Issues: Agriculture

Aubertine Wins State Fair Milking Contest—Again

Senate Agriculture Chair Leads State Champion Celebrity Milk-Off Team for Second Straight Year

August 30, 2010

Where's Rural New York's Voice?

It’s been a long struggle to raise the state Legislature's awareness of traditionally upstate, small city, rural issues, but over the past two years the challenges for rural legislators have become more and more acute.  We’ve seen it time and again in the ongoing battles over the state’s tax policies, economic development priorities, infrastructure allocations and in so many other ways.

So it’s going to remain one of the constant demands of every upstate legislator to remind the downstate, New York City-based leaders who currently control New York government that our state is largely defined by rural regions and the future of these rural communities is fundamental to statewide strength and well-being. 

August 25, 2010

Washington County Fair starts with a bang

By THOMAS DIMOPOULOS | Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 9:00 am

EASTON — Amid the celebration and excitement of opening day at the Washington County Fair was an underlying mood of concern about the future of farming.

State Sen. Elizabeth Little helped open the fair on Monday by praising local farmers for the pride they take in their agricultural work, despite the economic ups and downs of the industry.

To read more click HERE.

August 25, 2010

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.

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