Joel Tyner launches state Senate bid
Patricia Doxsey is reporting in the Daily Freeman Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner has emerged as an early challenger to state Sen. Sue Serino. Tyner, a Democrat, announced his plan to run for the 41st Senate District seat in a Facebook post on December 3. The 41st Senate District covers all of Dutchess County, except Beekman and Pawling; as well as Kent Phillipstown and Putnam Valley in Putnam County. This will be Tyner's third bid -- he ran unsuccessfully against then-Sen. Stephen Saland in 1996 and 1998. Tyner, 53, was elected last month to his eighth two-year term in the Dutchess County Legislature. Serino, a Republican from Hyde Park, is serving her second two-year term in the state Senate. In an interview with the paper on December 7, Tyner criticized her as beholden to special interests. “She’s not a bad person, she’s not an evil person, but she’s allowed herself to fall into special interests,” he said. Tyner supports a $15 minimum wage by 2020 for companies of 500 employees, or more; single-payer health care; finding a way to reduce the burden of school taxes on property owners; and the legalization of small amounts of recreational marijuana for adults. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.