Issues: Hunting and Fishing

Senator John Bonacic Meets with the Federated Sportsman'​s Club of Ulster County

Senator John Bonacic met with the Federated Sportsmen’s Club of Ulster County at the 2012 Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day at the State Capitol today. The Sportsmen were in Albany to express their concerns to Senator Bonacic.

March 20, 2012
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LaValle Bill Will Help Commercial Fishermen Save Fuel.

A bill (S.1456) to help commercial fishermen conserve fuel by allowing them to fish for five times the daily catch limit allowable under their fishing license in the aggregate over a period of seven days has passed the New York State Senate said Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), the bill’s sponsor.

LaValle explained the reason for the legislation and said that the current price of fuel for running a fishing boat is extremely expensive and cost prohibitive and that fuel costs cut significantly into the already slim profits of fishermen.

March 13, 2012
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FREE FRESHWATER FISHING CLINIC AT BELMONT LAKE STATE PARK

Spring Family Freshwater Fishing Clinic
Saturday, April 14, 2012 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Belmont Lake State Park (Long Island Region)

 

Come to this family oriented event to learn freshwater fishing techniques and how to clean your catch. Loaner rods are available. This event includes temporary tattoos and environmental displays.

 

April 14, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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SENATE PASSES 2012-13 BUDGET RESOLUTION

Gallivan: “Senate Plan Cuts Taxes, Reforms Medicaid, Protects Seniors and Schools.”

The New York State Senate voted to approve its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution, continuing its focus on state spending, job creation, and structural reform to government.

The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends less than the Executive Budget. The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.

March 13, 2012
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RESULTS OF 2012 HUNTING SURVEY

Here are the highlights from my 2012 Hunter’s Survey. I created the survey in the wake of a new DEC report that showed a continued decline in the number of deer harvested by hunters in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties, and asked your suggestions to improve the hunting experience.

March 8, 2012
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SENATOR RITCHIE'S 2011 HUNTERS SURVEY

The New York State DEC has reported another successful big game hunting season, but results in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties were mixed, with St. Lawrence failing to meet a key harvest goal set by the agency.

Senator Ritchie wants to know: How was your 2011 hunt? And what can New York do to make next season's hunt even more satisfying?

Click here to participate in Senator Ritchie's Hunters Survey. Share your results and ideas that can benefit other New York outdoorsmen.

 

 

 

March 2, 2012
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TWO RITCHIE OUTDOORS BILLS PASSED BY SENATE

Two bills sponsored by State Senator Patty Ritchie that are aimed at helping New Yorkers enjoy the outdoors were approved by the Senate Wednesday.

February 29, 2012
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RITCHIE: DEC WANTS TO RESTORE PROTECTION TO WALLEYE SPAWN

Famous Spawning Run Was Put at Risk When Patrols Abruptly Pulled Last Year

State Senator Patty Ritchie today pressed the state’s top environmental officer over the need to protect a vital walleye spawning area from poachers, and was told the agency plans to restore its patrols to safeguard the vulnerable spot.

February 7, 2012
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February 6, 2012
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NEW YORK STATE SENATE MOVES TO SAVE CONSERVATION FUNDING

Senator Bill Larkin Concerned Federal Matching Funds in Jeopardy

The New York State Senate this week passed legislation (Senate bill S.5921) sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti which would preserve New York’s federal matching funds for two key conservation programs geared for fish and wildlife restoration.  It will bar the transfer of state funds from any account contingent upon a matching requirement for the receipt of federal revenues. 

January 12, 2012
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Sportsmen's Caucus Trap Shoot

Save the Date! The New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus cordially invites you to an afternoon of trap shooting.

For more information please contact Suzi McDonough: mcdonoug@nysenate.gov - 845-279-3773

 

June 2, 12:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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Zeldin: Let’s Complete Trifecta for Long Island Fishing Industry

DEC Considers Lowering Minimum Size Limit for Fluke

Ronkonkoma, NY – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) and fishing industry leaders today hailed the announcement by Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officials, that New York State may reduce the size limit for fluke for the upcoming recreational fluke fishing season.

The current size limit for fluke caught recreationally in New York State waters is 20.5 inches. The 2012 fluke season may see a reduction in that limit to 19.5 or maybe even 19 inches.

December 17, 2011
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TAX CUTS AND PROPERTY TAX CAP HIGHLIGHT NEW JANUARY 1ST LAWS

Middle class tax cuts that will reduce tax rates for millions of hardworking taxpayers and the two-percent property tax cap highlight new state laws that will go into effect on January 1, 2012.

The recently enacted tax cuts will reduce tax rates on middle class taxpayers to their lowest levels in more than 50 years (Chapter 55, L.2011). About 4.4 million middle class taxpayers will receive a total of $690 million in personal income tax relief.

December 16, 2011
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RITCHIE, GRIFFO APPLAUD GOVERNOR ON A.P.A. APPOINTMENT

First St. Lawrence County Resident Named to Panel

State Senators Patty Ritchie and Joseph A. Griffo today applauded Gov. Cuomo’s selection of the first-ever St. Lawrence County resident to serve on the board of the agency that oversees the sprawling Adirondacks.

November 9, 2011
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September 20, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE QUESTIONS WALMART AMMO POLICY

Asks Why Company Requires Buyers To Produce Gun Permits

State Senator Patty Ritchie is asking Walmart why the company is requiring customers to present a pistol permit when they want to buy ammunition. While New York State and the federal government impose age requirements, neither requires customers to show their pistol permit.

Senator Ritchie asked the company whether it is collecting personal information from gun owners that could jeopardize the privacy and safety of gun owners if it were to fall into the hands of unscrupulous individuals.

August 16, 2011
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Shooting tournament held in Hartland

Last weekend Senator Maziarz had the pleasure of visiting the Iroquois Trail Council's Shooting Sports Tournament held at the Hartland Conservation Club.  This event gives Boy Scouts the opportunity to compete against their peers safely in the shooting sports.  They even let their state senator get a little trigger time!

August 10, 2011
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State Senator Lee Zeldin Joins Governor Cuomo in Announcing Recreational Saltwater Fishing License Fee Refund

Refund to Include Fees Paid by Individuals and Charter Boats

Freeport, N.Y. - State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) joined Governor Andrew Cuomo, members of the State Legislature, and leaders of the Long Island fishing community this past Friday, August 8, 2011, to announce a refund of the Recreational Saltwater Fishing License Fee paid by individuals and charter boats for the 2010-2011 season. The event was held at the Freeport Boatman’s Association, in Freeport, Long Island.

August 9, 2011
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Press Conference Announcing Saltwater Fishing License Fee Refund

State Senator Lee Zeldin Joins Governor Cuomo in Announcing Recreational Saltwater Fishing License Fee Refund

Refund to Include Fees Paid by Charter Boats

August 8, 2011
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