Issues: Dairy

Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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STATEMENT FROM SEN. GALLIVAN ON 2013 STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

The Governor’s State of the State outlined an expansive and comprehensive vision for our state and its future. I am especially encouraged to see Governor Cuomo make the upstate economy a continued priority of his administration, and the specific attention he paid to bolstering Upstate’s agriculture and tourism industries – two sectors vital to the continued economic recovery of Western New York.

January 10, 2013
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Senator O'Mara, father visit Schuyler County cheese maker -- help promote NYS cheese industry and highlight local Open Houses scheduled for Columbus Day weekend

Odessa, N.Y., October 3—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and his father, John, visited Sunset View Creamery in Schuyler County in late August to sample a few locally made cheeses and help bring attention to an important sector of New York State’s agricultural industry.

October 3, 2012
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SENATOR RITCHIE HELPS CORNELL COOPERATIVE EXTENSION CELEBRATE 100 YEARS

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently helped Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County celebrate its centennial anniversary at an event held at the organization's Watertown office. 

September 28, 2012
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SENATOR RITCHIE RECEIVES ‘FRIENDS OF AGRICULTURE’ NOD

New York Farm Bureau Recognizes Ritchie for Two Consecutive Years

For the second year in a row, the New York Farm Bureau has added State Senator Patty Ritchie to its “Circle of Friends,” a recognition given to legislators who are strong supporters of the agricultural industry in New York State. 

September 27, 2012
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New Montgomery Law to Help Bolster State's Procurement of NY-Grown Farm Products

Albany, NY (September 10, 2012): Legislation was recently signed into law (Chapter 452; S.4855) to increase the State’s purchasing of New York-grown farm products.

Under the new law, sponsored by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn), a representative of a non-profit, New York-based group representing the state’s agricultural community will join the NYS Procurement Council. The member will aid in educating State institutions on the benefits of buying more New York grown and processed products whenever possible. The non-paying appointment to the Council will be made by the Governor.

September 10, 2012
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Senators Gallivan and Grisanti, Assemblyman Gabryszak Announce Legislation to Separate Canal System From Thruway Authority

Reform Would Save Thruway Authority Millions Annually, Help Prevent Toll Hike

Chairman of the Senate’s Commerce, Economic Development, and Small Business Committee, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R - Elma), joined with Senator Mark Grisanti (R - Buffalo) and Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak (D - Cheektowaga) this afternoon at Canalside, the historical terminus of the Erie Canal, on Buffalo’s waterfront to announce formal legislation to sever the New York State canal system from the New York State Thruway Authority.

The announcement comes as the Thruway Authority is considering a plan to raise tolls on three-axle vehicles by 45 percent.

September 5, 2012
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SENATOR RITCHIE TAKES PART IN ‘DAIRY DAY’ AT THE GREAT NEW YORK STATE FAIR

Ritchie Visits Exhibits, Meets with Farmers, Agriculture Officials

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited the Great New York State Fair Monday, taking part in ‘Dairy Day.’

August 27, 2012
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SENATOR GALLIVAN JOINS AREA FARMERS AT WYOMING COUNTY FAIR

Agriculture is the economic backbone of western New York, and Wyoming County has the second highest output of dairy production in the state. In August, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, chairman of the Senate's Economic Development Committee and member of the Senate's Agriculture Committee, stopped by the Dairy Barn at the Wyoming County Fair in Pike, NY to visit with area producers.

August 16, 2012
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Cutting Government Red Tape For New York Dairy Farmers

 

ALBANY, 08/15/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined Governor Cuomo in announcing immediate steps to cut government red tape to help New York dairy farmers capitalize on the growing Greek yogurt market.

“New York’s Greek yogurt makers are using millions of pounds of milk each day and it only makes sense that they use milk from New York dairy farms,” said Senator Seward.  “In order to facilitate this, we are cutting government red tape and partnering with our farmers so they can expand and meet growing demand for dairy products.” 

August 15, 2012
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O'Mara praises New York's first-ever 'Yogurt Summit'

Albany, N.Y., August 15—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today praised New York’s first-ever “Yogurt Summit” and applauded the Cuomo administration for its ongoing efforts to strengthen key state industries, including agriculture, and create jobs and other economic opportunities by easing the state’s regulatory burden, encouraging public-private partnerships and other actions.

August 15, 2012
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GALLIVAN CONTINUES TO PRESSURE THRUWAY AUTHORITY TO CUT COSTS RATHER THAN RAISE TOLLS ON TRUCKS

Chairman of the Senate's Commerce, Economic Development, and Small Business Committee, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, formally requested that the New York State Thruway Authority consider cost saving measures before anything as drastic as a 45 percent toll hike on three-axled vehicles is considered.

In the letter to Thruway Authority Chairman, Howard Milstein, Senator Gallivan said that any such toll hike would have a serious impact on the western New York economy, area farms, and consumers.

August 10, 2012
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Governor Cuomo, Stop Fracking Around with Our Health

Friday, August 10, 2012 12:00 am

By -- STATE SEN. BILL PERKINS, New York Amsterdam News

I’m New York State Sen. Bill Perkins; I’m opposed to hydrofracking because it puts our children’s future at risk. New York City residents have a tremendous stake in whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo allows hydrofracking in New York. This dangerous method of natural gas drilling threatens our water, air, food and health. Along with a growing number of elected officials, local leaders and community organizations, I have come to the conclusion that fracking is not safe and should be banned statewide.

August 10, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Continues Outreach to Area Farmers at Hi-Land Farms in Middlebury

Senator Gallivan joins Greg Chamberlain and his family at their Wyoming County dairy farm, Hi-Land Farms. Dairy is one of New York State's leading industries and Wyoming County is New York's dairy capital. Senator Gallivan sits on the Senate's Agricultural Committee and has been recognized as one of the State's leading advocates for farmers and farming communities.

July 25, 2012
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MEET THE MURROCKS

I'm visiting places you work, to better understand the challenges of job creation in Central and Northern New York.

Here I'm pictured at the Murrock family's organic dairy outside Watertown, Jefferson County.

July 23, 2012
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Low-cost hydropower helps revive St. Lawrence County dairy plant

    Senator Betty Little is pictured with NYPA President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones on Wednesday, July 19 following a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the successful reopening of North Country Dairy in North Lawrence.

    Upstate Niagara Cooperative, the new owner and operator of the yogurt production plant, invested $11 million for the purchase of the facility and its refurbishing.  The plant had been shuttered by its previous owner.  Thanks to an allocation of low-cost hydropower from NYPA, as well as state and local government incentives, the plant is producing millions of pounds of yogurt from milk purchased from New York State dairy farms and has rehired 80 northern New Yorkers.

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July 20, 2012
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July 19, 2012
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SKELOS TAPS GALLIVAN AS NEW CHAIR OF COMMERCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE

Area Business Leaders Laud Choice of Western New York Senator  

ALBANY - Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-C-I, Rockville Centre) announced today that Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) has been appointed Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business.

July 2, 2012
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Senator Farley Notes June Is National Dairy Month

June is National Dairy Month, a time to celebrate one of New York’s top agricultural businesses. In 2010, some 12.7 billion pounds of milk were produced in New York State, at a value of $2.2 billion. New York State is home to approximately 6,000 farms and 600,000 cows. New York is fourth in the Nation for milk production. As you purchase dairy products this month, keep in mind how crucial dairy farming is to our region and, specifically, to the Mohawk Valley. Not only do local farms provide direct employment, but food processing facilities such as the Fage yogurt plant in Johnstown represent major investments in the community.

June 15, 2012
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Senate approves creation of new dairy farm energy assistance fund

Albany, N.Y., June 4—The New York State Senate today unanimously approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to establish a “Dairy Farm Improved Energy Efficiency Loan Fund.”

The measure was approved by a vote of 54-0.

The proposed new loan fund (S.3126/A.5145), which would be administered by the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), would provide state grants and low-interest loans to help dairy farmers undertake energy efficiency projects and purchase cutting-edge energy technologies.

June 4, 2012
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