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Veteran state senator concedes election defeat

POUGHKEEPSIE – With the final count of absentee ballots and affidavits counted, Democrat Terry Gipson of Rhinebeck is the new state senator from the new 41st District which will encompass portions of Dutchess and Putnam counties. 

Gipson defeated longtime incumbent Republican Stephen Saland of Poughkeepsie in a three-way race in November which saw Conservative Neil DiCarlo draw votes away from Saland, who won Conservative Party support for years. Saland’s vote for same-sex marriage in New York is believed to have been the death knell to his political career.

"I just received a call of congratulations from Senator Saland," said Gipson, after receiving a concession call from Saland. "He graciously wished me good luck going forward and expressed his affection for the people of the 41st District. I want to be sure to acknowledge the long, distinguished career of Senator Saland. I think I can speak for all the people of Dutchess and Columbia counties in thanking him for his selfless dedication and service. A sincere and heartfelt 'Thank You, Senator.'

Saland had served in the Assembly and Senate for a total of 32 years.

“I want to be sure to acknowledge the long, distinguished career of Senator Saland,” Gipson said. “I think I can speak for all of the people of Dutchess and Columbia counties in thanking him for his selfless dedication and service.”

Democrat Gipson’s confirmed victory does not change the balance of power in the 62-member Senate, even though by the numbers, Democrats have the edge.  Republicans will still hold control because of a coalition that includes five renegade Democrats.