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Progressives protest outside Barrett's Hudson office

May 25, 2023 12:23 pm

Jammel Cutler reports for Columbia-Greene Media that more than 50 people rallied on May 23 outside Assemblyperson Didi Barrett’s Hudson’s office in favor of the proposed Good Cause Eviction law. For The Many, the Hudson-Catksill Housing Coalition, Food and Water Watch, the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement, and Rivers and Mountains GreenFaith were among the groups protesting to get Barrett to vote their way. Brahvan Ranga, political director of For the Many, said, “Didi Barrett has betrayed the people of Columbia and Dutchess counties.... Instead of working to address the housing and climate crises, Barrett has spent her decade in the Assembly doing the bidding of the real estate and fossil fuel industries. She won’t even meet with our members to discuss how legislation like Good Cause Eviction would help them stay in their homes. Barrett’s support for gutting our state’s climate laws should be the last straw for her constituents. We are discussing our options ahead of next year’s primaries and will announce our decision soon.” Claire Cousin, the former executive director of the Hudson-Catskill Housing Coalition, has already announced a primary challenge to Democrat Barrett in next year's election. Cousin said about Barrett, "She should be fighting for Good Cause Eviction, not to pump more fossil fuels into our environment. That’s why I’ve decided to run against her in next year’s Democratic primary — because Columbia and Dutchess counties deserve better representation in Albany.” Barrett responded to the protest saying, “I passed and led on a lot of legislation and brought money back to the district, millions of dollars for housing, police, library, schools, I’m working to do all the progressive things that I feel that the district wants me to do, I’ve been a progressive my entire life and people can protest, its part our democracy, people need to be honest, there are a lot of lies out there, bills that I have nothing to do [with]." Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.

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