Issues: Hunting and Fishing

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

Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014

A Proud Tradition of Giving ~ The Venison Donation Coalition

The Southern Zone regular deer hunting season begins at sunrise on Saturday, November 15, 2014 and concludes on Sunday, December 7, 2014.

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

Please keep safety in mind.

November 10, 2014

The 8th Annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show ~ Saturday and Sunday, October 11 & 12, 2014

WHAT: The 8th Annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show

WHERE: Wilkins RV, State Route 415 (just off I-86) in Bath

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, October 11 & 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The show will feature hunting and fishing demonstrations, wildlife shows, free seminars and activities for children.

October 10, 2014


State Senator Patty Ritchie joined anglers recently for the NYS B.A.S.S. Chapter Federation Tournament held recently at the Dobisky Visitor’s Center and Marina in Ogdensburg.

Recently, Senator Ritchie secured $150,000 in special funding to support fishing tournaments and boost tourism in the Central and Northern New York regions.  The funding is being used to support 15 tournaments, including the recent tournament in Ogdensburg.

September 11, 2014


$100,000 in state funds caps three-year effort to battle invasive weeds in St. Lawrence County's biggest lake

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $100,000 to help fight weeds on Black Lake, a popular spot for fishing, boating and outdoor recreation in St. Lawrence County.

In recent years, Eurasian Milfoyle—a non-native nuisance weed which forms dense mats of vegetation that shades out native species—has plagued Black Lake; disrupting water flow, hurting water quality, and hampering boating, fishing and swimming. 

 “For generations, Black Lake has provided countless opportunities for outdoor recreation to both tourists and local residents,” said Senator Ritchie. “I’m thrilled to be able to provide this funding which will improve the quality of and access to Black Lake—two things that are critical not only to boosting tourism but also for enjoyment by those who call Northern New York home.”

August 29, 2014

DEC Sets Crossbow Hunting Regulations


August 28, 2014

What’s Your Opinion on Hydrofracking Waste in New York?

Earlier this year, I held a public forum in Albany on the issue of hydrofracking waste disposal, focusing on the health and environmental risks posed by the byproducts of hydraulic fracturing.  Hydrofracking waste is being brought into New York from Pennsylvania, and we know that this waste contains toxins that can contaminate drinking water. Some of this waste is being disposed of in New York landfills – but  is not being regulated as hazardous waste. I will continue fighting to protect New Yorkers from the dangerous waste products of hydrofracking. 

I’d like to hear the views of my constituents on these important issues. Please take a moment to answer these opinion questions below. Thank you for your participation.

August 18, 2014

Senator Ken LaValle’s Bill Enabling Easier Transfer of Family Fishing Licenses is Now Law

August 12, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle’s bill to enable an easier transfer of State fishing licenses to family members was signed into law today.

Senator Ken LaValle said, "I sponsored this legislation to enable the great traditions of the East End fishing industry to continue from generation to generation.  Now, the licenses can be passed on to family members without the individual being required to live in the same residence.  We must do all we can to help ensure the survival of the fishing industry."

August 12, 2014

Livingston County Rifle Bill Becomes Law

For Release: Immediate, July 22, 2014 

Senator Young, Senator Gallivan, and Assemblyman Nojay Announce Authorization of Rifle Hunting in Livingston County

Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I-Olean), Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I-Elma), and Assemblyman Bill Nojay (R,I-Pittsford) announced the authorization of big game rifle hunting in Livingston County.

July 22, 2014


Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

Whether it’s on the mighty St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Sandy Pond, or any of the other many bodies of water that dot our region, there’s not much that’s better than casting your line on a summer day. 

Not only is fishing a way of life here in Central and Northern New York, it’s also a major economic driver; helping to reel in $1.8 billion annually for our state.  While this industry helps to create jobs and has a significant impact on our bottom line, there’s still plenty of room for growth and countless opportunities for attracting even more sportsmen to our region. 

July 14, 2014
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