Issues: Agriculture

RITCHIE UNVEILS PLANS FOR ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY WINE TRAIL

Legislation To Spotlight Lisbon, Black Lake And Winthrop Wineries

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced plans to introduce legislation in January to establish a St. Lawrence County Wine Trail to help put local winemakers and vineyards on the map, boost local businesses and create jobs in the North Country.

“St. Lawrence County can now proudly say that it has three outstanding local wine producers in Lisbon, Black Lake and Winthrop,” said Senator Ritchie. “Unfortunately, a lot of people have yet to discover River Myst, Bella Brooke and High Peaks wineries. My legislation will literally put these three local businesses on the map. Just as importantly, it will create a new county-wide tourist destination that will provide new business and employment opportunities for neighboring restaurants, stores and attractions.”

September 30, 2013
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Senator Farley Chats with Saratoga County Agricultural Society

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting with members of the Saratoga Agricultural Society on September 26th in his Ballston Spa District Office to discuss future projects. Pictures, left t right, are Frank Griffio, vice president of Saratoga County Fair; Dan Lewza, Town of Milton Supervisor; Senator Farley; Jeff Townsend, General Manager of the Saratoga County Fair; and William Schwed, President of Saratoga County Agricultural Society and Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County.

September 30, 2013
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Have a Healthy Fall -- Support Your Local Apple Grower!

With 2013 shaping up to be one of the best years yet for New York State’s apple growers, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectay) encourages all New Yorkers (and tourists!) to visit a local apple orchard this autumn.

There are 654 apple orchards around the state offering a variety of apple products, including cider, doughnuts, wine and apples. To find the nearest u-pick orchard, visit www.nyapplecountry.com/pick.php. It's a great way to support our local farmers

September 26, 2013
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GALLIVAN’S REGULATORY REFORM PUSH CONTINUES ACROSS THE STATE

Two Wyoming County Farmers Travel to Watertown to Testify Before Senate Panel at Agriculture Forum

September 26, 2013
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NYS Senate Forum on Regulatory Relief--Agriculture

Video of the 9/18 bipartisan public hearing on regulatory reform, with a special emphasis on agriculture, that was hosted by Senate Agriculture Chair Patty Ritchie, at the State Office Building in Watertown.

September 23, 2013
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RITCHIE HOSTS AG LEADERS AT REGULATORY REFORM FORUM

Second of 10 Events Aimed at Eliminating 1,000 Regulations Hurting Businesses Statewide

Agriculture leaders from across New York State shared their thoughts on how to cut red tape and expand their industry at a forum hosted by State Senator Patty Ritchie and her Senate colleagues Thursday in Watertown. 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO OF THE HEARING (02 HRS, 40 MINS)

The event—which also included Senator Patrick Gallivan, Senator David Valesky and Senator Kathleen Marchione—was the second in a series of industry-specific public forums on regulatory reform organized as part of the Senate Majority Coalition’s bipartisan effort to identify and eliminate at least 1,000 of the most costly government regulations that strangle business and job growth and drive up local taxes. 

September 19, 2013
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RITCHIE TO HOST AG INDUSTRY LEADERS AT PUBLIC FORUM THURSDAY

Agriculture leaders from throughout New York State will share insights on regulations and mandates affecting their industry at a public forum being held Thursday in Watertown. 

The event is one of a series of industry-specific public forums on regulatory reform, being held in a bipartisan effort to identify and eliminate costly government regulations. 

Those in attendance will share their opinions with Senator Ritchie, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, as well as Senator Patrick Gallivan, Senator David Valesky and Senator Kathleen Marchione.

September 18, 2013
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Forum/Town Hall: Agriculture Regulatory Reform – To learn from businesses and industry experts which regulations are the least useful, least cost effective and therefore should be eliminated

Senate Majority CoalitionSponsors: Senators Patrick M. Gallivan, David J. Valesky, Kathleen A. Marchione, and David CarlucciCo-Sponsor: Senator Patty RitchiePublic Meeting: Agriculture Regulatory Reform – To learn from businesses and industry experts which regulations are the least useful, least cost effective and therefore should be eliminatedPlace: Conference Room 3, Dulles State Office Building, 11th Floor,317 Washington Street, Watertown, New YorkTime: 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.Contact: Keith Bryan (716) 656-8544Media Contact: Greg Biryla (716) 310-2062ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

September 19, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Scaling Back Obesity: Senator Klein and Assemblyman Crespo Team Up to Reduce Obesity in High-Risk Areas Across New York State

Scaling Back Obesity: Senator Klein and Assemblyman Crespo Team Up to Reduce Obesity in High-Risk Areas Across New York State

Lawmakers urge Governor to sign legislation into law that will help reduce obesity, particularly amongst children and adolescents

September 13, 2013
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GALLIVAN LEADS FIRST BIPARTISAN FORUM ON STATE REGULATORY REFORM

Panel Will Hear Input From Leaders In WNY’s Healthcare And Medical Sciences Industries

BUFFALO - A statewide series of industry-specific bipartisan forum’s intended to identify and help eliminate up to 1,000 burdensome and duplicitous state regulations that impede job creation and economic growth will kick-off in Downtown Buffalo on Wednesday at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, where the chairs of the statewide effort – Sens. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Erie County), David Valesky (D-Onondaga County), Kathleen Marchione (R-Saratoga County) and David Carlucci (D-Rockland County) – will hear testimony from leaders in Western New York’s healthcare and medical sciences industries.

September 9, 2013
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Senator Flanagan's Pet Owner Protection Signed Into Law

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that legislation he sponsored to provide consumers with more protections when they purchase a pet has been signed into law.The new law will expand New York State’s “Pet Lemon Law” by providing consumers with more information about the origins of their pet and greater protections should their pet become ill.

August 9, 2013
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Parker Family Farm maple products served at Essex County Fair

Senator Betty Little is pictured with Michael and Jen Parker at the Essex County Fair on Friday, August  2, 2013.  The fair celebrated its 165th anniversary, welcoming families and tourists for another great year celebrating Adirondack agricultural heritage with lots of fun and food for all to enjoy.   

August 5, 2013
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GOVERNOR SIGNS GALLIVAN’S BILL TO EASE COST BURDEN ON HIGH-TECH AGRICULTURE

Clarifications To Tax Law Will Ensure Farm-Based Anaerobic Digesters Qualify For Existing Agriculture Property Tax Benefits

Wyoming County Is Currently Home To Six Digesters

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced today that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed legislation (S 4770-A –Gallivan) to ensure that anaerobic digesters, or bio-digesters, are properly classified as agricultural facilities for property tax assessment purposes.

August 2, 2013
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Senator O'Brien discusses development of wine tourism industry

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien was today joined by representatives of local wineries and tourism organizations to call for increased state efforts to support the growing wine and wine tourism industries in the Finger Lakes region. The Senator noted that these industries provide essential jobs and economic growth for upstate New York.

“The wine tourism industry has an enormous impact on our state economy, providing almost $4 billion a year and bringing approximately 5 million visitors a year to our communities,” Senator O’Brien said. “State government must continue its efforts to expand this industry and help these innovative companies do what they do best, grow and put New Yorkers back to work.”

July 31, 2013
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Senator Stavisky, Congresswoman Meng, Councilwoman Koslowitz Speak Out to Save Community Garden

Elmhurst, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing), Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Queens) and Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) gathered at the Elmhurst Community Garden today to call for a delay of the property sale so that community members have an opportunity to conserve or relocate the garden, which is located on private property.

July 26, 2013
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Grisanti-Sponsored Legislation That Prohibits The Sale, Possession And Distribution Of Shark Fins Signed Into Law

Buffalo legislator led push to make it illegal to
possess, sell or distribute shark fins in New
York

July 26, 2013
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BUFFALO NEWS: Cuomo set to sign law banning shark fin trade in New York State

Shark fin soup goes back to the Ming Dynasty and is almost as hard to find in
Western New York as a Super Bowl trophy.

But the expensive Asian delicacy is about to go off menus across New York,
making environmentalists happy.

Legislation is now before Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to ban the sale, trade and
distribution of shark fins. Cuomo is expected to sign the bill as early as
today, according to advocates and lawmakers, who passed the measure with all but
one vote in the Senate and Assembly this spring.

July 26, 2013
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O'Mara: Finger Lakes Cheese Festival on Saturday great chance to support local agriculture, tourism

 

Odessa, N.Y., July 25—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today reminded area residents that the 2nd Annual Finger Lakes Cheese Festival takes place this Saturday, July 27, at Sunset View Creamery in Schuyler County.

July 25, 2013
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2013 WNY AGRI-TOURISM GUIDE IS HERE

Farms and businesses across Western New York are opening their doors, issuing a heartfelt invitation to sample the abundant bounty and natural beauty found in New York's growing venture - agritourism.  Agritourism is the intersection of agriculture and tourism, a heady mix of farms, markets, people, livestock and the culture of growing food, guaranteed to entertain people of all ages.  Whether you're looking for an authentic farm experience, or scary twists and turns in a Halloween corn maze, it can all be found right here in your own backyard.  

July 18, 2013
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