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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.

Our 2017 Women’s History in the Hudson Valley Booklet

This year, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of  New York State signing woman’s suffrage into law. New York’s legislation became law three years before the U.S. passed the 19th Amendment– which ensured the right to vote for women across the … Continue reading

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Being Fair to all Direct and Home Care Workers

Over the last few years – and increasingly since the #befair2directcare movement kicked off on social media – my office has been at the forefront of advocating for our region’s direct care and home health providers. These are the people … Continue reading

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Embarking on a Third Full Term in Government

The following are the remarks I gave at my Swearing-In Celebration, officiated by Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul on January 28, 2017 at the Hudson Opera House. Thank you all for being here to celebrate with me, my family and our … Continue reading

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Hugs as Criminal Justice Reform

Criminal justice reform can take many forms and include a range of policies: Raising the Age, sentencing and bail reform, revisiting solitary confinement, or increasing alternatives to incarceration, as in the new Stabilization Center in Dutchess County. It can also … Continue reading

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Our Vets: How You Gonna Keep ’em Down on the Farm

At a recent Veterans Day commemoration in Ancram, the Hudson Valley musician/singer Mark Rust led the packed room in a rousing chorus of the World War I era song “How You Gonna Keep ’em Down on the Farm (after they’ve … Continue reading

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Job Training Initiative to Preserve Historic Treasures

Along with stunning natural resources, the Hudson Valley has a rich cultural heritage. Our wealth of local, state and national historic sites contributes to the region’s growing status as a top tourist destination, while at the same time making it … Continue reading

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Fighting for Health & Mental Health

As a mother, the health and well-being of my family is always a major concern. So, as the 2016 Legislative Session came to a close last week, I was especially gratified to shepherd, support and pass several initiatives that will … Continue reading

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