Author Archives: Diner Dialogues

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.

Working to Lick Lyme and Other Tick-borne Diseases

Legislation Waits to be Signed Critical legislation that recently passed both houses of  the New York State Legislature to protect people struggling with chronic Lyme and the doctors that treat them (A.7558-A/S.7854) is an important step in the multi-faceted battle against … Continue reading

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Marking Two Years of Advocating for the Hudson Valley

Two years ago April 17, when I was first sworn in as a member of the New York State Assembly,  I promised my constituents that I would work full-time for them as their state legislator, that I would be their … Continue reading

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Women’s History is Hudson Valley History

Women’s history has long been written on the leaves of diaries, penned across the pages of let­ters and scribbled on the backs of photographs.Their stories — even those of bravery or tur­moil — tend to be shared in family lore, … Continue reading

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This Valentines Day Let’s End Dating Violence

An alarming 40 percent of teens – both male and female – have experienced physical, emotional, psychological or sexual violence while dating, and the consequences of an abusive relationship can last a lifetime. Dating violence puts teens at greater risk for … Continue reading

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A Campus Where Every Day is Veteran’s Day

When Vassar College students returned last week for the new semester,  among the second term freshmen returning to the cloistered campus in the Town of Poughkeepsie, was a group of U.S. veterans in their twenties and thirties who served in … Continue reading

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Parsing Education Issues in New York State

  In recent months, I have had the opportunity to talk with many members of our community — teachers, administrators, parents and students — about the state of education in New York State, particularly the critical and controversial issues of … Continue reading

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Moreland or Less Money

A lot of column inches in Albany blogs and daily newspapers have been expended in the last few months, taking the daily temperature of the recently formed Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption. Based on its name alone, the commission … Continue reading

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