Issues: Hunting and Fishing

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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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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