Issues: Agriculture

Ortt Announces Farm-to-Seniors Initiative Underway

Program Allows Seniors to Access Fresh Produce From Local Farmers Markets for Free

Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today announced coupon booklets are available for low-income Niagara County seniors to buy fresh fruits, vegetables and other products at local Farmers Markets. The Farm-to-Seniors initiative promotes nutrition and healthy eating while also supporting the local farming and business community. A total of $2 million was included in this year’s state budget to support the initiative across New York.    

July 16, 2015
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Senator Carlucci to Host Hike of 1779 Trail

Senator David Carlucci (D – Rockland/Westchester) will be hosting a “Hike with Your Senator,” on Thursday, July 16th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Senator Carlucci will be leading a group through the 1779 Trail, which retraces the route taken by Brigadier General Anthony Wayne’s Corps of Light Infantry in its assault on the British fortifications at Stony Point.

The Hike will launch at 5:30 p.m. from the Fort Montgomery State Historic Site, located at 690 Route 9W, Fort Montgomery, NY.

To RSVP for the hike, or for more information, please contact Senator Carlucci’s Office at 845-623-3627.

July 9, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Announces Funding to Support School Resource Officers & Other Education Programs

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced he has secured additional state funding to support the presence of school resource officers (SRO’s) in several local school districts.  The aid is being provided to school districts and law enforcement agencies in order to provide a uniformed officer in schools as a way to promote student safety, conflict resolution and anti-bullying initiatives. 

July 8, 2015
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More Seniors Now Eligible for Free Produce from Local Farmers' Markets

Program Sponsored by Senator Young Supports Better Health, Local Farmers

 

ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) announced today that funding included in this year’s state budget will provide free farm-fresh fruits and vegetables from area farmers’ markets to seniors in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and Livingston Counties.

 

July 2, 2015
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Senator Ortt's "End of Session" Week in Review

In late June, the state Legislature finished up a lengthy and unpredictable session in Albany with a broad overall agreement on many legislative issues. With such a diverse state, regionally and politically, Senator Ortt said it was challenging to get all parties to reach an agreement. Ortt said he's encouraged that the Senate was able to come to a settlement with the Governor and Assembly, while still fighting for Western New York. To learn more about these issues, take a moment to watch Senator Ortt's Week in Review.

July 2, 2015
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JOINED BY LOCAL OFFICIALS, BONACIC ANNOUNCES $250,000 GRANT FOR GOSHEN HISTORIC RACE TRACK

(Middletown, NY)- Senator Bonacic stood alongside local elected officials, as well as Steve Jones, President of the Goshen Historic Track at a press conference today to announce that he has secured a $250,000 capital grant for the track to make capital improvements on the facility. Senator Bonacic was also joined by Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus and  Village of Goshen Mayor Kyle Roddey.

July 1, 2015
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New Farmer Grant Fund Application Workshop

The New York State "New Farmers Grant Fund," part of Senator Patty Ritchie's Young Farmers initiative, was created in 2014 to provide assistance to new and early stage farmers to encourage them to consider farming as a career, resulting in the growth of agribusiness across the state. The fund is administered by Empire State Development, a NYS agency.

In 2015, Senator Ritchie, who chairs the Senate's Agriculture Committee, fought for--and won--an increase in the grant fund to $1 million. Eligible new farmers can receive matching grants for up to $50,000 to help them start and grow their agribusiness.

July 1, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Announces Passage of Legislation to Help Farmers

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) and Assemblymember Harry B. Bronson (D-Rochester/Chili/Henrietta) announce the passage of legislation (S.71A & A.2458A) that requires landowners receive notice and a copy of the application when any portion of a gas or electric line is to be installed. Notice must also be served on landowners when any portion of a major utility transmission building is to be constructed. The bill also requires that the Public Service Commission consider specific factors when determining the effect the facility would have on agricultural lands.

July 1, 2015
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Action Taken to Address Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Crisis

Focus is on improving prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of tick-borne diseases

 

ALBANY – Improvements to the methods of preventing, diagnosing, and treating Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, along with legislation to help stop the spread of the deer tick population, recently passed the state Senate.

 

The legislative package was the result of work done by the Senate’s Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases, to which Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) was appointed earlier this year, and is aimed at addressing the rising public health crisis.

 

June 24, 2015
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Free Fishing Weekend on June 27-28th

The Governor has declared the weekend of June 27-28th as FREE FISHING WEEKEND! Senator Stewart-Cousins wants her constituents to know that if you're an avid fisher, whether you are a resident or visitor, you are allowed to fish in any ponds, lakes, rivers and streams without needing a fishing license. Click here to find a place to fish.

June 27, 12:00 AM - June 28, 12:00 AM
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FARM FRESH FOODS FOR SENIORS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

June 22, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation to Support Family Farms

Agriculture remains one of the top industries in New York State, and there is more demand than ever for fresh, locally-grown products both at home and in restaurants.

June 19, 2015
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Statement: Senator Rob Ortt Sums up Session as it Comes to a Close

“I’ve seen the best and the worst of government throughout my first legislative session. There have been true victories for the people of New York. We prioritized Upstate through billion dollar investments in education, infrastructure, economic development programs, energy, and agriculture. We increased critical services to veterans returning from combat, children without adequate health care, women subjected to rape and domestic violence, victims of mental illness, and individuals and families affected by disabilities. Stricter measures against drug dealers and sex offenders will keep our families and communities safe.

June 18, 2015
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Ortt Passes Bill Requiring State to Maintain Lift Bridges

Senator Ortt's bill, which passed in the Senate during the last week of session, would close loopholes in the canal law and hold New York State responsible for maintaining and repairing canal infrastructure before lift bridges fall into disrepair. Read the full article in the Orleans Hub

June 18, 2015
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Ortt’s Bill Seeks to Hold State Accountable for Bridge Repairs

Senator Ortt Passes Bill to Close Loopholes for State Maintenance of Canal Lift Bridges

Legislation sponsored by State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) would close unreasonable loopholes in the canal law and hold New York State responsible for maintaining and repairing canal infrastructure before lift bridges fall into disrepair. The bill (S2658) passed today in the state Senate.

June 16, 2015
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SERINO ADVOCATES FOR LOCAL FARMERS

 

SERINO ADVOCATES FOR LOCAL FARMERS

Bill to Create ‘Grown in New York’ Campaign Passes Senate

ALBANY—Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) announced today that she has successfully advocated for local farmers by pushing for the creation of the ‘Grown in New York’ Campaign.

“My district is home to a vibrant farming community, the contributions of which are invaluable and I feel we have a responsibility to promote those local farms whenever we have the opportunity,” said Senator Serino. “This bill will go a long way in bolstering our local agricultural industry and in providing our local communities with the farm fresh food we need to stay healthy and active.”

June 15, 2015
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SENATE OK’S BILL TO LET CONSUMERS KNOW IT’S ‘GROWN IN NY’

Senate Ag Chair Continues Push to Connect Consumers and Local Farmers

The State Senate today approved a bill sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie to help push more locally grown food onto consumers’ plates with a marketing campaign aimed at making them aware that products are “Grown in New York.”

The bill—S.519-A—creates the “Grown in New York” marketing program, which sets standards for producers who want to label their foods as local.

“More and more, consumers want to ‘eat local,’ not only for the nutritional value of fresh, wholesome, locally produced foods, but also to help support their local community and their local farmers,” said Senator Ritchie. “But it’s not always easy to tell if a product is truly local, since grocers can sell ‘local’ foods that are really produced hundreds of miles away, or even from a different state.”

June 15, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES THAT 42nd SENATE DISTRICT SENIORS ARE NOW ELIGIBLE FOR FREE PRODUCE AT LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS

(Middletown, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pleased to announce that seniors in Sullivan, Orange, Delaware and Ulster counties will have access to free produce at local farmers markets, as part of NY State’s Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. The program gives $20 coupons to low-income seniors that can redeemed at certain famers markets across the state. The funding for this initiative was included in this year’s state budget as a way to boost nutrition, and increase access to farm-fresh fruits and vegetables.

June 15, 2015
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from The Ithaca Times: 'Craft Distilleries Are Multiplying in the Finger Lakes Region' ~ Read the June 12, 2015 article

New York State has taken steps over the past several years to encourage the development and growth of local craft brewers, hard cideries and distillers.

That effort continues to pay off across the Finger Lakes region.

Read more in the following June 12th article from The Ithaca Times, "Craft Distilleries Are Multiplying in the Finger Lakes Region"

June 12, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation to Grow Community Gardens

Senate Passes Legislation to Grow Community Gardens 

(Albany, NY -- June 10th, 2015) Yesterday, the State Senate passed S5026-2015, legislation that would require the commissioner of Agriculture and Markets to convene the Community Gardens Task Force to issue reports on the progress of gardens across the State. The bill, sponsored by Senator Leroy Comrie (D-Hollis), passed unopposed 62-0.

June 11, 2015
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