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Assemblymember Barrett: State Budget Boosts Construction Funds for Libraries

Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D - Columbia, Dutchess), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology, announced that the 2018-19 state budget provides a significant increase in funding for library construction grants to help local...

Assemblymembers Barrett and Crespo: Fund 2020 Census Programs for Public Libraries in State Budget

As New York State prepares for the 2020 Census, Assemblymembers Didi Barrett (D – Columbia, Dutchess) and Marcos Crespo (D – Bronx) have requested $1 million in the 2018-19 FY budget be appropriated to public library systems across the state for census...

Assemblymember Barrett Statement on U.S. Coast Guard Decision Not to Recommend More Anchorage Sites Along Hudson River

“The United States Coast Guard’s decision not to build more anchorage sites at this time is the direct result of advocates and residents fighting for our communities and our majestic Hudson River,” said Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D- Columbia,...

Assemblymember Barrett: Assembly Budget Proposal Sends the Message That Libraries Matter

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Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Columbia, Dutchess), chair of the Committee on Libraries and Education Technology, announced that the State Assembly’s 2018-19 budget proposal provides $64 million for library construction grants and restores proposed...

Assemblymember Barrett Requests State Comptroller to Audit Charter’s Broadband Expansion Efforts

As residents in Columbia County grow increasingly frustrated over the wait for high-speed broadband service, Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D – Columbia, Dutchess) has requested State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli to audit Charter Communications, Inc....

Assemblymember Barrett: Lyme Literate Doctors should be Represented at State DOH Tick-borne Disease Meetup

As the Hudson Valley continues to fight an epidemic of Lyme and tick-borne diseases (TBDs), Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D – Columbia, Dutchess) called on NY State Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker to include a globally-recognized TBD...

Assemblymember Barrett Statement on Governor Cuomo's 2018 State of the State Address

“In what will likely be one of the tightest budget cycles in recent memory, Governor Cuomo laid out an ambitious agenda in his annual State of the State address. I was pleased that he raised a number of priorities that I share, including a few that...

Assemblymember Barrett: Repeal of net neutrality will hit New Yorkers, public libraries hard

“As chair of the Assembly Libraries and Education Technology Committee, I am committed to ensuring each and every New Yorker has fair and equal access to the information and resources they need. Many residents, especially those in underserved communities,...

Assemblymember Barrett’s Bill to Safeguard the Hudson River Is Signed into Law

Poughkeepsie, N.Y. – Assemblymember Didi Barrett’s (D - Columbia, Dutchess) legislation asserting the state’s authority over the Hudson River by expanding the criteria used to establish “tanker avoidance zones” beyond existing navigational standards...

Assemblymember Didi Barrett to Chair Committee on Libraries and Education Technology

New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has named Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D - Columbia, Dutchess) to chair the Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology. Assemblymember Barrett has been a longtime advocate of libraries, including...

Assemblymember Barrett: EPA Must Expand PCB Remediation Efforts to Entire Hudson Valley Region

Dutchess County, NY – As the September 1st deadline rapidly approaches to submit public comment to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the Hudson River Superfund cleanup, State Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Columbia, Dutchess) is calling...

Assemblymember Barrett Represents New York at National Caucus of Environmental Legislators

State Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D – Columbia, Dutchess) represented New York as the state’s sole legislator to convene at the 2017 National Issues Forum of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators in Cambridge, MA earlier this month. Some...

Community Urges Governor to Sign Bill Aimed at Safeguarding the Hudson

Poughkeepsie, NY – Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I – Hyde Park) and Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D – Hudson) today joined Scenic Hudson in bringing together a group of local leaders, environmental advocates and concerned community members to urge the...

Assemblymember Barrett: Hudson Will Receive $10 Million to Revitalize Downtown

Hudson, NY – Joining Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Columbia, Dutchess) and Hudson Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton at Hudson Hall at the Historic Hudson Opera House Tuesday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the City of Hudson has been awarded $10...

Assemblymember Barrett: Funding for Repairs on Taconic Crucial for Our Communities

“The recently announced $6 million in state funding to repair and pave over 20 miles of the Taconic State Parkway in the towns of Clinton, Stanford and Milan is welcome news. Our communities, families, workforce and tourists depend on our roadways every...

Assemblymember Barrett Encourages Summer Reading and Announces Funding for Local Libraries

Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Hudson) announces her support for summer reading programs across her district as well as funding for four libraries in Columbia and Dutchess counties. These libraries will receive more than $256,000 to help expand, renovate...

Coast Guard Announcement Terrific News for Area

“Today’s announcement by the Coast Guard is terrific news for the Hudson River and the countless community members, businesses, organizations and elected officials — of both parties — who opposed the anchorages proposal. It brings welcome relief...

Assemblymember Barrett Passes Legislation to Combat Hudson River Anchorages

Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D, Columbia-Dutchess) announced legislation she sponsored to fight the Hudson River anchorages passed the Assembly A.6825-A. The US Coast Guard’s anchorage proposal has been met with widespread opposition from the residents,...

Assemblymember Barrett Stands Up for Childhood Sexual Abuse Victims

“Passing the Child Victims Act today is a long overdue step in recognizing, supporting and empowering victims of child sexual abuse. This devastating predatory and coercive behavior has no place in our society and we must do all we can to end it. I...

Assemblymember Barrett Stands Up for Childhood Sexual Abuse Victims

“Passing the Child Victims Act today is a long overdue step in recognizing, supporting and empowering victims of child sexual abuse. This devastating predatory and coercive behavior has no place in our society and we must do all we can to end it. I...