Issues: Hunting and Fishing

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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SENATOR FUSCHILLO JOINS GOVERNOR CUOMO IN ANNOUNCING REFUNDS FOR THOSE WHO PURCHASED SALTWATER FISHING LICENSES

Saltwater Fishing License Fee Eliminated as Part of This Year’s State Budget 

August 5, 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 Charter Boats

Freeport, NY - State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R,C,I- Shirley) joined Governor Andrew Cuomo today to announce a refund of the Recreational Saltwater Fishing License Fee paid by individuals and charter boats for the 2010-2011season. The event was held at the Freeport Boatman’s Association, in Freeport, Long Island.

Senator Zeldin led the fight to secure a two year moratorium on the Saltwater Fishing License Fee for 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons in this year’s State Budget enacted this past April. Individual anglers and charters who had already purchased a license prior to the moratorium will be receiving their money back.

August 5, 2011
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LaValle: DEC To Issue Refunds To New Yorkers For Saltwater Fishing Licenses

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said today that the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has been directed by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to issue refunds to recreational fishermen and charter boat operators who purchased a Recreational Marine Fishing License (RMFL) in addition to refunding license fees to New Yorkers who purchased lifetime licenses. The federal government requires all fishermen in marine waters must be registered, and the state originally met this requirement by adopting the RMFL program. However, the 2011-2012 New York State budget eliminated the license fee, and created a no-fee registration program to comply with federal law. Therefore, any New Yorker who purchased a license for 2011 will be issued a refund.

August 5, 2011
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Seward Bill Favored By Cortland County Sportsmen Signed Into Law

ALBANY, 08/04/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) announced today that legislation allowing Cortland County sportsmen and women to use a rifle while hunting deer or bear has been signed into law.

“This is common sense legislation that mirrors regulations already in effect in neighboring counties allowing the use of rifles while hunting big game,” said Senator Seward.  “More importantly, Cortland County sportsmen and women, who collectively have an impeccable safety record, strongly support the change.”

August 4, 2011
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Cuomo Signs Zeldin/Thiele Legislation To Help Surf Clam Harvesters

 Ronkonkoma, NY-  State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) announced today that Governor Cuomo has signed his bill into law to provide assistance to Surf Clam and ocean quahog harvesters. On June 17, 2011, the State Senate passed Senator Zeldin’s legislation (S4072-A/A5347-A) by a vote of 62 to 0.

July 29, 2011
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Sen. Espaillat, Environmental Activists Demonstrate Against Dumping of Untreated Sewage into Hudson River and Call for Better Notification System to Protect the Public

State Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) called for an end to the disturbing practice of dumping untreated sewage waste, even in extenuating circumstances. Sen. Espaillat, joined by environmental activists following a major accident at the North River Wastewater Treatment Plant and the ensuing dumping of millions of gallons of untreated sewage into the Hudson River, also called for better notification systems to alert the public in emergency cases where the quality of New York waterways has been compromised.

July 27, 2011
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SPORTSMEN’S ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Senator Ball Kicks Off Advisory Committee for Sportsmen and 2nd Amendment Advocates

July 26, 2011 – A long time advocate for sportsmen’s rights, Senator Greg Ball has organized a Sportsmen’s Advisory Council, designed to field input and answer questions from local sportsmen. The Council, which consists of members from Dutchess, Westchester, and Putnam Counties, as well as leading advocates from throughout New York State, met tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Senator Ball’s district office located at 1441 Route 22 in Brewster,  N.Y. The Council is being chaired by NRA Member and Kent Town Councilman John Greene.

July 27, 2011
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Governor okays permanent rifle hunting seasons in area counties

Albany, N.Y., July 22–Legislation sponsored this legislative session by New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) to permanently authorize rifle hunting in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

July 22, 2011
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RITCHIE RECRUITS GOV. CUOMO IN BORDER BOATER DISPUTE

Gov Jumps Into Fray Following Senator’s Request

State Sen. Patty Ritchie today asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo to intervene in the dispute over Canada's new border rules that threaten to cripple Central and Northern New York's $150 million-a-year boating and sport fishing industry.

Senator Ritchie met with Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, Mitch Franz of the Lake Ontario Fisheries Coalition, Henderson Town Supervisor Ray Walker, and representatives of US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush.

At the meeting, she gave the Lieutenant Governor a letter to deliver to Gov. Cuomo that details Canada's surprise crackdown on US boaters in the eastern Lake Ontario basin and St. Lawrence River, and asks for his help.

July 8, 2011
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2011 Fishing Facts

Dear Friend,

             I am pleased to provide you with a printable version of “2011 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. 

             Please note that the seasons and recreational size limits referred to in this publication are sometimes changed by state regulation.  Be sure to check DEC’s Marine Fishing Regulations for the very latest information.

July 7, 2011
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