Issues: Agriculture

STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE: Staten Island pol's bill would seek independent vendor for Off-Track Betting

Published: Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 5:58 PM     Updated: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 7:26 AM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Looking to recover jobs and health care benefits for laid-off workers -- and bring new revenue to state coffers -- state Sen. Andrew Lanza said he will introduce a bill tomorrow seeking an independent vendor to resume operations of a reconstituted city Off-Track Betting Corporation.

He said he thinks there would be "three or four potential suitors" including, perhaps, one of the state's existing track entities.

"The potential for revenues is tremendous," said Lanza (R-Staten Island). "We are talking about something real here."

February 17, 2011

Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia A. Ritchie, Chair 12:30 PM, Monday, February 14, 2011 Room 123 CAP

February 14, 12:30 PM - 12:54 PM

Senator Montgomery Gets A Taste of New York Agriculture

Senator Montgomery meets and greets Future Farmers of America (FFA) from Syracuse during their presentation on New York agriculture at the State Capitol.

February 9, 2011

Promoting agricultural education through new technologies

Paul Bencal, a grape farmer from Niagara County and Chair of the New York Farm Bureau Foundation for Agricultural Education, today thanked the Verizon Wireless Foundation for a recent grant to help the Foundation teach elementary school students about technology in agriculture.

January 21, 2011
January 14, 2011

Senator Seward Receives Key Committee Assignments

ALBANY, 01/11/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) is set to fight for vital insurance, health, education and budget needs in the new senate session after receiving committee assignments.

SENATOR SEWARD 2011 – 2012 COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS Insurance – chair, Agriculture,  Education, Finance,  Health, Higher Education, Mental Health, Rules

January 11, 2011


Freshman Senator Also Lands Spots on Committees Key to Central and Northern New York communitiesALBANY—State Senator Patty Ritchie (R,C-Heuvelton) was named Tuesday as Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and was assigned to several other committees with critical oversight over issues that are key to her Central and Northern New York district."Agriculture is our state’s Number One industry—and critically important to the economy, communities and families of Northern and Central New York," Senator Ritchie said.

January 11, 2011
January 10, 2011


New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio today blasted officials at the Department of Environmental Conservation for forcing through without public scrutiny a new set of invasive regulations restricting the use of outdoor wood boilers. These regulations were hastily enacted at a meeting of the DEC’s Environmental Review Board that was announced just days before the vote and without an opportunity for public comment.

December 22, 2010

Seward Renews Call For Open Review Of OWB Regs

ONEONTA, 12/20/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) is again calling on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to conduct a full, open review of proposed outdoor wood boiler (OWB) regulations.

“Energy costs are rising on a daily basis and upstate homeowners and farmers struggling to make ends meet are constantly searching for economical and environmentally sound methods to keep expenses in check,” said Senator Seward.  “I appreciate the Department of Environmental Conservation’s efforts in revising outdoor wood boiler regulations but local concerns have not been adequately addressed.”

December 20, 2010

Governor Paterson's Veto a Blow to Fracking Opponents

NEW YORK—The governor is between a rock and a hard place—some would say, between big money and clean water.

On Saturday, Governor Paterson opened up what environmental advocacy groups are calling the “Paterson loophole” to companies wanting to expand their hydro-fracking activity. Hydraulic fracturing, or hydro-fracking, involves pumping a solution of water, sand, and a relatively small portion of toxic chemicals (0.5 percent) into the ground to bust through shale for the prized natural gas within. Many worry about contamination of the watershed that services all of New York City.

“The legislature can be proud of themselves,” declared State Senator Liz Krueger at a gathering in front of the governor’s office at 633 Third Ave. on Monday.

December 14, 2010

Senator Krueger Calls for Gov Paterson to Sign Hydrofracking Moratorium Legislation

Yesterday, just 24 hours after it was sent to the Governor for his signature, Senator Liz Krueger sent the following letter to Governor Paterson urging him to sign the Hydrofracking Moratorium Bill previously passed by the State Senate and recently passed by the Assembly (S8129-B / A11443-B).


Dear Governor Paterson:

I am writing to urge you to sign S.8129-B / A.11443-B, legislation that will place a moratorium on gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale until May 15, 2011. As a co-sponsor of this legislation, I support this moratorium so that we may have more time to properly vet a controversial process that has been connected to disastrous effects in other States.

December 3, 2010

The Second Avenue Subway Construction (Part 1)

On November 30, 2010 Chairman Bill Perkins and the Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commission hosted a public hearing at 250 Broadway in New York City. The subject of the hearing was construction of the Second Avenue Subway.

December 1, 2010

Agricultural Innovation In Greene County

The Daily Mail

Athens, 11/16/10 - It was an opera house in the 19th century, and a bowling alley and a gym in the 20th century. For the 21st century, Athens old Brook’s Opera House has become an operating brewery, soon to be pub and restaurant and eventually a concert hall.

On Monday, Crossroads Brewery was a vortex of craft brewers and elected officials sampling beer and listening to the Grateful Dead. But what looked like a high time on the surface had quite serious implications for Greene County.

November 22, 2010

Senator Maziarz meets farmers in Niagara County

Senator Maziarz attended the annual meeting of the Niagara County Farm Bureau, held at Niagara County Fairgrounds north of Lockport.  Here he speaks with Jeremy Verratti, a fourth generation dairy farmer in Gasport, and Joe Ohol, a dairy farmer in Cambria.

October 25, 2010

RURAL FUTURES: Summer 2010 by the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources

Newsletter from the New York State Legislative Commission on Rural Resources.

Summer 2010 LCRR Newsletter

October 22, 2010

Senator Maziarz speaks to farmers in Orleans County

Senator George Maziarz attending and spoke at the Annual Meeting of the Orleans County Farm Bureau on October 14, 2010. 

October 15, 2010

Architects Name Oppenheimer 2010 Legislator of the Year!

Architects Name Oppenheimer 2010 Legislator of the Year

Representatives of AIA New York State will present Senator Suzi Oppenheimer with a certificate noting her designation as its 2010 Legislator of the Year for her role in sponsoring the recently enacted Smart Growth Initiative.

Coincidentally, the presentation will be made shortly after a press conference commemorating the signing of the smart growth legislation into law. The Ossining Public Library, where the award presentation will be held, is itself a green public building.

October 18, 12:15 PM - 12:15 PM
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