Issues: Hunting and Fishing

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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Statement from Senator Serrano: Restoration of Funding for State Parks and Living Museums

“As Chair of the committee that oversees the State Park system and living museums, I am thrilled that Governor Paterson and the Legislature have worked out a plan that will keep our parks open in time for Memorial Day weekend, and will allow us to enjoy all that our zoos, botanical gardens and aquariums have to offer in advance of the summer season.”

May 28, 2010
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Senate Democratic Majority Keeps Parks Open For New York's Families

Fulfilling their promise to keep parks open for New York’s families, the Senate Democratic Majority reached an agreement for full restoration of parks funding to keep parks and historic sites open throughout the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

May 28, 2010
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Legislative Wrap-Up Week Of April 26, 2010

Legislation passed by the New York State Senate Democratic Majority this week included long overdue protections for renters living with HIV/AIDS, new economic opportunities through changes in the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, and changes to DEC’s management of migratory bird hunting seasons.

Providing Protections for Individuals with HIV/AIDS

April 29, 2010
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Legislative Wrap-Up Week Of April 26, 2010

Legislation passed by the New York State Senate Democratic Majority this week included long overdue protections for renters living with HIV/AIDS, new economic opportunities through changes in the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, and changes to DEC’s management of migratory bird hunting seasons.

April 29, 2010
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The Anti-Gun Agenda

Sixteen bills have been identified by sportsmen’s advocates as key to Albany’s anti-gun agenda. I oppose all of these bills, and will work to defeat them so that the rights of gun owners are preserved.

April 16, 2010
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GRIFFO URGES PARKS OFFICIALS: ‘GET CREATIVE’ TO AVERT CLOSINGS

(Albany) - State Senator Joseph A Griffo (R-IP-C, Rome) today called on parks officials to “get creative” in identifying ways to prevent closing parks and campgrounds just weeks before the start of the busy tourist and travel seasons.With the state budget nearly two weeks late, parks officials were again warning that they will close or severely cut back operations at 77 facilities across the state, including a large number in Central and Northern New York, even as they acknowledged the closings would have a serious impact on local economies.

April 16, 2010
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Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee Hearing

A Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation committee hearing concerning the potential closure of parks.  This hearing took place on 4/8/10.

April 16, 2010
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Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee Hearing (clip)

A Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation committee hearing concerning the potential closure of parks.  This hearing took place on 4/8/10.

April 16, 2010
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Senator Nozzolio Meets With Federation of Sportsmen Members

Continuing in his long-standing efforts in support of sportsmen’s rights, Senator Nozzolio recently met with Wayne County Federation of Sportsmen member Dan Gilmore of Palmyra to discuss hunting and sportsmen issues in Upstate New York. Mr.

April 15, 2010
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Aubertine Bill Would Promote Fishing Events for Veterans

 

Legislation provides for free temporary licenses to use fishing as rehab for military personnel

WATERTOWN (April 1, 2010)—With trout and salmon fishing season beginning today, State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine said he is pushing legislation (S.7041) that would encourage more fishing events as physical and emotional rehabilitation for veterans or active duty members of the armed forces.

April 1, 2010
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Sen. Valesky Proposes Bill to Encourage More Fishing-based Rehabilitation Events for Veterans

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) has introduced legislation (S.7041) that would encourage more fishing events that provide physical and emotional rehabilitation for veterans or active duty members of the armed forces. 

“Providing our veterans and active duty personnel, who have sacrificed bravely for our country, with more opportunities to learn the rehabilitative nature of fishing is a small way of saying thank you,” Senator Valesky said.

April 1, 2010
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