Issues: Agriculture

Governor approves key plank of Senate's 'Grown in New York' plan for farmers: property tax relief

Albany, N.Y.—Legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to place a two-percent cap on annual agricultural land assessment increases and deliver long-awaited and badly needed property tax relief to state farmers, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The signing was announced Tuesday at the Capitol.

October 23, 2013
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New law caps agriculture assessments, protecting farms from tax hikes

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is very pleased to announce that legislation (S.1952 of 2013) he co-sponsored to limit the annual increase in agricultural assessments to 2% has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

October 23, 2013
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Tkaczyk Commends Governor for Signing Bill to Limit Tax Increases for Farmland

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk said she was very pleased that Governor Cuomo has signed into law a measure to cap assessment increases on farmland at two percent each year, and said the Governor has “once again demonstrated his support of and appreciation for the State’s farmers.”

The measure will “provide farmers in New York with a greater level of stability and predictability in budgeting and anticipating their expenses; And it will help small family farms to grow, invest in their farms and create new jobs,” Senator Tkaczyk said.

Previously, agricultural assessments could increase by as much as ten percent, which has led to a doubling of the base assessment for farm land in the last seven years. This has been disastrous for New York farmers.

October 22, 2013
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OVER 94,000 ELIGIBLE RICHMOND COUNTY HOMEOWNERS HAVE NOT REGISTERED FOR STAR

According to recent data from the New York State Tax Department, 66% of Richmond County homeowners have yet to re-register for their Basic STAR exemption. If you or someone you know is a homeowner that currently receives the Basic STAR exemption, please take the time to register or forward this important information. The registration deadline is December 31, 2013.

October 22, 2013
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RITCHIE BILL TO PROVIDE PROPERTY TAX RELIEF FOR FARMERS SIGNED INTO LAW

Places Two Percent Cap on Annual Agricultural Land Assessment Increases

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that her bill to help provide New York State Farmers with relief from rising property taxes has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Under Senate Bill 1952, a two percent cap would be placed on annual agricultural land assessment increases.

“It goes without saying that farming is a land intensive business, with one of the main costs for farmers being taxes on the land they utilize,” said Senate Agriculture Chair Patty Ritchie.

“By enacting this two percent cap, we are providing our hardworking farmers—whether they’re just starting out or continuing a generations-old family tradition—with the relief they need to continue to grow not only their businesses, but also New York’s biggest industry as a whole.”

October 22, 2013
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REMINDER: RITCHIE TO HOST NO-COST RABIES CLINIC IN EVANS MILLS WEDNESDAY

Nearly 500 Pets Protected So Far Through Free Events 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding pet owners that she will host a no-cost rabies vaccination clinic in Evans Mills on Wednesday.

The free event—which is being hosted in conjunction with Jefferson County Public Health Service—will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Town of Le Ray Highway Barn, located at 8433 Willow St. in Evans Mills. 

The event is the fifth of six clinics Ritchie is hosting in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.  So far, nearly 500 pets have been protected from the deadly rabies disease through the free events—all made possible through a special state budget grant secured by Senator Ritchie.

“State health officials have found at least two dozen cases of rabies in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties in the past two years, which means our pets are at an increased risk of contracting this fatal disease,” said Senator Ritchie. 

October 22, 2013
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Farm Bureau Recognizes Legislators

All of Oneida County’s state representatives are among the 101 senators and Assembly members recognized by the New York Farm Bureau for their support of the state’s agriculture industry.

October 21, 2013
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Cuomo Signs Farm Cideries Bill

Friday, October 18, 2013

October 21, 2013
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SEN. GALLIVAN NAMED TO "CIRCLE OF FRIENDS" BY NY FARM BUREAU

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan has again been named to the New York Farm Bureau’s Circle of Friends, reflecting his record of advocacy and accomplishment on behalf of New York State’s farmers, farms and farming communities.

“Agriculture is the lifeblood of the upstate and western New York economy and an integral part of our regional identity,” Gallivan said. “Since my first day in the Senate I have worked to advance policy and legislative initiatives that recognize the enormous potential for agriculture based economic development in western New York. I thank the Farm Bureau for this honor and look forward to continued progress.”

October 18, 2013
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O'Mara applauds signing of new law to encourage growth of farm cideries

Albany, N.Y.—Legislation co-sponsored this year by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to take steps to encourage the expansion of New York’s growing hard cider industry has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  

O'Mara applauded the signing, which was announced earlier today at the Capitol.

October 18, 2013
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Farm Cideries License Bill Signed by Governor Cuomo

Bill Delivers on Promise Made at the NYS Wine, Beer, and Spirits Summit Signing Kicks off Cider Week NY, Sponsored by Taste NY

 

October 17, 2013
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NEARLY 200 PETS VACCINATED AT RITCHIE NO-COST RABIES CLINIC

First of Three Jefferson County Events Held in Adams

 Nearly 200 pets were vaccinated Wednesday night at a no-cost rabies clinic, hosted by State Senator Patty Ritchie in Adams.

October 17, 2013
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Bountiful Apples

Celebrate fall by visiting New York orchards and farms 

ALBANY — With an especially plentiful crop this year, families and individuals in New York are celebrating autumn by enjoying the crisp bite of the state fruit – the apple.

“Last year’s fruit crops, including apples, were devastated by a combination of unseasonably warm spring weather that was followed by freezing temperatures,” said Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. “After facing such a difficult year in 2012, this year’s harvest demonstrates the resilience of our apple growers throughout the state.”

October 15, 2013
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Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senator Tkaczyk & Senator Stavisky Tour Upstate Farms

(Ulster County, NY) Recognizing the importance of the agriculture sector to the New York economy, Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk and Senator Toby Ann Stavisky toured various Ulster County farms. Senator Tkaczyk helped organize this event to better demonstrate how vital agriculture is for the local and statewide economy and for legislators to gain a dee

October 11, 2013
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What's on Your Mind? - Rural Economy

Senator Gipson is interested in your ideas. Leave comments or suggestions here along with issues that interest you.

October 11, 2013
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Roadside farm stands can add wine sales under new law co-sponsored by Senator O'Mara

below from The Chronicle-Express.com:

YATES COUNTY  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed a new law allowing locally produced wine to be sold at roadside farm markets as part of the state’s effort to better market and promote New York wine.

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The legislation (S.267/A.1512, Chapter 355 of the Laws of 2013).

October 11, 2013
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TKACZYK NAMED TO FARM BUREAU’S CIRCLE OF FRIENDS

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk has been named to the New York Farm Bureau’s 2013 Circle of Friends.

“Agriculture is the State’s largest industry, generating more than $30 billion for the New York economy,” Senator Tkaczyk said. “Right now, small farms in New York are struggling to survive, and it’s critical that we support the industry and help it to grow and create jobs.”

October 11, 2013
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Small Farm Tour in Ulster County Promotes Upstate Agricultural Economy

Recognizing the importance of the agricultural sector to the New York economy, Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined Senators Cecilia Tkaczyk and Toby-Ann Stavisky for a tour of three small farms in Ulster County. Organized by Senator Tkaczyk, the tour demonstrated how vital agriculture is for the local and statewide economy and helped educate the legislators about the challenges facing small family farms.

October 10, 2013
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Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senator Tkaczyk & Senator Stavisky Tour Upstate Farms

Ulster County, NY - Recognizing the importance of the agriculture sector to the New York economy, Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk and Senator Toby-Ann Stavisky toured various Ulster County farms. Senator Tkaczyk helped organize this event to better demonstrate how vital agriculture is for the local and statewide economy and for legislators to gain a deeper appreciation of the challenges facing small family farms.

October 9, 2013
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senator Tkaczyk & Senator Stavisky Tour Upstate Farms

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Senator Toby-Ann Stavisky will tour upstate farms in Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk’s Senate district on Wednesday. Senator Tkaczyk helped organize this event to better demonstrate how vital agriculture is for the local and statewide economy and for legislators to gain a deeper appreciation of the challenges facing small family farms.

Who: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk Senator Toby-Ann Stavisky

When: Wednesday, October 9th 2013

October 8, 2013
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