Letters to the Editor - 6-6-24

Support for Barrett, ‘good friend of Millerton’

Didi Barrett, our NY State Assembly representative, has been a good friend of Millerton. Now in her sixth term in the Assembly, she has for the first time a challenger in the Democratic primary. Her service and dedication to Millerton and the Town of North East have been outstanding; she visits our town frequently and knows the community.

She has delivered a remarkable amount of funding to Millerton and North East.

Didi Barrett is a thoughtful, experienced, and caring public servant.

When other friends and peers of hers are enjoying life in retirement, traveling the world or just plain old relaxing, Didi has chosen to dig into work, and to devote herself to the people and communities of her district. She listens. And she understands the challenges of people with a wide variety of backgrounds.

Assemblymember Barrett has worked to support our public libraries, boost regenerative agriculture, and get affordable and healthy food to people facing food insecurity. She has brought people together around a variety of affordable, energy efficient housing initiatives. And she has been a champion of women’s and reproductive rights.

Lastly, she understands the difference between pie-in-the-sky and a deliverable. As a town official, I appreciate deliverables. She deserves re-election. I urge Democrats to support her in the primary election on June 25.

Chris Kennan

Supervisor, Town of North East


Cast vote for Didi Barrett in June 25 election

Didi Barrett has been our New York Assembly member since 2012. During her time in office, Didi has secured extraordinary and transformative support for projects that have contributed significantly to our lives in Millerton and North East. She procured well over $2.5 million of NYS tax dollars for our communities:

• $125,000 for handicap-accessible bleachers for Eddie Collins Park’s Little League field

• $125,000 for renovations at the Millerton Library

• $125,000 for the solar-powered crosswalk signs on Main Street

• More than $100,000 for programs of the North East Community Center

• $125,000 for repaving the rail trail from Undermountain Road to Copake Falls (just outside of the Town but enjoyed by many of our residents)

• $1,500,000 to Hudson River Housing for affordable housing projects across the region

• $500,000 for the new Town garage

This year, for the first time, Didi has a challenger in the Democratic Primary. We need an Assemblymember who knows our community, who can be effective in Albany, and who can deliver results that impact our town and village in meaningful ways. Didi cares for our community and it shows.

We urge you to vote for Didi in the primary election either on June 25 at the Library Annex or during early voting that begins June 15. Early voting details are at the Dutchess Board of Elections – www.elections.dutchessny.gov

Wendy Curtis, Debbie Middlebrook, Jennifer Dowley, Rich Stalzer


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