Issues: Agriculture

SENATOR NOZZOLIO NAMED TO NEW YORK FARM BUREAU’S “CIRCLE OF FRIENDS” FOR 2012

In recognition of his continued efforts to help New York State farmers grow and create jobs, State Senator Mike Nozzolio has once again been honored by the New York Farm Bureau with its “Circle of Friends” award. The “Circle of Friends” award acknowledges Senator Nozzolio’s active support of New York agriculture and the New York Farm Bureau.

October 4, 2012
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NEW YORK FARM BUREAU NAMES SENATOR BILL LARKIN TO THEIR "CIRCLE OF FRIENDS"

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has been named to the New York Farm Bureau's "Circle of Friends" for the 2012 Legislative Session.  This recognition is based upon his positive voting record in support of New York agriculture.

"It is an honor to be named to the Farm Bureau's Circle of Friends," said Senator Larkin.  "Our farms are the backbone of New York's economy and have an exemplary reputation for producing some of the world's most desired and delicious products.  I consider it a privilege to support their efforts and thank them for including me within their Circle of Friends," said Larkin.

The New York Farm Bureau's "Circle of Friends" membership is reserved for those who actively support the farm families of New York State. 

September 28, 2012
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SENATOR RITCHIE HELPS CORNELL COOPERATIVE EXTENSION CELEBRATE 100 YEARS

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently helped Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County celebrate its centennial anniversary at an event held at the organization's Watertown office. 

September 28, 2012
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SENATOR RITCHIE RECEIVES ‘FRIENDS OF AGRICULTURE’ NOD

New York Farm Bureau Recognizes Ritchie for Two Consecutive Years

For the second year in a row, the New York Farm Bureau has added State Senator Patty Ritchie to its “Circle of Friends,” a recognition given to legislators who are strong supporters of the agricultural industry in New York State. 

September 27, 2012
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NY Farm Bureau to O'Mara: Welcome to our 'Circle of Friends'

Albany, N.Y., September 21—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has been named as a member of the 2012 New York Farm Bureau "Circle of Friends" -- an honorary organization formed in 1990 by the state’s leading farm advocacy organization to recognize state legislators who strongly support agriculture. 

The Farm Bureau represents more than 35,000 member farm families and notified O’Mara of his selection earlier this week.

September 21, 2012
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Rural Futures Newsletter Fall 2012

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

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Rural Futures Newsletter Fall 2012

September 19, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Camillus Agricultural Advisory Committee Picnic

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco chats with Phyllis Price at the Camillus Agricultural Advisory Committee Picnic on September 8, 2012.  The event was held at the Ernie Canal Park.

September 14, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, September 16th

In this week's Community Connection: Remembering the victims from the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, how your voice can be heard regarding the New York State Thruway Authority's proposal to raise tolls for commercial trucks, and upcoming events in the week ahead. 

September 13, 2012
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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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