Press Releases

Assemblymember Barrett Passes Legislative Package Providing Relief to Families, Small Businesses Amid Pandemic

Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Dutchess/Columbia) announced she helped pass vital legislation that provides relief for Hudson Valley families and small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Barrett is working to ensure our communities receive...

Assemblymember Barrett Announces Pedestrian Safety and ADA Accessibility Enhancements for Hudson

Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Dutchess/Columbia) announced that the city of Hudson received approval to begin a project that will help improve pedestrian safety and accessibility. Hudson was awarded a $100,000 grant from the state Department of Transportation...

Assemblymember Barrett: Restoration of Honor Act and Other Key Veterans Bills Signed into Law

Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Dutchess/Columbia) announced that the Restoration of Honor Act, which she authored, was signed into law (Ch. 490 of 2019) by Governor Cuomo on Veterans Day. The measure extends the eligibility for state benefits to veterans...

Key Veterans Legislation Signed into Law on Veterans Day

Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Dutchess/Columbia) announced that three pieces of veteran-focused legislation that she sponsors were signed into law today as part of Veterans Day bill signings. Assemblymember Barrett is Chair of the Assembly Committee...

Assemblymember Barrett: Legislature Makes Progress in the Fight Against Lyme Disease

Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Dutchess/Columbia) announced that she authored and passed legislation to further protect New Yorkers from Lyme and tick-borne diseases by authorizing a study on insurance coverage for Lyme and recommendations for farmers...

Assemblymember Barrett Passes Groundbreaking Legislation to Help Hudson Valley Veterans

Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Dutchess/Columbia) announced that several bills she authored to help New York veterans access critical services and benefits passed the Assembly on Tuesday. As chair of the Assembly Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Barrett...

Assemblymember Barrett’s Legislation Strengthens Rural Mental Health Services

Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Dutchess/Columbia) announced legislation she authored to help reduce the growing rate of suicide across rural New York passed the Assembly (A.6007).“For too long, our health care system has failed those struggling with...

Assemblymember Barrett Helps Pass Historic Rent Reforms to Better Protect Hudson Valley Tenants

Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Dutchess/Columbia) announced that she helped pass the strongest rent regulation legislation ever in New York State, known as the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act (A.8281). The historic legislation will empower...

Assemblymember Barrett’s Legislation Removes Penalty, Helps Spackenkill Union Free School District

Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Dutchess/Columbia) announced that legislation she authored to forgive a penalty levied on the Spackenkill Union Free School District for filing a late final cost report passed the Assembly (A.4069). “It’s simply...

Assemblymember Barrett Urges Gov. Cuomo to Restore Funding to Combat Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases

Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Dutchess/Columbia) is encouraging Hudson Valley residents to sign onto a letter she recently wrote to Gov. Cuomo requesting he restore $1 million in funding for Lyme and tick-borne disease (TBD) research, education and prevention...

Assemblymember Barrett: Outdoor Recreation Helps Veterans Heal From Trauma and Move Forward

Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Dutchess/Columbia) announced that legislation she authored to create more outdoor-based recreation opportunities for veterans, particularly those struggling with mental and behavioral health challenges, passed the Assembly’s...

Assemblymember Barrett: Outdoor Recreation Gives Veterans a Chance to Heal

Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Dutchess/Columbia) hosted a roundtable on Thursday, May 16, to discuss how state agencies, veterans organizations and nonprofits can facilitate outdoor opportunities for veterans. “I hope to see New York State lead...

Assemblymember Barrett: EPA is Failing Hudson Valley Communities

“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has done the Hudson Valley a grave disservice by issuing a Certification of Completion of the Remedial Action to General Electric (GE) for its Hudson River cleanup. The EPA has failed our environment and...

Assemblymember Barrett: MERIT Scholarship Expanded to More Military Families

“Expanding New York State's MERIT Scholarship program to include the children, spouses and financial dependents of all active duty military members who die or are severely or permanently disabled puts the emphasis where it belongs -- on honoring...

Assemblymember Barrett Passes State Budget With Vital Funding for Veterans Programs

Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Dutchess/Columbia), chair of the Assembly Veterans’ Affairs Committee, announced that the 2019-20 state budget that she worked to pass includes key funding for important programs which support New York State veterans...

Assemblymember Barrett: State Budget Funds Study to Reduce Truck Traffic in Hudson

Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Columbia, Dutchess) announced that she secured $100,000 in the 2019-20 state budget to conduct an origin and destination study of truck traffic in Hudson.“For decades, truck traffic has been a major safety and quality...

Assemblymember Barrett: State Budget Ensures Critical Funding for Local Governments

“For our town and village governments, tight budgets are a continuing reality. These budgetary pressures force local leaders to try to balance essential services with keeping property taxes down. That’s why a provision included in the executive...

Assemblywoman proposes carbon farming pilot program

Assemblymember Barrett: Veterans Deserve Services and Support That Honor Their Sacrifices

“Veterans have made innumerable sacrifices to defend this country and the freedoms we hold so dear. As chair of the Assembly Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, I will always fight to ensure they get the services they deserve. My Assembly colleagues...

Assemblymember Barrett: Assembly Budget Proposal Would Create Carbon Farming Pilot Program

“Farming is an essential part of the upstate economy, especially here in the Hudson Valley. But in the face of the growing threat posed by climate change, we must transition to more sustainable, eco-friendly practices to ensure our family farms can...