Terry Gipson Tag All blog entries tagged as Terry Gipson http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/latest Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:53:29 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Cuomo Laments Saland's Loss http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2012/12/13/cuomo-laments-salands-loss- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2012/12/13/cuomo-laments-salands-loss-

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has issued a statement following the concession of Sen. Steve Saland who was one of the four Republicans who helped pass same-sex marriage in New York.

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Senator Stephen Saland has been an exemplary representative for the Hudson Valley whose leadership has made New York a better place.

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Steve has been a true partner who always put what was right before politics, and worked with me during the past two years to rebuild this state and restore the people’s faith in government. Throughout his career, he championed issues that directly affected New Yorkers, from strengthening protections against domestic violence, to putting in place an all-crimes DNA databank. As a result of his courage, tens of thousands of couples here in New York State have the freedom to marry whom they choose. Steve is a public servant of remarkable character, integrity, and courage and serves as a model for our collective aspirations of how our elected officials should perform. It is unfortunate that an elected official who stood so strong for equality, as Steve did, was not able to survive in today's political environment.

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I thank Steve for his work on behalf of the people of the state of New York and his friendship, and give my warmest wishes to him, his wife Linda, and their family as they enter this next phase."

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Cuomo promised to support legislators who voted for the same-sex marriage legislation so this statement is not extremely surprising. On the other hand, Senate Democrats have felt abandoned and have actually been abandoned by Cuomo in the fight for independent redistricting and during, during the election and now as the struggle for the control of the Senate chamber plays out. Cuomo fails to mention the Democrat, Terry Gipson, who defeated Saland.

Photo of Gov. Andrew Cuomo courtesy of the Office of the Governor.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) State Thu, 13 Dec 2012 20:26:12 +0000
Republican Sen. Steve Saland Concedes http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/12/13/republican-sen-steve-saland-concedes- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/12/13/republican-sen-steve-saland-concedes- Sen. Steve Saland of Poughkeepsie conceded his race against Democrat Terry Gipson today. "After learning today the final count of the absentee ballots and affidavits have revealed that the voters have selected Terry Gipson as the State Senator of the 41st Senate District, I respectfully concede in my bid for State Senate and offer my sincere congratulations to Mr. Gipson," Saland wrote in a statement. Saland was tremendously popular in his district and his loss came as a surprise to many.

That leaves one more Senate race outstanding although it will likely have no impact on control of the Senate as Senate Republicans joined with the Independent Democratic Conference in a power-sharing agreement. The 46th ditrict race between Republican Assemblyman George Amedore and Democrat Cecellia Tkaczyk will be decided by a judge.

Saland is one of four Republican Senators who voted for same-sex marriage earlier this year. Saland faced a conservative primary challenger because of that vote. Only one Republican Senator who voted for same-sex marriage will return next year.

Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos issued a statement praising Saland:

I join all New Yorkers in wishing Senator Steve Saland the best as he completes a 32-year career in the State Legislature, the last 22 as a distinguished member of the New York State Senate. Steve is a highly-respected lawmaker and a dear friend.
“This chamber will miss Steve Saland’s clear and steady voice, most notably in the areas of criminal justice and victim’s rights. Steve was the author of more than 350 laws, and he has been a fierce advocate for the victims of domestic violence and child abuse.

Senator Saland was the driving force behind legislation requiring school district employees to be fingerprinted, so that extensive criminal background checks could be done. Just last year, Steve won passage of a landmark domestic violence bill, later signed into law by Governor Cuomo, which included the most significant and far-reaching changes to the State’s domestic violence laws in a decade. There is no doubt that women and children are safer today because Steve Saland never stopped fighting for them.

Steve Saland has been an important and influential voice for the Hudson Valley, and his shoes will be difficult to fill. In addition, he has been a valuable member of the Senate Republican Conference on key issues for more than twenty years. His leadership and his friendship will be sorely missed.”

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) City Thu, 13 Dec 2012 18:23:37 +0000