Issues: Agriculture

SENATOR NOZZOLIO ANNOUNCES FARM LABOR BILL DEFEATED IN STATE SENATE

A major victory was achieved tonight on behalf of the Upstate New York agriculture industry, when the Farm Labor Bill that would have devastated the Upstate farming industry was rejected by the New York State Senate. This proposal was a clear example of New York City legislators who do not understand the unique needs of our Upstate farms.  The effects of this ill-conceived legislation would have been catastrophic to our State’s top industry.

August 4, 2010
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Senate Shows Support for Farmers, Votes Down Labor Bill

 

Vote reflects Aubertine’s work to show colleagues how bill would undercut state’s top industry

ALBANY (August 3, 2010)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine said today that the open and public debate on farm worker legislation over the past year has brought to light the damage this legislation would have on New York State’s farms. As a result, the bill was defeated on the floor of the Senate today.

August 3, 2010
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Valesky Legislation Supporting Local Wineries and Orchards Signed Into Law

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— Governor Paterson has signed legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that supports growth and investment in vineyards and orchards, two major agricultural crops in New York State.

The bill streamlines an existing property tax exemption for new or replanted vineyards or orchards that proved burdensome for farmers (S.5501).

“Wineries and orchards provide substantial economic impact in Central and Upstate New York,” said Senator Valesky. “This legislation is a cost saving measure for farms, and in these difficult economic times, every dollar saved helps.”

August 2, 2010
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Rural New York

Rural New York makes up more than 86.6 percent of the state's land area, or about 40,907.28 square miles in 53 counties. More than 18 percent of all New Yorkers or more than 3.526 million people call our state's rural areas home.

July 29, 2010
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Aubertine Welcomes Putting Property Tax Relief on Agenda

 

Senator reiterates support for property tax cap, Energize NY, & opposition to tax on sugar drinks

WATERTOWN (July 27, 2010)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine said today that putting property tax relief on the agenda for upcoming session would be welcomed as an opportunity to get much needed movement on this legislation in both houses. He also applauded the Governor’s choice to put Energize New York legislation already passed by the Senate on the agenda for both houses.

July 27, 2010
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Aubertine Legislation to Expand Energy Storage Technology

 

Law signed by the Governor reduces regulations to create jobs, meet peak energy demands

WATERTOWN (July 26, 2010)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine said today the signing of legislation last week which he sponsored to cut regulations on new energy storage technology (S.7145) will help to create new jobs, especially Upstate, while addressing the state’s power needs.

July 26, 2010
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July 23, 2010
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Seward Honors Youth Farmers

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - Teaching future generations the importance of farming was the goal behind the 63rd Annual Farmer's Museum Junior Livestock Show in Otsego County.

Farmers were joined by area officials at the educational event on the Iroquois Farm Show Grounds along County Highway 33 in Cooperstown - an event that is tradition in the summer months.

July 19, 2010
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Aubertine Honored by State Association of Agricultural Fairs

 

Senator recognized for his efforts to restore $360k in state aid for fairs across New York State

WATERTOWN (July 14, 2010)—The New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs on Tuesday presented Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine with an appreciation award at the opening ceremony of the Jefferson County Fair thanking the Senator for his work protecting funding for fairs.

July 14, 2010
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Senator Foley and US Senator Gillibrand Help Kick Off North Bellport Farmers Market

Senator Foley and US Senator Gillibrand recently helped to celebrate the opening of a farmers market in North Bellport that was organized through a joint effort by Sustainable Long Island and the Long Island Farm Bureau.  The goals of the market, which will be staffed by high school students from the local community, are to provide fresh, healthy food options for residents, to increase awareness about nutrition and to help the students acquire business skills.

July 13, 2010
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Senator Foley and US Senator Gillibrand Help Kick Off North Bellport Farmers Market

Senator Foley and US Senator Gillibrand recently helped to celebrate the opening of a farmers market in North Bellport that was organized through a joint effort by Sustainable Long Island and the Long Island Farm Bureau.  The goals of the market, which will be staffed by high school students from the local community, are to provide fresh, healthy food options for residents, to increase awareness about nutrition and to help the students acquire business skills.

July 13, 2010
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Delicious potato chips in the making at Sustain Adirondack

Senator Betty Little joined a contingent of state and local officials for a tour of three Franklin County agricultural businesses.

One of the stops was Sustain Adirondacks which makes a variety of products including potato chips.  Sustain Brand products  are locally sourced within 300 miles or less.  That means a majority of ingredients come from local farms, products are processed by local hands and sales and profits benefit farmers locally.

July 13, 2010
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Delicious potato chips in the making at Sustain Adirondacks

Senator Betty Little recently joined a contingent of state and local officials for a tour of three Franklin County agricultural businesses.  One of the stops was Sustain Adirondacks, whose products are locally sourced within 300 miles are less.  That means a majority of the ingredients come from local farms, the products are processed by local hands and sales and profits from the products benefit farmers locally.

July 13, 2010
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Aubertine Receives Rural Schools Association ‘Appreciation Award’

Senator recognized for his commitment and work on behalf of rural schools across the state

WATERTOWN (July 13, 2010)—The New York State Rural Schools Association on Monday afternoon in Cooperstown honored state Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine with its annual Appreciation Award for his work on behalf of rural schools.

July 13, 2010
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Speaking Up for Farm Workers

This powerful video highlights the often tragic plight of farm workers in New York State.

Please take a few minutes to hear their story in their own words, and join us in supporting the legislation that can help change their lives for the better - S.8223 Espada /A.11569 Nolan.

Our opponents lost us the bill mentioned in this video - let's not let that happen again. Do you want to help farm workers? Sign this online petition today to pass S.8223 in the Senate!

July 7, 2010
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Senate Approves Bill to Help Wineries

Aubertine bill continues Senator's effort to support the agricultural industry  

June 28, 2010
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Budget Secures Support For Agriculture Industry

Agriculture Recognized for Role in State’s Long-Term Economic Stability

June 25, 2010
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