Welcome Letter

Dear Neighbor,

Welcome to my New York State Assembly website.

You can use this page to easily access information about the work I do both in Albany and at home in the Mid-Hudson Valley to help build a stronger, healthier and more vibrant New York.

I am honored to be representing the hardworking people of our region and remain committed to helping the middle-class by working to lower the tax burden on families and fighting to create good paying jobs which will provide a boost to our economy.

I look forward to hearing about your issues of concern, legislation you support or oppose, and your ideas to help make our beautiful and diverse community stronger, healthier and safer.

In addition, you can use the entire Assembly Web site as a great way to stay apprised of new legislation that impacts our state as well as the Mid-Hudson Valley. I encourage you to visit this site often to keep yourself up to date on various issues, news and legislative hearings. Thank you for visiting.

Biography

Assemblymember  Didi Barrett

Didi Barrett was elected to the New York State Assembly in a special election in March 2012 and is now in her fourth full term in office. A resident of the Hudson Valley for more than 30 years, she came to elected office after a career as a writer, museum professional and longtime leader of not-for-profit organizations. As a member of the Assembly, she is Chair of the Assembly Committee on Veteran’s Affairs as well as the Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus and also serves on the Committees on Agriculture; Environmental Conservation, Mental Health and Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development.

Didi is passionate about the agricultural, environmental, historical, and cultural resources of the Hudson Valley and their critical importance as economic drivers and job creators. Didi writes a blog, Diner Dialogues: Talk of the Hudson Valley, which explores many of these issues. Her family has deep roots in the Hudson Valley and a long involvement with both Dutchess and Columbia Counties. In 1938, her grandfather and great-uncle first bought a farm in Ancramdale which remains in the family.

A lifetime advocate for women and girls, Didi spearheaded the creation of the Dutchess Girls Collaborative to support local girls and young women. She helped launch the North East Dutchess Fund (NED) of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation; helped create the pioneering NED Corps program to deliver social services to this rural region and served on its affiliated Latino Roundtable. She is formerly a trustee of the Anderson Foundation for Autism and former board member of the Millbrook Education Foundation and of Sprout Creek Farm, an educational farm in Poughkeepsie. Didi’s other affiliations have included Girls Incorporated of NYC (founding chair); New York Women’s Foundation, Planned Parenthood of NYC, the Women’s Campaign Forum and NARAL Pro-Choice New York (former board member) and the American Folk Art Museum (trustee emeritus).

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