New York State Senator Terry Gipson

Hudson Valley News
6:41 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Fatal Train Derailment Breaks Community's Heart

Credit WAMC/Allison Dunne

Four passengers died in Sunday’s Metro-North Hudson Line train derailment. Three lived across the Hudson Valley – in Orange, Putnam, and Westchester Counties. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has a look at one Hudson River community now choking back tears.

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Hudson Valley News
7:45 am
Tue November 19, 2013

NYS Senator Urges Passage Of Bill To Restrict Standardized Testing


A New York state senator says it is time to pass his legislation to restrict standardized testing for the youngest students.

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Hudson Valley News
1:30 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

HV Lawmakers React To Moreland Commission's Investigation

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New York State’s Moreland Commission, in an effort to root out public corruption, is looking into lawmakers’ outside income. After some lawmakers rebuffed the Commission’s requests, its co-chairs indicated subpoenas were forthcoming.

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New York News
12:37 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Hear Us Now? Verizon vs. Rules & Regulations

Verizon lost a minor battle to NYS Attorney General Eric Schneidermann, conceding to give Fire Island customers a choice between VoiceLink and voice over fiber.
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Verizon has lost one small battle with government regulators, but the internet arm of the telecom giant continues its fight to create so-called "fast lanes" and "slow lanes" on the net.

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Hudson Valley News
2:23 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

NY Secretary Of State Walks The Walkway

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Plans are in the works to better link Walkway Over the Hudson to surrounding communities and to tourism dollars. New York’s Secretary of State toured the pedestrian bridge in the mid-Hudson Valley Monday, seeing projects and hearing pitches about how the bridge can span a larger vision of tourism in the state.

Those are officials speaking with Secretary of State Cesar Perales about the need to keep Walkway visitors in the region, directing them to other sites and attractions – as Walkway Over the Hudson Executive Director Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart puts it:

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Hudson Valley News
1:22 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

CDC Study Focuses on Spraying Pesticides and Tick-Borne Diseases

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A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looks at whether spraying yards with pesticides reduces the risk of contracting a tick-borne disease. In New York, the study focused on Dutchess County.

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Hudson Valley News
8:13 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

NYS Senator Comments On Verizon Plan

A New York state Senator from the Hudson Valley is the latest to pen a letter to the Public Service Commission in opposition to Verizon’s Voice Link plan.

Verizon’s plan before the state Public Service Commission introduces language by which Verizon could discontinue its current landline service in certain areas and instead offer a wireless service known as Voice Link as the sole voice service. Democratic state Senator Terry Gipson says he wrote to the PSC this week urging it to reject Verizon’s request.

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Hudson Valley News
10:43 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

NYS Senator, Assemblyman Join To Tackle Unfunded Mandates

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A state senator and assemblyman, both from the Hudson Valley, say they have a bipartisan solution to curb unfunded mandates. They also say they are banding together as outsiders and want their constituents to know about it.

About three months ago, Democratic state Senator Terry Gipson proposed a state constitutional amendment to prohibit certain unfunded mandates. He says the measure is a bold one.

He says making the case for his bill is stronger, now that he has found a partner in the Assembly – Republican Kieran Lalor.

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Hudson Valley News
1:14 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Amid Charges Comes Concern About Voter Confidence

Democratic Elections Commissioner Knapp
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With the indictment of the Dutchess County Democratic elections commissioner and a former Republican elections commissioner on misconduct and other alleged violations of election law, the job of ensuring voting integrity begins.

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Hudson Valley News
10:23 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Study Finds Ticks Linked To Encephalitis In NYS

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A recent study shows a link between a certain type of tick and a rare illness. The report shows the virus is on the rise in parts of the Hudson Valley and has spread to the Capital District. A disease ecologist in Dutchess County says there are more ticks carrying the virus on one side of the Hudson River versus the other.

Dr. Richard Ostfeld is a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook. He is one of the authors of a paper about ticks linked to encephalitis in New York State. Here’s why he and other scientists undertook the study.

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