Issues: Hunting and Fishing

Senator Young Announces State Funding to Clean and Preserve Chautauqua Lake

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) has announced that she secured state assistance for invasive species prevention for Chautauqua Lake.


As part of this year’s state budget, Senator Young successfully obtained a $100,000 grant for the Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA), to support the organization’s ongoing battle against invasive aquatic species that can wreak havoc on the lake if not controlled.


July 1, 2015

Action Taken to Address Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Crisis

Focus is on improving prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of tick-borne diseases


ALBANY – Improvements to the methods of preventing, diagnosing, and treating Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, along with legislation to help stop the spread of the deer tick population, recently passed the state Senate.


The legislative package was the result of work done by the Senate’s Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases, to which Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) was appointed earlier this year, and is aimed at addressing the rising public health crisis.


June 24, 2015

Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28, are 'free fishing' days in New York State ~ Find out more ~ 'We're fortunate to offer great fishing throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions,' said Senator O'Mara.

Elmira, N.Y., June 23—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today reminded area residents and families that this Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28, have been designated as “Free Fishing Days” throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

O’Mara said that residents and visitors to the state can fish for free without a fishing license in any of  the region’s lakes, ponds, rivers and streams.

June 23, 2015

Senator LaValle and Assemblyman Thiele Pass Legislation to Create A Commercial Fishing Advocate and Commercial Fishing Economic Development Program

The new advocate would represent commercial fishermen and promote the business in the State's commercial fishing industry

June 17, 2015

Senator Gallivan Announces Senate Passes Bill to Allow Moose Hunting in NY

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the Senate has passed a bill (S-93A) that would allow the hunting of moose in New York State.  The legislation would amend current environmental conservation law to regulate the taking of moose in the same manner as deer hunting. 

June 16, 2015

Senate Approves SAFE Act Reforms

Like many New Yorkers, I strongly oppose the so-called SAFE Act, because I believe it is an unjust, unfair and unconstitutional infringement of our Second Amendment rights.

June 10, 2015

News & Views - June 3

Senator Ranzenhofer provides an update on the Keep the Cap campaign, hunting legislation for Genesee County and a recent Electronics Recycling Drop-off event in the Town of Chili.

June 3, 2015

State Senate Passes Bill Permitting Rifles for Deer Hunting

Legislation for Genesee County heads to State Assembly


Albany, NY – A bill, S.1292, to allow the use of rifles for big game hunting in Genesee County has passed the State Senate by a vote of 52 to 4.  State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer is the bill’s author and sponsor in the State Senate.


“In several areas of New York State, sportsmen are allowed to hunt deer with rifles, and this change in law would allow the use of rifles in Genesee County,” said Ranzenhofer.  “I am pleased to report that the bill has passed the State Senate, and I am hopeful that the State Assembly will pass it before session ends next month.”


May 28, 2015


In recognition of her efforts to support outdoors enthusiasts, State Senator Patty Ritchie was recently honored by the Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen with the group’s “Advocate of Sportsmen Award.”

Representatives of the group—which includes 27 sportsmen's clubs with over 4,500 members—presented the Senator with the special award on a recent visit to the State Capitol. 

May 1, 2015


Legislation Would Promote Hunting Safety by Helping Volunteers Cover Mileage, Equipment Costs

In an effort to recognize volunteer hunter safety instructors for the work they do to make the sport safer, State Senator Patty Ritchie has introduced legislation that would provide a tax credit for certified hunting safety course instructors.

The measure—Senate bill 4961—would create a $300 tax credit for instructors of hunting safety courses, which aspiring hunters and trappers must complete in order to purchase a first-time sporting license.  The tax credit would help volunteers pay necessary expenses, like mileage and equipment costs incurred while becoming certified and teaching courses. 

“Last year’s hunting season was the safest on record, thanks to the hundreds of men and women who volunteer their time to teach safety basics to new hunters across New York State,” said Senator Ritchie.

April 29, 2015

Senate Passes Bill to Eliminate the Use of Back Tags for Hunters

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced the Senate has passed a bill (S-92) that will eliminate a requirement that hunters display and wear back tags while hunting in New York State.  The legislation would amend environmental conservation law and eliminate confusion over hunting requirements.  

April 27, 2015

Senator Ortt's Week in Review

Sen. Ortt discusses what he's been doing throughout his district. 

April 23, 2015

Senate Celebrates Earth Day and Passes Package of Bills to Protect the Environment

The New York State Senate today celebrated Earth Day and passed an extensive package of bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 22, 2015

Senate Passes Comprehensive Environmental Package

ALBANY, 04/22/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a comprehensive package of legislation to create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. 

April 22, 2015

CBS New York: Proposed Bill Would Ban Import, Sale of Five Endangered African Species in NY

Legislation has been introduced in New York that would ban the import, possession, sale or transportation of the remains of five endangered species native to Africa.

State Sen. Tony Avella was joined Wednesday by animal rights advocates on the steps of City Hall to announce the bill, which covers elephants, leopards, lions, black rhinoceroses and white rhinoceroses.

All five species are currently facing extinction and are further threatened by illegal poaching and sport hunting, advocates said.

“We’re supposed to be the stewards of these species and shame on us if we allow them to become extinct because of sport hunting,” Sen. Avella told 1010 WINS.

April 10, 2015

Release: Avella Introduces Bill Prohibiting Import, Possession, Sale or Transport of "Big Five African Species"

(NEW YORK, NY) Today, State Senator Tony Avella was joined by activists from Friends of Animals, League of Human Voters, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and other animal rights groups as he announced the introduction of a bill (S.4686) that would ban the import, possession, sale or transportation in New York of the “Big Five African Species.”

April 8, 2015

West Seneca Family Health & Safety Fair

Free Admission

Blood Donations

Free Services and Screenings from the following providers or vendors:


Alzheimer’s Association of WNY

Bakery Victory Dental Center

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Boy scouts of America

Cancer Services of Erie County


Curves of West Seneca

D’Youville -

ECC – Nursing School

Erie County Sheriff’s Office

Elder Care Solutions

Girl scouts of WNY

April 25, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Trout and salmon season opens Wednesday, April 1 ~ A few reminders and other information for anglers

Trout and salmon fishing season opens on Wednedsay, April 1st.

For reminders and other information on fishing forecasts and conditions, licenses, regulations, stocking, access, and preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species, click HERE.

Here's to a great season for all angler

March 27, 2015

Winter 2014-2015 Rural Futures Edition

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Winter 2014-2015 Rural Futures Edition (click on the link below). We hope you find Rural Futures both interesting and informative. Please feel free to contact the Commission staff with any questions, comments or suggestions. Thank you!

January 8, 2015

The Daily News: Gallivan outlines Wyoming issues in supervisors' talk

Posted: Monday, January 5, 2015 3:03 am

January 5, 2015
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