Issues: Hunting and Fishing

Press Conference: State Senator Lee M. Zeldin to Hold Rally and Press Conference on NY’S Saltwater Fishing License Fee

Hauppauge, NY-  State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) will be holding his first press conference as State Senator on Saturday, February 26 at 1 PM.  The event will take place at the 2011 Suffolk County Boat and Sport Fishing Show in Brentwood, NY.  Dozens of Long Islanders are expected to attend in support of the repeal of the Saltwater Fishing License fee.  This fee was enacted by the New York State Legislature two years ago and has been resented by Long Islanders ever since.  Senator Zeldin is expected to announce legislation to repeal it. 

WHO: Senator Lee M. Zeldin and members of the Long Island fishing community  

February 26, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Senator Larkin Meets With Ulster County Sportsmen During Their Annual Trip To Albany

Sportsmen from around the state met in Albany to voice their support and concerns on a wide variety of legislation before the Legislature.

January 26, 2011
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SENATOR BONACIC MEETS WITH ULSTER COUNTY FEDERATED SPORTSMEN

On January 25, 2011 representatives of the Ulster County Federated Sportsmen came to Albany to attend the Second Annual “Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day”. Here some of them are pictured with Senator Bonacic and Senator Larkin after discussing their legislative agenda.

January 25, 2011
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Senator Ken LaValle Applauds Court’s Decision Scuttling Fishing-License Rule

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today applauded the New York State Supreme Court decision striking down a law that requires recreational anglers to obtain a fishing license to fish town waters.

The towns of East Hampton, Southampton, Shelter Island, Brookhaven, Southold, Huntington and Oyster Bay challenged the law as encroaching on their individual authority to regulate their waters. The law required any angler older than 16 to get a $10 license. The court’s decision applies only to the towns that filed suit.

“I voted against this measure when it was part of the 2009 budget and am happy it has been struck down,” Senator LaValle said.

December 17, 2010
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Vension Donations Make a Difference

The locally based Venison Donation Coalition sums up the core of its mission this way, “With the downturn of the economy, budget cuts throughout the country, and increased layoffs, more and more Americans are feeling the crunch and being left hungry.  Those going hungry are families, children and single parents and the donation of venison can help feed these people.”

The Venison Donation Coalition is a foundation supported by sportsmen’s organizations, of course, but also by corporations, government agencies, civic and religious organizations, and individual citizens.  I’m grateful every year around this time to call attention to its work.

November 22, 2010
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2010-2011 Fish and Game Brochure

New York State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope) announced that the 2010-2011 Fish and Game brochure, a convenient guide containing important information on fishing and hunting in New York State, is now available online by going to www.senatorbonacic.com

File: 
Fish and Game Season Dates for 2010.2011.pdf

October 18, 2010
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NEW LAW SUPPORTS COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that legislation he sponsored in the Senate to protect the permits of commercial fishermen with large boats has been signed into law.  The new law exempts certain commercial fishermen from having to comply with a 1997 statute that limited the length of commercial fishing vessels.

 

September 22, 2010
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SENATOR LARKIN ANNOUNCES FISH AND GAME BROCHURE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that the 2010-2011 Fish and Game brochure, a convenient guide containing important information on fishing and hunting in New York State, is now available online by going to http://larkin.nysenate.gov.

"Each year, dozens of people call my offices because they either never received this brochure or because they want additional copies for their friends and family," said Senator Larkin. "Now, instead of waiting for what they need in the mail, these individuals and anyone else can just go to my website and print out, or simply review, the information they are after."

September 21, 2010
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Crossbows to be introduced for hunting in New York State

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that crossbows will be introduced into New York hunting circles now that Governor Paterson has signed into law legislation (S.6793-B) the Newfane lawmaker has long sponsored.

September 21, 2010
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Crossbow Legislation Signed Into Law By Governor

ALBANY, N.Y.— Legislation sponsored by David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) allowing crossbows to be used during hunting season was signed into law by Governor David Paterson.

"Expanding New York’s hunting regulations to include crossbows will expand Upstate’s economic opportunities,” said Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida). “It will provide increased revenue to the state and our local communities through licensing and will also draw in out of state hunters looking to experience hunting in New York.”

September 20, 2010
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New fishing access on Niagara River

Senator Maziarz joined local officials on this gray and rainy morning to dedicate a new fishing pier in North Tonawanda's Gratwick-Riverside Park along the Niagara River.  Funding was obtained from the Niagara River Greenway Commission to complete the project.

September 16, 2010
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Valesky Trapping Legislation Signed By the Governor

SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- Legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) allowing the Department of Conservation to assign personal identification numbers to trappers (S.2622) has been signed into law. 

“This legislation will enable the DEC to protect the public, while at the same time protecting trappers’ private information,” said Senator Valesky.

The new law will allow trappers to substitute personal information with an identification number assigned by the DEC. Currently, the Department of Environmental Conservation requires that all traps must display trappers’ names and addresses. The ID number will be traceable only by police and the DEC.

August 3, 2010
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SENATOR LAVALLE COMMENTS ON STATUS OF LOBSTER FISHING BAN

“I am pleased that the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is considering options other than a five-year ban on lobster fishing to restore the lobster population along the East Coast.  A ban would devastate Long Island’s remaining lobster fishing industry and have a negative impact on our local restaurants and fish markets.  Long Island fishermen have suffered numerous restrictions and regulations.  I am hopeful that the final decision will be consid

July 27, 2010
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Crossbows To Join Regular Season Hunting

ALBANY, N.Y.— Legislation sponsored by David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) allowing crossbows to be used during hunting season passed the New York State Senate.

"Hunting in Upstate New York is a time honored tradition that thousands of New Yorkers enjoy each year,” said Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida). “Expanding hunting to include crossbows will enhance the opportunities available for sportsmen and women and will provide increased revenue to the state and our communities from licensing and tourism.”

July 1, 2010
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Crossbow hunting in New York State

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that the State Senate has given final passage to legislation (S.6793-B) he co-sponsored to allow for hunting with crossbows in New York State.

July 1, 2010
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LEGISLATURE PASSES MEASURE IN SUPPORT OF COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that legislation he sponsored to protect the permits of commercial fishermen with large boats has passed both houses.  The Senator’s initiative would exempt certain commercial fishermen from having to comply with a 1997 statute that limited the length of commercial fishing vessels.

June 29, 2010
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SENATOR LAVALLE SUPPORTS REPEAL OF SALT WATER FISHING FEE

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that the Senate has passed a measure he supported that would repeal the recreational saltwater fishing license fee created in the 2009 budget.  The bill keeps New York in compliance with federal law by creating a registry in lieu of requiring individuals to purchase a license.

June 17, 2010
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Highlighting sportsfishing in Lake Ontario

On Sunday, June 13, Senator Maziarz attended the awards ceremony for the 5th Annual Orleans County Lake Ontario Pro-Am Tournament at the Orleans County Marine Park near Point Breeze.  This popular event highlights the wonderful sportsfishing opportunities found along the Orleans County lakeshore.  In this photo Senator Maziarz poses with County Legislator Ken Rush, County Legislature Chairman Dave Callard, Tournament Director Gene Christopher, and Pro-Am Coordinators Bob Cinelli and Dave Turner.

June 14, 2010
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