State Senator Aims To Have Every Vote Count

May 7, 2013
Cecilia Tkaczyk

A New York state Senator who won election by 18 votes, 2 ½ months after Election Day, and only after New York’s highest court became involved, wants to ensure every vote counts. To this end, she is sponsoring two bills.

The 46th Senate District race was decided 73 days after Election Day, after the intervention of New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals. Democratic Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk says her bills are based on her election experience against then-Republican Assemblyman George Amedore. She wants every vote to count.

Courtesy of the Office of Senator Terry Gipson

Two New York state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley are behind legislation that would grant judges greater leeway to permit facility dogs in the courtroom in an effort to help certain witnesses through difficult testimony.

Freshman Democratic state Senator Terry Gipson is sponsoring Rosie’s Law, named for the first assistance dog allowed by a New York court to accompany a witness during testimony. In this case, Rosie accompanied a girl known as Jessica during the proceedings, in a child and sexual abuse case, in Gipson’s district. Here’s Gipson.

Hudson Valley School District To Receive Emergency Aid

Mar 29, 2013

New York State’s budget contains emergency aid for an Ulster County school district.

Courtesy of Terry Gipson

A grassroots group in the Hudson Valley organized a Town Hall Meeting in Poughkeepsie Tuesday evening, to give low-income residents the chance to hear from three elected officials who represent them. The elected officials vowed a lot of support and help, and many in attendance say they are hopeful.