Issues: Agriculture

Don’t Let the Tax Cap Expire: Let’s KEEP THE CAP!

From creating the historic STAR and Enhanced STAR programs, to enacting property tax rebate legislation, the Senate Republican Majority has consistently led the fight to provide hardworking families with property tax relief. 

May 20, 2015
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Don’t Let the Tax Cap Expire: Let’s KEEP THE CAP!

From creating the historic STAR and Enhanced STAR programs, to enacting property tax rebate legislation, the Senate Republican Majority has consistently led the fight to provide hardworking families with property tax relief. 

May 20, 2015
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MOVE OVER MAPLE: RITCHIE BILL TO HELP FARMERS ADD WALNUT, BIRCH SYRUPS TO NY BREAKFAST TABLES GETS FINAL PASSAGE

Potential Seen for Expansion Into New Products

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced final passage of legislation aimed tapping into the potential of the state’s many walnut and birch trees, which are seen by researchers as a way for producers of maple syrup to expand their markets. 

According to researchers, there are 22 types of trees that can be tapped for syrup, with the most common in New York State being black walnut and birch.  In recent years, Cornell University has been working to help maple producers explore the use of these trees to expand and add value to their businesses, and extend the season for “sugar makers,” as birch and walnut saps typically run after maple stops flowing. 

“We’ve seen the popularity of maple products explode in recent years and while there’s still room for the industry to grow, there’s also untapped resources contained in the millions of other trees throughout our state, namely birch and walnut trees,” said Senator Ritchie.   

May 18, 2015
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‘GUIDING’ YOU TO FRESH AND HEALTHY FOODS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

May 18, 2015
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Cornell University scientists conduct forum in Albany on the impact of extreme weather on New York's farm families and farming communities

Albany, N.Y., May 12--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, today helped welcome representatives from Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to the capital.

The distinguished guests were in Albany to conduct a Public Education Forum on the "challenges and opportunities for the farm community in the face of extreme weather."

May 12, 2015
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Ranzenhofer tours Ag Academy

Batavia, NY- Senator Mike Ranzenhofer tours and meets with students at the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership's Agri-Business Academy.  Senator Ranzenhofer has secured a total of $400,000 in state funding for the program.

May 7, 2015
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Legislators sponsoring NYWIA 'Sip and Sample' events in Albany during May to help showcase wine, cheese and other products grown and made in NYS

Albany, N.Y., May 6—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and other state legislators are hosting two New York Wine Industry Association (NYWIA) “Sip and Sample” events in Albany this month featuring wineries, cheese producers and other food manufacturers from the Finger Lakes, and Central and Western New York.

The lawmakers said the May events are aimed at complementing ongoing efforts to promote, showcase and support products grown and made in New York State.  

May 6, 2015
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SENATOR SUE SERINO HONORS LOCAL SENIORS

 

SENATOR SUE SERINO HONORS LOCAL SENIORS 

ALBANY—Senator Sue Serino (R—Hyde Park) passed a resolution in the Senate on Tuesday marking May 5, 2015  Senior Citizens’ Day in New York and recognized two local seniors for their invaluable contributions to our communities at a celebration in Albany.

“Our seniors have spent their lives building and shaping the state we know and love today and we are grateful for their commitment and dedication,” said Senator Serino in commenting on the resolution’s passage.

May 6, 2015
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Farmer to Neighbor Night

Sen. Ortt attended the 17th annual Farmer to Neighbor Night in Orleans County. The event raises money for the FFA program to send students for leadership training in the agriculture industry. Sen. Ortt said he would rally on behalf of farmers and others in the industry in Albany. Read the full article in the Orleans Hub.  

May 5, 2015
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SECOND ROUND OF FREE WASTE TIRE DISPOSAL EVENTS THIS SATURDAY IN OSWEGO AND ST. LAWRENCE COUNTIES

Effort to Clean Up Roadsides and Deny Mosquito Breeding Sources Has Removed 20,000 Tires in Two Years

May 4, 2015
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State legislators hosting 'Sip and Sample' events in Albany during the month of May ~ first event scheduled for Monday, May 4 ~ Read more

Albany, N.Y., May 4—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and other state legislators are hosting two New York Wine Industry Association (NYWIA) “Sip and Sample” events during the month of May in Albany featuring wineries, cheese producers and other food manufacturers from the Finger Lakes, and Central and Western New York.

The lawmakers said the events are aimed at complementing ongoing efforts to promote, showcase and support products grown and made in New York State.  

May 1, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture  Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair  9:00 AM, Tuesday, May 5, 2015  Room 411 LOB

May 5, 9:00 AM - 9:05 AM
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Albany lawmakers propose health letter grades for street food vendors

As reported by Daily News:

ALBANY — Health Department letter grades for street food vendors could be on the menu if two Democratic state lawmakers succeed in creating a commission to oversee city snack carts.

 The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens) and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx), is designed to address many of the tensions and issues between regular stores and food cart vendors as well as a black market food business that has grown over the years.

"This has been a problem for a while,” Peralta said.

For full article, click here.

April 27, 2015
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In Honor Of Earth Week, Senate Passes Senator Young's Legislation To Protect And Preserve Our Environment

Comprehensive legislative package passed to protect natural resources, promote energy conservation, create green jobs, and increase ecotourism

 

ALBANY – Two pieces of legislation sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) to protect and preserve our natural environment were included in a comprehensive package of bills that passed the state Senate this week in honor of Earth Week.

 

April 22, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO SUPPORT LOCAL FARMERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation that will help New York farmers grow their businesses. The bill (S2250) would connect farmers to Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs), giving them additional resources to promote economic growth and increase job creation.

Under current law, IDAs can issue loans and provide technical support to manufacturers, processors, and warehousers of agricultural products, but not to those businesses that directly grow, harvest, or collect agricultural products.

April 22, 2015
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO SUPPORT LOCAL FARMERS

Legislation Will Aid in Job Creation and Promote Economic Growth

for New York’s Most Rural Communities

 

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that will help New York farmers grow their businesses. The bill (S2250) sponsored by Senator William Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), would connect farmers to Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs), giving them additional resources to promote economic growth and increase job creation.

 

April 21, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Support Local Farmers

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that will help New York farmers grow their businesses.

April 21, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 9:00 AM, Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Room 411 LOB

April 22, 9:05 AM - 9:22 AM
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