Issues: Agriculture

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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Local Farmer Named to Statewide Agriculture Board

Senator Kennedy Recommended Appointment of Bill Zittel to be Voice for WNY Farmers on state Agricultural Health and Safety Advisory Board

November 3, 2011
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Senator Valesky Named To NY Farm Bureau’s Circle of Friends

SYRACUSE — Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) has been named to the New York Farm Bureau’s 2011 Circle of Friends. “New York’s farms are an integral part of our Upstate economy,” said Senator Valesky. “Agriculture is New York’s largest industry; we must continue to ensure its success and vitality through a strong legislative agenda that will encourage it to grow.”

October 26, 2011
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Farm Bureau's 'Circle of Friends" includes Senator Maziarz

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that he has again been welcomed into the New York Farm Bureau’s “Circle of Friends.”  The award, bestowed by the state’s largest farm advocacy organization, is an indication of Senator Maziarz’ support of New York agriculture and the Farm Bureau during the 2011 legislative session.

October 25, 2011
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Senator Maziarz tours Coulter Farms in Cambria

Senator George Maziarz recently toured Coulter Farms in Cambria with members of the Western New York Land Conservancy.  The WNYLC is in the final stages of establishing a permanent conservation easement on this property so the land will be permanently protected.

October 25, 2011
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LaValle Secured Funds: Agricultural Consumer Science Center Breaks Ground, Equals Jobs and Economic Growth

October 24, 2011 – Nearly one year after announcing the open bidding process for the construction of a new Agriculture Consumer Science Center (ACSC) at the Stony Brook University Calverton Business Incubator, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., was joined by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and other local dignitaries  to celebrate the groundbreaking and construction advancement of the planned Center. The project expected completion date is summer 2012.

October 24, 2011
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Agricultural Consumer Science Center Breaks Ground

October 24, 2011 – Nearly one year after announcing the open bidding process for the construction of a new Agriculture Consumer Science Center (ACSC) at the Stony Brook University Calverton Business Incubator, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., will be joined by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and other local dignitaries on Monday, October 24 to celebrate the groundbreaking and construction advancement of the planned Center. The project expected completion date is summer 2012.

October 24, 2011
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SENATOR SALAND NAMED TO THE FARM BUREAU’S CIRCLE OF FRIENDS

Designation honors Saland’s commitment to agriculture

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C Poughkeepsie) today announced that he has been named to the New York Farm Bureau’s “Circle of Friends” for the 2010 legislative session.  The award is based on a legislator’s voting record on issues of importance to New York agriculture, bills sponsored by the legislator, as well as overall legislative support for agricultural issues.  Senator Saland has been named to the “Circle of Friends” every year since its inception in 1990.

October 24, 2011
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Senator Valesky sits down with local agri-business for ThoughtRaiser.

Yesterday, I met with several agri-business owners and operators to discuss how NY can make it easier for them to succeed.

October 21, 2011
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Griffo Again Recognized By New York Farm Bureau Award

Griffo Again Recognized By New York Farm Bureau Award

October 19, 2011
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Senator O'Mara named 'Eco-Star' by New York League of Conservation Voters

This week the New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) named eight state lawmakers, including Senator O'Mara, as 2011 "Eco-Stars" for their "efforts to make New York State stronger, healthier and greener." 

October 19, 2011
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