Issues: Agriculture

Maple Syrup On Tap At Senate Ag Committee Meeting

ALBANY, 02/10/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today welcomed New York State Maple Producers President Dwayne Hill to the senate agriculture committee’s first meeting of the year.

“It was great to have one of my constituents, Dwayne Hill, on hand to open the first senate agriculture committee meeting of the 2015 legislative session,” said Senator Seward.  “I have visited Shaver-Hill Maple Farm, and, of course, enjoyed the superb products Dwayne and his family make and have been a longtime advocate for the Maple Producers Association.”  

February 11, 2015
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Help Support our Kids: End the GEA Budget Cuts!

I am proud to be leading the fight to help completely eliminate the GEA school aid budget cuts once and for all.This effort is designed to protect our local schools from harmful cuts in State education aid.  This will not only ensure more resources for classroom instruction and quality programs, but will also help us to achieve our goal of ensuring an outstanding education for every child, in every school.

February 11, 2015
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FIGHTING FOR WHAT MATTERS TO YOU

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

February 9, 2015
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Agriculture Remains Critical to Local Economy

Statement from Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) regarding State Environmental Protection Fund grant:

 

“Today’s announcement that the Town of Sparta will receive a $25,000 grant to develop a plan to protect local farmland is great news for the future of agriculture in Livingston County. Having grown up on a third-generation dairy and crops farm in Livingston County I know firsthand the vital role farming plays in our community’s heritage. Protecting the local farmland to ensure it remains productive for generations to come will be instrumental in preserving the family farm as a way of life.”

February 6, 2015
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Zelazny Family Receives Farmer of the Year Award

The Zelazny family not only produces fresh food, but does so while being green. For that, they received the AEM Conservation Farmer of the Year Award. Sen. Ortt recognized the family with a ceremonious proclamation. The Zelazny farm was started in 1948 in the Town of Shelby.

February 6, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Re-Appointed Chair of Committee on Crime Victims, Crime & Corrections

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) has been re-appointed to serve as Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections. The former New York State Trooper and Sheriff of Erie County has chaired the committee since 2013.  

February 6, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture  Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair  9:00 AM, Tuesday, February 10, 2015  Room 411 LOB

February 10, 9:00 AM - 9:20 AM
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State Senator Gustavo Rivera Hosts Black History Month Celebration

 In honor of the countless contributions that African-Americans have made to our country, State Senator Gustavo Rivera, the Montefiore Health System, Health First and the Claremont Community Center will host a Black History Month Celebration on Saturday, February 7th from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

February 7, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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PLANTING SEEDS TO GROW OUR AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

February 2, 2015
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Senator Robert Ortt introduces legislation requiring state to maintain canal lift bridges without loopholes

New York State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I-North  Tonawanda) has introduced legislation to amend the current canal law that’s meant to preserve and rehabilitate canal infrastructure.

By law, New York State is required to maintain canal lift bridges, however certain loopholes in the law often result in the deterioration and closure of the bridges. As the law currently stands, the state can choose whether or not to repair a canal lift bridge as long as there is an alternate transportation route. Many times, rundown lift bridges are restricted to vehicles, including tractor trailers, school buses, and other large trucks exceeding a certain weight limit.   

January 29, 2015
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Senator O'Mara questions NYS Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball on Gov. Cuomo's proposals for Southern Tier farmers

Albany, N.Y., January 28--At a legislative budget hearing in Albany today, Senator O'Mara questioned state Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball on Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to create a $30-million farmland preservation fund for the Southern Tier.

O'Mara believes the proposal pays "short shrift" to regional farmers.

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January 28, 2015
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SENATOR RITCHIE QUESTIONS AG COMMISSIONER ON NEW STATE BUDGET

On the first day of public hearings on the Governor's proposed new State Budget, I had the opportunity to question Richard Ball, Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets about the plan, and efforts to help farmers grow. We discussed the Young Farmers initiative, funding for farmland preservation, efforts to connect consumers to growers and budget cuts to programs that I believe provide a wealth of benefits to farmers.

The public hearings are just a step in the process of enacting an on-time, balanced budget, and I will file frequent updates here on my website. Be sure to check back often.

 

 

January 28, 2015
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January 28, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Seward Receives Committee Assignments

ALBANY, 01/26/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) is set to fight for vital insurance, health, education and budget needs in the new senate session after receiving committee assignments.

SENATOR SEWARD 2015 – 2016 COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

Insurance – chair

Agriculture, Education, Finance, Health, Higher Education, Mental Health, Rules

January 26, 2015
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WORKING TO BUILD A BETTER NEW YORK

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

January 26, 2015
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STATE OF AG: RITCHIE RELEASES ANNUAL AGRICULTURE REPORT

Report Details Advancements, Investments and New Initiatives in Farming 

***CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL REPORT ***

An innovative plan aimed at preserving the future of family farming, increasing investments in vital agriculture programs and a renewed push to encourage people to “eat local,” are just several of the highlights included in  the 2014 Annual Report of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released today by the committee’s chair, State Senator Patty Ritchie. 

“Throughout 2014, my colleagues and I worked diligently to grow our state’s largest industry by doing things like repealing costly mandates affecting farmers, restoring and increasing funding for vital programs and launching new initiatives like Young Farmers NY,” said Senator Ritchie, who was just reappointed as Senate Agriculture Committee Chair last week.

January 26, 2015
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RITCHIE REAPPOINTED SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE CHAIR

Also Selected to Serve On Other Key Committees, Including Finance and Transportation 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has been reappointed as Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and in addition, was named to the powerful Finance and Transportation Committees. 

“In recent years we’ve made great progress to grow the agriculture industry, increasing funding for critical programs and making investments in initiatives that support our state’s hardworking farmers,” said Senator Ritchie.  "I am thrilled to once again be named as Chair of the Agriculture Committee and am looking forward to working alongside my colleagues and New York’s farmers to help the industry continue to grow.”

Since first being appointed Senate Agriculture Committee Chair in 2011, Senator Ritchie has led the charge to increase funding for critical agriculture programs by more than $21 million above the Executive’s recommendation, repeal costly mandates affecting farmers, launch new initiatives including the innovative “Young Farmers NY”—a program that aims to protect the future of agriculture by attracting young people to careers in the industry—and leading the fight against deadly diseases like EEE and rabies. 

January 23, 2015
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Breakaway Senate Dems unveil 'Invest New York' policy agenda

BY KEN LOVETT, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, January 19, 2015, 1:48 PM

The breakaway group of five Senate Democrats on Monday unveiled a 15-point policy agenda for the new legislative session that includes a call to give localities like New York City the power to set their own minimum wage rates.

Other proposals in the "Invest New York" package would be the creation of an education investment tax credit that private and parochial schools have been pushing for years, a $400 million school construction trust fund, and various housing initiatives.

January 23, 2015
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR PATTY RITCHIE ON GOVERNOR’S 2015-16 BUDGET PRESENTATION

I was pleased to hear Governor Cuomo emphasize issues that are priorities for me—making critical investments in our education system, supporting small business owners, creating jobs and keeping more money in the pockets of hardworking New Yorkers.

January 21, 2015
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Your Voice with Sen. Ortt

January 21, 2015 - Senator Robert Ortt was invited by Congressman Chris Collins to attend President Obama’s State of the Union address. He compares the President’s message with his own ideas. Senator Ortt also discusses how his budget priorities measure up with what Governor Cuomo proposes.

January 21, 2015
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