Do you know Didi Barrett?
Didi Barrett represents the 106th District in the NYS Assembly. She has been a resident of the Hudson Valley for more than 30 years, and came to elected office after a career as a community activist, writer, museum professional and longtime leader of non-profits. Her family has deep roots in the Hudson Valley and a long involvement with Dutchess and Columbia Counties – her family still owns the Ancramdale farm her grandfather and great-uncle bought in 1938.
Didi is passionate about the agricultural, environmental, historical and cultural resources of the Hudson Valley and their importance as economic drivers and job creators. She is a lifetime advocate for women and girls, and publishes an annual women’s history booklet telling the stories of important historical figures in Columbia and Dutchess Counties. Didi writes a blog, Diner Dialogues: Talk of the Hudson Valley, which explores many local issues.
As Assemblymember, she has served the residents of the 106th Assembly District since her election in 2012. Since then, she has focused on the issues that matter to her constituents.
She sponsored legislation in 2017 which helped stop a proposal to allow over 40 oil barge anchorages in the Hudson River.
To combat Lyme disease, she has authored multiple bills to help doctors and patients with tick-borne diseases, as well as organized the #GetTickedOff awareness campaign, focusing on Lyme disease and how to prevent it in the Hudson Valley and beyond.
Recently, Didi successfully passed legislation to create a Climate Smart Farming program which will evaluate and determine best practices farmers can use to harness carbon in the soil, improving farm productivity while simultaneously reducing greenhouse gas emissions. She also recently passed legislation to help keep New York State farmland affordable for the next generation of farmers.
She currently serves as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology, and has used that position to secure more funding for libraries across the state and promote the important role of libraries in our communities.
Didi lives in Columbia County with husband David Barrett, who grew up in Middletown. The couple has two children, Alec and Annabel.
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