Issues: Hunting and Fishing

Senator Dilan Announces Passage of 2014 – 2015 State Budget

$138 billion spending plan funds citywide Pre-K, increases to TAP and higher-ed opportunity programs.Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) announced the passage of  a $138 billion budget that includes $300 million for universal Pre Kindergarten programs in New York City, new government reforms and increased funding to social programs.“This year’s budget has made great strides to meet new, and greater demands while continuing to offset the gaps left by previous year’s cuts. I commend Governor Cuomo and my Senate Colleagues for delivering a responsible spending plan that spends smart, invests in our students, and offers some much-needed relief for our working families,” said Senator Dilan.  

April 1, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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Is legalization of crossbows off again in New York? State budget talks will decide

By David Figura | dfigura@syracuse.com

on March 14, 2014 at 10:05 AM, updated March 14, 2014 at 10:39 AM

The state Assembly earlier this week passed a budget resolution for the 2014-2015 state spending plan, leaving out any reference to legalizing crossbows for hunting and several other outdoors-related measures that were pitched by Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this year in his proposed executive budget.

Does that mean that crossbows will remain illegal for this year's hunting season?

It's too early to tell. The Assembly's budget resolution is essentially a "wish list" of the Assembly's Democratic majority.

March 18, 2014
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'74,000 trout need a lift to a Tier stream'

A pretty amazing place -- and event -- right in our own backyard, and there's an open invitation to volunteer.

At the Bath Fish Hatchery in Steuben County, hundreds of thousands of trout are being readied for transfer into Southern Tier lakes and streams.

March 18, 2014
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February 10, 2014
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SENATE PASSES GALLIVAN BILL TO ELIMINATE “BACK TAG” REQUIREMENT FOR NEW YORK HUNTERS

Senator Also Applauds Governor For Supporting Crossbow Legalization

February 4, 2014
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SPORTSMEN: IMPORTANT CHANGES FOR 2014

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

February 3, 2014
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Sporting license changes take effect on February 1, 2014

On February 1, 2014, several sporting license changes go into effect that will save hunters and anglers time and money.  The changes, adopted in last year’s state budget, include reduced license fees, reduced license types, changes to license dates, and more.

To learn about these changes, please click here.

January 31, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #5: Changes to Sportsmen's Licenses

Attention sportsmen: Starting Feb. 1, New York is making changes to its hunting and fishing licenses, including reducing fees.

Gov. Cuomo proposed simplifying the licensing system during last year’s budget negotiations. I voted to support the proposal because I felt it would encourage more hunters, anglers and trappers – whether living here or out of state – to make use of New York’s great outdoors.

Here are some of the biggest changes you should know about:

January 30, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN WANTS TO KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT ANTLER RESTRICTIONS IN NYS

With hunting season underway, I am interested in your input on a public policy issue that you may find interesting.   According to the NYS Whitetail Management Coalition, typically 60-85% of the male deer harvested in New York each year are 1.5 years old or younger. New York State has one of the highest harvest rates of immature deer.  In an effort to change this, over the last decade, certain regions of New York have experimented with an antler restriction requiring a minimum of three points on one side. 

December 19, 2013
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News For NY Sportsmen

NY SAFE Act Op-Ed

NY SAFE ACT SHOULD BE REPEALED; STATE NEEDS DISCOURSE ON SAFETYEditorial Column By Senator Patrick M. Gallivan Published By The Bee Newspapers Thursday, April 25th, 2013.

November 22, 2013
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Tradition of Giving ~ The Venison Donation Coalition

The Southern Zone regular deer hunting season begins at sunrise on Saturday, November 16, 2013 and concludes on Sunday, December 8, 2013.

Read more details online at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

Please keep safety in mind.

November 14, 2013
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RITCHIE CROSSES THE BORDER TO FIND WAYS TO STRENGTHEN TIES AND GROW NORTH COUNTRY ECONOMY

Building Ties with our Neighbor as a Way to Create Jobs Back Home

State Senator Patty Ritchie took her International Border Legislative Caucus initiative on the road Friday, and travelled to Brockville, Ontario, to discuss tourism, economic development and cultural opportunities with Canada’s leaders.

Senator Ritchie met with Canadian federal and provincial representatives who are members of the Caucus she co-founded in 2011 with Senator Joe Griffo, at the shorefront Bud’s on the Bay restaurant in downtown Brockville, for a far-ranging discussion that included topics like promoting locally produced wines and agricultural products,  fishing and outdoor opportunities, and finding solutions to extended wait times at border check points.

In addition to Senator Ritchie, participants at the meeting included Canadian Senator Robert Runciman, who is the Canadian co-chair of the Caucus; Gordon Brown, a member of Canada’s Parliament, from Brockville, Steve Clark, a member of Ontario’s Provincial Parliament, representing Leeds-Grenville, Clayton Supervisor Justin Taylor, Ogdensburg City Manager John Pinkerton and St. Lawrence County Legislator Joseph Lightfoot.

September 13, 2013
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2013-2014 hunting, fishing and trapping licenses, and Deer Management Permits (DMPs), now available

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that the 2013-2014 hunting, fishing and trapping licenses and Deer Management Permits (DMPs) became available for purchase beginning Monday, August 12, 2013 at any of the DEC's 1,500 license sales outlets statewide. Sporting licenses can also be ordered by telephone or online. The 2013-2014 sporting licenses are valid beginning October 1, 2013. 

August 14, 2013
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RITCHIE HELPS SHOWCASE WORLD-CLASS SPORTFISHING AT BASSMASTER ELITE TOURNAMENT

State Senator Patty Ritchie helped wrap up the Bassmaster Elite Tournament on Sunday in Waddington, as the four day fishing extravaganza drew to a close. 

The “Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown at St. Lawrence River,” tournament attracted the country’s top anglers and thousands of fishing enthusiasts to St. Lawrence County, with Idaho native Brandon Palaniuk taking home the weekend’s top prize and earning a spot in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic. 

August 12, 2013
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Senator Lee Zeldin Sponsors “Teach a Kid to Fish”

Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) joined with the New York Sportfishing Federation, Recreational Fishing Alliance, New York Fishing Tackle Trade Association and Captree Boatmen's Association today to sponsor  "Teach a Kid to Fish" at Captree State Park. Nearly forty area children participated in the event where they were given a hands-on lesson in fishing basics and safety.  

“Whether for work or play, fishing has long been a cornerstone of Long Island’s culture and economy,” said Senator Zeldin. “By sharing the gift of fishing with the youngest members of our community and inspiring an interest early on, we are ensuring the continuation of that legacy for generations to come.”  

July 18, 2013
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GALLIVAN ANNOUNCES RIFLE HUNTING NOW PERMANENT IN WYOMING COUNTY

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced today that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed legislation (S.3757-A/A5832-A) to make the provisions of a 2011 law allowing rifle hunting in Wyoming County permanent.

“Hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation are important parts of Western New York’s cultural history and equally important to our area economy. My first piece of legislation passed in the Senate was to allow rifle hunting in Wyoming County and today I am pleased to announce that we have made that law permanent. Local sportsmen have been long sought for rifle hunting to have a permanent place in Wyoming County and I am proud to have delivered it this year.”

July 11, 2013
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Point Breeze is the Ultimate Fishing Town

Senator George Maziarz joined local officials in celebrating the news that Point Breeze has won a contest to be named the "Ultimate Fishing Town" by the World Fishing Network.  In addition to being featured on the network, a prize of $25,000 has been awarded to support local fishing programs.  From left: Assemblyman Steve Hawley, business owner Sharon Narburgh, Senator George Maziarz, town councilwoman Joyce Harris, and Orleans County Sportsfishing Coordinator Mike Waterhouse.

June 26, 2013
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