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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...

January 4, 2018
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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...

December 15, 2017
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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...

October 24, 2017
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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...

September 29, 2017
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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...

August 30, 2017
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January 10, 2018
 "Do you see an opportunity or a reason to look at particularly construction funding but other-I would say even just the general funding as infrastructure or economic or looking for another pool of money to really start getting libraries to the condition that we need them to be," asked Assemblymember Didi Barret, Chair of the Standing Committee on Libraries and Education Technology of MaryEllen Elia, Commissioner of the State Education Department, during the public hearing held by the Assembly's Standing Committee on Libraries and Education Technology to review the impact and effectiveness of funding of libraries in New York State including funding for library construction and the allocation of State Aid to libraries. PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE