Poughkeepsie Journal Endorses Serino for Re-election

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"Serino's Hard Work Merits A Second Term"

The state Senate race between Republican Sue Serino and Democrat Terry Gipson features two candidates who have two years of experience in this position, giving voters a sound and tough choice to make.

Serino, the incumbent, has done a good job in her first two years in office and has earned re-election.

She won the seat from Gipson two years ago. The two candidates recently exchanged ideas at a Poughkeepsie Journal Editorial Board meeting, and we encourage people to watch it online.

Serino has grown in the position and can point to a solid record of accomplishment, from helping to bolster the state’s efforts to fight Lyme and tick-borne diseases and the heroin crisis to supporting important tax credits that ease the redevelopment of long-shuttered state facilities, including the Hudson River Psychiatric Center.

Serino also laudably sponsored a bill to eradicate a sexist tax. Gov. Andrew Cuomohas signed into law the measure that exempts tampons and other feminine hygiene products from state sales taxes, just as other medical necessities like bandages, medicine and even condoms are exempt.

Gipson can point to his own record of accomplishments during the two years he held the position. They include working with the area’s state delegation to get an additional Family Court judge for Dutchess County and securing a designation so that municipalities in the Wappinger Creek can apply for funds for management and cleanup. He also put forth the “Vampire Voting Act,” a failed but laudable effort to stop lawmakers from voting on legislation in the wee hours of the morning.

Both candidates have shown they are willing to put the time into the job, far beyond the part-time status of a legislator.

Two years ago, the Journal backed Gipson in this race, believing he had done enough to keep the office and hoping that the continuity would allow him to grow and become a more effective legislator. It is with that same view and intent that we support Serino this time around. She has taken pragmatic approaches at times, supporting the compromise deal on the minimum wage issue and believing that while changes are needed to the Common Core initiative, it should not be eradicated. In fact, she was one of many pushing for those changes, including the lifting of a “gag order” that allows teachers to discuss with students any errors they made and making the state Education Department ensure tests are age-appropriate.

Serino has proven to be a good listener and has effectively acted on that information. She has accomplished more than enough to hold on to this seat.