Issues: Agriculture

Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, March 5, 2013 Room 411 LOB

Dean Norton, President of the New York Farm Bureau to address the committee Amanda Rhodes, President of the New York State FFA to address the committee

March 5, 9:00 AM - 9:29 AM
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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"So God Made a Farmer," by Paul Harvey

“So God Made a Farmer,” a speech by Paul Harvey, was made famous by this Dodge Ram Super Bowl advertisement. The speech was originally given by Harvey at a Future Farmers of America convention in 1978. I hope all of you view it for the first time or view it again. It is an excellent representation of what makes the American farmer so special. I am proud to have so many farms in my district and I am always amazed by their hard work and dedication. Thank you to all farmers throughout my district, New York State and America.

February 14, 2013
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‘FARM VIABILITY INSTITUTE’ FEATURED AT INAUGURAL MEETING OF SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE

State Senator Patty Ritchie hosted the first meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Tuesday, and featured a presentation by representatives of the New York Farm Viability Institute, which sponsors agricultural research and other programs to help bolster farmers’ bottom lines.

February 14, 2013
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Senator Valesky’s Legislation to Promote Buying New York Products Passes Senate Agriculture Committee

Legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will build upon a statewide burgeoning “Buy Local” movement by creating a program to recognize restaurants that feature local products passed the Senate Agriculture Committee today. 

February 12, 2013
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"So God Made a Farmer"

In the Finger Lakes region, agriculture is the backbone of our economy and local communities. Virtually every business, family and individual in our region directly or indirectly depends on agriculture, the single largest job producing enterprise in New York State.

As a strong advocate for New York’s hardworking farm families, I was pleased to see the commitment and dedication of our Nation's farmers recognized during this year’s Superbowl  with the reading of Paul Harvey's “So God Made a Farmer”.  This inspiring tribute is a reminder of the fortitude and determination of our Country's farmers.

 

"So God Made a Farmer"

February 11, 2013
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Farmworkers

(Albany, NY) – On February 11, 2013 legislators and activist yesterday held a press conference calling for immediate action by the New York State Senate Coalition to protect farmworkers.

Assembly Members Karim Camara, Cathy Nolan, Francisco Moya and Members of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus alongside activist Kerry Kennedy of the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights, NYSUT , NYS NAACP, the Hispanic Federation, NYS AFL-CIO, NYS Catholic Conference, NYCLU, APRI NYC, and Rural Migrant Ministries are urging immediate action by the New York State Senate Coalition to pass the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act sponsored by Assemblywoman Nolan (A.1792) and Senator Espaillat (S.1743).

February 11, 2013
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2013 Environmental Roundtable

Senator LaValle's 2013 Environmental Roundtable at the SCCC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center was attended by more than 60 citizens, local leaders/elected officials, environmental groups, farmers and others. Be sure to watch when the 2 hour forum is broadcast on WVVH and YouTube. We'll post the links later this month

February 8, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Room 411 LOB

Speakers will include David Grusenmeyer, Managing Director of the New York Farm Viability Institute and Steve Griffen, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the New York Farm Viability Institute.

February 12, 9:00 AM - 9:26 AM
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'Wine Spectator discovers the Finger Lakes'

From The Chronicle-Express: "Wine Spectator magazine is featuring the Finger Lakes Wine Region in the Jan. 31-Feb. 28 issue of the glossy periodical with a closer look at some of the latest products of the area."

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February 7, 2013
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GALLIVAN URGES GOVERNOR TO NIX UTILITY TAX SURCHARGE EXTENSION FROM BUDGET

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma) joined with fellow members of the Senate Republican Conference and leaders of statewide business organizations to urge Governor Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget. The 18-a surcharge, which has increased utility bills for every ratepayer in the state,  is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014.  

“Extending this surcharge will cost ratepayers almost $3 billion. Small businesses, working families and seniors, all struggling to keep up with high energy costs, cannot afford this burdensome utility tax any longer,” said Senator Gallivan. “Allowing the 18-a assessment surcharge to expire will also help to create jobs and make New York more economically competitive.”

February 5, 2013
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NYC DEPT. OF FINANCE EXTENDS DEADLINE FOR "PROPERTY DAMAGE REPORTING APPLICATION"

The NYC Department of Finance has extended the deadline for property owners who suffered severe damage to their property by Hurricane Sandy to submit the "Property Damage Reporting Application". Property owners must submit applications to the Department of Finance know by February 15th if they want Finance to consider it in time for the property assessment used to determine property taxes for the 2013-2014 tax year. Property owners should submit the survey if: 1) their buildings are leaning, have collapsed, or are off the foundation; 2) the walls have buckled; or 3) the basement, roof, boiler, elevator, transformer, or air conditioning have been destroyed.

February 5, 2013
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Agriculture Budget Hearing

Senator Patty Ritchie, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, quizzes First Deputy Agriculture Commissioner Jim Bays on the Governor's Executive Budget proposal, including funding for critical research, education and marketing programs.

Senator Ritchie highlighted the need for funding for apple farmers devastated by recent hurricanes,  a proposal to cut funding to the Farm Viability Institute, and property tax relief for farmers.

The hearing took place on Monday, Feb. 4th, and is one of the first steps to enacting an on-time budget before the April 1 deadline.

 

 

February 4, 2013
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Tkaczyk Accepts Leadership Role on Important Senate Committees

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk (D-46th S.D.) has been appointed the Ranking Democratic Member on two legislative committees -- Elections and Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. She will also serve as a member of four other Senate committees – Education, Agriculture, Environmental Conservation and Children and Families.

January 30, 2013
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Seward Receives Committee Assignments

ALBANY, 01/29/13 – 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 2013 – 2014 COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

Insurance – chair

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

January 29, 2013
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RITCHIE RENAMED CHAIR OF SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE

Also Lands Spots on Committees Key to Central and Northern New York Communities

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has been renamed Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and was also named to serve on several committees with direct oversight of issues that are key to the regions she represents.

January 25, 2013
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GOVERNOR’S BUDGET INCLUDES WELCOME NEWS FOR FARMERS

Ritchie Applauds Governor’s Support for Upstate Agriculture

State Senator Patty Ritchie is applauding Governor Cuomo’s continued commitment to New York State’s agriculture industry and Upstate farming as evidenced in the Executive Budget proposal outlined on Tuesday.

“Here in New York State our hardworking farmers are the backbone of our workforce and agriculture is the cornerstone of our economy,” said Senator Ritchie.

“I am pleased that Governor Cuomo is recognizing the important—and critical—role  agriculture plays. His funding of agriculture in the Executive Budget proposal sends a message that this industry is a key part of our efforts to revitalize New York State’s economy.”

January 23, 2013
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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 STATE SEN. PATRICK M. GALLIVAN REGARDING GOVERNOR CUOMO’S 2013 STATE BUDGET PROPOSAL

Review The Governor's Proposal Yourself: openbudget.ny.gov

“State government has been able to change direction the last two years largely because Albany has adopted a course of fiscal prudence. Today’s budget proposal demonstrates the Governor’s continued commitment to financial responsibility, keeping state spending growth below two percent while closing a $1.35 billion budget deficit without proposing any new taxes.”

January 23, 2013
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