Issues: Hunting and Fishing

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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O'Mara issues reminder that 2012-13 hunting and fishing licenses now on sale

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.

August 14, 2012
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DREAMING OF OLYMPIC GOLD

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.

 

August 4, 2012
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Wilson Conservation Club Crossbow Demonstration

 

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. 

 

June 14, 2012
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SENATE OK’S BILL TO MAKE CROSSBOW HUNTING PERMANENT IN N.Y.

Two-Year Experiment is Set to Expire in December

June 13, 2012
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Members Of The NY Coalition for Recreational Fishing, Inc. Visit Albany

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.

June 8, 2012
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ANCHORS AWAY! RITCHIE GETS OK FOR EARLY DREDGING AT SANDY POND CHANNEL

Longer Boating Season as Work Starts Month Sooner Than Planned

June 7, 2012
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SENATOR BILL LARKIN ANNOUNCES NATIONAL FISHING AND BOATING WEEK

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.”

June 4, 2012
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New York State Senator Mark Grisanti honored by New York Coalition for Recreational Fishing

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.

May 23, 2012
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LEGISLATURE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT SEAGRASS

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.

May 16, 2012
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RITCHIE: $50,000 TO COMBAT BLACK LAKE WEEDS

Grant to Boost One of New York’s Top Fishing Destination

May 14, 2012
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2012 Saltwater Fishing Facts

Dear Friend,

             I am pleased to provide you with a printable version of “2012 Fishing Facts for New York Marine Recreational Fishermen.”  This publication reflects the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC’s) recently adopted marine recreation fishing regulations. 

May 3, 2012
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Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

File: 
Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Addresses 2012 State Budget In Video Message

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) speaks to the taxpayers and families of Western New York concerning the just enacted 2012 State Budget.

April 4, 2012
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State Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget That Respects Taxpayers

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.”

April 3, 2012
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Budget Update From State Senator David J. Valesky

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. 

Some highlights include:

March 30, 2012
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Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on 2012-13 State Budget

Governor Cuomo released the following announcement on March 27, 2012:

The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.

March 29, 2012
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