State Senator Sue Serino

Just in time for the start of the academic year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a law that helps keep sex offenders from working in schools.

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Six New York state senators are calling on the state Health Department to act aggressively to stop the spread of the longhorned tick. The species was discovered for the first time in New York earlier this month in Westchester County. A health department official says efforts have already been ramped up.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers delivered a presentation in Poughkeepsie Wednesday to a packed room at a community center. Army Corps officials spoke about six conceptual plans to manage storm risk for an area that includes the Hudson River. Environmental groups are concerned.

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Visitation continued Friday at the DiDonato Funeral Home in Ulster County for New York state Assemblyman Frank Skartados. Several assemblymembers, including Speaker Carl Heastie, were expected. Skartados died Sunday at age 62 from pancreatic cancer. People attending viewing hours Thursday remembered the Hudson Valley Democrat as a most honorable public servant.

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A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley is sponsoring legislation to combat sexual harassment in state government. The bill also would end the use of tax dollars for secret settlements.

The federal government recently informed a housing organization in Dutchess County that it will cut funding for a program that serves homeless veterans by the end of September. The surprise announcement is prompting local officials to band together for a solution. On Tuesday, two members of Congress from New York asked the Department of Veterans Affairs secretary to reverse the decision.

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Two New York state senators have introduced legislation to fix what they say is a dangerous loophole in recently approved ride-sharing services for outside New York City.

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Two New York state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley have introduced legislation aimed at safeguarding the Hudson River from proposed anchorage sites. Meanwhile, the U.S. Coast Guard has not yet decided how to proceed with the controversial proposal.

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Three state lawmakers from New York’s Hudson Valley gathered in the City of Poughkeepsie earlier this week to call on the Assembly to pass a so-called “punishment fit the crime” bill when it is re-introduced next session. They met at an intersection where a Poughkeepsie couple lost their lives four years ago.

NY Governor Signs Two Lyme Disease Bills

Jul 24, 2016
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law two bills concerning Lyme and Tick-Borne diseases. The bills were sponsored by Hudson Valley lawmakers.

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A Hudson Valley state senator and Manhattan assemblymember say it’s time to remove sales tax from feminine hygiene products.  Republican State Senator Sue Serino and Democratic Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal announced Thursday that they worked on legislation that would exempt feminine hygiene products, such as tampons, from the state sales and compensating use tax.

A former New York state senator has written to his successor, calling on her to break the silence on ethics reform. The freshman senator from Dutchess County is biting back.

Former one-term state Senator Terry Gipson, a Democrat, penned a letter to the woman who defeated him in November, Republican Sue Serino, asking that she make ethics reform a top priority.