Issues: Agriculture

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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Senate Passes Measures to Reduce Pesticide Waste

The New York State Senate today passed two bills that would reduce the amount of pesticides that are unnecessarily released into the environment. The bills, sponsored by Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset) and Senator Mark Grisanti (R, North Buffalo), have environmental and economic benefits by reducing the amount of pesticides needing to be applied or disposed of as hazardous waste.

March 19, 2012
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‘BUY FROM THE BACKYARD’ AIMS TO BOOST N.Y. FARMS

Senate OKs Ritchie Bill to Require 20 Percent Purchases from Local Sources

March 19, 2012
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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 19, 1:30 PM - 1:53 PM
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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) requires state agencies with food contracts to buy at least 20 percent of their food from New York sources.

March 18, 2012
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Senator Maziarz meets with members of the Future Farmers of America

On March 5, 2012 Senator Maziarz met with members of the Future Farmers of America in Albany from Albion High School as well as FFA State Officers during their Annual day in Albany.

March 16, 2012
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Senator Maziarz meets with District 4H Members

During the Annual 4H Capital Days on March 6, 2012, Senator Maziarz met with 4H student members and coordinators

March 16, 2012
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RITCHIE NAMED TO TWO BUDGET COMMITTEES

Albany One Step Closer to Enacting Another On-Time Budget

State Senator Patty Ritchie was named Tuesday night to two bipartisan committees tasked with ironing out differences between the Senate and Assembly budget proposals.

March 14, 2012
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SENATE PASSES 2012-13 BUDGET RESOLUTION

Gallivan: “Senate Plan Cuts Taxes, Reforms Medicaid, Protects Seniors and Schools.”

The New York State Senate voted to approve its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution, continuing its focus on state spending, job creation, and structural reform to government.

The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends less than the Executive Budget. The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.

March 13, 2012
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RITCHIE HIGHLIGHTS SENATE’S BUDGET GOALS

Jobs, Property Tax Relief, EPIC, Rural Schools, EEE Top List; Plan Includes Funds to Protect Fort Drum

March 12, 2012
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TAXES, RED TAPE ARE TOP PRIORITIES OF NY’s FARMERS

Agriculture Professionals Survey Results

March 12, 2012
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