Issues: Agriculture

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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RITCHIE WINS FIGHT TO REVERSE CUTS IN AG BUDGET

No Tax-Hike Budget Also Means No New Fee on Hardworking Dairy Farmers

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced agreement with the Assembly to reverse all the proposed cuts to key agriculture programs in the new state budget.

March 27, 2012
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EEE FUNDS TO BE INCLUDED IN STATE BUDGET

$150,000 to help land- and horse owners, county taxpayers, protect public health

March 26, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Room 816 LOB

March 27, 9:00 AM - 9:10 AM
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Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic " Environment / Agriculture / Housing "

Environment / Agriculture / Housing

Hearing Room B

Assembly

Senate

Vito Lopez (Co-Chair)

George Maziarz (Co-Chair)

Robert Sweeney

Cathy Young

March 22, 12:00 PM - 12:21 PM
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LEGISLATION CO-SPONSORED BY SENATOR CATHARINE YOUNG AIMS TO BOOST LOCAL AGRICULTURAL PURCHASES

ALBANY – The New York State Senate passed the “Buy From the Backyard Act,” a bill co-sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th District), which promotes the purchase of food grown or produced locally. “’Buy From the Backyard’ encourages investment in New York’s agriculture and demonstrates our state’s commitment to the products grown, produced and harvested in our area. It reinforces the importance of supporting our local, hardworking farmers and aims to grow our economy,” said Senator Young.

March 20, 2012
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Seward Focuses on Agriculture

ALBANY, 03/19/12 – The New York State Senate today passed the “Buy From the Backyard Act” to promote the purchase of locally grown or produced food.

Senator Seward co-sponsored the bill (S.2468) which requires state agencies with food contracts to buy at least 20 percent of their food from New York sources.

“Agriculture is New York’s number one industry,” said Senator Seward.  “In recent years, agribusinesses have taken on all shapes and sizes – large dairy farms, small alpaca ranches, roadside vegetable stands - encouraging the use of their products will help our upstate economy grow.”

March 19, 2012
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Senate Passes "Buy From the Backyard" Act to Boost Local Agricultural Purchases

The New York State Senate today passed the “Buy From the Backyard Act” to promote the purchase of food grown or produced locally. The bill (S.2468), sponsored by Senator Thomas Libous (R-C-I, Binghamton), requires state agencies with food contracts to buy at least 20 percent of their food from New York sources. “If every household in New York spent just $15 per week on local food, we could pump $5.5 billion into New York State’s economy,” Senator Libous said. “And that’s just households. This bill will help state agencies join in supporting our farmers and stimulating the economy. We’re investing taxpayer dollars right back into our state."

March 19, 2012
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