POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Want to learn more about the candidates running for New York State Senate to represent the 41st District? The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce's September Contact Breakfast, on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 a.m., will feature a forum with both candidates.
The 41st District includes Dutchess and Putnam counties. Republican incumbent Sue Serino and her Democratic challenger, Terry Gipson, will each speak before answering questions.
The breakfast is at Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center, 40 Civic Center Plaza.
If you have a question for the candidates, email it in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. Forms will also be provided on each table for attendees to submit questions before the breakfast begins.
Advance tickets are $25 for Chamber members or $30 at the door. Nonmembers are also welcome, and those tickets are $35. RSVP online -- here -- or call 845-454-1700, ext. 1000.
Serino, a Hyde Park resident, is serving her first-term. She claims her top priorities are reducing taxes, creating jobs in the Hudson Valley and quality education through Common Core reform. According to the Chamber, she firmly believes that like so many hardworking families, government needs to learn to do more with less and needs to prioritize measures that will directly benefit local communities.
Gipson, a Rhinebeck resident, represented the 41st District for a two-year term through December 2014. He remains a vocal advocate for improving state government to reduce cost of living, improve public schools and create new jobs. He says his goals are to take corporate money out of the election process and state government to "give power back to the people."
The Chamber is also partnering with the Workforce Development Center to collect canned and dry goods at the breakfast.