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Rural Futures Fall 2011 Newsletter

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Fall 2011 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!

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Rural Futures Fall 2011 Newsletter

December 16, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: Telehealth/Telemedicine Roundtable

New York State Legislative Commission on Rural Resources Chair: Senator Catharine M. Young Vice Chair: Assemblywoman Aileen M. GuntherNew York Senate Standing Committee on HealthChair:Senator Kemp HannonRoundtable Description: This Roundtable will bring together industry leaders, providers, policymakers, and other stakeholders to discuss the existing telehealth system and explore further enhancements and/or applications to ensure unserved and underserved rural New Yorkers have access to the care they need. Place:Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building Time:10 a.m.

January 9, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: Telehealth/Telemedicine Roundtable

New York Senate Standing Committee on HealthChair:Senator Kemp HannonNew York State Legislative Commission on Rural ResourcesChair: Senator Catharine M. YoungVice Chair: Assemblywoman Aileen M. GuntherRoundtable Description: This Roundtable will bring together industry leaders, providers, policymakers, and other stakeholders to discuss the existing telehealth system and explore further enhancements and/or applications to ensure unserved and underserved rural New Yorkers have access to the care they need. Place:Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building Time:10 a.m.

January 9, 10:00 AM - 12:12 PM
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Senator Kennedy and Agriculture Commissioner Aubertine Host Roundtable Discussion with Eden Valley Growers

Group gathers to discuss issues important to the farming community.   EDEN, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, the ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and Darrel J. Aubertine, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture, held a roundtable discussion today in Eden with members of the Eden Valley Growers. Kennedy invited members of the local farming community to the event to meet with the new commissioner and to discuss important agricultural issues.

December 15, 2011
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Economic Development & Flood Recovery Money To Help Rejuvenate Schoharie County

COBLESKILL - 12/12/11- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) and Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R/C/I-Schoharie) joined with local officials and area businesses at SUNY Cobleskill today to focus on newly-awarded state funds aimed at rebuilding flood ravaged communities and strengthening job creation in Schoharie County.

In today’s briefing, Senator Seward and Assemblyman Lopez drew attention to over $5 million dollars for growing the county’s economy and to $50 million approved for flood recovery in Schoharie County and in other declared disaster areas across New York State.

December 12, 2011
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS LAW TO APPROVE $50 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL RELIEF FOR AREAS DEVASTATED BY FLOODING

In Broome County, Governor Also Announces $1.3 Million in Additional Disaster Aid for Farms, $1 Million to Main Street Businesses; $3 Million to Hire Unemployed New Yorkers to Help with Flood Recovery in Southern Tier

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today traveled to Johnson City, Broome County, to sign into law $50 million in additional relief for areas devastated by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

December 9, 2011
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Flood Relief Priority During Special Session

ALBANY, 12/08/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced additional details in regard to flood assistance legislation approved during this week’s special legislative session.

“As communities throughout my senate district and across upstate continue to rebuild from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, I am pleased the recently completed special legislative session produced some significant help,” said Senator Seward.

Storm recovery assistance includes:

December 9, 2011
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New program offers Sunnysiders trees

Sunnyside Post wrote about the need for more greenery in Sunnyside and Woodside. Senator Gianaris hopes initiatives will be made to plant more trees on Queens Boulevard, where some have already been planted due to his urging.

Sunnyside and Woodside residents who want trees planted on their streets have two options, according to Kyle Richard, community coordinator with the New York City Parks Foundation.

Place a request with the City Parks Department to request a tree; or get 6 to 8 residents together and request trees from the Greening Western Queens fund.

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In September, State Sen. Mike Gianaris spoke to the Parks Dept. and urged them to plant trees in this area—since, he said, it lacks sufficient greenery.

December 8, 2011
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'OFFICE-ON-THE-MOVE' HEADS TO EDWARDS, CARTHAGE

State Senator Patty Ritchie is bringing government closer to her constituents in St. Lawrence and southern Jefferson Counties, with two of her highly successful “Mobile District Offices” planned for Edwards and West Carthage next week.

December 8, 2011
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Special Session Produces Tax Cuts, Job Creation Incentives, Flood Relief

ALBANY, 12/07/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today applauded the Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan which helps rejuvenate the upstate economy and includes special state funding to assist flood devastated communities.

“This plan means lower taxes - $690 million worth – for hard-working, middle class New Yorkers, the backbone of our communities. That’s money that will now flow through our local economy and create jobs. At the same time, we are cutting taxes for manufacturers helping them create additional jobs and continue to drive our economy forward,” Seward said.

December 7, 2011
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SEN. RITCHIE: HELP NY FARMERS, BUY A NATURAL CHRISTMAS TREE

Buying From Local Christmas Tree Dealers Keeps Dollars Local

December 2, 2011
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SEN. RITCHIE ASKS THE EXPERTS: HOW DO WE MAKE FARMING GROW?

Advisory Group Holds First Meeting; Power Upgrades, Overregulation Top Priority List

State Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie is turning to the experts for ways to help Central and Northern New York farmers grow their businesses, create jobs and strengthen the region’s leading industry.

Senator Ritchie held the first meeting this week of her 13-member Agriculture Advisory Council, and fielded ideas that ranged from the need for power system upgrades to allow dairy farms to expand, to examples of overly cumbersome red tape that makes it tougher for farmers to become more efficient, expand production and markets, and lower costs.

December 2, 2011
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New York City Fracking Hearing Draws Opposition

By Edward McAllister

NEW YORK - A final hearing on proposals to lift a ban on natural gas drilling in New York state drew a crowd of protesters on Wednesday opposing further energy development in the state.

New York City hosted the last of four hearings to discuss the Department of Environmental Conservation's new rules that could open the state's borders next year to a controversial drilling technique known as fracking.

December 1, 2011
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Seward A Friend Of Farming

ONEONTA, 11/25/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) was recently honored as a recipient of  the “Circle of Friends” award from the New York Farm Bureau, the state’s leading and most respected agricultural advocacy organization.

“Agriculture is our state’s number one industry.  It is vital to our economy and our way of life,” said Senator Seward.  “It is a great honor to work with our upstate farmers and agribusinesses and I will continue to do all I can to assist in their growth.”

November 28, 2011
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Senator Squadron Announces Robert LaValva’s Appointment to NYS Council on Food Policy

 

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced that New Amsterdam Market President Robert LaValva has been appointed to the New York State Council on Food Policy. Senator Squadron asked the Senate Minority Leader to officially recommend Mr. LaValva to the Governor for the appointment.

Mr. LaValva founded the New Amsterdam Market in Lower Manhattan, creating a flourishing center for sustainable regional and seasonal food that is open to all New Yorkers. The Market and Mr. LaValva have led efforts to redevelop the East River Market District and the South Street Seaport, helping to revive Lower Manhattan’s economy.

November 17, 2011
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CAPITAL REGION COUNCIL UNVEILS 5-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN

Written by W. T. Eckert, Hudson-Catskill Newspapers

The Capital Region Economic Development Council unveiled its five-year strategic economic development plan for the Capital Region at a press conference at the Albany International Airport Monday. 

Proposals for transformative projects that would sustain and grow jobs by leveraging $11 in private sector investment for every $1 invested by the State are included within the plan.

November 16, 2011
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Senator Krueger & Assemblymember Kavanagh Encourage East Siders to Speak Out on Hydrofracking

(New York – NY) In an effort to ensure that East Side residents have an opportunity to voice their opinions on high volume hydraulic fracturing, also known as hydrofracking, Senator Liz Krueger and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh hosted a Speak Out on Hydrofracking on Wednesday, November 9th at Baruch College.

“The proposal to allow hydrofracking in the State of New York is one which could affect millions of residents throughout our state,” said Senator Liz Krueger. “Any risk to our clean water and air could affect everyone throughout the State. So it’s important that residents have as many opportunities as possible to voice their opinion, whether it be in support or opposition to the drilling.”

November 15, 2011
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SENATOR STEVE SALAND PRESENTS CITATION TO ERIC OOMS

Senator Steve Saland presented a Citation honoring distinquished community agri-business leader Eric Ooms during the Annual President's Award Breakfast at Columbia-Greene Community College on November 4, 2011. 

November 12, 2011
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Seward: Return To Albany To Pass Flood Relief Measures

ONEONTA, 11/10/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today called for a special session of the state senate to consider flood-related initiatives. 

November 10, 2011
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