Today is Earth Day, which had its beginnings in the 1970’s. Delaware County Solid waste Manager Sue McIntyre said that Delaware County’s efforts were beginning, at the start of the Earth Day movement:
(Sue McIntyre 4-22-14)
McIntyre said that Delaware County is continuing with the expansion of their recycling program & facilities in Hamden, where the facility will be able to collect all plastics for recycling shortly.
Congressman Chris Gibson announced that his official campaign kickoff and headquarters open house would take place today. The Campaign headquarters would be located at 2532 State Route 9H, in Kinderhook, with the kick-off event running from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Gibson will be seeking re-election to the 19th district for his 3rd term in congress.
Legalizing medical marijuana, expanding public financing of political campaigns and raising the minimum wage are issues for the state Legislature to address, when they return to Albany later this month. The Legislature left for spring break soon after the state budget was passed March 31. The Senate was scheduled to return last Thursday, but pushed it back to the last week of the month. The session runs through June 19th.
New York ranks 33rd in the nation for the percentage of women holding seats in the state Legislature seats. The National Conference of State Legislatures found just 21% of New York’s Legislature are women, lower than the national average of 24%. The NCSL said the Legislature has 34 women in the Assembly and 11 in the Senate. Women make up nearly 52% of the state population.