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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Winter 2014-2015 Rural Futures Edition (click on the link below). We hope you find Rural Futures both interesting and informative. Please feel free to contact the Commission staff with any questions, comments or suggestions. Thank you!
Albany, N.Y., December 18— Legislation sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Endwell) to make New York the 16th state in the nation to establish a framework for growing industrial hemp as a way to diversify and strengthen the state’s leading agricultural industry, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The legislation (S.7047/A.8297, Chapter 524 of the Laws of 2014) was approved by the Legislature in June. It authorizes a pilot program to allow hemp production for research to begin immediately by the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, and state colleges and universities.
"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said. "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land. After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps. But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.
Elmira, N.Y., December 11—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) has been named to the 2014 New York Farm Bureau "Circle of Friends" -- an honorary organization formed in 1990 by the state’s leading farm advocacy organization to recognize state legislators who strongly support agriculture.
The Farm Bureau represents more than 35,000 member farm families statewide.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) is being honored by the New York Farm Bureau for his ongoing support of agriculture issues, including sponsorship of bills that the organization has either supported or opposed during the most recent legislative session. The New York Farm Bureau included Gallivan in its distinguished “Circle of Friends.”
Come learn about New York's New Farmers' Grant Fund created specifically for new and early stage farmers. Senator Gallivan and a representative from Empire State Development will be on hand to answer your questions.