Senator Gipson

Local Happenings: The Middle School Movement with Amanda Mason

On April 4th, the Prevention Foundation of the Mid-Hudson Valley hosted a business luncheon at the Villa Borghesse in Wappingers. Amanda Mason, also known as Miss New York 2013, was in attendance to discuss her efforts in the war against addiction.

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Miss New York with Senator Terry Gipson


Mason has initiated “The Middle School Movement” in which she visits students ages 11-14 to discuss the dangers of drug addiction.  Although she makes appearances a many high schools and middle schools, Amanda finds herself concentrating on junior high school students.  At the luncheon, she mentioned drug abuse usually starts in middle school and progresses into high school.  Mason feels it’s important to speak to children during the pre-adolescents years, in order to “reach youth before alcohol and drugs do”.

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Mason demonstrated her approach on connecting with the students.




Amanda Mason started her prevention program while she was still in high school; she noticed there was an influx in drug use, but there were no programs to educate students about the dangers of drug abuse.  Teachers and schools didn’t know how to handle these situations; Amanda felt it was important to implement a prevention program.  Today, Mason travels to schools everywhere encouraging students to have a dream, continue on the right path, while raising drug abuse awareness.


Senator Gipson’s Veterans and Families Fair

Senator Gipson is holding the first annual Veterans and Families Fair. The event will be held on September 28 at The Ramada Inn Conference Center; located on 542 Route 9 in Fishkill from 9:30am until 12:30pm.

The event will feature Senator Gipson’s Veterans Hall of Fame to recognize outstanding veterans in the district, and will include more than 50 vendors with services, products and information for veterans and their families.  The Senator will also will be honoring World War II veterans at the event.  Everyone is welcomed to attend!


Local Happenings: “What Every Small Business Owner Should Know About the Law”

On May 10th there will be an informative event for entrepreneurs and aspiring small business owners; the “What Every Small Business Owner Should Know About the Law” conference will benefit those who own small business, or who are beginning their venture.

Avoid not taking the appropriate legal steps in business that may lead up to complications and a possible expenses. Take advantage of this free opportunity to receive legal advice.

Senator Gipson will be in attendance to relay the latest legislative news regarding women owned businesses.  This information is also important for men that work in women owned businesses, deal with women business owners, and men who know the important role that women owned businesses play in our regional economy.

For any questions or to register please email: