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October 22, 2014

Candidates fill mail boxes, raise money, make charges

Joe Torres is running for the 105th Assembly seat held by Kieran Michael Lalor (R-Hopewell Junction).  Torres is from Wappinger, where he has been involved in local politics, having run for town supervisor twice. 

October 23, 2014

In an interview in Red Hook last week, Chris Gibson, congressman for the 19th CD, said he thought he was “right where his district is on most issues.” He has traveled to each of the 165 towns in his district and talked to people in small and large groups, and he believes he has a good sense of where his district is on most issues.

He mentioned municipal sewer projects, the agricultural bill, veterans’ affairs, the heroin epidemic and watershed funding as a sample of the kinds of issues in which he is regularly engaged.   

Gibson said he was in Congress to get things done for his district, his state and his country and not to advance any particular agenda. He is ready to make deals, reach across the aisle and govern in a bipartisan way whenever possible. He cited a bill he and Congressman Sean Maloney (D, Garrison) sponsored that was passed by the House that reverses the decision by FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) to raise electric rates in the Hudson Valley. The congressman expressed hope that FERC would move on its own to reverse its order, since it is likely the Senate will pass the bill.      

October 23, 2014

In a telephone interview on Sunday, Sean Eldridge, the Democratic candidate opposing Congressman Chris Gibson, talked about the themes of his campaign, saying he would like to make the federal government a better partner to create jobs and grow the economy, “investing in things like infrastructure and universal access to high-speed Internet. ” He cited the rural-development programs of the 1930s that brought electricity and telephone service to rural areas as an example of how government might make universal access to high-speed Internet a reality.

October 23, 2014

Terry Gipson was elected to the state senate in 2012, representing the 41st Senate District, which includes Dutchess and Columbia county.  He says he has worked to reduce the cost of living and the cost of doing business in New York.  He has worked on ways to change how public education is funded, recognizing the burden of property taxes on homeowners. Gipson assisted in writing three bills to reduce property taxes.

We interviewed Gipson in his campaign office in Wappinger Falls. 

TMI: What do you think is New York’s most pressing problem? 

Gipson: The people I talk to in my district say it’s the high cost of living and doing business. As well as the lack of good, high paying jobs.  

TMI: What do you think should be done about that? 

Posted: October 22, 2014 

Three village trustee positions are up for election this November.  Tim Collopy has been filling the unexpired term of Tom Whalen. Whalen left with two years left on his term so if Collopy wins he will have the position on the board for two years then must run again for a four-year term. Collopy is an independent and was nominated by the Democratic Party for the seat on the village board. 

Incumbent Joe Spagnola Jr’s seat is up for reelection. The Republican Party nominated him for a four-year term.  

Trustee Eduard Cox’s term is expiring, but he does not plan to run for re-election.  Rodney Brown is running for his seat on the village board.  The Republican Party nominated him.  Brown is 58 and is the owner of Clinton Construction. He is a graduate of Millbrook High School, attended college in Long Island University of Technology and studied Architecture. He is married to Linda Brown and they have three children. 

Posted: October 22, 2014 

Terry Gipson was elected to the state senate in 2012 representing the 41st Senate District, that includes Dutchess and Columbia counties.   He says he has worked to reduce the cost of living and the cost of doing business in New York.  He has worked on ways to change how public education is funded, recognizing the burden of property taxes on homeowners.  Gipson assisted in writing three bills to reduce property taxes.

We interviewed Gipson in his campaign office in Wappinger Falls. 

TMI: What do you think is New York’s most pressing problem? 

Gipson: The people I talk to in my district say it’s the high cost of living and doing business. As well as the lack of good, high paying jobs.  

TMI: What do you think should be done about that? 

Posted: October 22, 2014 

Tea party candidate Sue Serino is running on the Republican and Conservative lines for the New York State Senate against Terry Gipson.  TMI spoke with Serino’s communications representative Robert Driscoll at the beginning of October to schedule an interview with Serino.  He asked for questions and we supplied them.  They were the same questions asked of the other candidates running for state legislative offices.   He said he would “get the questions in front of Sue and get a response in a fairly timely fashion.” 

TMI received no response from Driscoll.  When we finally were able to reach Serino by phone late last week, she said she had never received the questions.  Serino said she has been “very busy” but would answer our questions and would call to set a date for an interview.  She never called and never responded to our questions.  Nor did she answer emails or phone messages.   She did not make herself available for an interview, either by telephone or in person. 

Posted: October 22, 2014 

Didi Barrett represents the 106th district in the New York State Assembly. A resident of the City of Hudson, Barrett can often be found at community events throughout the large district. Barrett has worked to highlight the Hudson Valley’s rich resources from agriculture to cultural history as a way to boost the local economy.

“I am very proud of my accomplishments this first term, especially being able to bring the resources of the state to support the county’s mental health programs,” said Barrett, “in order to free up the funds for the county to get rid of that energy tax which was such a crisis and burden during this really harsh winter we all went through.” 

TMI: What are the major issues facing NY State? What will you do about it? 

Posted: October 22, 2014 

Michael Kelsey is a Dutchess County legislator. He is also is a teacher of philosophy at Marist College and a lawyer. Kelsey is a Republican candidate for the New York State Assembly, running for the seat held by Millbrook resident Didi Barrett.  TMI caught up with Kelsey at the Millbrook Diner.  

Kelsey is passionate about addressing the mental health crisis affecting the county.   

“ It’s an area that effects every other area taxes, crime, safety, education.  I think I have the background, experience and the skills to be effective not only in that area but everything that it touches.”

TMI: What are the major issues facing NY State? What will you do about it? 

About 600 people attended the special event put on by Discovery Land Company for Silo Ridge last Saturday. Fleets of minivans and white electric cars met prospective buyers arriving on specially designated train cars and ferried them up to the site on Delavergne Hill.

White tents were festooned with decorations, exotic dishes, pumpkins, hay bales and sales brochures.  The tents were sited so that visitors could enjoy the view from Delavergne Hill, where the Silo Ridge Field Club houses are to be built. Chefs from many of the Discovery Land Company resort communities were flown in from Hawaii, the Bahamas, Texas and several other sites to provide the impressive spread.

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