Issues: Agriculture

GALLIVAN RECEIVES TOP HONOR FROM SMALL BUSINESS GROUP

One of Only Ten Lawmakers in State to be Named "Guardian of Small Business"

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), New York State’s leading small business advocacy organization, named Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma) a “Guardian of Small Business” today for his record of supporting and advocating on behalf of New York State’s small businesses.

September 12, 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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Cortland County Bridge Project Can Wait Until After Fall Harvest

CORTLAND, 09/05/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) and Assemblyman Gary D. Finch (R/C/I – Springport) are calling on the New York State Department of Transportation to delay the start of bridge construction on State Route 281  in Homer.

“The bridge reconstruction is vital but the timing is a major obstacle,” said Senator Seward.  “Our farmers deal with enough hardships without forcing them to navigate through a major, costly detour during the busy fall harvest season.”

September 5, 2012
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Metro: Farmers Markets Double in Decade

Sen. Krueger joined State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and other elected officials to call attention to the growth and success of farmers markets in New York. Alison Bowen reported in Metro:

“Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best, and farmers markets and green markets are a simple, beneficial way to connect our neighborhoods with fresh, healthy and locally grown food,” said New York State Senator Liz Krueger, who represents Manhattan.

August 29, 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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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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SENATOR RITCHIE TOURS STONE MILLS AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently visited the Stone Mills Agricultural Museum in La Fargeville for the organization’s “Meet and Greet” event. 

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 Martins' Bill Increasing Penalties for Fraudulent Sale of Kosher Food Signed by Governor

A bill (S4494) sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins that would increase penalties for the fraudulent packaging, sale or certification of Kosher food has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The legislation came about in response to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Kosher food inspection unit being cut as part of the 2010-11 fiscal year state budget. With a lack of food inspectors, increasing fines will deter some companies that may be inclined to fraudulently market Kosher food products.

August 6, 2012
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GOVERNOR SIGNS RITCHIE BILL TO STRENGTHEN SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICTS

Law Increases Reimbursement Cap for Districts from $30,000 to $60,000

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced her bill to strengthen soil and water conservation districts has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo.

August 2, 2012
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YOUR FAVORITE FARMERS MARKETS: THE VOTES ARE IN!

From corn-on the cob to just-picked berries; one of my favorite parts of the summer and fall is being able to shop for fresh food at my local farmers market.  

And, as it turns out, it’s one of your favorite things too! Recently, I asked people in the Central and Northern New York regions to cast their vote for their favorite farmers market in my 2012 Online Farmers Market Survey.  The response was overwhelming—and there definitely were some close calls.  

July 30, 2012
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FIGHT THE BITE! MOSQUITO TREATMENTS, HORSE VACCINES STILL AVAILABLE

Third Case of West Nile Virus Reported in Oswego County

July 25, 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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July 19, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS RITCHIE ‘ANIMAL FIGHT’ BILL

Gives Law Enforcement New Tool to Catch, Punish Abusers

July 19, 2012
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GOV. CUOMO SIGNS RITCHIE BILL TO BOOST CRAFT BREWERS

Cutting Taxes and Red Tape to Give NY an Edge in Growing Industry to Create Jobs 

July 18, 2012
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