Issues: Agriculture

Farm Bureau leaders visit Albany

Senator George Maziarz recently hosted a delegation from the Niagara and Monroe County Farm Bureaus at his office in Albany.  The group was in the capital to lobby on behalf of agricultural issues.

March 3, 2011
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Senator Farley Discusses New York State Agriculture Industry

On March 1st, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) met with Farm Bureau representatives in Albany to discuss how important agriculture is to New York State. Among the delegates were two Montgomery County Dairy Ambassadors. The Ambassadors are Danielle Bartlett of Broadalbin (immediate left of Senator in photo) and Erika Gogis of Pattersonville (immediate right of Senator in photo).

March 2, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE ATTENDS LOCAL AGRICULTURAL FORUMS

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently attended Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush's agricultural forums in St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties.

Pictured in photo: Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush, Future Farmers of America (FFA) Vice President Alisha Fregoe of South Jefferson Central School, FFA President Corinth Dalyrimple of South Jefferson Central School, and Senator Patty Ritchie.

March 2, 2011
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SENATOR BONACIC MEETS WITH ULSTER COUNTY DELEGATES

On March 1, 2011 delegates from Ulster County 4-H Kristin Nerone and Tim Bruck visited Senator Bonacic in Albany.  Senator Bonacic is pictured with them after presenting the delegates with a Resolution in support of 4-H.

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March 1, 2011
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SENATOR BONACIC MEETS WITH SULLIVAN COUNTY 4-H DELEGATES


On March 1, 2011 delegates from Sullivan County 4-H visited Senator Bonacic in Albany.  Senator Bonacic is pictured with them after presenting the delegates with a Resolution in support of 4-H.  From left to right: Community Educator Marylin Russell, Senator Bonacic, Erica Olsen and Elizabeth Bracken.

March 1, 2011
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SENATOR BONACIC MEETS WITH DELAWARE COUNTY 4-H DELEGATES

On March 1, 2011 delegates from Delaware County 4-H visited Senator Bonacic in Albany.  Senator Bonacic is pictured with them after presenting the delegates with a Resolution in support of 4-H.  From left to right: Senator Bonacic, Justin Merrill, Brandi Kilmer, Community Educator Emily Roach and Assemblyman Cliff Crouch..

March 1, 2011
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SENATOR BONACIC MEETS WITH ORANGE COUNTY 4-H DELEGATES

 On March 1, 2011 delegates from Orange County 4-H visited Senator Bonacic in Albany.  Senator Bonacic is pictured with them after discussing their achievements in 4-H.  From left to right: Senator Bonacic, Andy Frey, Grace Roeder, Casandra Stap and Jerrome Christie.

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March 1, 2011
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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
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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
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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
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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
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January 14, 2011
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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
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RITCHIE IS NAMED CHAIR OF AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE

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
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January 10, 2011
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO BLAST’S DEC’S CLOSED-DOOR RULE MAKING ON OUTDOOR WOOD BOILERS

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
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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
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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
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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
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