NEW YORK - A final hearing on proposals to lift a ban on natural gas drilling in New York state drew a crowd of protesters on Wednesday opposing further energy development in the state.
New York City hosted the last of four hearings to discuss the Department of Environmental Conservation's new rules that could open the state's borders next year to a controversial drilling technique known as fracking.
On a hot and sunny summer afternoon, Senator Jack M. Martins visited Kaos Farms, located at 10 Old Westbury Road in Old Westbury, an authentic farm that harvests organic crops.
Senator Martins met with farmers Howard “Skip” Wade and Walter Hegarty as well as Lynette Frey and Mary Callan of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Senator Martins also met with Lisa Ott, president of the North Shore Land Alliance.
Kaos Farms grows all-natural crops of produce and vegetables in a spacious farm off Old Westbury Road. Kaos Farms is in its second year of operation and now offers a limited number of CSA shares to local community members.
ALFRED, NY, July 2011—The excitement was palpable as faculty, staff, administrators, friends, and special guests gathered recently on a perfect summer day to break ground for Alfred State College’s Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA).
The project, which was made possible, in part, thanks to a $4.9 million state grant obtained by NYS Sen. Cathy Young, R-Olean, will house not only ASC’s conventional dairy herd, but also an organic dairy herd so students can learn both conventional and organic protocols.
The lifetime achievements of Brooklyn native Dorothy Burnham were recognized and lauded by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) during the reading of a Senate resolution, which was unanimously passed by the full Senate during the final days of the 2011 Legislative Session. The resolution paid tribute to Dorothy Burnham’s many notable contributions to our public education system, the advancement of civil rights, and to the promotion of racial and economic equality. Ms. Burnham was also honored for her designation as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Friends of the People's World. “Dorothy Burnham is a Renaissance Woman,” said Senator Montgomery.
MOUNT KISCO – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) visited Mount Kisco’s Cabbage Hill Farm to tour its hydroponics greenhouse.
Since first being elected to Albany as an Assemblyman in 2006, Senator Ball has fought for legislation to support small and mid-sized farms in New York, which give consumers the option to buy local. He has also been the prime sponsor of legislation to establish agricultural development zones.
From left to right: Patterson Town Councilman Joseph Capasso, Senator Greg Ball
With his colleagues in the Independent Democratic Conference, State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today unveiled a legislative package designed to preserve, promote and grow farming in New York State.
The State Senate Tuesday unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester), that would expand local and regional green markets, like those in the greater Bronx area, and increase access to New York State grown fruits and vegetables.