Issues: Hunting and Fishing

RITCHIE SECURES $75,000 AND OK FOR DREDGING OF SANDY POND CHANNEL

Funding Will Help Boaters, Local Businesses

Just in time for the summer boating season, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $75,000 in state funding to be used for the dredging of the Sandy Pond Channel in Oswego County.

On Thursday, Senator Ritchie met with local leaders, community members, business owners and members of the Sandy Pond Channel Maintenance Association to make the announcement. 

May 16, 2013
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RITCHIE APPLAUDS GOV’S EFFORTS TO DRAW CANADIAN TOURISTS TO NY

Suggestion by Senator Ritchie Included in Governor’s

New Plan to Boost Tourism

State Senator Patty Ritchie is applauding Governor Cuomo’s announcement of a number of new initiatives aimed at drawing Canadian tourists to New York State and boosting cross-border commerce.

The efforts were unveiled Wednesday at the Capitol during the Governor’s first-ever New York State Tourism Summit.  As a roundtable participant at the event,  Senator Ritchie spoke about opportunities for expanding and better showcasing tourism in Central and Northern New York.

Specifically, Senator Ritchie —who is a member of the Senate's Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee—spoke about identifying ways to target Canadian consumers, and suggested improving signage to highlight destinations in Central and Northern New York. 

May 8, 2013
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NY SAFE ACT SHOULD BE REPEALED; STATE NEEDS DISCOURSE ON SAFETY

Editorial Column By Senator Patrick M. Gallivan Published By The Bee Newspapers Thursday, April 25th, 2013.

The events of Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown, Conn., will always be remembered as among our nation’s darkest days. It was every mother’s, father’s, brother’s and sister’s worst nightmare come to life. Each and every American still mourns for those 20 children, their six teachers and the entire Newtown community.

It’s unfortunate it took this long, but Newtown sparked a dialogue beyond what had previously emerged in the aftermath of similar tragedies. It seemed that this country was finally on the precipice of having a national conversation about societal violence, mental health and public safety.

April 29, 2013
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SENATE PASSES BUDGET BILL TO MAKE SALTWATER FISHING FREE FOREVER

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) today announced that the Senate has passed the portion of the State Budget that permanently eliminates the Saltwater Fishing License Fee.

“The elimination of the Saltwater Fishing License Fee was one of many important priorities for me since taking office in 2011,” said Senator Zeldin. “The three year moratorium we secured in the 2011-2012 budget was a big victory for all Long Islanders, but there is no better to build on that success than to permanently eliminate the fee in this year's budget. I am very grateful that Governor Cuomo included the elimination of this fee in his 30 Day Executive Budget Amendment.”

March 25, 2013
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Senator Marchione discusses Second Amendment with Ginny Simone of the NRANews

Senator Marchione was interviewed by NRANews' Ginny Simone before addressing the historic crowd of pro-Second Amendment supporters who recently gathered in Albany.  Senator Marchione discussed her support for preserving and protecting the Second Amendment Constitutional freedoms of all New Yorkers, and outlined her new legislation, the "Second Amendment Protection Act" (Senate Bill S.3948) which would repeal the unconstitutional provisions of the SAFE Act.

March 11, 2013
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Senator Marchione Addresses Pro-Second Amendment Rally in Albany

Senator Kathleen Marchione was invited to address the pro-Second Amendment rally that was held on February 28, 2013 in Albany.  Senator Marchione addressed a record capacity crowd, thanked them for standing strong with her in support of preserving Constitutional freedoms and announced her new legislation, the "Second Amendment Protection Act," (Senate Bill S.3948) which would repeal the unconstitutional provisions of the NY SAFE Act.

March 5, 2013
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Senator Bill Larkin Meets with Local Sportsmen Visiting Albany in Opposition to the NY Safe Act

Senator Bill Larkin met with members of the Black Rock Fish and Game Club, Ulster County Sportsmen and NRA supporters during their visit to Albany to protest the Governor's NY Safe Act legislation.

February 28, 2013
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LaValle Bill to Help Commercial Fishermen Passes Senate.

A  bill to help commercial fishermen by allowing them to aggregate their daily catch limits over a seven day period and conserve fuel passed the Senate today it was announced by New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), the sponsor of the bill.

LaValle said his bill  (S.1762) allows fishermen, for example, to catch three times the daily catch limit on Monday and two times the limit on Wednesday and then stay off the water until the following Monday when a consecutive period of seven days is complete. The bill also allows individuals with different fishing licenses to go out and catch each of their daily limits from the same boat (currently prohibited).

February 28, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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Senator Grisanti Applauds Plan to Reduce Fees on Hunting and Fishing Licenses

"As chairman of the Environmental Conservation Committee, I applaud Governor Cuomo's recent announcement on his plans to streamline hunting and fishing licenses and reducing license fees. New York Open for Fishing and Hunting will support various tourism opportunities throughout the state, including here in Western New York.

February 21, 2013
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Statement from Senator Lee M. Zeldin RE: Governor Cuomo's Budget Proposal to Eliminate the Salt Water Fishing License Fee

"The salt water fishing license fee should have never been passed in the first place. I fought hard immediately upon taking office in January 2011 to secure a three-year moratorium in the 2011-2012 state budget. Long Island's recreational fishing industry benefits as a result of a more friendly culture in Albany. As Governor Cuomo said at a Freeport press event in August of 2011, some things in life should be free and salt water fishing is one of them. This year, I introduced legislation with Assemblyman Fred Thiele to permanently eliminate the salt water fishing license fee.

February 20, 2013
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PISTOL PERMIT "OPT-OUT" PRIVACY FORMS NOW AVAILABLE IN LOCAL COUNTY CLERKS' OFFICES

Gallivan Urges All Permit Holders Who Wish To Keep Personal Information Private To Complete and Submit Forms To Their Local County Clerk's Office

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - Elma) announced today that State Police “Opt-Out” privacy forms are now available in each of the four counties that comprise the 59th Senate District.

The forms being made available are in accord with a provision of the newly enacted NY SAFE Act that allows New York State pistol permit holders to request that their personal information be kept private and confidential by completing a State Police “Opt-Out” form and submitting it to a designated county official.

February 19, 2013
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Senator Grisanti Named Elected Official of the Year by the Southtowns Walleye Association

Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I-60) has been named "Elected Official of the Year" by the Southtowns Walleye Association, the largest single species fishing club in North America.

As chairman of the Environmental Conservation Committee, Senator Grisanti has oversight of all legislation that relates to sportsmen. His work with the Department of Environmental Conservation in advancing legislation that would lower all fishing, trapping and hunting licenses to the levels they were prior to the last fee increase are among the accomplishments the Senator is most proud of during his first two years in office.

February 16, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR PATRICK M. GALLIVAN

Former State Trooper and Sheriff of Erie County Votes "No" On Omnibus Gun Control Package

“Recent tragic events have justifiably focused the nation’s collective attention on violence, and what can be done to ensure that our communities, neighborhoods and schools are safe.”

 “As a career law enforcement professional, I am supportive of increasing penalties for illegal possession and the illegal use of weapons, keeping weapons out of the hands of criminals and those with mental health issues that endanger others, improved measures to combat gang activity, increased penalties for those who target first responders, and numerous other proven measures that enhance public safety.”

January 15, 2013
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A SAFER, MORE SUCCESSFUL HUNTING SEASON

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE 2012 SPORTSMEN'S SURVEY

While many people across the state are missing the sunny skies and warm temperatures, there’s another part of the population that’s welcoming the cool weather and shorter days with open arms: sportsmen. 

Hunting and fishing are two of the most popular forms of outdoor recreation in New York State.  In fact, nearly 700,000 New Yorkers, and more than 50,000 people from out of state take to our forests, streams and fields every season to take advantage of the wide variety of terrain and wildlife we have to offer.

October 16, 2012
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RITCHIE JOINS MILITARY VETERANS FOR PHEASANT HUNT

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently joined military veterans for a pheasant hunt at the Basswoods Lodge and Hunting Preserve in Rensselaer Falls.  The 3rd annual free event was sponsored by several area businesses.   

October 12, 2012
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Reminder: DEC authorizes youth deer hunting season over Columbus Day weekend

A reminder from the state Department of Environmental Conservation:

Albany, N.Y.--The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has confirmed that junior hunters ages 14-15 will be able to hunt deer during a special youth firearms deer season over Columbus Day Weekend this year, October 6 through October 8, 2012.

"Implementation of this youth deer hunt is a hallmark moment for New York hunters and represents continued efforts of DEC to engage more young people in nature and outdoor recreation," said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens.

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October 2, 2012
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1,300 SPORTSMEN PARTICIPATE IN SEN. RITCHIE’S 2012 SPORTSMEN’S SURVEY

Sportsmen Oppose Lowering Junior Hunting Age, Support ‘Gift Cards’ Used for Fees and Expansion of Crossbow Hunting

VIEW THE SURVEY RESULTS BY CLICKING HERE

Sportsmen in New York State support an expansion of crossbow hunting, and a law that would require the DEC to offer “gift cards” that could be used to pay sportsmen’s fees and oppose lowering the junior hunting age, according to Senator Ritchie’s 2012 Sportsmen’s Survey. 

September 5, 2012
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