Following the release yesterday of the annual Unshackle Upstate Legislative Scorecard, 41st state Senate District candidate and Dutchess County Legislator Sue Serino (R,C,I-Hyde Park) is reaffirming her commitment to Hudson Valley residents and promising to do a better job representing their needs in the state Senate. The report, released yesterday, ranked state Sen. Terry Gipson with a score of only 67, below even the scores of indicted New York City politicians like John Sampson and Malcolm Smith. The scorecard grades are comprised of points accumulated or lost based on legislators’ sponsorship and floor votes on bills that provide relief for taxpayers and promote job creation.

“Yesterday’s report by Unshackle Upstate confirms the truth that Terry Gipson and his New York City allies are doing little to help provide tax relief and stimulate the economy here in Dutchess and Putnam counties,” said Serino. “What we need is a senator whose roots are here in the Hudson Valley and who wants to grow our economy and make our community a better place to live, work and raise a family. As town councilwoman I voted against a 19 percent increase in property taxes because I knew my constituents couldn't afford it, as county legislator I voted against an energy tax my constituents couldn't afford, and as Senator I’ll vote against legislation which is going to have a negative impact on our region and our economy. I want to help the hardworking men and women of the Hudson Valley get back on their feet and succeed just as I’ve done right here in our community.”


Unshackle Upstate is a pro-taxpayer, pro-business advocacy organization that works to boost the economy and build a better business climate in New York.


“It’s downright shameful that our senator scored worse than two New York City politicians who are both under indictment for their actions while in office. Malcolm Smith and John Sampson have no reason to support Hudson Valley taxpayers and yet they’re doing a better job of it than Terry Gipson. We deserve better than that. As a small-business owner I know the struggles our local entrepreneurs are facing and I’ll use this real-world perspective to craft legislation that invigorates our economy and brings relief to local taxpayers,” concluded Serino.