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.
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.
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.
Albany, N.Y., August 14—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) reminded area sportsmen and sportswomen today that 2012-2013 hunting, fishing and trapping licenses, and Deer Management Permits (DMPs), are now on sale at 1,500 license outlets statewide.
Senator Patty Ritchie met recently with the parents of Mexico, NY's, Ann Jardin, as they worked to raise funds for their daughter's dream of being part of the US trap shooting team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
20-year-old Ann is an already accomplished shooter who has competed and excelled in the Empire State Games, among other competitions. The funds raised will ne used to pay for her training and other expenses.
Senator Maziarz attended the Wilson Conservation Club's crossbow demonstration on June 2nd, which was held at the organization's beautiful facilities on Wilson-Cambria Road. Several manufacturers were on hand to demonstrate their products, and Senator Maziarz was given the opportunity to sample the bows. Well known as an avid sportsmen-rights advocate, Senator Maziarz recently sponsored legislation which will establish a crossbow hunting season in New York State.
Photo Caption: Members of the NY Coalition for Recreational Fishing, Inc. (NYCRF) traveled to Albany recently to recognize Senator Owen H. Johnson for his efforts on behalf of recreational fishing. From left to right: Tom Farrell, Vice President, NYCRF; William Young, President, NYCRF; Owen H. Johnson, NY State Senator; and Ed Simeone, NYCRF.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) joined with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in announcing the week of June 2-10, 2012 as National Fishing and Boating Week.
“I encourage everyone to take advantage of all the lakes and rivers that New York has to offer,” said Senator Larkin. “With the summer fast approaching, boating and fishing are a few of the many activities that the whole family can enjoy together.”
The New York Coalition for Recreational Fishing recently honored New York State Senator Mark Grisanti for his legislative work that supports the freedoms enjoyed by the many recreational fishermen in New York State.
LEGISLATURE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT SEAGRASSJohnson-Sweeney Bill Helps To Address Threats to EcosystemThe New York State Legislature has passed legislation to guard marine habitat and protect the continued viability of commercial and recreational fishing. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Owen Johnson (R-C, Babylon) and Assemblyman Bob Sweeney (D-I-WF, Lindenhurst), establishes the Seagrass Protection Act to address threats to these ecologically important species.
Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.
“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”
The New York State Legislature has completed passage of an on-time budget for the second year in a row. Though it was another challenging budget, requiring the closure of a $3.5 billion deficit, we were able to balance the budget without tax increases or fiscal gimmickry. In addition, overall spending was reduced for the second straight year, the frist time this has happened in at least three decades.