Issues: Agriculture

Senator Bonacic Discussing the Farmworker Labor Bill During Extraordinary Session

August 3, 2010 - New York State Senator John J. Bonacic discussing his opposition to the farmworker labor bill in the New York State Senate during Extraordinary Session.

August 11, 2010

First Place at the County Fair

Senator George Maziarz recently offered his congratulations to Sydney Rodgers, a young woman who took First Place at the 4-H Beef Show Competition during the Niagara County Fair.

The annual Niagara County Fair was held at the county fairgrounds just north of Lockport in early August.

August 9, 2010


Bird to be Delivered to Recovery Sanctuary


BRONX, NY – State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced on Friday that he has secured a safe, long term home for an abused rooster recently rescued from a South Bronx cockfight. The owner of the Hollywood Haircuts barber shop on City Island has been rehabilitating and caring for the rooster, Coco, since his rescue earlier this year. Following the press conference, Klein’s office delivered the rooster to its new home at the Berkshire Bird Paradise Sanctuary in Petersburg, NY.


August 6, 2010

Growing Support for Energize NY Encouraging


Aubertine: Extender gives lawmakers more time to bring program to Assembly vote

August 4, 2010

Valesky Bills Supporting Local Agriculture Signed Into Law

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— Two pieces of legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) supporting farmland protection and property tax relief have been signed into law by Governor David Paterson.

“These new laws further assist the agriculture industry, especially in Upstate New York, by providing local farmers with additional property tax relief,” said Senator Valesky

August 4, 2010


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

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

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

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

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

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
July 23, 2010

Seward Honors Youth Farmers

News Channel 2 - WKTV

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

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

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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