Issues: Agriculture

Gallivan Forms Agriculture Advisory Board

Senator Will Utilize Panel of 24 Local Agriculture Professionals to Help Direct Agriculture Policy

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) announced the formation of his Agriculture Advisory Board today, comprised of 24 local residents from across the four counties that makeup the 59th State Senate District.

April 26, 2012
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Senate Democratic Conference Holds Public Forum on Hydrofracking

(Albany, NY) The Senate Democratic Conference today held a public forum on hydraulic fracturing also known as “hydrofracking.” The forum was attended by members of the Democratic Conference, as well as environmental activists, legislators, economists, healthcare professionals and residents from throughout New York State. Attendees at today’s forum discussed the issues and concerns about potential consequences and impacts of hydrofracking.

April 25, 2012
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RITCHIE: FARMLAND, HABITAT PROTECTION FUNDED

$150,000 In Grants Benefits Central, Northern New York Groups

April 24, 2012
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Vital Farm Safety Program Receives State Funding

CORTLAND, 04/23/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the 2012-2013 state budget includes, at his insistence, $100,000 to protect New York farmers through continuation of the highly successful New York Rollover Protection System (ROPS) Rebate Program. 

“Agriculture is our state’s number one industry.  It is vital to our economy and our way of life,” said Senator Seward.  “Ensuring our farmers have proper safety equipment is crucial and that is why I have strongly supported the ROPS rebate program since its inception.”

April 24, 2012
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NYS Senate Independent Democratic Conference News Conference - Buy Local - April 18, 2012

April 18, 2012 - NYS Senate Independent Democratic Conference News Conference - State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) has introduced legislation (S.6965) building upon "Buy Local" movements to increase awareness of restaurants that sell New York-grown products, thereby helping to strengthen the state's important agricultural industry.

April 19, 2012
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Senator Carlucci Unveils Proposal to Expand Pride of NY Program

Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) and Senate colleagues today proposed an expansion of the Pride of New York Program that will increase awareness of restaurants and markets that sell New York-grown products and help strengthen this state’s agricultural economy.

The proposal will create two new designations, “Dine: Pride of New York” for restaurants and “Shop: Pride of New York” for retailers and wholesalers, that would serve as a beacon for New Yorkers who are increasingly looking to buy locally grown products.

April 19, 2012
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Senator Nozzolio Discusses Viticulture Center and Other Agricultural Initiatives with State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine

ALBANY- Senator Nozzolio met recently with State Department of Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine to discuss initiatives to promote our State’s farms and winemakers, including the new Viticulture Center project at the New York State Agriculture and Food Technology Park in Geneva. Senator Nozzolio worked with Governor Cuomo to secure funding in the State Budget to help Finger Lakes Community College expand its groundbreaking Viticulture and Wine Technology program at the Ag-Tech Park.

April 19, 2012
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SENATE PASSES RITCHIE BILL BANNING DOG-FIGHT TOOLS

Will Help Police Crack Down on Growing Cases of Abuse

April 19, 2012
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IDC Unveils Proposal to Expand Pride of NY Program; Expand Access to NY-Grown Products

 

The Independent Democratic Conference today proposed an expansion of the Pride of New York Program that will increase awareness of restaurants and markets that sell New York-grown products and help strengthen this state’s agricultural economy.

 

File: 
FINAL Shop Dine Pride NY Final Report .pdf

File: 
proposed logos.pdf

April 19, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, May 1, 2012 Room 816 LOB

May 1, 9:00 AM - 9:06 AM
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RITCHIE, AG COMMISSIONER DISCUSS EEE FUNDING

State Budget Funds for Mosquito Control, Horse Vaccination to Help Stop Spread 

April 18, 2012
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Senator Valesky Introduces Legislation to Promote Buying New York Products

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) has introduced legislation (S.6965) building upon “Buy Local” movements to increase awareness of restaurants that sell New York-grown products, thereby helping to strengthen the state’s important agricultural industry. 

Senator Valesky, along with his colleagues in the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) will release a report and two pieces of legislation at a press conference at 2 p.m. today in Albany. 

April 18, 2012
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Telemedicine and Telehealth Report

Executive Summary and Recommendations based on January 9, 2012 Roundtable Discussion.

File: 
Telemedicine and Telehealth Report.pdf

April 16, 2012
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Rural Futures Newsletter Winter 2012

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Winter 2012 edition of Rural Futures (click on the link below). We hope you find Rural Futures both interesting and informative. Please feel free to contact the Commission staff with any questions, comments or suggestions. Thank you!

File: 
Rural Futures Newsletter Winter 2012

April 5, 2012
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Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

File: 
Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Addresses 2012 State Budget In Video Message

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) speaks to the taxpayers and families of Western New York concerning the just enacted 2012 State Budget.

April 4, 2012
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State Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget That Respects Taxpayers

Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.

“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”

April 3, 2012
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Budget Update From State Senator David J. Valesky

The New York State Legislature has completed passage of an on-time budget for the second year in a row. Though it was another challenging budget, requiring the closure of a $3.5 billion deficit, we were able to balance the budget without tax increases or fiscal gimmickry. In addition, overall spending was reduced for the second straight year, the frist time this has happened in at least three decades. 

Some highlights include:

March 30, 2012
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Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on 2012-13 State Budget

Governor Cuomo released the following announcement on March 27, 2012:

The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.

March 29, 2012
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State Budget Deal Meets Upstate Needs

ALBANY, 03/27/12 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the state budget agreement:

“The announced budget agreement sets New York on course to approve an on time spending plan for a second consecutive year.  More than the timeliness, the plan meets upstate needs, provides incentives for private sector job growth and closes a $3.5 billion budget gap without raising taxes.

“One item I fought hard for was funding for our rural, low-wealth school districts and additional aid was included in the final agreement.  Community colleges also benefited, ensuring quality, affordable higher education for our young people.

March 27, 2012
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