Ranzenhofer praises Genesee County family farms


Batavia, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer applauded Genesee County family farms today for their tremendous efforts to defeat the ‘Farm Labor Death Bill’, alongside NY Farm Bureau President Dean Norton and members of the agriculture community.

“I want to give the family farms of Genesee County and the New York Farm Bureau two thumbs up.  Their efforts made the difference on Tuesday’s vote to defeat the ‘Farm Labor Death Bill,’ said Senator Ranzenhofer.  “Together, we worked hard to ensure the Senate Agriculture Committee reviewed the legislation and held a public hearing.  As a result, we stopped damaging legislation from putting family farms in Genesee County out of business.”

Senator Ranzenhofer and his colleagues voted to defeat the ‘Farm Labor Death Bill’ (S2247B) on Tuesday by a six to three vote, preventing the legislation from moving to the Senate floor for a vote or being released to another committee for consideration.

“New York Farm Bureau appreciates Senator Ranzenhofer’s strong support for the farm families in his district, and his vote sent a clear message that the Senator stands with us in wanting to protect our local farmers, producing local food for local people,” said New York Farm Bureau President Dean Norton.

“Many farms in Genesee County would be forced to close if these mandates passed.  Defeating these proposals allows our New York farms to stay competitive with other States,” said Dale Stein, Stein Farms, LLC.

The ‘Farm Labor Death Bill’ would impose $200 million in mandates on New York’s family farms.  The legislation would grant collective bargaining rights and overtime pay to farm workers.

The Senate Labor Committee discharged the bill on January 21 to the Agriculture Committee after Senator Ranzenhofer and others pressed to review the legislation since the bill affects the agricultural industry.  The Agriculture Committee held a public hearing on March 1. 

Senator Ranzenhofer has been serving in the State Senate since 2009.  He represents the 61st District which includes part of the City of Tonawanda, the Towns of Amherst, Clarence, Newstead and Tonawanda in Erie County and all of Genesee County.