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About Diner Dialogues

Didi Barrett was elected to the New York State Assembly in a special election in March 2012 and re-elected to a full term in November 2012. Her district, the 106th AD, covers some of the most beautiful parts of Columbia and Dutchess Counties. She has deep roots in the Hudson Valley and came to elected office after a career as a community activist, writer and longtime leader of not-for-profit organizations. Didi is passionate about the agricultural, natural, cultural and historic resources of the Hudson Valley and their critical importance as economic engines and job generators. She is also a great fan of the iconic diners that dot the region. As a member of the Assembly she serves on the Committees on Aging; Agriculture; Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry; Mental Health; Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development and Veterans Affairs.

Women’s History Month 2015 — Telling Our Stories

“History is not just what happened in the past.  It is what later generations choose to remember,” wrote historian and Harvard professor Laurel Thatcher Ulrich in her book Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History.  For too many years, the important roles … Continue reading

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Making Universal Pre-K truly universal

As the conversation over funding for Universal Pre-Kindergarten continues in political circles and budget debates, our office is introducing legislation to assure that as we go forward, Pre-K programs, widely recognized as critical for educational equity,  are truly universal and … Continue reading

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Taking a Solemn Oath

This weekend we held the ceremonial swearing-in for my second full term in the New York State Assembly.  The following are my remarks following the oath. Thank you all for being here today with me, my family and our team.  We officially kick … Continue reading

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Thinking of Ways to Support Small Business in 2015

Small business is indeed the backbone of our economy – in our region, state and country.  Small businesses have long been our greatest job creators, our most creative innovators and the incubators for growth in new, as well as traditional, … Continue reading

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On Heroes, Farms and Veterans Day

Let me say at the outset that I believe every day should be Veterans Day. One day a year is certainly not enough.  And the notion that there are veterans of any age in this country who are struggling with … Continue reading

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The Economic Engines that Could

It’s no secret that I am bullish about our beautiful Hudson Valley and passionate about ensuring that the very things we love about our region —  the family farms, rich history, cultural treasures and spectacular natural resources — become the … Continue reading

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Community Spirited

A sure sign of Autumn in the Hudson Valley, besides the cool nights and drifting leaves, is a delightful ritual called Community Day, where our small rural towns across the region take to the streets — or a local park — … Continue reading

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